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A New Weave of Power, People & Politics combines both popularized political theory with tools, methods, frameworks and case studies for understanding, building and mobilizing collective power for social, economic and political justice and rights at the heart of effective movement-building. Based on 25 years of activism, popular education, movement-building, community organizing, and advocacy experiences in dozens of countries and globally, A New Weave draws on the real-life perspectives and less known theories about liberation, human rights and transformation primarily from the Global South, making them relevant and useful to any context. Influenced by feminists, queer, economic and democracy activists, at the time of its publication in 2002 (reprinted in 2007), the guide was unique in its emphasis on structural and internalized power, local leadership and community-driven change discussed through the lens of gender/race/class. It was very influential in defining the strategies and planning frameworks for dozens of international and local NGOs and donors, and is widely used by universities in the US, Europe and Latin America. The approach, tools and network of popular educators who contributed to its content has been the foundation and framework for the building of JASS, it’s theory of change, and all its training and leadership programs up to the present. We Rise builds on A New Weave and includes many of its tools.

A New Weave of Power, People & Politics: The Action Guide was translated to French in 2009 by Plan International. The PDF version is available by chapter or as a single file (43mb).

A New Weave of Power, People & Politics can be ordered through Practical Action Publishing.


Translations available in English, French, Russian, and Spanish.


Read review of the book by John Ruthrauff in Popular Education News.

Since the book has been published, we have received enthusiastic feedback from around the world:

Amazing. It is just what I have been searching for! An integration of all of the various philosophies and schools of thoughts regarding social justice and how to carry those through an advocacy process. ~ Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, Ph.D., Tennessee Microboards Association, Inc. (more reviews)

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