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“How to Talk to ‘Middle America’ about Progressive Ideas”

5 pages. This paper discusses how progressive activists can effectively talk to ordinary Americans, especially those in small towns and rural areas.

“Hope Is Not a Foolish Notion”

2 pages. Looking from the broader sweep of history, the possibilities for far-reaching transformation of society seem good.

“A Powerful and Inspiring Campaign: A Short History of SCRIP’s Efforts to End Stanford University’s Support of South African Apartheid in 1977”

2 pages. A brief overview of the campaign waged by the Stanford Committee for a Responsible Investment Policy (SCRIP).

“Students Organize Against Stanford’s Investment Policy,”

2 pages. An article in an alternative newspaper that described the campaign waged by the Stanford Committee for a Responsible Investment Policy (SCRIP) in 1977.

“Progressive Behavior and Attitudes”

1 page. This chart lists fourteen progressive behaviors and attitudes and contrasts them with non-progressive ones.

“Several Definitions and Dimensions of Social Change”

1 page. This paper defines several terms that are often confused: violence, nonviolence, unviolence; active, passive nonviolence; social service, social change; resistance, liberation, democratization, humane-ization; and more.

“Some General Methods for Maintaining or Changing Society”

1 page. This chart describes six important aspects of ten methods used to change society.

“Characteristics of Some Typical Social Change Tactics”

1 page. This chart indicates whether twenty social change tactics have nine important characteristics.

“Rising Consciousness: Typical Steps People Take in Recognizing the Need to Work for Fundamental Social Change”

2 pages. This chart lists the steps people often take in progressing from ignorance and naiveté to political knowledge and action.

“Activist Skills and Experiences Questionnaire”

8 pages. This chart lists 175 skills and 98 experiences typical of seasoned activists. It can be used for self-assessment, goal setting, or progress evaluation — especially in conjunction with activist education programs.

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