[COMM-ORG] query: Reading(s) on the Tea Party?

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  Reading(s) on the Tea Party?
From: Peter Dreier <dreier at oxy.edu>


I would like to include some readings about the Tea Party in my 
Community Organizing class this fall. I’d appreciate help in identifying 
some appropriate articles. I would prefer articles in magazines, 
newspapers, and websites that describe what the Tea Party is, who its 
members/followers are, how they organize, and what influence they’ve 
had. I’m looking for readable, journalistic articles that both describe 
and analyze the Tea Party. (The New Yorker did a profile of the Tea 
Party a few months ago, but it wasn’t very readable).

I want students to learn how conservatives have utilized grassroots 
organizing. I’ll continue to use a chapter of “Politically Incorrect” by 
Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition, which describes 
the CC’s organizing strategy. The Tea Party has many parallels with, but 
is also quite different than, the Christian Coalition.

Any help would be much appreciated. If I get enough responses, I’ll 
share the what I get with the rest of the CommOrg list. Thanks.



Peter Dreier

E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics

Chair, Urban & Environmental Policy Program

Occidental College

1600 Campus Road

Los Angeles, CA 90041

Phone: (323) 259-2913

Website: http://employees.oxy.edu/dreier

"The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who in time of crisis 
remain neutral" - Dante

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