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Book: The Progressive's Guide to Raising Hell
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232 pages • 2010 • paperback
The Progressive's Guide to Raising Hell - How to Win Grassroots Campaigns, Pass Ballot Box Laws, and Get the Change We Voted For
by Jamie Court
"Political 'leaders' can only lead if there is a parade for them to get in front of. They can act effectively only if the public forces them to. Progressives need to start many more parades. Jamie Court tells you how in this guidebook to action."
—George Lakoff, author of Don't Think of an Elephant! and The Political Mind
Change is no simple matter in American politics—a fact that Americans have recently learned well. Elections rarely produce the change they promise. After the vote, power vacuums fill with familiar values, if not faces. Promises give way to fiscal realities, hope succumbs to pragmatism, and ambition concedes to inertia. The old tricks of interest groups—confuse, diffuse, scare—prevail over the better angels of American nature.
But populist energy can get change-making and change-makers back on the right track.
The key to success, says acclaimed consumer advocate and president of Consumer Watchdog Jamie Court, is getting downright mad. It’s anger, not hope, that fuels political and economic change. And in present-day America, anger rules. But it needs to be vectored and focused if it is to succeed in fueling the type of change that the majority of Americans believe in.
If we want that change, the kind that polls show 60 percent of Americans believe in, we need to do more than vote every two to four years or wait for a new president to learn the tactics of confrontation. The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell is a road map filled with concrete tips and rules of the road that average people can use to force change between elections.
How can progressives get what they believed they voted for? Court, a longtime organizer of ballot campaigns and other initiatives, tells readers how to heat up their issue, take grassroots action, organize their community, use publicity to their advantage, employ Internet and social media to build support, and get the change they want.
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Book: Blood On The Tracks: The Autobiography of S. Brian Willson
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by S. Brian Willson • 2011 • 536 pages • 9" x 6" • Paperback
"We are not worth more, they are not worth less." This is the mantra of S.
Brian Willson and the theme that runs throughout his compelling
psycho-historical memoir. Willson's story begins in small-town, rural
America, where he grew up as a "Commie-hating, baseball-loving Baptist,"
moves through life-changing experiences in Viet Nam, Nicaragua and
elsewhere, and culminates with his commitment to a localized, sustainable
In telling his story, Willson provides numerous examples of the types of
personal, risk-taking, nonviolent actions he and others have taken in
attempts to educate and effect political change: tax refusal, fasting, and
obstruction tactics. It was such actions that thrust Brian Willson into the
public eye in the mid-'80s, first as a participant in a high-profile,
water-only "Veterans Fast for Life" against the Contra war being waged by
his government in Nicaragua. Then, on a fateful day in September 1987, the
world watched in horror as Willson was run over by a U.S. government
munitions train during a nonviolent blocking action in which he expected to
be removed from the tracks and arrested.
Losing his legs only strengthened Willson's identity with millions of
unnamed victims of U.S. policy around the world. He provides details of his
travels to countries in Latin America and the Middle East and bears witness
to the harm done to poor people as well as to the environment by the
steamroller of U.S. imperialism. These heart-rending accounts are offered
side by side with inspirational stories of nonviolent struggle and the
survival of resilient communities.
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Book: Corporations Are NOT People
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2012 • by Jeffrey Clements • forward by Bill Moyers • 240 pages • Softcover
A Review & author interview by Thom Hartmann
• A plain-English guide to the disastrous practical consequences of the bizarre legal doctrine of “corporate personhood”— enshrined most recently in the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
• Features a constitutional amendment designed to overturn Citizens United and restore the government to the people.
• Includes a “tool kit” to help .
The January 2010 Supreme Court Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision marked a culminating victory for the legal doctrine of corporate personhood. Corporations, as legal persons, are now entitled to exercise their alleged free-speech rights in the form of campaign spending, effectively enabling corporate domination of the electoral process.
Jeffrey Clements uncovers the roots, expansion, and far-reaching effects of the strange and destructive idea, which flies in the face of not only all common sense but, Clements shows, most of American legal history, from 1787 to the 1970s. He details its impact on the American political landscape, economy, job market, environment, and public health—and how it permeates our daily lives, from the quality of air we breathe to the types of jobs we can get to the politicians we elect. Most importantly, he offers a solution: a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United and tools readers can use to mount a grassroots drive to get it passed.
Overturning Citizens United is not about a triumph of one political ideology over another—it’s about restoring the democratic principles on which America was built. Republican president Theodore Roosevelt and conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist both vocally opposed the idea of corporate personhood. Community by community, state by state, we can cross party and ideological lines to form a united front against unchecked corporate power in America—and reinstate a government that is truly of, by, and for the people.
Book: Great Peacemakers: True Stories From Around The World
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by Ken Beller & Heather Chase • 2008 • Middle/High School, College/Adult • Hardcover
This book tells the true life stories of 20 great peacemakers from around the world, including famous leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as lesser-known individuals from various walks of life who are making a positive difference in the world. Winner of 30 book awards!
• "Powerful, well-researched and, above all, timely, Great Peacemakers should be required reading for the youth of the world. Classrooms are flooded with history textbooks that celebrate military heroes. It is long past time that our children learn from books that celebrate peace."
—Dr. Oscar Arias
president of Costa Rica and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
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Book: Wangari's Trees of Peace : A True Story from Africa
by Jeanette Winter • 2008 • Hardcover Picturebook
As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something—and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans...
This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.
Book: Addicted To War: Why The U.S. Can't Kick Militarism
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77 pages * 161 reference notes * 8.5" x 11" graphic format * Over 375,000 in print!
An illustrated expose by Joel Andreas, "Addicted to War" takes on the most active, powerful and destructive military in the world. Hard-hitting, carefully documented and heavily illustrated, it reveals why the United States has been involved in more wars in recent years than any other country.
