new book: We Make Change: Community Organizers Talk About What They Do
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From: Virginia Organizing Project <e-action at virginia-organizing.org>
We Make Change book launch June 21
With two major presidential candidates - Barack Obama and Hillary
Clinton - offering their experience in community organizing as evidence
of their ability to lead the country, many Americans are beginning to
wonder just what a community organizer is.
We invite you to the launch of We Make Change: Community Organizers Talk
About What They Do - and Why, a timely new book by writer/editor Kristin
Layng Szakos and VOP Executive Director Joe Szakos that helps to
demystify this little-known profession and offer a glimpse into the
daily lives of the people who make changing the world their life's work.
The book launch will be held on June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Buford
School Auditorium in Charlottesville. The free event features musician
John McCutcheon, readings by the authors and book signings. We Make
Change will be available for $25 (publisher's price $27.95), with
proceeds going to a special fund for recruiting and training interns and
Please consider becoming a SPONSOR of the We Make Change book launch.
For $75 (individuals) or $125 (couples and businesses), come to a
special reception before the book launch at 5:30 p.m. on June 21. Talk
with the authors in a smaller setting, get an autographed copy of We
Make Change, and support the Virginia Organizing Project with your
sponsorship. RSVP for the location of the sponsors' reception to Sally
Bastian at 434-984-4655 x229 or at bastian at virginia-organizing.org, or
send your check to VOP at 703 Concord Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia
22903-5208 with a note that you want to be a sponsor for the event.
We Make Change: Community Organizers Talk About What They Do - and Why
is a lively, readable collection of stories and observations by
organizers across the United States. The reader will come away with an
insight into this fascinating profession and the people who have chosen it.
Community organizers are the people who work, often behind the scenes,
to help people come together to effect meaningful change in their
communities by building effective community organizations. They are
there with the neighborhood group working to bring bank loans to
low-income homeowners. They are there with immigrant women organizing to
get medical insurance for their families, with small-town
environmentalists keeping a toxic waste plant out of their community,
with parents trying to get schools to respond to the needs of children
with dyslexia, with gay and lesbian students striving to create a safe
space in their schools, with groups working to reduce the ravages of
racism in their towns and institutions. Wherever there is a
well-organized group agitating for progressive social change, chances
are there is a community organizer nearby.
Community organizers work at their jobs because they are passionate,
because they believe that change is possible, and because they enjoy
working with people. Although it's not an occupation that leads to great
wealth, community organizers can make a living at it. Community
organizers receive salaries, pensions and health insurance. They raise
families and send their children to college. They do well by doing good.
This book explores the world of community organizing through the voices
of real people working in the field - organizers in small towns and big
city neighborhoods, women and men, some in their 20s, others in their
60s, of different races and economic backgrounds. In addition to 14
individual profiles, all 81 interviewees are given voice in chapters
like "What is Community Organizing?" "How I Started Organizing" "Why
Organize?" "Achievements and Victories" "Disappointments Are Inevitable"
and "Advice to Aspiring Organizers."
The book is available from Vanderbilt University Press at (800) 627-7377
Please join us for the sponsors' reception (see above) at 5:30 p.m. on
June 21, or for the free book launch at Buford Middle School Auditorium
at 7:30 p.m. that evening.
For more information, call Sally Bastian at 434-984-4655 x229, or email
her at bastian at virginia-organizing.org.
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