by Jason Del Gandio and Anthony J. Nocella, II
New Society Publishers
The pursuit of freedom and justice is a timeless one, but new activists may not know where to begin, while more experienced ones often become jaded or fatigued. The task of constructing a new society, free from oppression and inequality, can be overwhelming. Tools for facilitating motivation, engagement, and communication can mean the difference between failure and success for activists and social movements.
Educating for Action collects the voices of activists whose combined experience in confronting injustice has generated a wealth of key insights for creating social change. This practical guide explores such topics as:
Community activism and direct democracy
Conflict negotiation, communication, and rhetoric
Law, the educational system, and lifestyle activism
Social media skills, conference planning, and online organizing
Written in an inspirational tone, Educating for Action consciously straddles the line between street activism and classroom instruction. Bridging the gap between these two worlds makes for an engaging and instructive manual for social justice, helping students, teachers, and larger activist communities turn their idealism into action.
Jason Del Gandio is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy at Temple University. He has participated in the Global Justice Movement, the anti-war movement during the Bush Administration, the anti-RNC demonstrations of 2004, fair-trade campaigns, Latin American solidarity work and the Occupy Movement. Jason has appeared on television and radio, and regularly speaks on college campuses and at public venues. He is the author of Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century Activists.
Anthony J. Nocella is a scholar-activist, a Visiting Professor in the School of Education at Hamline University, and a Senior Fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute at the Hamline Law School. From blockading highways against the war in Iraq to lobbying for national forest protection, Anthony has been involved with numerous movements and struggles, including dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, anarchism, Earth liberation, animal liberation, disability liberation and Hip Hop youth activism. He has co-founded several active political organizations and published more than 50 scholarly articles and 15 books.