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Keene - George Lakey signing "How We Win"
Addressing the current U.S. political turbulence, George Lakey draws lessons for today from a century of successful direct action campaigns by civic groups, women, labor, civil rights, LGBTQ, immigrants, environmentalists, religious groups, and students.
With a new generation of activists looking to take action – from the Women’s March, to Black Lives Matter, to the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School – the time is ripe for a guide on campaigning today. Through vivid stories the reader learns a variety of activist tools and how they built powerful movements that won victories despite sometimes-violent opposition.
In addition to strategy and tactics the author reveals best practices for fostering cooperative, inclusive leadership and unity with diversity. He explains how campaigns can become building blocks for a movement of movements that transforms an unjust society.
"If you want to be a soldier, you can go to West Point. If you want to be a nonviolent change-maker--well, this is an awfully good place to start. George Lakey has been near the center of American resistance for decades, and so he has both remarkable stories and remarkable insights--not to mention some remarkable colleagues who add their perspective to this necessary manual! "
Bill McKibben, co-founder 350.org
"George Lakey’s Manual for Direct Action was literally a life-saver for many during the height of the struggle for Black freedom and dignity in the 1960s. How We Win has arrived to us at another key moment in our human journey. It is a guide for our collective liberation, informed by decades of Professor Lakey’s ongoing research and teaching since the ‘60s. Following these steps will indeed help us achieve a more just and humane society."
Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
“Lakey shows us how nonviolent tactics and brilliant organizing win enduring changes.”
Rebecca Solnit, author of Hope in the Dark, Call Them by Their True Names
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 5:00pm
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