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Activism Resources

Organizations

Global Youth Action Network – “GYAN’s MISSION IS TO: facilitate youth participation and intergenerational partnership in global decision-making; support collaboration among diverse youth organizations; and provide tools, resources, and recognition for positive youth action.”

Mathitis – “Mathitis is a collaboration of artists, musicians, executives, creatives, directors, lovers and doers, joining forces to tangibly respond to humanitarian causes around the globe. We are a group stepping in the gap between the causes and givers by utilizing our talents. The goal…to develop awareness and community that inspires support for those unable to support themselves.”

Public Allies – Public Allies advances diverse young leaders to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation.

SOJOURNERS – “Sojourners, www.sojo.net, is a Christian ministry whose mission is to proclaim and practice the biblical call to integrate spiritual renewal and social justice.”

Youth Venture – “Youth Venture envisions a world in which society recognizes, and young people commonly demonstrate, that youth have the ability to bring about lasting, positive change in their communities.”

Books

Grace Lee Boggs (2012). The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century. University of California Press, 256 pp.  – Grace Lee Boggs has been a part of all of the 21st-century’s major social movements. From all of these experiences, she shrewdly assesses the current crisis—political, economical, and environmental—and shows how to create the radical social change we need to confront new realities.

Shane Claiborne (2006) The Irresistible Revolution : Living as an Ordinary Radical. Zondervan, 368pp.

Paolo Gerbaudo (2012). Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism. Pluto Press, 208pp. – “Tweets and the Streets analyses the culture of the new protest movements of the 21st century. From the Arab Spring to the ‘indignados’ protests in Spain and the Occupy movement, Gerbaudo examines the relationship between the rise of social media and the emergence of new forms of protest.”

T.V. Reed (2005). The Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movement to the Streets of Seattle. Univ of Minnesota Press, 388 pp. – “The first broad overview of social movements and the distinctive cultural forms that express and helped shape them, The Art of Protest shows the vital importance of these movements to American culture. In comparative accounts of movements beginning with the African American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and running through the Internet-driven movement for global justice (“Will the revolution be cybercast?”) of the twenty-first century, T. V. Reed enriches our understanding of protest and its cultural expression.”

Randy Shaw (2013). The Activist’s Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century. 2nd edition. University of California Press, 304 pp.- A hard-hitting guide to winning social change with strategic and tactical advice. Shaw details how activists can best use the Internet and social media, and analyzes the strategic strengths and weaknesses of rising 21st century movements. He also highlights increased student activism towards fostering greater social justice in the 21st century.

Eric Shragge (2013). Activism and Social Change: Lessons for Community Organizing. 2nd edition. University of Toronto Press, 192 pp. – “Drawing on over thirty years of experience in community development practice, Eric Shragge offers a unique historical perspective on activism, linking various forms of local organizing to the broader goal of fundamental social change.”

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