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The one-hour activist : the 15 most powerful actions you can take to fight for the issues and candidates you care about

Christopher Kush (Author)
"No matter what your political persuasion, The One-Hour Activist is your guide to influencing lawmakers, candidates, and reporters. The One-Hour Activist reveals fifteen powerful, proven grassroots actions that persuade lawmakers and candidates to see things your way. Each action is designed to grab the attention of your representatives and build relationships that serve your issues over the long run. And each action takes less than an hour to complete, so you can make a difference without giving up your life! The One-Hour Activist is packed with insider advice from elected officials, professional organizers, lobbyists, and journalists who share state-of-the-art tips for getting your message across. Real-life examples of effective letters, e-mail, phone calls, public testimony, and news story pitches from concerned citizens just like you illustrate the actions."--Provided by publisher
eBook, English, ©2004
First edition View all formats and editions
Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, ©2004
1 online resource (xxvi, 211 pages) : illustrations
9780787973896, 0787973890
Introduction: Democracy in Action
Part One: Gather Information and Strategize. Action 1. Learn how grassroots advocacy works ; Action 2. Pick your issues and your angle ; Action 3. Identify your representatives ; Action 4. Join an interest group ; Action 5. Create a legislative agenda ; Action 6. Analyze a bill ; Action 7. Conduct opposition research
Part Two: Contact Your Elected Officials. Action 8. Write an effective letter ; Action 9. Send a powerful e-mail ; Action 10. Make a compelling phone call ; Action 11. Persuade others to act
Part Three: Get Involved with Elections. Action 12. Get out the vote ; Action 13. Contribute money to candidates who support your cause
Part Four: Work the News Media. Action 14: Start a press clippings file ; Action 15. Write a letter to the editor
Part Five: Super-Powerful Actions That Take a Little More Time. Action 16. Have a face-to-face meeting with your representative ; Action 17. Testify at a public hearing ; Action 18. Participate in a protest ; Action 19. Volunteer for a political campaign ; Action 20. Pitch a news story or interview
It's Time for Action!