Grassroots Organizing

Below are some references and sources of material to increase your effectiveness as a grassroots activist:

Books on Blogging:

Michael A Banks, Blogging Heroes – Interviews with 30 of the World’s Top Bloggers, Wiley Publishing, Inc, 2008

Eric Boehlert, Bloggers on the Bus How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press,Free Press, 2009

DL Byron & Steve Broback, Publish & Prosper – Blogging for your Business, New Riders, 2006

Richard Davis, Typing Politics – The Role of Blogs in American Politics, Oxford University Press, 2009

Thord Daniel Hedengren, Smashing WordPress – Beyond the Blog, Wiley, 2011

The Huffington Post, The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging,  Simon and Schuster Paperbacks, 2008

David Kline and Dan Burstein, blog! how the newest media revolution is changing politics, business and culture, CDS Books, 2005

Janet Majure, Teach Yourself Visually WordPress, Wiley Publishing, Indianpolis, 2010

Scott Rosenberg, Say Everything – How Blogging Began, What it’s becoming and Why it Matters,  Crown Publishers, 2009

Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Cory Miller, Kevin Palmer, Andrea Rennick, and Michael Torbert, WordPress All-in-One for Dummies , Wiley Publishing, 2011

Lisa Sabin-Wilson, WordPress Web Design for Dummies, Wiley Publishing, 2011

Bud E Smith & Michael McCallister, WordPress, Que Publishing, Indianapolis, 2011

Bob Walsh, Clear Blogging – How People Blogging Are Changing the World and How You Can Join Them, Apress, 2007

Richard N Wilson, How to Blog Made Easy, Flame Tree Press, London, United Kingdom, 2014

Books on Campaigning:

Cathy Allen, Taking Back Politics – An insider’s Guide to Winning, Jalapeno Press Publication,  1996

Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitas Zuniga, Crashing the Gate, Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics , Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2006

Jeff Blodgett and Bill Lofy, Winning Your Election the Wellstone Way – A Comprehensive Guide for Candidates and Campaign Workers, University of Minnesota Press, 2008

Becky Bond & Zack Exley, Rules for Revolutionaries – How Big Organizing Can Change Everything, Chelsea Green Publishing, White River Junction, Vermont, 2016

Michael Gecan, Going Public – An Organizer’s  Guide to Citizen Action, Anchor Books, 20012

Judge Lawrence Greay, How to Win A Local Election, M Evans and Company, 1999

Sasha Issenberg, The Victory Lab – The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns,  Crown Publishing Group, NY, 2012

Si Kahn, Creative Community Organizing – A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists & Quiet Lovers of Justice , Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010

Cynthia Kaufman, Ideas for Action – Relevant Theory for Radical  Change, South End Press, 2003

Nick Licata, Becoming a Citizen Activist – Stories, Strategies, & Advice for Changing Our World, Sasquatch Press, Seattle, WA, 2016

Hillary Rettig, The Lifelong Activist – How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way, Lantern Books, New York, NY 2006

Catherine Shaw, The Campaign Manager – Running and Winning Local Elections,  4th edition, Westview Press, 2010

Randy Shaw, The Activist’s Handbook, University of California Press, 1996

Lee Staples, Roots to Power – A Manual for Grassroots Organizing, Second Edition, Prager Publishers, Westprot, CT 2004

Noami Wolf, Give Me Liberty – A Handbook for American Revolutionaries, Simon and Schuster, New York, 2008

Books on Fundraising:

Llona Bray, JDEffective Fundraising for Nonprofits, Real-World Strategies That Work , 2nd ed, Nolo, 2008

Joan Flanagan, The Grassroots Fundraising Book – How to Raise Money in Your Community, Contemporary Books, 1992

Kim Klein, Fundraising for Social Change, Kim Klein, 4th edition, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA 2011

Heather Mansfield, Mobile for Good, McGraw Hill-Education, 2014

Books on Initiatives:

Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan, and Catherine J Tolbert – Editors, Citizens as Legislators – Direct Democracy in the United States, Ohio State University Press, Columbus, Ohio 1998

David S Broder, Democracy Derailed – Initiative Campaigns and the Power of Money,  Harcourt, 2000

Thomas E Cronin, Direct Democracy – The Politics of Initiative, Referendum and Recall,  Twentieth Century Fund, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1989

Richard J Ellis, Democratic Illusions – The Initiative Process in America, University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2002

David McCuan & Steve Stambough – Editors, Initiative Centered Politics – The New Politics of Direct Democracy, Carolina Academic Press, Durham, NC 2005

Larry J Sabato, Howard R Ernst, and Bruce A Larson -Editors, Dangerous Democracy? The Battle over Ballot Initiatives in America, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc, Lanham, Maryland, 2001

David D Schmidt, Citizen Lawmakers – The Ballot Initiative Revolution, Temple University Press, Philadelphia, PA 1989

Daniel A Smith & Caroline A Tolbert, Educated by Initiative – The Effects of Direct Democracy on Citizens and Political Organizations in the American States,  The University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, MI, 2004

 Other Initiative Resources

Top 10 Things to Think Through Prior to Launching a Ballot Measure Campaign, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center

Filing Initiatives and Referenda in Washington State, Washington Secretary of State, 2013

Ballot Measures, Ballotpedia


Mark Bauerlein -Editor, Digital Divide – Arguments for and against Facebook, Google, Texting and the Age of Social Networking, Jeremy P Tarcher/Penguin, New York, NY 2011

Linda “Li” Evans, Social Media Marketing – Strategies for Engaging on Facebook, Twitter & Other Social Media, Que, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2010

Alex S Jones, Losing the News – The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy, Oxford University Press, New York, NY 2009





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