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Gift Guide--Social Justice/Activism

New books on Social Justice and Activism

Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom By Derecka Purnell Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781662600517
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Published: Astra House - October 5th, 2021

A NONAME BOOK CLUB PICK
 
Named a Kirkus Reviews "Best Book of 2021" 
 
"Becoming Abolitionists is ultimately about the importance of asking questions and our ability to create answers. And in the end, Purnell makes it clear that abolition is a labor of love—one that we can accomplish together if only we decide to."


Our Work Is Everywhere: An Illustrated Oral History of Queer and Trans Resistance By Syan Rose, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Foreword by) Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781551528151
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - April 6th, 2021

Over the past ten years, we have witnessed the rise of queer and trans communities that have defied and challenged those who have historically opposed them. Through bold, symbolic imagery and surrealist, overlapping landscapes, queer illustrator and curator Syan Rose shines a light on the faces and voices of these diverse, amorphous, messy, real and imagined queer and trans communities.


Holding Change: The Way of Emergent Strategy Facilitation and Mediation By Adrienne Maree Brown Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781849354189
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Published: AK Press - May 25th, 2021

In our complex world, facilitation and mediation skills are as important for individuals as they are for organizations. How do we practice them in ways that align with nature, with pleasure, with our best imagining of our future? How do we attend to generating the ease necessary to help us move through the inevitable struggles of life?


Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness By Da'Shaun L. Harrison, Kiese Laymon (Foreword by) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781623175979
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Published: North Atlantic Books - August 10th, 2021

**The 2022 Lammy Award Winner in Transgender Nonfiction**
Exploring the intersections of Blackness, gender, fatness, health, and the violence of policing.


We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice By Mariame Kaba, Tamara K. Nopper (Editor), Naomi Murakawa (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Mariame Kaba, Tamara K. Nopper (Editor), Naomi Murakawa (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781642595253
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 23rd, 2021

"Organizing is both science and art. It is thinking through a vision, a strategy, and then figuring out who your targets are, always being concerned about power, always being concerned about how you're going to actually build power in order to be able to push your issues, in order to be able to get the target to actually move in the way that you want to."


Grieving While Black: An Antiracist Take on Oppression and Sorrow By Breeshia Wade Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781623175511
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Published: North Atlantic Books - March 2nd, 2021

Typically, when we reference grief work in relation to anti-Blackness, people think about the grief experienced by those oppressed by white supremacy. But Breeshia Wade encourages those who are not Black to consider how their own unexplored grief amplifies the suffering of Black people.


When to Talk and When to Fight: The Strategic Choice between Dialogue and Resistance By Rebecca Subar, Rosi Greenberg (Illustrator), Douglas Stone (Foreword by), Esteban Kelly (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Rebecca Subar, Rosi Greenberg (Illustrator), Douglas Stone (Foreword by), Esteban Kelly (Foreword by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781629638362
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Published: PM Press - July 6th, 2021

Weaving beautiful storytelling and clear analysis, this book maps the habits of change-makers, explaining why some groups choose dialogue and negotiation while others practice confrontation and resistance. Threaded among examples of conflict, struggle, and change in organizations, communities, and society is the compelling personal story that led Subar to her community of practice at Dragonfl


The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor) Cover Image
By Nikole Hannah-Jones (Created by), The New York Times Magazine (Created by), Caitlin Roper (Editor), Ilena Silverman (Editor), Jake Silverstein (Editor)
$38.00
ISBN: 9780593230572
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Published: One World - November 16th, 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER • A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.


Decolonizing Wealth, Second Edition: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance By Edgar Villanueva, II Bishop William J. Barber (Foreword by) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781523091416
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Published: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - August 17th, 2021

Decolonizing Wealth is a provocative analysis of the dysfunctional colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance. Award-winning philanthropy executive Edgar Villanueva draws from the traditions from the Native way to prescribe the medicine for restoring balance and healing our divides.


We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival: Essays on Sex Work and Survival By Natalie West (Editor), Tina Horn (Associate Editor), Melissa Gira Grant (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Natalie West (Editor), Tina Horn (Associate Editor), Melissa Gira Grant (Contribution by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781558612853
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Published: Feminist Press - February 9th, 2021

This collection of narrative essays by sex workers presents a crystal-clear rejoinder: there's never been a better time to fight for justice.Responding to the resurgence of the #MeToo movement in 2017, sex workers from across the industry--hookers and prostitutes, strippers and dancers, porn stars, cam models, Dommes and subs alike--complicate narratives of sexual harassment and viol


In This Place Together: A Palestinian's Journey to Collective Liberation By Penina Eilberg-Schwartz, Sulaiman Khatib Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780807046821
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Published: Beacon Press - April 13th, 2021

A narrative meditation on joint nonviolence, opening a window to the questions of power, multiple narratives, and imagination that touch on struggles for justice everywhere.


What's Up with White Women?: Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice By Ilsa Govan, Tilman Smith Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780865719613
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Published: New Society Publishers - October 19th, 2021

As a white woman, ask yourself: are you upholding or fighting racism?

What's Up with White Women? is a practical guide for white women who are interested in becoming more effective in their cross-cultural, anti-racist practices.


