Further resources on government, civics, democracy, and organizing, compiled through community recommendations & curation:
On US Civics:
- NPR’s Civics 101. A great podcast covering many aspects of US civics, ranging from the debt ceiling to lobbying to voting systems.
On Rhode Island History & Politics:
- Rhode Island’s State Constitution. Don’t be intimidated; it’s surprisingly accessible!
- Rhode Island History, published by the RI Historical Society. A classic critical history, focusing on the early rise of the Democratic Party and then the progressive movement in our state.
- Rhode Island History, from the RI Secretary of State.
On Advocacy in Rhode Island:
- A Short Guide to Advocacy at the RI Statehouse, by Sen. Gayle Goldin, Arianne Corrente & Kath Connolly
- How a Bill Becomes Law in Rhode Island, from the RI Secretary of State.
- Who does what: a guide to levels of government in Rhode Island, from the RI Secretary of State.
On US History & Politics:
- A People’s History of the United States. A classic.
- A Force More Powerful. Link is to the film version.
- Webs of Power, by Starhawk.
On Community Organizing:
- The Revolution Will Not Be Funded, by the Sista II Sista Collective, Brooklyn, New York
- Stir It Up, edited by Kim Klein. Identifies the key priorities and strategies that can help advance the mission of any social change group.
On Race & Racism:
- But I’m not Racist! Tools for Well-Meaning Whites, by Kathy Obear
- The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander