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Bernie Horn Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

“‘Poll-driven politics’ is the road to hell,” writes one blogger.

This is true. Polls must not determine progressive policy goals—we’ve got to pursue social justice whether or not it is popular. Polls must not determine what we believe as progressives—we’ve got to follow what’s inside our own souls. But good message framing does depend on good polling. We have to understand what our target audience is thinking in order to decide how to move them in our direction.

What are voters thinking when we say freedom, opportunity, and security? Pollster Celinda Lake tested this philosophy against others in two ways, as a slogan and in a longer description.

This first of these compared the statement, “Government should promote freedom, opportunity, and security for all Americans” to Al Gore’s “We need government to stand up for the people not the powerful,” the recently fashionable “Our government should promote the common good,” and John Edwards’ “Today there are two Americas. There is a working America whose needs are forgotten by the government and an America of wealthy special interests whose every wish is fulfilled by the government.” (Figure 3.1 summarizes the question and the key survey results. For more detailed results for this and many of the following figures, please see the Resource section in the back of the book.)32

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33. Collective Bike Shops by Amy Walker

New World Library ePub

Amy Walker

Collective bike shops are colorful community centers dedicated to repairing and reviving used bicycles in the service of education, equality, and peace. These vibrant, volunteer-run spaces are not driven by profit motives, so what keeps them going? According to Camille Metcalfe at the Bike Dump, a collective in Winnipeg, Canada, “It’s a space that facilitates cooperation and learning — and friends! A nonthreatening environment which leads to good community building and an encouraging space for people to explore what may have been intimidating otherwise.”

Bikes are the focal point of these thriving social hubs. They are seen as tools for individual empowerment, environmental responsibility, community self-sufficiency, and learning. Collective bike shops share many of the following organizational characteristics:

→ Nonprofit

→ Run or staffed by volunteers

→ Nonhierarchical

→ Run by consensus decision making

Their typical activities, in addition to fee-based repair services, include the following:

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CHAPTER 11: Quaker at War

Don M. Frick Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Simply practice being aware. Look, and be still. Feel, and be still. Listen, and be still. Give the practice of awareness time, time when you are alone. 1


Pearl Harbor ruptured the last vestige of American isolationism. Now the European war was also America’s war, and companies of every size were mobilized to produce more, faster, and better. AT&T was one such company, and Robert K. Greenleaf was in the thick of things.

Corporations were urged to take advantage of every available human talent in support of the war effort. In 1941 Bob was moved from the AT&T’s Plant Operations section—with oversight of personnel around the country—directly to the Personnel Department. One of the first things he noticed, even before Pearl Harbor, was the absence of black people in non-menial jobs. He thought that situation should change. The Personnel staff in Manhattan was relatively small, with about thirty female clerks. Bob interviewed every one of them, told them he intended to hire a black woman and asked how they felt about it. Years later he recalled, “They all said ‘fine’ except one who said, ‘Well, when she comes, I go!’ and by golly 141 she did. But anyway, we hired the first non-menial black in the (AT&T) system, and it worked out pretty well. The other girls took her in socially, and when I retired, she was still there—still in a clerical job, but it was a non-menial job.”2

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3. Hail (to) the People

Jeffrey P. Mehltretter Drury Texas A&M University Press ePub


Hail (to) the People

Can authority be more amiable and respectable when it descends from accidents or institutions established in remote antiquity than when it springs fresh from the hearts and judgments of an honest and enlightened people? For it is the people only that are represented. It is their power and majesty that is reflected, and only for their good, in every legitimate government, under whatever form it may appear.

—John Adams, Inaugural Address

Both physically and symbolically the president of the United States represents the ideals of an entire nation. He speaks for and with the voice of the people, maintaining the identity and heritage of the nation through his rhetorical choices, whether depicting his constituency as residents of a shining city on a hill, a thousand points of light, lovers of freedom, or some other rendering. He may be addressing an international audience: “To the ears of the world,” President Gerald Ford advised, “the President speaks for the Nation.”1 But he also invites individual citizens to see themselves as part of the collective “people.” Surely the president’s ability to advance viable images of the US citizenry before a multifaceted audience is a component of presidential leadership.2 In the epigraph, John Adams observes that presidents derive authority from the “hearts” and “judgments” of the people—from their esteemed virtues and their grounded beliefs.3

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13 Assy

Jane Blaffer Owen Indiana University Press ePub

Compared with the Sky
I am a little rock
A scrub oak
On the mountain side.

—Chuang Tzu


From Scotland we flew to France to visit my sister Titi on the Mediterranean Coast. I had promised my daughters their hearts’ fill of scuba diving and French pastries with cousins Joe and Lee Hudson before making another pilgrimage, this time to Église Notre-Dame de Toute Grâce du Plateau d’Assy in Haute-Savoie.

Angelo del Giudice, our Italian chauffeur and baggage master, prepared to begin our journey north much too soon for Joe Hudson. I can still hear him pleading with his mother before our leave-taking: “Please don’t let them go, Mother; do something!” Angelo was eager to take on our route and equal to the hairpin curves with infrequent guardrails through the mountains. His mutterings brought little comfort. As though to explain the treacherous drive, he declared, “The French don’t value human life.”