The Lesbian Avenger Handbook: A Handy Guide to Homemade Revolution By Kelly J. Cogswell (Editor), Sarah M. Schulman, Ana M. Simo (Editor) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781736155806
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Published: Homocom - June 1st, 2021

Launched in New York City, in 1992, the Lesbian Avengers rejected the picket line and ordinary demo for media-savvy, nonviolent direct action.


“Prisons Make Us Safer”: And 20 Other Myths about Mass Incarceration (Myths Made in America) By Victoria Law Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780807029527
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Published: Beacon Press - April 6th, 2021

An accessible guide for activists, educators, and all who are interested in understanding how the prison system oppresses communities and harms individuals.


The Echoing Ida Collection By Cynthia R. Greenlee (Editor), Kemi Alabi (Editor), Janna A. Zinzi (Editor) Cover Image
By Cynthia R. Greenlee (Editor), Kemi Alabi (Editor), Janna A. Zinzi (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781558612839
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Published: Feminist Press - January 12th, 2021

Rooted in reproductive justice, Echoing Ida harnesses the power of media for social justice--amplifying the struggles and successes of contemporary freedom movements in the US.


Lessons in Liberation: An Abolitionist Toolkit for Educators By Collective the Education for Liberation, Bettina L. Love (Contribution by), Mariame Kaba (Contribution by) Cover Image
By Collective the Education for Liberation, Bettina L. Love (Contribution by), Mariame Kaba (Contribution by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781849354363
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Published: AK Press - September 28th, 2021

A political vision for a future ripe with alternatives to imprisonment and punishment.


Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom Song By Marlon Peterson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781645036517
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Published: Bold Type Books - April 13th, 2021

From a leading prison abolitionist, a moving memoir about coming of age in Brooklyn and surviving incarceration—and a call to break free from all the cages that confine us.
 
Marlon Peterson grew up in 1980s Crown Heights, raised by Trinidadian immigrants.


What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat By Aubrey Gordon Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780807014776
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Published: Beacon Press - November 16th, 2021

From the creator of Your Fat Friend and co-host of the Maintenance Phase podcast, an explosive indictment of the systemic and cultural bias facing plus-size people.


The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness By Rhonda V. Magee Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143132820
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Published: TarcherPerigee - September 14th, 2021

“Illuminates the very heart of social justice and how it might be approached and nurtured through mindfulness practices in community and through the discernment and new degrees of freedom these practices entrain.” --from the foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn
 


The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart By Alicia Garza Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525509707
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Published: One World - September 7th, 2021

An essential guide to building transformative movements to address the challenges of our time, from one of the country’s leading organizers and a co-creator of Black Lives Matter
 
“Excellent and provocative . . . a gateway [to] urgent debates.”—Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker


Postcolonial Astrology: Reading the Planets through Capital, Power, and Labor By Alice Sparkly Kat Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781623175306
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Published: North Atlantic Books - May 18th, 2021

Tapping into the political power of magic and astrology for social, community, and personal transformation.

In a cross-cultural approach to understanding astrology as a magical language, Alice Sparkly Kat unmasks the political power of astrology, showing how it can be channeled as a force for collective healing and liberation.


Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid By Shayda Kafai Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781551528649
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - December 7th, 2021

In recent years, disability activism has come into its own as a vital and necessary means to acknowledge the power and resilience of the disabled community, and to call out ableist culture wherever it appears.


We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice By Adrienne Maree Brown, Malkia Devich-Cyril (Afterword by) Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9781849354226
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Published: AK Press - November 17th, 2020

Cancel culture addresses real harm...and sometimes causes more. It's time to think this through.


Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) By Dean Spade Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781839762123
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Published: Verso - October 27th, 2020

Mutual aid is the radical act of caring for each other while working to change the world.
 


Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement By Ejeris Dixon (Editor), Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Editor) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781849353625
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Published: AK Press - January 21st, 2020

Transformative justice seeks to solve the problem of violence at the grassroots level, without relying on punishment, incarceration, or policing. Community-based approaches to preventing crime and repairing its damage have existed for centuries. However, in the punative atmosphere of contemporary criminal justice systems, they are often marginalized and operate under the radar.


Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century By Alice Wong (Editor) Cover Image
By Alice Wong (Editor)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984899422
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020

ONE OF THE PROGRESSIVE'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR One in five people in the United States lives with a disability.


How to They/Them: A Visual Guide to Nonbinary Pronouns and the World of Gender Fluidity By Stuart Getty, Brooke Thyng (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Stuart Getty, Brooke Thyng (Illustrator)
$19.95
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ISBN: 9781632173133
Published: Sasquatch Books - September 29th, 2020

“This tender, smart, personal book is a gift. Stuart Getty generously shows us, with witty illustrations and kind humor, the hows and whys of they/them pronouns. A wonderful and necessary resource that is a delight to read.”
—Michelle Tea, author of Modern Tarot and Valencia


A Quick & Easy Guide to Consent (Quick & Easy Guides) By Luke Howard (Illustrator), Isabella Rotman Cover Image
By Luke Howard (Illustrator), Isabella Rotman
$7.99
ISBN: 9781620107942
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Published: Limerence Press - October 27th, 2020

A quick, easy and important educational illustrated guide to giving and receiving consent in sex, relationships, and other physical contact. 

How do you tell someone you want to do stuff with them? How do you ask if they want to do stuff with you? How do you know what stuff you want to do with each other?