Still Doing Democracy!
Finding Common Ground and Acting for the Common Good
A much-needed new guide and training for Engaged Citizen Activism!
An estimated 3 million or more people said “Yes!,” to Democracy on January 21, 2017, as they joined the “Women’s March” in hundreds of cities and towns across the United States and around the World. Many of the signs carried by marchers conveyed their reaction to the violation of treasured values. Like the earlier spread of Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March spread throughout the world from a moment to a movement due to a nearly spontaneous rejection of the status quo. If these commitments to issues from human rights to anti-racism to the protection of the environment and their expressions of resistance, anger, fear, frustration, and determination are to lead to a new era of social activism, then multitudes of ordinary citizens need to be engaged in the everyday work of democracy. Still Doing Democracy! Finding Common Ground and Acting for the Common Good by JoAnn McAllister, PhD and Jim Smith, MA offers insights into the issues that divide our nation and the global community and tools that will help engaged citizens understand different perspectives, identify shared values, and work together for the common good.
While there are good guides to social action strategy and tactics, few address the personal qualities and skills that we need to bring to the task of being an engaged citizen. Still Doing Democracy! Finding Common Ground and Acting for the Common Good will give Citizen Activists the skills they need to engage as effective agents of change. If we are to reaffirm democratic values and preserve the progress made to protect and expand human rights, create safe and healthy communities, and preserve the natural world, we need to play our roles as citizens skillfully during this unique season of Chaos.