I have had a few recent conversations with an old friend of mine regarding grassroots politics, the little guy's capacity for action, the futility of battling the status quo and so on. We agree that there are not a lot of instruction manuals for the political novice. The unstated message seems to be "leave it to the professionals."
But Joe Barber might just be spark that lights the tinder. Here is the first DIY political kit that I have discovered. I encourage you to check it out.