Angelo’s jaundiced view of the entire race was evident the night of our first alfresco dinner in a restaurant at the base of Sacré Coeur, the hilltop church with a dome that shone above us like a huge pearl. He had retired, we thought, to a nearby Italian bistro. However, as we were finishing our meal, we noticed a man’s figure behind a well-clipped hedge: “Presente, signora. Do you think I would abandon you to the mercy of French men?” He had never left us.

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Dan Sisson Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

IT IS RARE WHEN A BOOK ABOUT OUR EARLY REPUBLIC IS RELEVANT forty years after it was originally published. It is rarer still when that book provides insight into national problems we refuse to solve two centuries later.

You are therefore holding in your hands (or reading on your pad or computer) one of the most important books you will ever encounter. Here is why: Unlike other histories of this era, this book is written from a revolutionary perspective much like Jefferson’s generation viewed the world.

The American Revolution of 1800 was not just about an election. It was about a life-and-death struggle for power between democratic-republican principles and oligarchic-plutocratic values based on corruption. In short, this book, by implication, is about the identical crisis America faces today.

The author’s unique analysis is based on the idea of faction controlling party and how both undermine constitutional government. In an age where modern parties and the factions that control them have paralyzed our government, this book validates the politics of the Founders.

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1: An Invention Born of Necessity

Adam Kahane Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

ON A LOVELY FRIDAY AFTERNOON in September 1991, I arrived at the Mont Fleur conference center in the mountains of the wine country outside of Cape Town. I was excited to be there and curious about what was going to happen. I didn’t yet realize what a significant weekend it would turn out to be.

The year before, in February 1990, South African president F. W. de Klerk had unexpectedly announced that he would release Nelson Mandela from 27 years in prison, legalize Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) and the other opposition parties, and begin talks on a political transition. Back in 1948, a white minority government had imposed the apartheid system of racial segregation and oppression on the black majority, and the 1970s and 1980s had seen waves of bloody confrontation between the government and its opponents. The apartheid system, labeled by the United Nations a “crime against humanity,” was the object of worldwide condemnation, protests, and sanctions.

Now de Klerk’s announcement had launched an unprecedented and unpredictable process of national transformation. Every month saw breakthroughs and breakdowns: declarations and demands from politicians, community activists, church leaders, and businesspeople; mass demonstrations by popular movements and attempts by the police and military to reassert control; and all manner of negotiating meetings, large and small, formal and informal, open and secret.

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The Staccato Master of the World

IU Press Journals Indiana University Press ePub

AMIRI BARAKA, A brilliant light that shined brightest when in the middle of battling for his people’s rights, has taken the eternal sleep. His manifest destiny was to make racial criminals and political thugs angry and uncomfortable with a staccato style that imitated jazz music in its isolation of certain notes that appeared to be detached and of a shortened duration. This is why the poems he wrote agitated the establishment and made him a righteous defender of human freedom; they were poems with words that actualized energy and power and, more than most poets, he was a student of sound like the old bald-headed Egyptian priests who knew that articulation of the voice was the chief miracle of human mystery. He was a free man and, in that freedom, he was free to be bold, to be wrong, to be strong and to be adventurous, and to be right at times. He knew that freedom came with a price but that price was never too costly for one’s sense of purpose. Always capable of self-correction, Baraka’s ability to take the dagger of his words and strike the blow for truth as he saw it was uncanny and a part of his genius. We will miss him and his poems and plays and essays that provoked a generation to be better humans, to unleash hell on those whose fat bellies snuffed out the souls of the poor. Despite his detractors, or those who believed that he was merely this-or-that, he was a socialist, feminist, womanist, nationalist, and culturalist who sought to bring equality and justices to the world. Nothing anti-African passed him without a comment and nothing was so close to him as his battle with his own intellect. A great spirit has passed this way!

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7 Longing for the World

Samuli Schielke Indiana University Press ePub


Mukhtar Shehata, a frustrated and underpaid teacher in an informal area (‘ashwa’iya, an area that has been built without a master plan and proper permits, sometimes also referred to as “slum,” although the ten-story buildings of reinforced concrete and red brick in an Egyptian ‘ashwa’iya hardly conform with the stereotypical image of a third-world slum) in eastern Alexandria is one of the many sons of the village who have moved to the city in search of work and a better life. He lives just a block inland from the Abu Qir suburban train track that divides the upmarket seaside from the “popular” (sha‘bi) inland of the city. Unlike in Cairo, where upmarket districts are increasingly physically apart from the rest of the city, many of Alexandria’s upmarket districts are within everybody’s reach,1 given the double role of the seafront Corniche Road as a main area for middle-class outings (the true elites are drawn to the more exclusive resorts to the east and west of the city) and as the city’s main thoroughfare.

