Global Concerns

Our Global Concerns section encompasses a wide range of contemprary issues including the prison industrial complex, immigration, anti-war, anarchism, communism, socialism, globalization, capitalism/anti-poverty, and much more.

The New Jim Crow Cover Image
By Michelle Alexander, Cornel West (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781595586438
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Published: New Press - January 16th, 2012

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness.

Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America's Most Controversial Antipoverty Community Organizing Group Cover Image
ISBN: 9780826517067
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Published: Vanderbilt University Press - June 28th, 2010

"There is more value on a single page of Seeds of Change than in a year's worth of Rush Limbaugh screeds combined with a lifetime of Sarah Palin sneers at community organizers." --Todd Gitlin

Social Work and Restorative Justice: Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation Cover Image
By Elizabeth Beck (Editor), Nancy P. Kropf (Editor), Pamela Blume Leonard (Editor)
ISBN: 9780195394641
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - November 1st, 2010

Restorative justice and social work share a number of principles and goals, as they both seek to stem violence and to address the pain associated with harm. Many of the processes used by restorative justice practitioners are based on indigenous practices that facilitate peacemaking, victim healing and reparation, and reengagement of offenders.

The Enlightened Cyclist: Commuter Angst, Dangerous Drivers, and Other Obstacles on the Path to Two-Wheeled Trancendence Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452105000
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 21st, 2012

The joys of commuting by bike attract scores of new converts every year. But as fresh-faced cyclists fill the roads, they also encounter their share of frustrations--careless drivers, wide-flung car doors, zoned-out pedestrians, and aggressive fellow cyclists, to name a few.

Changing Inequality (Wildavsky Forum #8) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520266933
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Published: University of California Press - July 28th, 2011

Rebecca M. Blank offers the first comprehensive analysis of an economic trend that has been reshaping the United States over the past three decades: rapidly rising income inequality.

Entanglements, or Transmedial Thinking about Capture (John Hope Franklin Center Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822352303
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Published: Duke University Press - April 11th, 2012

How might the pornographic be associated with Brecht's and Benjamin's media theories? How are Foucault's and Deleuze's writings on visibilities "postcolonial"? What happens when Ranciere's discussions of art are juxtaposed with cultural anthropology? What does a story by Lao She about collecting reveal about political collectivism in modern China?

Being There: Learning to Live Cross-Culturally Cover Image
By Sarah H. Davis (Editor), Melvin Konner (Editor)
ISBN: 9780674049277
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Published: Harvard University Press - September 19th, 2011

How can an academic who does not believe evil spirits cause illness harbor the hope that her cancer may be cured by a healer who enters a trance to battle her demons? Whose actions are more (or less) honorable: those of a prostitute who sells her daughter's virginity to a rich man, or those of a professor who sanctions her daughter's hook-ups with casual acquaintances?

Multiplication Is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People's Children Cover Image
ISBN: 9781595580467
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Published: New Press - March 20th, 2012

As MacArthur award-winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds us--and as all research shows--there is no achievement gap at birth.

Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9780262014984
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Published: Mit Press - February 18th, 2011

The idea that technology will pave the road to prosperity has been promoted through both boom and bust. Today we are told that universal broadband access, high-tech jobs, and cutting-edge science will pull us out of our current economic downturn and move us toward social and economic equality.

Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781844677412
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Published: Verso - September 12th, 2011

At its rhythmic, beating heart, "Close to the Edge "asks whether hip hop can change the world. Hip hop rapping, beat-making, b-boying, deejaying, graffiti captured the imagination of the teenage Sujatha Fernandes in the 1980s, inspiring her and politicizing her along the way.

Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six Cover Image
By Jordan Flaherty, Amy Goodman (Foreword by), Tracie Washington (Preface by)
ISBN: 9781608460656
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Published: Haymarket Books - August 17th, 2010

"This is the most important book I've read about Katrina and what came after. In the tradition of Howard Zinn this could be called 'The People's History of the Storm.' Jordan Flaherty was there on the front lines."
--Eve Ensler, playwright of The Vagina Monologues and activist and founder of V-Day

Moments of Excess: Movements, Protest and Everyday Life Cover Image
By Free Association (Manufactured by)
ISBN: 9781604861136
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Published: PM Press - April 1st, 2011

Examining the complicated and sometimes controversial history, goals, and tactics of anticapitalist movements, this compilation focuses on the meaning of the movement as a whole and examines the protests that surrounded global trade and political conferences such as the 1999 World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle and the ongoing G8 summits around the world.