The book reveals the terrible fact of the U.S.'s addiction to war and militarism, as well as powerful insights into the causes. In a format accessible to kids from nine to ninety-nine. Packed with historical photos and quotes, the book explains who benefits from our wars, who pays and who dies. Highly recommended from High school age and up.
The book is endorsed by Veterans For Peace. This Third Edition has been updated in 2004 and 14 more pages have been added covering the war against Iraq. It has been translated into Japanese, Korean, Thai, Danish and German. A Spanish edition is also available from us. It is being used in hundreds of high schools and colleges as a supplemental U.S. history text. Watch a 4 minute video created from the first pages of the book.
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Book: Adicto a la Guerra [Espanol ed.]
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The same best-selling graphic history book, "Addicted To War" translated into Spanish. A must-read for Spanish-speaking recruitment-age youth.
Book: A Young People's History of the United States
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by Howard Zinn with Rebecca Stefoff • 2007 •234 pages • paperback
Originally published as two volumes, it is now in one book. The Young Adult edition of Zinn's classic telling of U.S. history. It brings the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans and others whose stories and their impact, are rarely included in history books.
• "A brilliant and moving history of the American people." - Library Journal
• "One of THE most important books I have ever read in a long life of reading... a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants...more." – Howard Fast
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Book: The American Way Of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men and a Republic In Peril
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by Eugene Jarecki (director, "Why We Fight" film, 2007) • 324 pages • 2008 • Simon & Shuster Publishers
What happens when an award-winning documentary film producer turns to a print monograph to make his case? If you are Eugene Jarecki, the answer
(to borrow a baseball metaphor) is: you hit a solid triple, with an eye toward home plate.
This book is a provocative and personal exploration of the same crucial themes he explored in his Sundance Film Festival 2005 Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary, "Why We Fight."
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Book: Give Me Liberty - A Handbook for American Revolutionaries
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by Naomi (author of "The End of America") • 2008 • 400 pages
As the practice of democracy becomes a lost art, Americans are increasingly desperate for a restored nation. Many have a general sense the system is in disorder – if not on its way to functional collapse. Though it's easy to identify our political problems, the solutions are not always as clear. In "Give Me Liberty," bestselling author Naomi Wolf shows the breathtaking changes that can take place when ordinary citizens engage in the democratic system the way the founders intended and tells how to use that system, right now, to change your life, your community and, ulimately, the nation.
Book: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
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by Naomi Klein • 2007 • N.Y. Times Bestseller & bestseller in six countries. Paperback • Now in 20 languages! Seventeen publications consider this the Best Book of the Year. (Updated paperback edition, June 2008)
Naomi Klein is the award-winning author of the acclaimed international bestseller "No Logo" (2000) and the essay collection "Fences & Widows." An internationally syndicated columnist, she co-created with Avi Lewis, the documentary film "The Take"
• "This is a book that will anger you, yes, but in the best, most passionate way – by arousing the kind of anger that might provoke you into action. This is one book that could actually make a difference in society." - Powell's Books, Portland, OR (Staff Pick)
• "Superbly constructed and written... It deserves to be widely read." - S.F. Chronicle
• "Brilliant, brave and terrifying." - Arundahti Roy, author "The God of Small Things"
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Peace: The Biography of a Symbol
by Ken Kolsbun • Published by National Geographic Society (March 2008) • 176 pages • 8" x 8" • Hardcover • 150 color photographs
As the boomer generation moves onward through the milestones of life, 1960's nostalgia holds tremendous meaning today. And nothing more eloquently symbolizes the counterculture era than the peace sign. How did this simple sketch become so powerful an image? "Peace: The Biography of a Symbol" tells the surprisiing story of the sign in words and pictures, from its origins in the nuclear disarmament movement in England in 1958, throughout the 1960s, through its stint as a mass-marketed commodity and its enduring relevance now.
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Book: War Is A Racket
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by General Smedley Butler • 80 pages
This is the anti-war classic of all time. Written over seventy years ago by General Smedley Butler, who is still the most highly-decorated U.S. Marine in American history, This frank book shows how U.S. war efforts are animated and driven by big business interests, then as today. This extraordinary argument against war is more relevant today than ever. It remains the basic primer for all to read. Concisely tells the true story of his personal exoeriences as a soldier prtecting U.S. business interests in other countries. Coming as it does from the perspective of a brave and highly honored warrior, he is a source whom pro-military, pro-war readers will at least read, and may even find themselves agreeing with. A powerful, timeless document. Marine enlistees are taught about the history of the Marine Corps, and about Smedley Butler as a heroic U.S. Marine, but they don't teach about his personal conversion to opposition to war for corporate profit.
Book: Black Ants & Buddhists: Thinking Critically & Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades"
by Mary Cowhey • 2006 • 244 pages
What would a classroom look like if understanding and respecting differences in race, culture, beliefs and opinions were at its heart? Welcome to Mary Cowhey's Peace Class in Northampton, Mass., where first and second graders view the entire curriculum through the framework of understanding the world and trying to do their part to make it a better place.
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Book: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
This is how wars are fought now: by children, traumatized and hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47's. This beautifully written book tells Ishmael Beah's story beginning at 12 when separated from his family, he fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone and wandered a land made unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen he'd been picked up by the government army and became a soldier with other boys his age. At sixteen, he was saved by a rehabilitation center. He learned how to regain his humanity and to heal. This is an extraordinary story of war and hope.
Book: Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.
by Thich Nhat Hanh. (with a foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama). Lucidly and beautifully written, this book contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh's experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. The deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the "mindless" into the mindful.
a novel by Scarlett Thomas • 2005
PopCo tells the story of Alice Butler, a subversively smart girl in our commercial-soaked world, who grows from recluse orphan to burgeoning activist with a mission, buttressed by mystery, codes, math, and the sense that her grandparents gave her that she could change the world.