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6 From Morocco’s 9/11 to Community Policing: State Advertising and the New Citizen

Jonathan Smolin Indiana University Press ePub

State Advertising and the New Citizen

From the tabloids to Moroccan True Crime, the state had only indirect input on the construction of police images in the new mass media. Starting in early 2001, the state became more proactive, welcoming television camera crews, directors, and actors into the formerly closed world of the police stations in order to make new and daring cop movies that blurred the lines between police fact and fiction in order to improve the image of the real-world police in society. When a serial killer seemed to emerge in 2002, the police faced severe criticism over their inability to combat this apparently new form of criminality. This crisis forced the police to engage the media directly in order to control their image for a terrified public. For the first time in the country’s history, the police gave interviews to the press, invited journalists into the police stations and morgues, and brought film crews along with them as they cracked a real-world criminal case. In the process, the state managed the nonstate media in order to disseminate a new image of the police—CSI: Casablanca—that was just as modern and Western as the criminality that they were now facing.

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Chapter 1 - Axiology: Rights and the Ground of Worth

Robert Andelson Shepheard-Walwyn ePub
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3. Dannie Martin

William Turner Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

“I committed bank robbery and they put me in prison, and that was right. Then I committed journalism and they put me in the hole. And that was wrong.” So said Dannie Martin, a convict’s convict. A longtime heroin addict and alcoholic, Martin knew jails inside and out, mostly from the insider’s point of view. Caught red-handed in a bank robbery in a little town in Washington, Martin was sentenced to 33 years in federal prison.

Prison gave Martin plenty of time to complete the education he never got in the “free” world, and he was an avid reader. He started to write, and it turned out that he had a remarkable gift: the ability to write clearheadedly, honestly, and affectingly about life in prison. No self-pity here, no claims of innocence, no macho braggadocio, no prisoner clichès.

In July, 1986, while in the federal prison at Lompoc, California, Martin mailed off to the San Francisco Chronicle an article he wrote on AIDS in prison. It vividly revealed for the public how serious the epidemic was among prisoners. It landed on the desk of Peter Sussman, editor of the Chronicle’s Sunday Punch section. Sussman liked the piece, determined to publish it, added Martin’s byline, and sent a check for $100 as the standard freelancer’s fee. The article ran on Sunday, August 3, 1986, and readers liked it. Martin continued to submit articles, all first-person essays and vignettes of prison life, and Sussman continued to publish them. They covered diverse facets of prison life that captured the imagination of Chronicle readers and made Martin the most popular regular contributor to the Sunday Punch. One of my personal favorites was “Requiem for Mr. Squirrel,” a poignant story of how Martin alleviated boredom and the lack of meaningful relationships by feeding a grateful and friendly squirrel, whom the prison officials soon poisoned.

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5 How Social Impacts Are Created

Marc J. Epstein Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

There are many approaches organizations can take to generate social impact, and different types of organizations create impacts in different ways. These variations are particularly noticeable in the way nonprofits and for-profits produce impacts. Nonprofits and social enterprises focus on the impacts they make through their products and services, while for-profit companies mostly focus on impacts they make through their operations. Some nonprofits thus consider their primary social impacts to result from consumers or beneficiaries using their products, while companies tend to see their primary social impacts coming from the way they source and produce products.

In general, social purpose organizations take a narrow view of their impacts by focusing on their primary areas of influence—the impacts they manage directly and carefully. But all organizations produce secondary impacts as well. The resources they consume, the people they employ, the procedures they carry out, and the products and byproducts they produce can all yield both positive and negative social impacts.

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14. Rules of Engagement: Making Collaboration Real

Paul Walden Hansen Texas A&M University Press ePub


Rules of Engagement

Making Collaboration Real

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

—Henry Ford

Recreational development is a job not of building roads into lovely country, but of building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind.

—Aldo Leopold

OFFERING THE NOSTRUM that people should work together is a staple in conservation speeches, especially in the natural resources profession and most especially with government employees. Making it happen is never easy. Participation without an open mind almost assures failure. The greatest progress killers are bad-faith engagements. Honesty, respect, and a measure of humility from both sides are key to success.

On a beautiful spring day in 2002 when Washington, DC, dripped with cherry blossoms, the two top executives of the powerful forest products industry trade association, the American Forest and Paper Association, quietly took me to an off-the-record lunch. They wanted to thank me for six years of “tough love” as they called it. It had been a difficult process, so it was best for all of us to do this privately. I had been an outsider invited to be deeply involved in their trade association’s business—working to improve forestry standards for an entire industry in a way that put the greatest pressure on the poorest performers.

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Si Kahn Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

HERE’S A CAUTIONARY TALE about the motel and the county commissioner.

You own a motel—and it isn’t doing very well. Some nights, barely anyone checks in. On your best nights, it’s maybe half full. You advertise, you offer special deals, but nothing changes. It’s not like the roach motels, where “they check in, but they don’t check out.” In your motel, they check in, and they don’t ever come back. From the front office desk, standing behind the counter, you look out at the highway, night after night, and watch the cars and trucks going by, going by, going by.

Other than the traffic zooming past the neon-lit entrance, the only steady thing is your costs. Every month you have to pay the principal and interest on the mortgage. There are taxes on the property, steep because it’s right there on the highway. There’s the electric bill, and the water and sewer bill. The only good thing you can say about the water bill is that, since you don’t have very many customers, you don’t use up a lot of water washing the sheets, pillowcases, towels, and washcloths.

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