The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312569365
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2011

A riveting investigation of the jagged fault line between the Christian and Muslim worlds

Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making: The CODM Model for Facilitating Groups to Widespread Agreement Cover Image
ISBN: 9780865716896
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Published: New Society Publishers - April 26th, 2011

Are you frustrated by that common challenge called group decision-making? Consensus-Oriented Decision-Making can help Clearly written and well organized, keep this book by your side and refer to it often. Groups you are part of will function better as a result.
-- Peggy Holman, author, Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity

Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market Cover Image
ISBN: 9780813134352
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Published: University Press of Kentucky - November 9th, 2011

Queen bee. Worker bees. Busy as a bee. These phrases have shaped perceptions of women for centuries, but how did these stereotypes begin? Who are the women who keep bees and what can we learn from them? Beeconomy examines the fascinating evolution of the relationship between women and bees around the world.

Censored: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2010-2011 (Censored: The News That Didn't Make the News -- The Year's Top 25 Censored Stories) Cover Image
By Mickey Huff (Editor), Project Censored (Editor)
ISBN: 9781609803476
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 4th, 2011

Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation's oldest news-monitoring group--a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff--has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly ne

Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307719966
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Published: Broadway Books - August 30th, 2011

It's not an exaggeration to say that middle-class Americans are an endangered species and that the American Dream of a secure, comfortable standard of living has become as outdated as an Edsel with an eight-track player. That the United States of America is in danger of becoming a third world nation.
The evidence is all around us:

Truths Among Us: Conversations on Building a New Culture Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604862997
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Published: PM Press - September 1st, 2011

From acclaimed author Derrick Jensen comes a prescient, thought-provoking collection of interviews with 10 leading writers, philosophers, teachers, and activists who argue against society's belief that corporations and governments know what is best for the future, instead choosing to help acknowledge the values we know in our hearts are right--and inspire within us the courage to act on them.

This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All (P.S.) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061431616
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 25th, 2011

Buried in info? Cross-eyed over technology? From the bottom of a pile of paper, disks, books, e-books, and scattered thumb drives comes a cry of hope: Make way for the librarians--they can help

War Is Not Over When It's Over: Women Speak Out from the Ruins of War Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312573065
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Published: Metropolitan Books - August 2nd, 2011

From the renowned authority on domestic violence, a startlingly original inquiry into the aftermath of wars and their impact on the least visible victims: women

Real Common Sense: Using Our Founding Values to Reclaim Our Nation and Stop the Radical Right from Hijacking America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609801267
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Published: Seven Stories Press - April 5th, 2011

America's extreme Right falsely claims the Founding Fathers as allies for their radical agenda. Pundit Glenn Beck has gone so far as to use the title of Tom Paine's famous 1776 pamphlet Common Sense for his own book--a book that attacks the political, social and economic rights which Paine and the Founders fought for.

Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons Cover Image
By Ayelet Waldman (Editor), Robin Levi (Editor), Waldman Ayelet (Editor)
ISBN: 9781936365500
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Published: Voice of Witness - November 8th, 2011

People in U.S. prisons are routinely subjected to physical, sexual, and mental abuse. While this has been documented in male prisons, women in prison often suffer in relative anonymity. Women Inside addresses this critical social justice issue, empowering incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women to share the stories that have previously been silenced. Among the narrators:

Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising Cover Image
By Staughton Lynd, Mumia Abu Jamal (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781604862249
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Published: PM Press - March 7th, 2011

In telling the story of one of the longest prison uprisings in U.S. history, in which hundreds of inmates seized a major area of an Ohio correctional facility, this chronicle examines the causes of the disturbance, what happened during its 11-day duration, and the fairness of the trials in the aftermath of the rioting.

Keywords in Youth Studies: Tracing Affects, Movements, Knowledges Cover Image
By Nancy Lesko (Editor), Susan Talburt (Editor)
ISBN: 9780415874120
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Published: Routledge - August 4th, 2011

With recent attention to issues such as youth social exclusion, poverty, school underachievement, school violence, gang activity, sexuality, and youth's interactions with media and the internet, youth studies has emerged as a significant interdisciplinary field.

Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice (Voice of Witness) Cover Image
By Alia Malek (Editor)
ISBN: 9781936365388
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Published: McSweeney's - August 23rd, 2011

This book seeks to tell the life stories of the innocent men and women who have been needlessly swept up in the "war on terror." As we approach the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, this collection of narratives gives voice to the people who have had their human rights violated here in the U.S. by post-9/11 policies and actions. Among the narrators:

Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807000472
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Published: Beacon Press - September 7th, 2010

If you care about social change but hate feel-good platitudes, Do It Anyway is the book for you. Courtney Martin's rich profiles of the new generation of activists dig deep, to ask the questions that really matter: How do you create a meaningful life? Can one person even begin to make a difference in our hugely complex, globalized world?