Alice, slight introvert, crossword compositor, works at PopCo, a globally successful and slightly sinister toy company...
From the author's Never Ending Interview: "It's mainly about a toy company and the process of developing a new idea in a remote, corporate 'thought camp.' But it's also about 17th century pirates, World War II, early computing, number theory, secret codes and ways of resisting authority. It's this crazy mix of things and I really hope it works.
Question: What kind of effect do you hope your books will have?
Occassionally I get e-mails from people who say that one of my books has made them look at the world in a slightly different way, or – even better – that the book has made them feel that they are not the only person experiencing lonliness or confusion or alienation. Getting an e-mail like that beats even the most brilliant review. In my books, it's OK to be a dreamer, to walk out of your job, to become a vegetarian, to try to start a revolution. I want my books to make people realise that these things are all completely OK... that they are desirable and logical in the world in which we live. On another level I want my books to make people think, 'huh?', to make the reader try to solve the puzzles (and there are lots of puzzles in PopCo) and to feel happy, at least on some level, at the end."
"No heroine this year was more beguiling than Alice in Scarlett Thomas's PopCo. This book might just change your life." - Independent On Sunday (London)
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Book: Peace Begins With You
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by Katherine Scholes. The concept of peace can be difficult for children to grasp, but award-winning author Katherine Scholes succeeds in explaining clearly and simply how and why peace has a place in all of our lives. The book begins at a personal level, looking at why different people's needs and wants don't always fit together easily, and how this can become a source of conflict. It then explores the many ways in which conflicts can be resolved, including the positive ways that avoid a winner/loser outcome.
Book: Handbook For Nonviolent Action
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Co-published by War Resisters League and Donnelly/Colt.
This is the handbook used throughout the country for civil disobedience action trainings. Nonviolent civil disobedience requires discipline and preparation as well as a burning commitment and desire for change. This handbook continues a tradition of sharing and passing on beliefs, strategies, values and tactics. It offers the combined experience and wisdom of many people who have struggled to make the world more just. It empowers the the reader to honestly reflect on the guidance it offers. The four editions of this handbook have been widely used all over the country in nonviolence training sessions for many years. Even the single copy price is far less than the cost of photocopying the 36 pages (which at .07¢ a page would cost $2.52 to photocopy, not including colating and binding) 4th revised edition. 36 pages. Save in bulk: $1.00 each for 10-25; 26-199 for .75¢ each; Carton of 200 for .50¢ each ($100) + shipping (actual UPS rate will be used)
We Just Want to Live Here: A Palestinian Teenager, an Israeli Teenager" an Unlikely Friendship
Book: We just want to live here
by Amal Rifai
Palestinian Amal Rifa'i and Israeli Odelia Ainbinder are two teenage girls who live in the same city, yet worlds apart. They met on a student exchange program to Switzerland. Weeks after they returned, the latest, violent Intifada broke out in the fall of 2000.
But two years later, Middle East correspondent Sylke Tempel encouraged Amal and Odelia to develop their friendship by facilitating an exchange of their deepest feelings through letters. In their letters, Amal and Odelia discuss the Intifada, their families, traditions, suicide bombers, and military service. They write frankly of their anger, frustrations, and fear, but also of their hopes and dreams for a brighter future.
Together, Amal and Odelia give us a renewed sense of hope for peace in the Middle East.
Book: The Peace Book
by Louise Diamond. 193 pages.
108 simple ways to create a more peaceful world. The Peace Book provides simple everyday tools that can help us have more peace in our lives and in the world. Not available in bookstores - this book is meant to be spread through our personal networks.
We also carry another book with the same title, by Todd Parr. It is an illustrated children's book and it is not related to this book. To avoid confusion, we've titled his book, "Todd Parr's The Peace Book."
Book: Todd Parr's The Peace Book
Book: The Peace Book
by Todd Parr.
Like Parr's bestseller "It's Okay to Be Different," this primer about peace gives parents and teachers a valuable tool in talking about this challenging subject to younger children. Peace is described as making new friends, sharing a meal, feeling good about yourself, and more.
Another book we carry has the same title, but is not related to this book. It is by Louise Diamond.
Book: Sophie Scholl & The White Rose
– Jud Newborn & Annette Dumbach • 256 pages • 2006 • 7 COPIES AVAILABLE • This book is OUT-OF-PRINT.
"Nothing is so unworthy of a civilized nation as allowing itself to be governed, without opposition, by an irresponsible clique that has yielded to base instinct." So wrote the White Rose, a group of ardent young activists inside Nazi Germany who opposed the reign of fascism in their country during the early 1940's.
• "The animated narrative reads like a suspense novel." – N.Y. Times
• "Inspiring - and could not be more timely." – Studs Terkel
• "Superbly written" – Library Journal
• "Heart-wrenching and inspiring...a story few readers will forget." – San Francisco Chronicle
• "Could change your life forever." – Dayton (Ohio) Daily News
• "A must for anyone – especially young people – to read." – Evelyn Rubin, author of Ghetto Shanghai
• "This is an impressive, highly readable and beautifully researched account of two brave German youths and their comrades who rejected Hitler's demonic vision and fought to open their countrymen's eyes to the horrors that lay ahead – at the cost of their lives ...This book drives home the high cost of courage in a world gone mad, and the brilliant light these brave young people shone into the dark night of Nazi Germany." – Susan Rubinowitz, political reporter, New York
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Book: In the Shadow of No Towers
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By Art Spiegelman.
In his first new book of comics since the groundbreaking Maus, Art Spiegelman gives us a deeply personal, politically charged, graphically and emotionally stunning account of the events and aftermath of September 11, 2001.
What Art Spiegelman saw in his lower Manhattan backyard on 9/11 was just the beginning of the horror for him. Panic soon gave way to fury as he watched the shameless co-opting of the tragedy by a government in the service of its own preconceived agenda. For Spiegelman, only one thing made sense — passionate dissent, and done in the best way he knew how: through comics! This amazing book is the result.
