RECENT BOOKS 2010: ACTIVISM, ORGANIZING, AGITATING, BUILDING MOVEMENTS, CHANGING THE WORLD
--Cohen, Robert. Freedom’s Orator: Mario Savio and the Radical Legacy of the 1960s. Rev. The Nation (March 29, 2010). “Savio was a revoolutionary and civil libertarian, logician and poet, scientific observer and self-aware partisan—and in his heyday a virtuosic extemporizer….”?
--Kahn, Si. Creative Community Organizing: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice. Berrett-Koehler, 2010. Rev. Fellowship Fall 2010. Theory, resources, tools, but especially case studies. See Reinsborough and Channing.
--Reinsborough, Patrick and Doyle Channing. Re:Imagining Change: How to Use Story-Based Strategy to Win Campaigns, Build Movements, and Change the World. PM P, 2010. Rev. Fellowship Fall 2010. See Kahn.
--Lerner, Steve. Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Exposure in the United States. 2010. Stories of 12 environmental activists who live in areas dangerously polluted and inhabited by poor, minority populations. African Americans are 79% more likely than whites to live in such neighborhoods. But activists in many of these sites rise and organize to go to court and close toxic sites.
--Wimsatt, Billy. Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs. 2010. Interv. In These Times (Nov. 2010). Also author of Bomb the Suburbs 1994) and No More Prisons (1998).
2010 BOOKS continued
--Anderson, Kevin. Agitations: Ideologies and Strategies in African American Politics. U of Arkansas P, 2010. From the 19th c. to the present, particularly how the NAACP, the SCLC, and SNCC fought on multiple fronts. NAACP lawsuits and lobbying. SCLC: nonviolent mass action. SNCC: community empowerment.
--Cooper, Peter. From Educating to Agitating.
--Mickenberg, Julia, ed. Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children’s Literature. NYU P, 2010.
--Trigg, Mary, ed. Leading the Way: Young Women’s Activism for Social Change. Rutgers UP, 2010.
--Loeb, Paul Rogat. Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times. New and Revised Ed. St. Martin’s, 2010. Rev. Veterans for Peace Newsletter (Summer 2010). Explains how ordinary citizens can make their voices heard.
--Civilian Ally: A Guide to Organizing with Veterans and Service Members to Build a GI Resistance Movement. War Resisters League, 2009, 36pp.Three anti-war groups provide a tookit for civilians to use in supporting GI resistance.
--Hoffman, Nicholas Von. Radical: A Portrait of Saul Alinsky. Nation Books, 2010. Rev. Mother Jones (July/August 2010). Alinsky possessed “a singular understanding of how to acquire power and what to do with it.”
--Pertschuk, Michael. The DeMarco Factor. Vanderbilt UP, 2010. Rev. Public Citizen News (July/August 2010). Story of Vinny DeMarco, social justice public interest activist hero, and a guide to public advocacy: reaching out to media, framing messages, organizing communities, securing tech. and financial assistance, etc.
--DeFelippis, James, et al. Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing. Rutgers UP, 2010.