One of the things I really appreciate about Tools for Radical Democracy is that it puts a lot of emphasis on researching and planning campaigns and actions.
Take for example the chapter “Researching the Politics of an Issue.” Minierni and Getsos talk about the need for thorough campaign reaserach: going to the library, talking politics with people, going to political meetings, etc.
All this needs to hapen early, before you start putting pressure on a target.
You know what? This kind of planning and preparation is hard work. It’s takes time. It slows you down. Many people find it boring.
And this kind of planning and preparation is absolutely essential if you want to be successful. You need to know your issues, the people and the communities involved, and the poltical landscape.
Your mother was right, y0u need to do your homework if you want to pass the test.