In a large, two-page-spread format that echoes the scale of the earliest newspaper comics, Spiegelman relates his experience of the national tragedy in drawings and text that convey — with his singular artistry and his characteristic provocation, outrage, and wit — the unfathomable enormity of the event itself, the obvious and insidious effects it had on his life, and the extraordinary, often hidden changes that have been enacted in the name of post-9/11 national security and that have begun to undermine the very foundation of American democracy. Finally, Spiegelman shares with us a small folio of classic Sunday comics pages from the early years of the medium that resonate eerily today. Oversize book with hard 1/8" thick board pages.
Much more than a coffee table book or conversation piece, this one-of-a-kind book by a renowned American artist and author is already a classic in its genre. "In The Shadow of No Towers" is an invaluable first-person source document on the personal and national consequences of that horrific day.
Book: Adventures In Peacemaking: A Conflict Resolution Activity Guide For School-age Programs
"Adventures In Peace
making" includes hundred of hands-on, engaging activities designed to meet the unique needs of after-school programs, camps and recreation centers. The activities teach the skills of creative confilct resolution to school-age children through games, cooperative team challenges, drama, crafts, music and even cooking. The guide includes easy-to-implement strategies and tips for providers to both reduce conflict in their programs and to intervene effectively when conflict does occur. 345 pages.
Book: Saving Fish from Drowning
by Amy Tan.
"Each day I pledge to save a hundred lives. I drop my net in the lake and scoop out a hundred fishes. I place the fishes on the bank, where they flop and twirl. 'Don't be scared,' I tell those fishes. 'I am saving you from drowning." Soon enough, the fishes grow calm and lie still. Yet, sad to say, I am always too late." Amy Tan's novel of 11 Americans stranded in Burma possesses the resonance of the fable of the Burmese fisherman. Another compelling fiction by the author of The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter's Daughter.
On an ill-fated art expedition into the southern Shan state of Burma, eleven Americans leave their Floating Island Resort for a Christmas-morning tour-and disappear. Through twists of fate, curses, and just plain human error, they find themselves deep in the jungle, where they encounter a tribe awaiting the return of the leader and the mythical book of wisdom that will protect them from the ravages and destruction of the Myanmar military regime.
Saving Fish from Drowning seduces the reader with a facade of Buddhist illusions, magician's tricks, and light comedy, even as the absurd and picaresque spiral into a gripping morality tale about the consequences of intentions – both good and bad – and about the shared responsibility that individuals must accept for the actions of others.
Book: Cost of Freedom: The Anthology of Peace & Activism
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by Mike Palecek, Michael Annis & Whitney Trettien * 166 pages (14 full color) * 12" x 12.5" * 2007
Over 100 contributors from the U.S. and Canada.
"Not just a book, it's a national movement." – Claire Dinneen, Anthology Books, Colorado
"If the world is ever going to be changed, it will be through the efforts of millions of individuals and small organizations. Cost of Freedom tells the encouraging stories of many who have begun this work." – Pete Seeger
"Sexy, surreal, overwhelming. The definitive work of an era of alternative thinking, composition, visual art and publishing..." – Booklist
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Book: An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire
Book: An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire
Just in time for the elections, here's a concise briefing on what the Bush administration really means when it talks about "compassionate conservativism" and "the war on terror." Roy has great fun in these essays skewering the hypocrisy of the holier-than-thou crowd. But above all, it is the very essence of power that she aims to impart: the power of the people to undo the corruptions of their self-appointed leaders.
First delivered as fiery speeches to sold-out crowds, together these lucid essays are an impassioned call to arms against "the apocalyptic apparatus of the American empire." Focusing on the disastrous US occupation of Iraq, Roy urges us to recognize—and apply—the scope of our power, exhorting dockworkers to refuse to load war material bound, reservists to refuse their call-ups, activists to organize boycotts of Halliburton, and citizens of other nations to mobilize against being deputized as janitor-soldiers cleaning up the mess of the US invasion.
Roy's Guide to Empire also offers us sharp theoretical tools for understanding the New American Empire—a dangerous paradigm, Roy argues here, that is entirely distinct from the imperialism of the British or even the New World Order of George Bush, the elder. She also examines how resistance movements build power, looking in particular at examples of nonviolent organizing in India, South Africa, and the United States. Masterfully she draws the red thread through ostensibly disconnected issues and arenas, focusing on the parallels between globalization in India, the devastation in Iraq, the conditions under which many African Americans continue to despair, and more.
Book/Poster: Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus
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by James Loewen (author of "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong" and "Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong") • 9 pages • 8.5" x 11" • Includes a 22" x 34" full color poster, "The Truth About Columbus" printed on nontear material. The poster is folded to fit in the back of the book.
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Book: Cowboy In Caracas: A North American's Memoir of Venezuela's Democratic Revolution
by Charles Hardy • 145 pages • Curbstone Press, Willimantic, CT
"An old and evil way of life is dying and those who enjoyed it are fighting to survive..."
• "Charles Hardy has given us a unique persective on the Chavista revolution as viewed from a cardboard shack on a hillside barrio in Caracas. Writing in a graceful and conversational style in a series of vignettes, Hardy conveys with genuine affection and admiration the dignity and courage of the ordinary people of Venezuela – people whom the western media, enscounced in fine hotels or toney apartments, only know as maids and waiters. A reader comes away understanding both why Hugo Chavez is loved by these people – and why the U.S. government is trying so hard to oust him. With the Bush administration still trying to demonize Chavez and his backers, this book is a must-read for all Ameicans – but a must-read that you won't be able to put down." – Dave Lindorff, columnist for Counterpunch, Salon.com and author of The Case For Impeachment (2006)
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Book: Soldiers In Revolt: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War
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by David Cortwright * with a new introduction by Howard Zinn * 355 pages
SOLDIERS IN REVOLT documents one of the least known and most important aspects of the Vietnam War: the rebellion among U.S. soldiers opposed to the war. From the front lines to stateside military bases, the U.S. armed forces were wracked by widespread resistance, including combat refusals and mutinies. GI's produced more than 250 antiwar committees and underground newspapers to voice their discontent. A new chapter looks at the enduring imprint of this period on the U.S. military and the lessons this era holds for the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
Book: After Dachau
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by Daniel Quinn (2001). In this new novel, Quinn departs from his usual battery of theory to explore the story of the fictional Mallory Hastings, a victim of an automobile accident who explores the possibility that her life may not be quite what she thought it was. A surprising twist midway through the novel leaves you thinking for days.
