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- DescriptionUnder Joe Solmonese's leadership, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT rights organization, became the model other organizations look toward to create effective social and political change. Ranked among the National Journal's top five most effective groups, HRC was instrumental in passing landmark national legislation such as the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell , and the passage of marriage equality in eight states. Beginning with a moving story of working with Matthew Sheppard's mother Virginia in passing the hate crimes bill that bears Matthew's name, Solmonese shows how he discovere that channeled anger can drive a commitment to change. Mrs. Sheppard taught him to keep his unquestionably justifiable anger from blinding him in the moment, and instead use it strategically, in the service of a larger purpose. In this book he uses the lessons he learned during tenure at HRC, as well as his previous position as the CEO of Emily's List, and his current work as a corporate consultant, to teach readers how they can affect real, lasting change in society and at work. His often-surprising lessons may t be entirely expected or celebrated by all groups, e.g., don't shame your enemies, find allies wherever you can, and ask for the doable, t the impossible. Most striking in this book are the stories of Joe's ability to draw some kind of win however small from seeming enemies. Many of these former enemies became stalwart allies over time. Joe's book is more concerned with the long game of changing culture and achieving long-term goals, t the short game of enforcing purity or litmus tests.
- Author BiographyJoe Solmonese served for seven years as the president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT advocacy organization. Today, HRC has more than one million members and supporters. Highlights from his tenure at HRC include overseeing the defeat of the discriminatory Federal Marriage Amendment 2006, the passage of marriage equality in eight states, the repeal of the U.S. military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, and the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. He is currently the Managing Director and Founding Partner of Gavin/Solmonese and leads the firm's Washington, DC office. Judy Shepard is the President of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and was instrumental in passing the anti-hate crime bill, The Matthew Shepard Act.
- Author(s)Joe Solmonese
- Date of Publication01/09/2016
- SubjectPopular Psychology
- Series TitleAgency/Distributed
- Place of PublicationSan Francisco
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Weight318 g
- Width87 mm
- Height57 mm
- Spine7 mm
- Foreword byJudy Shepard
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