Playbook for Progressives: 16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer

Playbook for Progressives: 16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer by Eric Mann

Introduction ix
r 2 Roles of the Successful Organizer
I. The Foot Soldier 5
2. The Evangelist I I
3· The Recruiter IS
4. The Group Builder 27
s. The Strategist 3I
6. The Tactician 37
1· The Communicator 45
8. The Political Educator 49
g. The Agitator 55
w. The Fund-Raiser 59
I r. The Comrade and Confidante 65
12. The Cadre 7I
I 6 Qualities of the Successful Organizer
I. Joins an Organization Based on Agreement
with Its Strategy and Tactics 79
2. Builds a Base and Never Walks Alone 85
3. Sings with the Choir but Finds Her Own Voice 9I
4. A Good Listener: Keeps an Ear to the Ground 95
s. A Good Investigator: Seeks Truth from Facts I03
6. Tribune of the People: Fights for All the Oppressed I09
7. Generosity of Spirit: Takes Good Care of Others I I 5
8. Self-Sustaining: Takes Good Care of Himself I23
g. Completes the Circle: From Start to Finish I3I
10. Tactically Agile: Masters the Decision
of the Moment I37
II. A Strong Class Stand: Which Side Are You On? I45
12. The Organizer as Expert: Science in Service
to the People I 53
13. Courageous and Militant: On the Front Lines
of the Battle 159
14. A Strong Work Ethic: First to Arrive, Last to Leave 163
15. Relentless: Won't Take No for an Answer I69
16. Fights to Win: Leading the Great Campaign I79
Conclusion: The Time for Transformative Organizing
Is Now! 189

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