230 pages. Hardcover.
Book: A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present
by Howard Zinn • 688 pages • Paperback • Revised & updated (2010)
"Zinn has written a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those who have been exploited politically and economically and whose plights has been largely omitted from most histories. Extending its coverage...the book is an excellent antidote to established history. Seldom have quotations been so effectively used; the stories of blacks, women, Indians, and poor laborers of all nationalities are told in their own words. While the book is precise enough th please specialists it should satisfy any adult reader." Library Journal
If your last serious read of American history was in high school - or even in a standard college course - you'll want to read this amazing account of America as seen throuigh the eyes of its working people, women and minorities.
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Book: Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (Revised, Updated 2008 edition)
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High school students hate history. When they list their favorite subjects, history always comes in last. They consider it the most irrelevant of twenty-one school subjects; bo-o-o-ring is the adjective most often applied. James Loewen spent two years at the Smithsonian Institute surveying twelve leading high school textbooks of American history. What he found was an embarrassing amalgam of bland optimism, blind patriotism, and misinformation pure and simple, weighing in at an average of four-and-a-half pounds and 888 pages. • Click on title for rest of the description.
Book: J.F.K. & The Unspeakable: Why He Died & Why It Matters
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by James W. Douglass • 2010 • 560 pages • Paperback
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Even before its official release date (Oct. 19, 2010) 15,000 of the 16,000 copies printed had been pre-ordered by retailers and distributors! A second printing of 6,000 quickly sold. After 15 years of meticulous research, fact-checking and verification, this book explains "why he died and why it (still) matters" to us, half-a-century later.
James Douglass lays out the journey that led JFK in the course of three years from his position as a traditional Cold Warrior to his determination to break with the logic of the Cold War and lead the world in an entirely different direction. This sequence of steps led his adversaries in the military and intelligence establishment to view him as a virtual traitor who had to be eliminated.
Douglass's book has all the elements of a political thriller. But the stakes couldn't be higher. Only by understanding the truth behind the murder of JFK can we grasp his vision and assume the urgent struggle for peace today.
• "A remarkable book: devastating in its documented indictment of the dark forces that have long deformed the public life of this country, while also illuminating JFK's final vision of world peace and documenting beyond reasonable doubt the unspeakable assassination of our last partially admirable president. This book should be required reading for every American citizen. – Richard Falk, Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University
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Book: The End of America - Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot
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by Naomi Wolf • 2007 • 168 pages • paperback • N.Y. Times Bestseller
Jon Elliot, host of Air America Radio show "The Best of America" called this the most important book he read in 2007.
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Book: Unbowed: A Memoir by Wangari Maathai
April, 2006 • Paperback • 326 pages
In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai offers an inspiriting message of hope and prosperity through self-sufficiency. We see her studying with Catholic missionaries, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in the United States, and becoming the first woman both to earn a Ph.D. in East and Central Africa and to head a university department in Kenya. We witness her numerous run-ins with the brutal Moi government and she makes clear the political and personal reasons that compelled her, in 1977, to establish the Green Belt Movement.
Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea By Mark Kurlansky
2006 • Paperback • 203 pages
New York Times bestselling author Mark Kurlansky discusses nonviolence as a distinct entity, a course of action, rather than a mere state of mind. Nonviolence can and should be a technique for overcoming social injustice and ending wars, he asserts, which is why it is the preferred method of those who speak truth to power.
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Book: Hoodwinked - An Economic Hit Man Reveals Why the World Financial Markets Imploded and What We Need Need To Do To Remake Them
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Hardcover • 2009 • by John Perkins (author: Confessions of an Economic Hitman)
John Perkins has seen the signs of today's economic meltdown before. The subprime mortgage fiascos, the banking industry collapse, the rising tide of unemployment, the shuttering of small businesses across the landscape are all too familiar symptoms of a far greater disease. In his former life as an economic hit man, he was on the front lines both as an observer and a perpetrator of events, once confined only to the third world, that have now sent the United States—and in fact the entire planet—spiraling toward disaster.
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Book: We the People - a Call to Take Back America
by Thom Hartmann, Illustrated by Neil Cohn • 205 pages, graphic book format, all factual, all footnoted. A valuable, accessible history for anyone. Written by respected author and daily progressive, nationally broadcast radio host, Thom Hartmann. A genuine voice of reason and intelligence in broadcast media, in stark contrast o the windbags and blowhards across the political spectrum who have the radio audience's attention in this attention-deficit (and truth deficit) grim era in our nation. Check out Thom's website: www.thomhartmann.com.
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Book: I Love Myself When I Am Laughing and Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader.
Edited by Alice Walker. I love the title of this book almost as much as the book. It sums up the work of Zora Neale Hurston quite well. In her introduction Alice Walker says, “ We love Zora Neale Hurston for her work, first, and then again we love her for herself. For the humor and courage with which she encountered a life she infrequently designed; for her absolute disinterest in becoming either white or bourgeois, and for her devoted appreciation of her own culture, which is an inspiration to us all. Softcover, 313 pages.