Academic Repression: Reflections from the Academic Industrial Complex Cover Image
ISBN: 9781904859987
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Published: AK Press - March 1st, 2010

"This book puts the lie to the myth of academic freedom and that the university is an unabashed training ground for radicals."--Richard Kahn, University of North Dakota

"Essential reading for anyone concerned about the stifling of dissent and free expression in academia and beyond."--Uri Gordon, author of Anarchy Alive

Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit Cover Image
ISBN: 9780470590805
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Published: Jossey-Bass - September 6th, 2011

Hope for American democracy in an era of deep divisions

In Healing the Heart of Democracy, Parker J. Palmer quickens our instinct to seek the common good and gives us the tools to do it.

Quality Education as a Constitutional Right: Creating a Grassroots Movement to Transform Public Schools Cover Image
By Theresa Perry (Editor), Robert P. Moses (Editor), Joan T. Wynne (Editor)
ISBN: 9780807032824
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Published: Beacon Press (MA) - August 1st, 2010

In 2005, famed civil rights leader and education activist Robert Moses invited one hundred prominent African American and Latino intellectuals and activists to meet to discuss a proposal for acampaignto guarantee a quality education for all children as a constitutional right--a movement that would "transform current approaches to educational inequity, all of which have failed miserably to yield re

Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa Cover Image
By Dambisa Moyo, Niall Ferguson (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780374532123
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - March 2nd, 2010

A national bestseller, Dead Aid unflinchingly confronts one of the greatest myths of our time: that billions of dollars in aid sent from wealthy countries to developing African nations has helped to reduce poverty and increase growth. In fact, poverty levels continue to escalate and growth rates have steadily declined--and millions continue to suffer.

A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143119128
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2011

The extraordinary story of one man's gift to orphaned children in need of hope
Can one person really make a difference in the world? Twesigye Jackson Kaguri overcame tremendous odds as he followed his dream to build a school for AIDS orphans in his village in Uganda. This is his unforgettable story.

People First Economics Cover Image
By Vanessa Baird (Editor), David Ransom (Editor)
ISBN: 9781906523831
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Published: World Changing - March 15th, 2011

This is the updated second edition of the acclaimed anthology of radical writing about the economic crisis. People First Economics sees a historic opportunity to build a new model with humans rather than profit at its heart. The book has been expanded to include new contributions by Joseph Stiglitz, Walden Bello, and Jayati Ghosh.

Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in Twenty-First Century America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781595585400
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Published: New Press - August 9th, 2011

In the Age of Terrorism, the United States has become a much more dangerous place--for activists and dissenters, whose First Amendment rights are all too frequently abridged by the government.

An inspirational inside look at the trailblazing methodology developed by the nonprofit strategy and training organization, smartMeme, this unique exploration provides progressive activists with the tools to get stories into the media, build successful campaigns, and connect with other organizations the world over.

American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice Cover Image
By William Reichard (Editor), Ted Kooser (Foreword by), Sherman Alexie (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780981559384
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Published: New Village Press - April 26th, 2011

This new anthology of contemporary American poetry, short fiction and nonfiction, explores issues of identity, oppression, injustice, and social change. This anthology of contemporary American poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, explores issues of identity, oppression, injustice, and social change.

Teacher at Point Blank: Confronting Sexuality, Violence, and Secrets in a Suburban School Cover Image
ISBN: 9781879960848
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Published: Aunt Lute Books - October 18th, 2010

Literary Nonfiction. Education Studies. Memoir. Why would a high school teacher who loves teaching leave school after half a career in the classroom? TEACHER AT POINT BLANK answers this question at a time when concerns about school performance, safety, and teacher attrition are at an all-time and often anxious high.

The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups Cover Image
ISBN: 9780865716971
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Published: New Society Publishers - November 15th, 2011

A Transition Town group involved in preparations for peak oil and climate change; an intentional community, founded with the highest ideals; a nonprofit dedicated to social change--millions of such voluntary groups exist around the world.

Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future Cover Image
ISBN: 9781605098821
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - May 16th, 2011

It's an unfortunate fact of social organizing that, despite even the best intentions, groups convened to effect positive change often fail to empower people from all backgrounds to speak up or to tap into a positive and inspiring collective vision.

Shifting Balance Sheets: Women's Stories of Naturalized Citizenship & Cultural Attachment (Wising Up Anthologies) Cover Image
By Heather Tosteson (Editor), Kerry Langan (Editor), Charles D. Brockett (Editor)
ISBN: 9780982726235
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Published: Wising Up Press - May 31st, 2011

SHIFTING BALANCE SHEETS: Women's Stories of Naturalized Citizenship & Cultural Attachment. A Wising Up Anthology. Editors: Heather Tosteson, Kerry Langan, Charles D. Brockett and Debra Gingerich. In this anthology, thirty-four women and girls from twenty countries, now living all across the U.S., reflect on their journeys to naturalized U.S.

