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Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries by Naomi Wolf

Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries by Naomi Wolf

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As the practice of democracy becomes a lost art, Americans are increasingly desperate for a restored nation. Many have a general sense that the "system" is in disorder -- if not on the road to functional collapse. But though it is easy to identify our political problems, the solutions are not always as clear. In Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries, bestselling author Naomi Wolf illustrates the breathtaking changes that can take place when ordinary citizens engage in the democratic system the way the founders intended and tells how to use that system, right now, to change your life, your community, and ultimately, the nation.
As the practice of democracy becomes a lost art, Americans are increasingly desperate for a restored nation. Many have a general sense that the "system" is in disorder -- if not on the road to functional collapse. But though it is easy to identify our political problems, the solutions are not always as clear. In Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries, bestselling author Naomi Wolf illustrates the breathtaking changes that can take place when ordinary citizens engage in the democratic system the way the founders intended and tells how to use that system, right now, to change your life, your community, and ultimately, the nation.

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how to drive a boycott
Yur grup  “demcracy cmmands” can als drivepwerul change by rganizing a
boycott.
The American Revlutin began with a byctt. Ater the Stamp Act impsed extra taxes n gds in theclnies—inuriating clnists wh were arnted by “tax-atin withut representatin”—the clnists reacted by re-using t buy and cnsume tea, abric, and ther gdsimprted rm England.Capitalism respnds quickly and inexrably t marketpressure. In America, the byctt is a legal and ptentweapn t tweak the bttm line, where vested interestsand crpratins can eel the pressure. Byctts by rdi-nary Americans, such as the campus-led push during the1980s t divest—withdraw investments rm—racist Suth Arica, helped lead t the mre racially just demcraticSuth Arica we are privileged t see tday. In 1998, U.S.citizens rganized mre than 750 ches natinwide t stpserving swrdsh in their restaurants because  cncernsthat the ppulatins  the species were being seriusly de-pleted by market demands. Tw years later, t prtectswrdsh rm being shed ut, the U.S. gvernmentpassed laws that prhibited shing in the areas where theyreprduced. Citizens, accrdingly, ended the ches’ by-ctt.C-p America can teach yur cmmand grup hwt byctt. This rganizatin (http://www.cpamerica
 
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.rg/abut/) has a urld strategy: “buy, invest, byctt, de-mand change.” Accrding t the leaders  C-p America:“Any cncerned grup can call a byctt and any cn-sumer is a ptential byctter. I yu buy things, yu havethe pwer nt t buy. I yur riends and neighbrs areamng the target custmers r a specic prduct r in-dustry, yu are in a very pwerul psitin indeed.“Investments yu have bught can als be used tdrive change. A majrity  Americans wn stck, and yucan use the stck yu wn—even i it is nly a smallamunt—t drive a sharehlder reslutin. A sharehlderreslutin happens when sharehlders get tgether t de-mand a curse crrectin by a crpratin by putting itut r a sharehlder vte. Sharehlder reslutins havehelped bring abut such immense changes as divestmentin apartheid-era Suth Arica; because  such actins,cmpanies such as Nike have had t ace their explitiveuse  sweatshps and been rced by rdinary peple tensure that cnditins in Nike’s actries are nt abusive.Accrding t byctt mvement leader Tdd Putnam,‘Byctts used t take between ve and ten years t get re-sults, but nw they take abut tw. That’s because they’re better rganized and get mre media attentin: crpra-tins recgnize the damage ptential much earlier.’ ”
 additional resources
How to Drive a Boycott
C-p America: http://www.cpamerica
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.rg/abutonline NewsHur website that lists all dis-
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cussins and prtests natinwide thatemerged rm a byctt: http://www.pbs.rg/

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