50 Ways to Love Your Country
How to Find Your Political Voice and Become a Catalyst for Change
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?"
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."
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It Takes a Nation:
How Strangers Became Family in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
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.