Book: The Post Carbon Reader
Edited by Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch • 540 pages • 6 x 9“ • 4 b/w photographs • 26 line illustrations
A must-read collection. This book perfectly complements the resiliency-building efforts of Post Carbon Institute Fellow Bill McKibben and, we think is a must-have for any library. How do population, water, energy, food, and climate issues impact one another? What can we do to address one problem without making the others worse? The Post Carbon Reader features essays by some of the world’s most provocative thinkers on the key issues shaping our new century, from renewable energy and urban agriculture to social justice and community resilience. This insightful collection takes a hard-nosed look at the interconnected threats of our global sustainability quandary and presents some of the most promising responses.
Contributors to The Post Carbon Reader are some of the world's leading sustainability thinkers, including Bill McKibben, Richard Heinberg, Stephanie Mills, David Orr, Wes Jackson, Erika Allen, Gloria Flora, and dozens more.
Publication date: 10/10/10
Book: Reproduce & Revolt
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by Josh MacPhee and Favianna Rodriguez • 2008 • 224 pages • paperback
"This book is done in the spirit of Rini Templeton whose work was released in book form as free clip art book for the movement. In the same spirit, artists donated graphics for this book to be released to the public to be available for use on movement flyer and posters. I am proud to have a few images in the book, and I hope to see them in a flyer some day." - Favianna Rodriguez
An extensive collection of contemporary political graphics collected from around the world, including art from many of today's most exciting street artists, poster makers and graphic designers. All of these images are granted to the public domain, to be freely used for political purposes.
Street Posters. Graffiti. Bumper stickers. Activism depends on design to capture imaginations and spread a message. Reproduce and Revolt not only documents some of the best activist design work of the past few years, it shows readers how to do it themselves. Reproduce and Revolt features the work of artists from over a dozen countries. The collection contains hundreds of high-quality illustrations and graphics about social justice and political activism for use on flyers, posters, t-shirts, brochures, stencils, and any other graphic elements of social causes. The graphics are bold, easy to reproduce, and available to reproduce without permission. The book offers clear instructions on how to utilize the images to improve the effectiveness of visual campaigns. It also contains a short history of political graphics, highlighting the vital and powerful role that graphics have played in social movements all over the world - serving as tools to inspire, mobilize, and transform communities.
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Book: Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures, 1960s to Now
Drawn from an exhibition at Exit Art, a cultural center in New York City, Signs of Change is a visual archive of more than 350 posters, prints, photographs, films, videos, music, and ephemera from more than twenty-five nations. Surveying the creative work of dozens of international social movements, from the do-it-yourself graphics and media of the 1960s to today's instantaneous digital technologies, it investigates the themes and representations of global struggles for equality, democracy, freedom, and basic human rights. This groundbreaking work illustrates the extraordinary aesthetic range of radical movements during the past fifty years and explores the rise of powerful countercultures that evolve beyond traditional politics, creating distinct forms of art, lifestyles, and social organizations. 178 pages of full-color illustrations!
"If you care about social change, this may well be the most important 'art history' book that you will ever read." —The Yes Men, art activists.
Paperback, 178 pages.
Mary Anne Staniszewski (Editor), George Katsiaficas (Contributor), Jeanette Ingberman (Contributor), Lauren Rosati (Contributor), Dara Greenwald (Editor), and Josh MacPhee (Editor)
Book: Small Acts of Resistance: How Courage, Tenacity, and Ingenuity Can Change the World
By Steve Crawshaw
Trade paper 240 pages.
Remarkable, mischievous, inspiring--the eighty-odd stories in Small Acts of Resistance bring hidden histories to life. The courage of the people in these stories is breathtaking. So, too, is the impact and imagination of their actions.These mostly little known stories--including those written from eyewitness experience of the events and situations described--reveal the role ordinary people have played in achieving extraordinary change. In the real world, it will never happen, the skeptics love to tell us
Book: Click - When We Knew We Were Feminists
by Courtney E Martin. Hardcover, 240 pages
Compiled by authors Martin (Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters) and Sullivan (Commencement), this volume looks at the catalytic moments when 28 women (and one man) found their way to feminism. Including writers, activists, and educators, contributors provide perspective and personal revelations from all stages of life. Joshunda Sanders, an Austin newspaper reporter, talks about growing up poor and black in 'the least desirable place in New York' and how it led to her embrace of 'womanist' thought; Indian American writer and educator Mathangi Subramanian describes years of struggle with the feminist 'label,' navigating the cross-currents of her grandmother's pressure to marry and her mother's enthusiasm for independence (and feminist classics like Susan Estrich's Sex & Power).
Book: Great Neighborhood Book: A Do it yourself Guide to Placemaking
by Jay Walljasper • Paperback • 192 pages
The Great Neighborhood Book explains how most struggling communities can be revived, not by vast infusions of cash, not by government, but by the people who live there. The author addresses such challenges as traffic control, crime, comfort and safety, and developing economic vitality. Using a technique called “placemaking”—the process of transforming public space—this exciting guide offers inspiring real-life examples that show the magic that happens when individuals take small steps and motivate others to make change.
This book will motivate not only neighborhood activists and concerned citizens but also urban planners, developers, and policymakers.
Book: Creative Community Organizing : A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice
by Si Kahn. Paperback. 212 pages.
Civil rights, labor, and community organizer Kahn provides a manual for community organizers based on his 45 years of experience in the field. The author, also a musician, shows today's organizers how to use a combination of history, songs, and stories. He also includes examples of creative community organizing that emphasize a innovative approach to activism, the strategies and tactics of successful organizing, and how organizers can deal personally with the demanding life of an activist
Book: Teaching for Joy and Justice : Re-Imagining the Language Arts Classroom
by Linda Christensen. Paperback.
Linda Christensen creates passionate curriculum, centered on the lives and voices of her students. In Teaching for Joy and Justice she shows us how her students come to celebrate their own writing, value themselves, and stand up for others. Writing is embedded in curriculum that matters, in discussion about big ideas, and in literature rich with the full range of human experience.
