– How “Act Locally” Became “Shop Locally” | What Happened To Earth Day?

Since 1970, the purpose of Earth Day has changed from one day each year when corporate polluters were exposed (what corporations should do), to a celebration of the personal (what you can do). Today’s bland, uncontroversial event typically features everything from 5k runs to esoteric spiritualties, but almost always carefully avoids any discussion of local …

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– How To Find Volunteers Using Political Campaign Tools

All active local environmental groups, urban or rural, encounter situations where they need to turn out large numbers of people for meetings. Creating a volunteer network of people, who have agreed to get involved and specifically have agreed to show up for meetings, can mean the difference between scurrying around to find a handful of …

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– Pacific Northwest Timber Wars 1989-1999

Excerpted from the introduction to the newly published Pacific Northwest Timber Wars I led Kalmiopsis Audubon Society (KAS), a small volunteer environmental group headquartered in a small village on the remote Southwest Oregon coast during a period of great environmental conflict from 1989 to 2002. During this time, the environmental community brought to an end …

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– Bob Marshall’s Long-Lost Arguments For Widerness

The Trump  years witnessed a continuous attack on public lands, from opening them to drilling and logging, pardoning militia types convicted for attacking land managers, awarding sweetheart leases to insiders and restricting  public’s knowledge of proposed projects. If all three branches of government come under Republican control these efforts may prove to be just prelude …

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– Organize to Win is now available in a print edition which includes volumes 1-3. 463pp, $16.59

Lessons from hundreds of grassroots campaigns. A step-by-step guide to making change. Jim Britell, environmental activist and political organizer, shares what he has learned during 30 years helping local groups to organize and run effective campaigns.Organize To Win is a series of three books that distill lessons from hundreds of grassroots campaigns to show how anyone …

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– In 1972 Alinsky explained why a Trump would rise in the US and how to defeat him

From Organize to Win Vol 1 by Jim Britell “… kids don’t have a little brother working in the coal mine, (or) a little sister coughing her lungs out in the looms of the big mill towns of the Northeast. Why? Because we organized… Those were not benevolent gifts from enlightened management… they were fought …

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– Why Some Grassroots Campaigns Succeed And Others Fail

Most campaigns Today don’t do any of the things successful grassroots leaders of the past said you must always do, while doing all the things they said you mustn’t. In the last 125 years, American grassroots campaigns have forced legislatures to pass laws on women’s suffrage, social security, civil rights, wilderness, clean air and clean …

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