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MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country OR October 20, 2006 11:57 AM


How to Find Your Political Voice and Become a Catalyst for Change



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"I am deeply grateful for MoveOn, and everything they do, including this wonderful book."
—Anne Lamott
author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies

"MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country is a user-friendly 'How To' guide for fixing our broken democracy. Both nuts-and-bolts practical and deeply personal, this book is political Viagra for anyone tired of feeling hopeless, helpless, and impotent in the face of our Big Money/Big Media-controlled political system."
—Arianna Huffington
Syndicated columnist and author of Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America

"Cesar Chavez once said the organizer's job is to help ordinary people do extraordinary things. Involving masses of people in a movement to right wrongs and change government policy is what democracy is all about. No one in is doing it better today in America than MoveOn.org. MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country is a vital primer for every activist interested in progressive social change."
—Arturo S. Rodriguez
President, United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO


Available now as a paperback and an enhanced audiobook

With section intros by Gail Sheehy, Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore, an inspiring collection of 50 call-to-action essays from MoveOn members around the country.

With more than 2 million members, MoveOn.org Civic Action is at the cutting edge of a new model for political activism and is able to mobilize thousands of volunteers and millions of dollars. Now, MoveOn takes its message offline with MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country in an effort to jumpstart an even broader civic dialogue and inspire all to become involved in our political process.

Written by MoveOn members across the country, from Hawaii to Maine, from political figures to teachers, each essay shares a compelling personal story and most include an action item with resources for taking inspiration a step further. Simple ideas are illuminated, such as "His Last Vote," about a dying man's wish to cast a ballot, as are more dynamic actions, such as "Start a Petition," which chronicles a couple's quest to protect wolves from trappers in Alaska. MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country answers the question that more and more citizens are asking: "What can I do?"

NEW! Enhanced Audiobook
Available on 4 CDs, 1 MP3-CD or as an audio download

We managed to corral nearly all the book contributors together to make an original recording of their essays for the audiobook. There's the familiar sound of Al Gore's voice right alongside the less familiar voice of MoveOn's Eli Pariser, backed by the grassroots chorus of the dozens of ordinary extraordinary citizens who contributed.

Sound Sample: Kathryn Blume reads from her description of the Lysistrata Project experience and her one-woman show called "The Accidental Activist."

Listen using standard CD or MP3-CD players and audible-ready download devices, or play in a PC or Mac computer with a CD or DVD drive to listen and use enhanced files. The MP3-CD is programmed for DAISY players used by visually handicapped listeners and conforms to the CEA/APA Audiobook Format.

This audiobook is a great resource even if you have the print book.

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AND in NC join us for 7/4 parade in Greensboro June 08, 2009 10:19 PM

Unity!

I'm sure you all have seen an envelope from the Union of Concerned Scientists, where it asks- "why are there so many environmental groups?" and "can't we all work together?"

Progressives, I'm sure you ask yourselves the same question. Recently I attended a PROCESSION FOR THE FUTURE, performed by the backbone campaign [http://backbonecampaign.org/].  If you have not heard of them, I invite you to visit their site. Through the use of puppets and drums they are able to call the people out from their homes and into the streets. 

WATCH ON YOUTUBE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7g04Mp-78U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyAy9hnSl9c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StLHNb0-gyE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ula0kzCNRXY

The PROCESSION FOR THE FUTURE has giant puppets about progressive issues such as peace, justice, and the environment. Here in North Carolina we could use a boost to those issues. We have one of the toughest ballot access requirements. And the margin for winning this state in 2008, was 49.7% compared to 49.38% a difference of  about 13,000 votes.

On Feb. 16, in North Carolina, PROGRESSIVES participated in the H K on J (historic thousands on Jones st.) to bring forth a 14 point agenda [http://naacp.ubernc.com/  ]. The Green party's platform is based on 10 key values [http://gp.org/tenkey.shtml]. Recently I read in the 100 anniversary edition of the Progressive Magazine that there existed a PROGRESSIVE BLOC in the House of Representatives which sponsored a 16 point legislative program.[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HR676/message/3]  100 years and still fighting! I don't know if that's GOOD or BAD.

As you can see we desperately need to work together, across issue lines. We should have the largest parade EVER on Independence day. Independence Day is always associated with the glories and riches of war. Progress is associated with industrialization, despite the destruction it costs. WE NEED TO REFRAME THE MEANING OF INDEPENDENCE!

Choose one of these or create your own, for your organization to represent. Make some costumes and let's have a parade!!
  • Independence from a 2 party system. (Common Cause, North Carolinians for Free and Proper Elections)
  • Independence from Tyranny (Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Free Press)
  • Independence from Pollution (Greenpeace,
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#1 Way To Love America December 02, 2011 9:52 AM

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/cutting-defense-50-can-save-america/

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