Book: Humanity: A Celebration of Friendship, Family, Love & Laughter
by Geoff Blackwell. Hardcover, 220 pages.
Featuring 150 color and black-and-white images from around the world, and complemented by heartwarming and inspiring quotes, "Humanity" is a touching tribute to the most treasured relationships.
Book: The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger (Vintage)
by Alec Wilkinson. Paperback, 151 pages.
A true American original is brought to life in this rich and lively portrait of Pete Seeger, who, with his musical grace and inextinguishable passion for social justice, transformed folk singing into a high form of peaceful protest in the second half of the twentieth century. Drawing on his extensive talks with Seeger, New Yorker writer Alec Wilkinson lets us experience the mans unique blend of independence and commitment, charm, courage, energy, and belief in human equality and American democracy.
Book: Indian Country Noir (Akashic Noir)
by Sarah Cortez. Paperback, 279 pages.
The sharpest, most stylized and ambitious anthology of Native American literature ever published. Written by both Native American and non-Native authors, the 14 stories in this worthy volume in Akashic's noir series range geographically from northern Canada to Puerto Rico and from New York's Adirondacks to Los Angeles.
Book: The Design of Dissent
by Milton Glaser & Mirko Ilic • forward by Tony Kushner • 11" x 9" • 240 pages
With a vibrant display of buttons, posters and leaflets that protest the Iraq war, the corporate media, the Israeli military and all points between, this book cuts a wide swath, indeed. Assembled by designer Glaser, best known for his
" I [heart] NY" logo, and Ilic, a School of Visual Arts instructor and author of several books on design, the book bursts with compelling political designs from all over the world, but it lacks an overall direction and shape. Neither a deeply snoozeriffic foreword by playwright Tony Kushner nor a rambling interview of Glaser by the New York Times' Steven Heller give any clear indication of the books' overall purpose. Not that there aren't images here to make the skin crawl and the blood boil, including a photo montage of victims processed at a Khmer Rouge extermination facility, and silverware superimposed on either side of a cow collapsed in meat factory filth. The most fascinating section of the book focuses on conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, bringing the region's brutal recent history to life with a shocking immediacy and quiet rage. However, despite the book's striking and colorful individual parts, it comes across as a loosely organized compendium of leftist protest paraphernalia.
Book: The Long Haul
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by Myles Horton • 1998 • 231 pages
In his own direct, modest, plain-spoken style, Myles Horton tells the story of the Highlander Folk School. A major catalyst for social change in the United States for more than sixty years, this school has touched the lives of so many people, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Pete Seeger. Filled with disarmingly honest insight and gentle humor, this is an inspiring hymn to the possibility of social change.
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Book: This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement
Edited by Sarah van Gelder & the staff of YES! magazine • 2011 • 96 pages
The Occupy Wall Street movement named the core issue of our time: the overwhelming power of Wall Street and large corporations— something the political establishment and most media have long ignored.
But the movement goes far beyond this critique. This Changes Everything shows how the movement is shifting the way people view themselves and the world, the kind of society they believe is possible, and their own involvement in creating a society that works for the 99% rather than just the 1%.
Attempts to pigeonhole this decentralized, fast-evolving movement have led to confusion and misperception. In this volume, the editors of YES! Magazine bring together voices from inside and outside the protests to convey the issues, possibilities, and personalities associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
This book features contributions from Naomi Klein, David Korten, Rebecca Solnit, Ralph Nader, and others, as well as Occupy activists who were there from the beginning, such as David Graeber, Marina Sitrin and Hena Ashraf. It offers insights for those actively protesting or expressing support for the movement—and for the millions more who sympathize with the goal of a more equitable and democratic future.
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Book: If You Can Read This
by Jack Bowen • 2010 • 240 pages • trade paperback
A PICTURE MAY BE WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS—
BUT A FEW CHOICE WORDS CAN SPEAK VOLUMES!
• If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren’t More People Happy?
• Bottled Water Is for Suckers
• Clones Are People Too
• At Least the War on the Environment Is Going Well
• Don’t Believe Everything You Think
• The Revolution Will Be Tweeted
Long before blogs, tweets, and sound bites, people were telling the world how they felt in brief, blunt bursts of information plastered on the backs of their cars. Whether they’re political or religious, passionate or proud, controversial or corny, these brightly colored, boldly lettered mini manifestos are declarations of who we are, where we stand, and what we’d rather be doing. But as bestselling author and noted philosopher Jack Bowen reveals, there’s much more to the pop-culture phenomenon of bumper stickers than rolling one-liners and drive-by propaganda—no less, in fact, than a wise, funny, poignant, contentious, and truthful discourse on the human condition.
Mixing pop culture with the ideas of historically prominent philosophers and scientists, If You Can Read This exposes the deeper wisdom couched behind these slogans—or, as need be, exposes where they have gone wrong. If you brake for big ideas, now’s the time.
Book: Family of Secrets
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by Russ Baker • 2010 •paperback
George W. Bush released his autobiography to massive media attention in 2010. He's promoting his own mythology, re-writing the history of the eight years of his regime, to put his legacy in the best light, in spite of his massive unpopularity.
Meanwhile, another book that reveals much more about the Bush family also was published in 2010, to virtually no media coverage.
Learn why the conventional understanding of Watergate gets the story wrong. Discover how Nixon was implicated in a sprawling plot to which he was not a party, and how an aggressive effort was mounted to use the ‘facts’ of the case to force him from office. Read new revelations about the precise involvement of George Herbert Walker Bush (senior), Bob Woodward and White House counsel John Dean in this still-mysterious American epic from 1972.
• Why George H.W. Bush can’t remember where he was on November 22, 1963. very other adult in the country remembers they were that fateful day.
