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Top 5 Books on How to Take Action to Change the World

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If you want to change our world by supporting a cause, a candidate or a movement, but you don't know where to start, here are five excellent, quick-reading books that I personally recommend to you.

In fact, I recommend that everyone read and own these books as handy reminders of hundreds of practical and imaginative ways we can express our views and cause change.

1. The One-Hour Activist - The 15 Most Powerful Actions You Can Take

This book 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! Includes Real-life examples of effective letters, e-mail, phone calls, public testimony, and news story pitches.
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2. 50 Ways to Love Your Country by MoveOn.org

This short book is a personal favorite of mine. Subtitled "How to Find Your Political Voice and Become a Catalyst for Change," it features ideas from 50 everyday activists who took action to change their world. Some ideas are ambitious, as in the case of a Texan who decided the best way to make his views known was to run against Tom DeLay. Others are much simpler: write a letter to the editor, sign a petition or go to a rally. Also includes inspiring essays by Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi and others.
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3. 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Fight the Right

This easy-to-read book offers practical advice for the simplest efforts (why bumper stickers count) to more committed ones (become a precinct captain) and everything in-between, this book is aimed at anyone who is disgruntled with the current political quagmire of lies, deception, uncertainty in Iraq, or anyone who recognizes that our most basic freedoms (free speech, privacy, fair elections, truthful and transparent media, to name a few) are slipping away.
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4. Activism for Teenagers: It's Your World - Change It If You Don't Like It

With a wealth of practical detail and hands-on, up-to-date information, this resource will be in demand by teens who want to become activists. The issues are of crucial interest, encompassing everything from the environment, war, civil liberties, and racism to women's rights. Each chapter includes how to get involved at home, at school, and in the community. author Mikki Halpin's suggestions, coupled with the web sites and hotlines in each chapter, will help kids make a difference.
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5. The Activist's Handbook: A Primer

This book is an invaluable guide to making social change happen. Inspiring politicians, building coalitions, and harnessing the media, the courts, and the electoral process to one's cause are only some of the key tactics Shaw advocates and explains. "The Activist's Handbook" details the impact of specific strategies on campaigns across the country, including homelessness, the environment, AIDS policies, neighborhood preservation and school reform among others.
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