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    Blessed Are the Organized Grassroots Democracy in America

    ISBN-10: 0691156654
    ISBN-13: 9780691156651
    Edition: 2012
    Author(s): Jeffrey Stout
    Description: In an America where the rich and fortunate have free rein to do as they please, can the ideal of liberty and justice for all be anything but an empty slogan? Many Americans are doubtful, and have withdrawn into apathy and cynicism. But thousands of  More...
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    Copyright Year: 2012
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    Publication Date: 12/9/2012
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 368
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.254
    Language: English

    In an America where the rich and fortunate have free rein to do as they please, can the ideal of liberty and justice for all be anything but an empty slogan? Many Americans are doubtful, and have withdrawn into apathy and cynicism. But thousands of others are not ready to give up on democracy just yet. Working outside the notice of the national media, ordinary citizens across the nation are meeting in living rooms, church basements, synagogues, and schools to identify shared concerns, select and cultivate leaders, and take action. Their goal is to hold big government and big business accountable. In this important new book, Jeffrey Stout bears witness to the successes and failures of progressive grassroots organizing, and the daunting forces now arrayed against it.Stout tells vivid stories of people fighting entrenched economic and political interests around the country. From parents and teachers striving to overcome gang violence in South Central Los Angeles, to a Latino priest north of the Rio Grande who brings his parish into a citizens' organization, to the New Orleans residents who get out the vote by taking a jazz band through streets devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Stout describes how these ordinary people conceive of citizenship, how they acquire and exercise power, and how religious ideas and institutions contribute to their successes.The most important book on organizing and grassroots democracy in a generation,Blessed Are the Organizedis a passionate and hopeful account of how our endangered democratic principles can be put into action.

    List of Maps
    Preface
    The Responsibilities of a Citizen
    A Power Analysis
    Organizing for the Common Good
    Rites of Solidarity, Commitment, and Mourning
    Domination, Anger, and Grief
    Public Address
    Ain't It Awful?
    The Authority to Lead
    On the Treatment of Opponents
    Organize, Reflect, and Reorganize
    The Compelling Force of the Ideal
    Face-to-Face Meetings
    The Passion of St. Rose
    Blood and Harmony
    Fathers and Sisters for Life
    Pastors and Flocks
    The Contested Sacred
    Across Great Scars of Wrong
    The Organizer President
    Walking in Our Sleep
    Acknowledgments
    Notes
    Index

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