Learning from the Sixties

By John Maher


I am often asked advice about how to become an activist. The only way I know to respond is to recommend accounts by those who have engaged in this difficult and essential task. John Maher’s memoir provides very valuable insights, from the perspective of a leading and effective participant, into the highly significant popular movements of the past half century, their successes and failures, the lessons to be learned, the prospects for the future.

- Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor Emeritus, MIT

March with John Maher over the trail of political activism of the sixties and seventies that was illuminated by the brilliance and foibles of young people, who like John believed that building a truly democratic society was in the palm of their hands. He leaves us at the crossroads of our current political conundrum that pits the interests of a few against the well-being of the many and challenges us to take a stand.

- Janet Moses, M.D., Former Field Secretary, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

This is a story about power and a powerful story. John Maher traces his journey, beginning in the sixties as a New Left organizer and culminating with his leadership of Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts. Maher and his team succeeded in engaging low-income working families in the political process, and now people from local communities lead the organization. It is a great example of what needs to be done around the country, now more than ever.

- James P. McGovern, U.S. Congressman (D, MA)

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