Staff from Skyhorse Publishing hand out copies of Arthur Blaustein’s book at Zuccotti Park. Photos: courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing

A couple of weeks ago, on learning that the protesters at Occupy Wall Street in New York had set up an on-site library, Berkeley author Arthur Blaustein suggested to Skyhorse Publishing, the publisher of his book, Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport: The Ultimate Volunteer Handbook that they give copies of the book to the library and to the protesters.

The publisher was amenable and, on Friday, Bill Wolfsthal, Skyhorse’s Associate Publisher, and several volunteers from the publishing house, gave out 500 copies of the book to the protesters.

It’s nice to have a publisher with progressive politics and a heart,” said Blaustein, who is Professor of Community Development, Public Policy, and Politics at UC Berkeley.

A total of 500 copies of “Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport” were given to protesters

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