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	Here is a new book by Ed Schwartz, a fellow who has worked 

innovatively, in building neighborhoods and community in Philadelphia. He 
has used the net and the pointers are listed below.
	This book will be worth have. Congratulations to Ed.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 1996 20:55:02 -0400 (EDT)
From: Ed Schwartz <edcivic@libertynet.org>
To: :  ;
Subject: NetActivism: How Citizens Use the Internet

This release went out from O'Reilly today.

"Communet" is one of the lists that I describe extensively in
a chapter on listservs.

Ed Schwartz

>August 1, 1996
>Sara Winge
>  Veteran Grassroots Activist Shares the Secrets of Online Success
>SEBASTOPOL, CA--It's no secret that the American citizen is fed up with
>politics as usual. Less people are voting in every election, and those
>who do vote aren't sure it matters. During this presidential primary
>season, noted Internet publisher O'Reilly & Associates is releasing in
>"NetActivism: How Citizens Use the Internet," a book that will show
>ordinary people who want to reclaim politics--from the neighborhood to
>the national level--how to use the power of the Internet to make a
>Written by veteran political activist and former Philadelphia city
>councilman Ed Schwartz, "NetActivism" is a no-hype guide that shows
>readers how to use the Internet to find out what the government really
>does, as well as how to organize around a cause or a community with
>online tools like electronic mailing lists, online debates, and Web
>A leader in citizen movements for more than 30 years, author Schwartz
>embraced the Internet not because it's cool, but because it gets the
>job done. He has an extensive online presence: a Web site
>(http://libertynet.org/community/phila/natl.html) that serves community
>activists across the country, a mailing list that discusses civic
>values, and ties to a community network that organizes citizens across
>the city of Philadelphia. "NetActivism" features real-world examples
>from Schwartz's Institute for Civic Values and a host of other citizen
>groups, including the Downtown Minneapolis Residents Association and
>Project VoteSmart.
>Community activists, politicians--and any concerned citizens who care
>about their community--will find "NetActivism" packed with advice on
>conducting online research, getting the right equipment and software,
>using online networks in local communities, and crafting political
>campaigns on the Net.
>"NetActivism: How Citizens Use the Internet" will be released on
>September 24. Produced by O'Reilly affiliate Songlione Studios for
>O'Reilly's Songline Guide imprint, "NetActivism" includes a CD-ROM with
>Internet software and limited free online time.
>Ed Schwartz, founder and president of the Institute for the Study of
>Civic Values, has been a national leader in movements to revitalize
>neighborhoods and expand citizen participation in government for more
>than 25 years.  In the 1970s, he built a city-wide coalition of
>community organizations that led to his upset election to the
>Philadelphia City Council as a councilman-at-large in 1984. Between
>1987 and 1992, he served as director of Philadelphia's Office of
>Housing and Community Development, overseeing the rehabilitation of
>more than 4,000 houses and apartments for low-income residents of the
>City. In 1992, he returned to the Institute for the Study of Civic
>Values full-time to develop new models for community planning and
>citizen empowerment for the 1990's.
>Dr. Schwartz, who received his Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers
>University, has written widely on problems related to civic
>participation, neighborhood development, and America's democratic
>heritage. His first book, "Will the Revolution Succeed?" has been
>followed by articles and reviews in The New York Times Book Review, The
>Nation, The American Prospect, Shelterforce, The Philadelphia Inquirer,
>and The Philadelphia Daily News. The work of the Institute for the
>Study of Civic Values itself is profiled extensively in Robert Bellah's
>award-winning book, "Habits of the Heart."
>				    # # #
>NetActivism: How Citizens Use the Internet
>By Ed Schwartz
>1st Edition September 1996
>175 pages (est.), ISBN: 1-56592-160-7, $24.95, Includes CD-ROM
Ed Schwartz, Institute for the Study of Civic Values, 1218 Chestnut St.,
Rm. 702, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 215-238-1434 edcivic@libertynet.org

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