• Why oilman George H.W. Bush shows up in early CIA documents
• The real story behind George W. Bush’s missing military service
• The inside scoop on the Bushes and Saudi influence in America
• The strange saga of Harvard University and its endowment
• The untold real story behind George W. Bush’s religious awakening
• Never before told anecdotes from George W. Bush’s wild past
• How the CIA monitors the White House and its occupants
• Why Barack Obama and his supporters should read this book
AND MUCH MUCH MORE
Investigative journalist Russ Baker spent years fact-checking every statement in this book for accuracy. The Bush family doesn't deny any fact presented here. They just hope it won;'t be widely read and will sink into obscurity.
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Book: The Historic Unfulfilled Promise
2012 • by Howard Zinn (1923-2010)
"Passionate, iconoclastic, and wrly humorous . . . [Zinn] sometimes proves astounding in his almost clairvoyant analysis."
—Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
Howard Zinn's life and work are the stuff of legend. His People's History of the United States has sold over two million copies and has altered how we see and teach history. A hero in word and deed, Zinn's views on freedom, fairness, history, democracy, and our own human potential are educational and transformative. In few places is the genius of his voice more crystallized and accessible than in the dozens of articles he penned for The Progressive magazine from 1980 to 2009, offered together here in book form for the first time.
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Book: Ignoring Binky: The Life & Times of Victor Evertor
2001 • graphic novella • Beverly Red & Mitch Hall
A political graphic novel that tells the life story of Victor Evertor, head of EATU, a pollution-spewing, people-crunching multi-national and shows how this developmentally arrested corporate titan amalgamated power. A satirical treatment of the past six decades of American culture that connects the dots between personal pathology and the plight of the planet. Victor Evertor's dream is our nightmare.
Artist Beverly Red and author Mitch Hall have dissected and displayed the psychological components that make up a high-powered CEO. This comic follows the life of Victor Evertor from his neglected childhood to his ascent to the top of the corporate world. The "Binky" from the title is apparently an imaginary friend from Evertor’s childhood who tries to comfort the child when his parents fail to. Imagination saves Evertor’s life, but only human contact can save his soul. However, Binky’s voice grows weaker with each of Evertor’s conquests. This is simultaneously funny and sobering stuff.
Book: The Rebel Girl: An Autobiography, My First Life (1906-1926)
Elizabeth Flynn played a leading role in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Born in Concord, NH in 1890, her family moved to N.Y.C. in 1900, where she was educated at the local public schools. Her parents introduced her to socialism. When she was 16 she gave her first speech, "What Socialism Will Do for Women", at the Harlem Socialist Club. Expelled from high school for her political activities, author Theodore Dreiser called her "an East Side Joan of Arc". In 1912 she worked in Lawrence, MA during the Great Textile Strike. With the arrests of Joseph Ettor and Arturo Giovannitti, Flynn at the end of January, became “the strike’s leading lady” (Watson, Bread and Roses, p. 152). A major organizer of the various trips by children to supportive cities like New York, she called the children’s demonstrations “the most wonderful that I have ever seen. I have been in strikes and battles for free speech but I have never seen such an outburst of human brotherhood...” (Boston Globe, Feb. 13, 1912.)
In her autobiography she said this about her time in Lawrence: “We talked especially to the women about the high cost of living here—how they had been fooled when they first came here when they figured the dollars in their home money. They thought they were rich till they had to pay rent, buy groceries, clothes, and shoes. Then they knew they were poor.” Describing the strike scenes she witnessed she wrote: “As the terrible new England winter dragged along the terror and violence increased. On Feb. 19, 200 policemen with drawn clubs routed 100 women picketers. A Boston newspaper described the scene: ‘A woman would be seen to shout from the crowd and run into a side street. Instantly two or three police would be after her. Usually a night-stick well aimed brought the woman to the ground like a shot and instantly the police would be on her, pulling her in as many ways as there were police.’”
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Book: Beautiful Trouble
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Paperback • 2012 • 450 pages • by Andrew Boyd • 8.4" x 5.8"
"The current political moment calls for bold leaps of imagination, new forms of organizing and a fearless blend of confrontation and celebration. Beautiful Trouble is a crash course in the emerging field of carnivalesque realpolitik, both elegant and incendiary."
—Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo
Prank websites. Militant carnivals. Flash Mobs. Virtual sit-ins. Guerrilla musicals. Social activism has a creative new edge that is melding prank and PR, and blurring the boundaries between artist and activist, direct action protest and pop art. Until recently these audacious actions were the preserve of a bold and zany few, but the “beautiful trouble” of creative activism is spreading.
Beautiful Trouble is not another how-to manual; it’s a how-to-think manual. We gathered artists and activists together to tease out a core set of interlocking design principles — what the design field would call a “pattern language“ — so that this collective wisdom can become useful to the next generation of change-makers. It’s a widely collaborative effort that was written – in a somewhat novel fashion – in the Google cloud, with me serving less as head writer and more as Editor and Wrangler-in-Chief.
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Book: 101 Changemakers
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8.5" x 11" • Hardcover • 2013 • 215 opages • Edited by Michelle Bollinger & Dao X. Tran * Haymarket Books • History, Middle School reference
In the great tradition of Howard Zinn, 101 Changemakers offers a “peoples’ history” version of the individuals who have shaped our country for middle school students. In the place of founding fathers, presidents, and titans of industry, are profiles of those who courageously fought for social justice in America: Tecumseh, Harriet Tubman, Mark Twain, César Chávez, Rachel Carson, Harvey Milk, Henry Wallace, and many more. 101 Changemakers aims to provide young students with new ways of understanding how history is written and made.
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A modern-day classic. The book that has the whole world thinking and re-thinking. In this unforgettable novel, a man and a gorilla embark on an intellectual adventure that redefines what it means to be human. Their journey explores the most challenging problem humankind has ever faced: how to save the world from ourselves.
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