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50 Ways to Love Your Country

How to Find Your Political Voice and Become a Catalyst for Change

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"I am deeply grateful for MoveOn, and everything they do, including this wonderful book."
—Anne Lamott
author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies

"MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country is a user-friendly 'How To' guide for fixing our broken democracy. Both nuts-and-bolts practical and deeply personal, this book is political Viagra for anyone tired of feeling hopeless, helpless, and impotent in the face of our Big Money/Big Media-controlled political system."
—Arianna Huffington
Syndicated columnist and author of Fanatics and Fools: The Game Plan for Winning Back America

"Cesar Chavez once said the organizer's job is to help ordinary people do extraordinary things. Involving masses of people in a movement to right wrongs and change government policy is what democracy is all about. No one in is doing it better today in America than MoveOn.org. MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country is a vital primer for every activist interested in progressive social change."
—Arturo S. Rodriguez
President, United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO

Available now as a paperback and an enhanced audiobook

With section intros by Gail Sheehy, Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore, an inspiring collection of 50 call-to-action essays from MoveOn members around the country.

With more than 2 million members, MoveOn.org Civic Action is at the cutting edge of a new model for political activism and is able to mobilize thousands of volunteers and millions of dollars. Now, MoveOn takes its message offline with MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country in an effort to jumpstart an even broader civic dialogue and inspire all to become involved in our political process.

Written by MoveOn members across the country, from Hawaii to Maine, from political figures to teachers, each essay shares a compelling personal story and most include an action item with resources for taking inspiration a step further. Simple ideas are illuminated, such as "His Last Vote," about a dying man's wish to cast a ballot, as are more dynamic actions, such as "Start a Petition," which chronicles a couple's quest to protect wolves from trappers in Alaska. MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country answers the question that more and more citizens are asking: "What can I do?"

NEW! Enhanced Audiobook
Available on 4 CDs, 1 MP3-CD or as an audio download

We managed to corral nearly all the book contributors together to make an original recording of their essays for the audiobook. There's the familiar sound of Al Gore's voice right alongside the less familiar voice of MoveOn's Eli Pariser, backed by the grassroots chorus of the dozens of ordinary extraordinary citizens who contributed.

Sound Sample: Kathryn Blume reads from her description of the Lysistrata Project experience and her one-woman show called "The Accidental Activist."

Listen using standard CD or MP3-CD players and audible-ready download devices, or play in a PC or Mac computer with a CD or DVD drive to listen and use enhanced files. The MP3-CD is programmed for DAISY players used by visually handicapped listeners and conforms to the CEA/APA Audiobook Format.

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It Takes a Nation:

How Strangers Became Family in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina

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It Takes A Nation

Within 24 hours of Hurricane Katrina touching ground in the Gulf Coast region last year, MoveOn.org Civic Action created HurricaneHousing.org—pairing over 30,000 evacuees with MoveOn members willing to open their homes.

It Takes a Nation tells the story of how thousands of American families were brought together in the face of an extraordinary natural disaster—regardless of race, economic background, religious or political differences—through MoveOn Civic Action's HurricaneHousing.org program.

Volunteers brought aid to evacuees by providing much needed housing, cars, jobs, clothes, health care, and most importantly, community—offering a positive contrast to the national shame that was widely felt about the Bush administration’s handling of the Katrina crisis. 

It Takes a Nation presents an oral history and the only candid, first-person accounts of evacuees within the first two weeks of Hurricane Katrina as well as stunning photographs to chronicle their stories.

It Takes a Nation provides a window into the lives of 29 MoveOn host families and the Gulf Coast residents they welcomed into their homes.  The mass-scale effort—launched by MoveOn Civic Action and promoted by celebrities including Tim Robbins, John Cusack, R.E.M., Rosie Perez, Pearl Jam, Moby, the Beastie Boys, John Mellencamp, and The Roots—found temporary & long term housing for ten of thousands of hurricane evacuees. 

Compiled and edited by MoveOn Cultural Director Laura Dawn, their stories are presented in Studs Terkel-esque first person narratives based on hours of interviews conducted within 2 months of the storm and photographs by C.B. Smith during a two week tour directly following Katrina’s landfall in Louisiana.  It Takes a Nation also features forewords by Senator Barack Obama and MoveOn Executive Director Eli Pariser.

“The goodness detailed in It Takes a Nation proves that in this country still lies the capacity for greatness.  The oral histories in this collection show everyday heroes at work, as we see MoveOn members and countless other Americans welcome over 30,000 strangers into their homes as neighbors and friends.  It shows the power this online community has to strengthen our national community, and it calls each of us to do what we can to follow this heartfelt example,” writes Senator Barack Obama.

Reviews:

“The letters in ‘It Takes a Nation’ are evidence that there remains a heart in America that still believes in compassion as the first of the virtues.” 
– Norman Mailer

“The goodness detailed in It Takes a Nation proves that in this country still lies the capacity for greatness.  The oral histories in this collection show everyday heroes at work, as we see MoveOn members and countless other Americans welcome over 30,000 strangers into their homes as neighbors and friends.  It shows the power this online community has to strengthen our national community, and it calls each of us to do what we can to follow this heartfelt example,”
--Senator Barack Obama.

 “The title says it all—It Takes a Nation shows us that by joining together we can begin to heal the trauma that has forever changed the Gulf Coast and our country. So many Americans feel that we are living in divisive times, but MoveOn’s Hurricane Housing program proved that our core values are very similar when put to the test.  We are a great people, and it is in unity that we reach greatness.  The evacuees and housing donors who became family through this program are living and breathing on every page of this book,”
--Michael Stipe of R.E.M.

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