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Ed Schwartz, "NetActivism"

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  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. Fewer 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
( 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."

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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

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