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Quick, free, open source guides to get you informed and taking action.

 

Are you new to volunteering? We were, too, not long ago. So we wrote the guides we wished we had when we were getting started.

Are you training others? Use these to train your volunteers so you can spend less time reinventing the wheel and more time engaging voters.

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One-hour, free courses with workbooks to make you an effective voter, volunteer, and organizer.

 

Our Real Talk cirriculum is for everyone. This is no nonsense understanding of how to effectively talk and engage in politics.

The Organizing for Change series is for grassroots organizers to manage your group and more easily take action that works.

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Our volunteers are students of grassroots organizing. Here are our recommended books, podcasts, and articles that have helped us get beyond talking about politics and into taking real-world action.

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How Do We Exit the Post-Truth Era?

Deep dive into how changes in journalism has lead to the age of misinformation and how media literacy is the key to regaining the truth.

By

Viviane Fairbank

Type

Article

Lense/Topic

Disinformation

Recommended By

Caz

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Democracy's Deficit: The Role of Institutional Contact in Shaping non-White Political Behavior

A study on the effectiveness of using non-political outreach for Latino and Asian American voter outreach.

By

Marcela García-Castañon

Type

Article

Lense/Topic

Racial Equity

Recommended By

Caz

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How to Talk to People Who Doubt Climate Change

Break through to climate deniers with language and empathy.

By

Katharine Hayhoe and hoebe Neidl

Type

Article

Lense/Topic

Disinformation

Recommended By

Caz

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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Jonathan Haidt explores why liberals and conservatives see the world differently and hold different values as more or less important.

By

Jonathan Haidt

Type

Book

Lense/Topic

Belonging

Recommended By

Benedict

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The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker

In depth study of rural identity and the roots of the rural/urban divide.

By

Katherine J. Cramer

Type

Book

Lense/Topic

Rural/Urban

Recommended By

Caz

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Get Out The Vote: How to Increase Voter Turnout

Tools to increase voter turnout.

By

Donald P. Green and Alan S. Gerber

Type

Book

Lense/Topic

Democratic Reform

Recommended By

Jenny

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How to Be an Antiracist

An essential book to make you see all the forms of racism, see how it intersects, and know what meaningful action to take to be actively antiracist in your own life and in your politics.

By

Ibram X. Kendi

Type

Book

Lense/Topic

Racial Equity

Recommended By

Caz

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I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening)

A great guide and insights into how to have politics conversations that really connect.

By

Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth A Silvers

Type

Book

Lense/Topic

Belonging

Recommended By

Caz

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If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed and How It Might Be Saved

Examining our history to show how we've always been polarized but why now it is dysfunctional and how it can be saved.

By

Michael Tomasky

Type

Book

Lense/Topic

Democratic Reform

Recommended By

Caz

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The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread

An examination of the social factors that lead to false beliefs, an understanding which will allow us to spread the truth.

By

Cailin O'Connor and James Owen Weatherall

Type

Book

Lense/Topic

Disinformation

Recommended By

Caz

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Ill Fares the Land

A political conversation, with tools to imagine a new form of governance.

By

Tony Judt

Type

Book

Lense/Topic

Democratic Reform

Recommended By

Jenny

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Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision

A concise and systematic explanation of how conservatives think and use language--and how progressives can fight back .

By

George Lakodd

Type

Book

Lense/Topic

Messaging

Recommended By

Jenny