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Citizen Wealth

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Citizen Wealth by Wade Rathke
Hardcover $24.95
Jul 06, 2009 | ISBN 9781576758625

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“No one knows better than Wade Rathke how to organize everyday Americans to win economic and political power. Now he has taken his fourty years of hard-won experience and given us the book and the understanding we need to turn around America and lay the foundation for a sustainable economy for our future."
–Stewart Acuff, Director of Organizing, AFL-CIO

“This is one of those rare books that magically appear when desperately needed. Wade Rathke describes an approach that has worked to build a better life for literally millions and does not depend on the outcome of the last election. I have learned so much from Wade Rathke that has helped me win critical battles, and so can you.”
–Michael Kieschnick, President and cofounder, Working Assets

"Wade Rathke shares insights and experiences from his fourty years of organizing and offers a grassroots strategy to combat economic injustice.  Invaluable!"
—Robert Fisher, Professor of Community Organization, University of Connecticut, and author of Let the People Decide

Citizen Wealth takes us on a remarkable journey through our recent 'gilded age,' witnessing the myriad efforts of ACORN and many others to counter the sly, often dishonest, ways that unscrupulous business interests exploit low and moderate-income people. But Rathke doesn't fall into polemics; instead, he tells stories—and damn good ones—about how activists and businesses worked out win-win partnerships that helped strengthen our communities.”
—Drummond Pike, CEO, Tides Foundation

Table Of Contents

Introduction: From the Bottom Up

Part I Creating Citizen Wealth
1 Building a Winning Campaign for Economic Security
2 Home Ownership Through Community Reinvestment
3 Stopping Foreclosures and Predatory Lending
4 Making Work Pay Living Wages
5 Creating Wealth Through Worker Organizations

Part II Protecting and Advancing Citizen Wealth
6 Making Earned Income Tax Credits Work for Workers
7 Guarding Tax Refunds and Combatting High Prices
8 The Debt Trap
9 The “Maximum Eligible Participation” Solution

Part III Changing the Terms of the Debate
10 Working with Corporations to Create an Asset Climate
11 Business Models That Foster Citizen Wealth
12 Bringing Citizens into the Wealth-Building Process
13 The Future of Citizen Wealth
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