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By over 1, formerly homeless single adults were living in permanent housing through enrolling in the MPP. The program is still used by housing providers throughout San Francisco's extensive supporting housing system. In May , Shaw and the THC again created an innovative approach to housing homeless single adults in launching the Department of Housing Services' hotel leasing program.
THC became the City's leading provider of permanent housing for homeless single adults, and the leasing program was the foundation of the city's Care Not Cash program which began in In addition to authoring San Francisco's heat and hot water laws, Shaw has drafted key city ballot measures and state laws strengthening rent control and housing code enforcement. After the major defeat of a pro-tenant ballot measure in San Francisco's November election, Shaw committed to rebuilding and restructuring the city's tenant movement.
The activist's handbook : : winning social change in the 21st
He worked with other tenant counseling groups to hold a series of neighborhood tenant conventions designed to solicit input for a tenant initiative for the November ballot. This process led to Shaw drafting Proposition H, which would cut annual rent increases in half. The Prop H initiative became the first tenant ballot measure to prevail in San Francisco , despite tenants being outspent After spending years trying to get city officials to enforce the housing code, Shaw authored a ballot measure in to improve housing code enforcement by creating a new department under a public commission.
Gov't Code , and to prevent the Act from preempting local land use laws. The measure passed the Legislature and became law. In , Shaw founded Housing America to build national pressure for increased federal affordable housing funds. Later in , HA teamed with Religious Witness with Homeless People in getting what The New York Times described on September 10, as "an unusually broad coalition of religious leaders" to send a letter to President Bill Clinton urging the issuance of , new Section 8 housing vouchers.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo later credited the letter with securing 50, more vouchers. The study on how the U. In he published a book on the urban housing crisis talking about how skyrocketing rents and home values are pricing the working and middle classes out of urban America. Randy Shaw's 'The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco" offers an incisive history of one of the nation's most under-appreciated neighborhoods.
From its wild swings through vice and repression, surprising presence at the heart of the domestic Cold War, unique role as the locale where today's transgender movement began out of a strange mix of federal anti-poverty programs and faith-based political organizing, and as the landing pad for refugees from U. Shaw's thoroughly documented, and profusely illustrated work will be a basic resource for scholars and urban investigators for years to come. A completely revised and updated edition of the original book, bringing the principles of activism into the Obama era.
The book describes the tactics and strategies of the immigrant rights, marriage equality, and other movements that grew in strength in the 21st century. Author Van Jones described the new edition as " a must-read for grassroots activists. The new edition significantly expands and updates the original, which is an organizing classic. Reclaiming America: Nike, Clean Air, and the New National Activism UC Press argued that local activists needed to also focus on the national issues that increasingly shape local communities.
Medea Benjamin , political activist and Co-Director of Global Exchange , said of the book "Randy Shaw provides the definitive account of the historic national campaign to reform Nike's labor practices.
Activists Handbook Winning Social Change in the 21st Century
Reclaiming America is a must read for everyone seeking to achieve greater social and economic fairness in the 21st Century. A guide to making social change happen, The Activist's Handbook: A Primer for the s and Beyond UC Press: , , is described by Howard Zinn as "enormously valuable for anyone interested in social change.
It is practical in its advice, and inspiring in its stories of ordinary people successfully confronting powerful interests. In , Shaw initiated the effort that resulted in the creation of the national Uptown Tenderloin Historic District, which is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The District covers over 31 city blocks and over contributing structures. Shaw helped form Uptown Tenderloin, Inc. Uptown Tenderloin has restored historic advertising signs, developed murals on neighborhood history, gotten nearly historic plaques on Tenderloin buildings, and installed nine "Lost Landmark" plaques on Tenderloin sidewalks.
See uptowntl. Shaw is the editor of the online daily news service Beyond Chron which he founded in April Shaw's writings in Beyond Chron cover local, state and national politics.
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They do not appear libelous rather they are positive to the point of promotional. They may all be true, but lack references. Please help by adding reliable sources. A must read. It is practical in its advice, and inspiring in its stories of ordinary people successfully confronting powerful interests. In an era when poverty is growing and national social programs are threatened, the Handbook is an invaluable tool for community groups wishing to mobilize efforts in the service of escalating human needs.
This is a dimension of contemporary politics that is rarely treated, and welcome for that reason. Moreover, in developing his analysis, Shaw draws on numerous cases of local struggles to remind us of what the media has come to ignore, the persistent and insuppressible popular activism that is part of American political life.
In this thoroughly revised and updated edition of The Activist's Handbook , Randy Shaws hard-hitting guide to winning social change, the author brings the strategic and tactical guidance of the prior edition into the age of Obama. Shaw details how activists can best use the Internet and social media, and analyzes the strategic strengths and weaknesses of rising 21st century movements for immigrant rights, marriage equality, and against climate change.
Shaw also highlights increased student activism towards fostering greater social justice in the 21st century. The Activist's Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century details the impact of specific strategies on campaigns across the country, from Occupy Wall Street to battles over sweatshops, the environment, AIDS policies, education reform, homelessness, and more: How should activists use new media tools to expose issues and mobilize grassroots support?
When should activists form coalitions, and with whom?
In showing how people can win social change struggles against even overwhelming odds, The Activist's Handbook is an indispensable guide not only for activists, but for anyone interested in the future of progressive politics in America. Randy Shaw is an attorney, author and activist who lives in Berkeley, California. He is also the editor of Beyond Chron, and has written three books on activism.