Change Elections to Change America: Democracy Matters
Student Organizers in Action
by Jay R. Mandle and Joan D. Mandle
Foreword by Adonal Foyle
Paperback – 168 pages – ISBN 978-1-935212-01-0 – $12.95
eBook – ISBN 978-1-935212-02-7 – $7.99
September 23, 2014
“I can think of no other group that so effectively inspires, encourages, and challenges young people to become creative organizers around such an important issue. Democracy Matters chapters should–and must–exist on every college campus.”
– Alex Cole, Vassar College
“Democracy Matters gave me the opportunity to grapple intellectually with two important questions: first, how to lessen the one-sided political power of the big campaign donors who are corroding our democracy and second, how to increase the political engagement of young people.”
– from the Foreword by retired NBA player and Democracy Matters founder, Adonal Foyle
Change Elections to Change America documents the ongoing experiences of Democracy Matters, a nonprofit founded in 2001, when the professional basketball player Adonal Foyle provided initial funding and support. Since then, Democracy Matters has grown to become a national organization that engages thousands of students on campuses all over the United States. This inspiring book describes the activities and history of Democracy Matters, and is a call to action, not just to students, but to all citizens who believe in the democratic process, and concludes with a positive assessment of the prospects for building a social movement in the digital age.
While social media are invaluable tools to facilitate organizing they cannot substitute for face-to-face dialogue and engagement.
This book and the Democracy Matters experience it documents will inspire many more of us to do the challenging work that democratizing politics in the United States requires.
Jay R. Mandle is the W. Bradford Wiley Professor of Economics at Colgate University. As an academic he specializes in economic development and the economics of democracy. A life-long activist, he was one of the founders of Democracy Matters. He is the author of several books and contributes a monthly column to the Huffington Blog called “Money on my Mind.”
Joan D. Mandle, Ph.D., has been Executive Director of Democracy Matters since 2001. Prior to that, she was the Director of Women’s Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Colgate University. Her political activism as well as her research, teaching, and publications have centered on social movements and social change in America.
Adonal Foyle is a retired veteran NBA player, who was the eighth overall NBA draft pick in 1997. He played a total of thirteen NBA seasons, the first ten with the Golden State Warriors and last three with the Orlando Magic. Upon his retirement from playing professional basketball, Adonal served for two NBA seasons with the Orlando Magic as their Director of Player Development. Adonal currently operates two consulting practices – Foyle Consulting and Foyle Sports Performance. He is founder and president of Kerosene Lamp Foundation and Democracy Matters.