All That We Share: How to Save the Economy, the Environment, the Internet, Democracy, Our Communities, and Everything Else That Belongs t Cover Image
By Jay Walljasper, Bill McKibben (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781595584991
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Published: New Press - December 7th, 2010

How you see the world is about to change. All That We Share is a wake-up call that will inspire you to see the world in a new way. As soon as you realize that some things belong to everyone--water, for instance, or the Internet or human knowledge--you become a commoner, part of a movement that's reshaping how we will solve the problems facing us in the twenty-first century.

About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604864403
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Published: PM Press - September 1st, 2011

Veterans of recent conflictsdescribe their individual journeys from raw recruit to war resister in this collection of testimonials. Although it is not well publicized, the long tradition of refusing to fight unjust wars continues today within the American military.

Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans After 9/11 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592139835
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Published: Temple University Press - November 26th, 2010

How Muslim-American identity has been shaped by 9/11 and its after effects.

Field Guide to the Global Economy: Living Well Was the Best Revenge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781565849563
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Published: New Press - May 1st, 2005

This fully updated and expanded second edition of The Field Guide to the Global Economy presents the latest facts to help make sense of the rapidly changing international economy. Illustrated throughout with charts, graphs, and cartoons, the book documents new trends, including the foreign "outsourcing" of U.S.

Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality & Insecurity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781595580153
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Published: New Press - October 31st, 2005

This updated edition of the widely touted Economic Apartheid in America looks at the causes and manifestations of wealth disparities in the United States, including tax policy in light of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and recent corporate scandals.

Globalization and Its Discontents Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393324396
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 2003

When it was first published, this national bestseller quickly became a touchstone in the globalization debate. Renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz had a ringside seat for most of the major economic events of the last decade, including stints as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist at the World Bank.

We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories from Immigrant Communities After 9/11 Cover Image
By Tram Nguyen, Edwidge Danticat (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780807004616
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Published: Beacon Press - September 15th, 2005

In an ironic reversal of the American dream, a staggering 20,000 members of the immigrant community of Midwood, Brooklyn (known as Little Pakistan), voluntarily left the United States after 9/11. Tram Nguyen reveals the human cost of the domestic war on terror and examines the impact of post-9/11 policies on people targeted because of immigration status, nationality, race, and religion.

The Betrayal of Work: How Low-Wage Jobs Fail 30 Million Americans and Their Families Cover Image
ISBN: 9781595580009
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Published: New Press - September 1st, 2005

Following its publication in hardcover, the critically acclaimed Betrayal of Work became one of the most influential policy books about economic life in America; it was discussed in the pages of Newsweek, Business Week, Fortune, the Washington Post, Newsday, and USA Today, as well as in public policy journals and in broadcast interviews, including a

Homeland Cover Image
By Dale Maharidge, Michael Williamson (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781583226810
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Published: Seven Stories Press - August 2nd, 2005

Homeland is Pulitzer Prize winning author Maharidge's biggest and most ambitious book yet, weaving together the disparate and contradictory strands of contemporary American society-common decency alongside race rage, the range of dissenting voices, and the roots of discontent that defy political affiliation.

Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated Cover Image
By Lola Vollen (Editor), Dave Eggers (Editor), Scott Turow (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781932416237
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Published: McSweeney's - November 1st, 2005

On September 30, 2003, Calvin was declared innocent and set free from Angola State Prison, after serving 22 years for a crime he did not commit. Like many other exonerees, Calvin experienced a new world that was not open to him. Hitting the streets without housing, money, or a change of clothes, exonerees across America are released only to fend for themselves.

Anarchism and Other Essays (Dover Books on History) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780486224848
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Published: Dover Publications -

In the 1890s and for years thereafter, America reverberated with the name of the "notorious Anarchist," feminist, revolutionist, and agitator, Emma Goldberg. A Russian Jewish immigrant at the age of 17, she moved by her own efforts from seamstress in a clothing factory to internationally known radical lecturer, writer, editor, and friend of the oppressed.

The Condemnation of Little B: New Age Racism in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807009758
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Published: Beacon Press - February 28th, 2011

Through the story of a thirteen-year-old black boy condemned to life in prison, Elaine Brown exposes the 'New Age' racism that effectively condemns millions of poor African-Americans to a third world life. The story of 'Little B' is riveting, a stunning example of the particular burden racism imposes on black youths.