Family Activism

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2008-06-08
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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We tend to focus on trying to solve big societal problems, the big barriers that separate us, but, as Roberto Vargas argues, the most promising path to change is actually the most accessible and the most universal: the family. In our daily family and friendship circles, we experience countless opportunities to empower, inspire, and support positive change in others. What if we could look at those experiences as the seeds of bigger, broader change? In this new guide for change advocates, Vargas explains how fostering familia - the feeling of connection we have with our relatives or with those we choose to call family in all our relationships is the first step toward tackling broader problems in our community, our nation, and the world. When we start working for change at this most local of local levels, the relationships we build, and the respect and love that we show one another within the boundaries of family, becomes a model for all interactions with all people.

Author Biography

Roberto Vargas is principal consultant for New World Associates. His clients have included colleges, corporations, public institutions, Native American reservations, and over 150 agencies and organizations dedicated to community service

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Awakening to Activismp. 1
The Family Perspectivep. 7
Making Family Your Causep. 9
Principles to Guide Family Activismp. 25
The Familia Approachp. 43
Family Activism and Transformationp. 59
Tools for Family Powerp. 73
Getting Your Act Togetherp. 75
Creating Family Connectionsp. 89
Co-powering to Battle EL NOp. 107
Love the Childrenp. 121
Learn, Communicate, and Teachp. 135
Be the Facilitatorp. 151
Forming Unity Circlesp. 181
Moving from Family to Community Powerp. 197
Creating Powerful Family and Community Gatheringsp. 199
Expanding Family Action into Community Actionp. 213
Conclusion: Praxis and Blessingsp. 231
Acknowledgmentsp. 235
Notesp. 239
Indexp. 247
About the Authorp. 255
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