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Recommended reading on immigration

Volunteer at Pembroke arranging books in library.
Bishnu, a student at Sullivan High School in Chicago, ILis arranging the books at the Pembrooke library. Visiting and helping with the library was one of the three projects that the summer institute students did during the peace here.there..everywhere summer institute. Photo: Jesus Palafox / AFSC

Compiled by Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, a list of books--both fiction and non-fiction--about immigration, immigrant stories and immigrant justice.

Literary Resources

The following book can be checked out from the CFIR Resource Library free of charge.  If you are interested in having a CFIR member join you for a book discussion, please request a member of our Speakers Bureau by calling 303.623.3464 or emailing Jordan T Garcia at

The Accidental American

By Rinku Sen with Fekkak Mamdouh

San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2008

The Accidental American vividly illustrates the challenges and contradictions ofU. S.immigration policy, and argues that, just as there is a free flow of capital in the world economy, there should be a free flow of labor. Author Rinku Sen alternates chapters telling the story of one "accidental American"--coauthor Fekkak Mamdouh, a Moroccan-born waiter at a restaurant in the World Trade Center whose life was thrown into turmoil on 9/11--with a thorough critique of current immigration policy. Sen and Mamdouh describe how members of the largely immigrant food industry workforce managed to overcome divisions in the aftermath of 9/11 and form the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) to fight for jobs and more equitable treatment. This extraordinary story serves to illuminate the racial, cultural, and economic conflicts embedded in the current immigration debate and helps frame the argument for a more humane immigration and global labor system.

The American Heritage Spanish Dictionary

Editors: Françoise Dubois-Charlier & David R. Pritchard

Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company and Librairie Larousse, 1987

This book features Latin American Spanish and American English.

An Action a Day: Keeps Global Capitalism Away

By Mike Hudema, Illustrated by Jacob Rolfe

Toronto: Between the Lines, 2004

A concise guide to planning and executing 52 different protest actions, ranging in seriousness from "radical cheerleading" to setting up blockades. Hudema has done an excellent job in this book of documenting a variety of fun, and potentially effective, street (e.g. blockades, sit-ins), street-theater, and media tactics often used throughout the anti-capitalist movement.

The ideas come across not only as interesting news items but, more importantly, as actions that can actually be taken by the reader. –

Asylum Denied

By David Ngaruri Jenney & Philip G. Schrag

Berkeley:UniversityofCaliforniaPress, 2008

Asylum Denied is the gripping story of political refugee David Ngaruri Kenney's harrowing odyssey through the world of immigration processing in theUnited States. Kenney, while living in his nativeKenya, led a boycott to protest his government's treatment of his fellow farmers. He was subsequently arrested and taken into the forest to be executed. This book, told by Kenney and his lawyer Philip G. Schrag from Kenney's own perspective, tells of his near-murder, imprisonment, and torture inKenya; his remarkable escape to theUnited States; and the obstacle course of ordeals and proceedings he faced asU.S.government agencies sought to deport him toKenya. A story of courage, love, perseverance, and legal strategy, Asylum Denied brings to life the human costs associated with our immigration laws and suggests reforms that are desperately needed to help other victims of human rights violations.

Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Mexican Immigration in an Era of Economic Integration

By Douglas S. Massey, Jorge Durland & Nolan J. Malone

New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2002

Migration betweenMexicoand theUnited Statesis part of a historical process of increasing North American integration. This process acquired new momentum with the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, which lowered barriers to the movement of goods, capital, services, and information. But rather than include labor in this new regime, theUnited Statescontinues to resist the integration of the labor markets of the two countries. Rather than denying the reality of labor migration, the authors recommend regularizing it and working to manage it so as to promote economic development inMexicoand minimize costs and disruptions for theUnited States.

Beyond Smoke and Mirrors provides an essential "user's manual" for readers seeking a historical, theoretical, and substantive understanding of how U.S. policy on Mexican immigration evolved to its current dysfunctional state, as well as how it might be fixed. –

Blinded by the Right

By David Brock

New York: Crown, 2002

Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative is a 2002 book written by former conservative journalist David Brock detailing his departure from the conservative movement. It is also the story of his coming out as a gay man. In the book, he recounts visiting gay bars with Matt Drudge and other conservatives. The subtitle alludes to Barry Goldwater's The Conscience of a Conservative, which helped define the modern conservative movement in theUnited States.

Borderland Theology

By Jerry H. Gill

WashingtonDC: EPICA, 2003

A heart-felt and in-depth look at borders, the Bible, and immigration. The author reflects on the role played by borders in both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, and connects this with his own experience of people and communities on the Mexico/U.S. border. The first part looks at the Incarnation and Hebrew/Christian scriptures in comparison to people crossing borders. The second part consists of examples of churches and people taking away both mental and physical boundaries. He thereby offers a uniquely American theology of liberation.

A very interesting book for Christians interested in immigration and the relevance of the Bible in the present day. –


By Leon C. Metz

El Paso: Mangan, 1989

Fourteen years in the making, this is a chronicle of the nearly two-thousand-mile international line between theUnited StatesandMexico. It is an historical account largely through the eyes and experiences of government agents, politicians, soldiers, revolutionaries, outlaws, Indians, engineers, immigrants, developers, illegal aliens, business people, and wayfarers looking for a job. It is essentially the untold story of lines drawn in water, sand, and blood, of an intrepid, durable people, of a civilization whose ebb and flow of history is as significant as any in the world.  Award-winning historian Leon Metz takes the reader from America's early westward expansion to today's awesome border problems of water rights, pollution, immigration, illegal aliens, and the massive effort of two nations attempting to pull together for a common cause.

Border People

By Oscar J. Martínez

Tucson:UniversityofArizonaPress, 1994

The most fascinating parts of this well-presented book are the interviews with all types of border people (one man estimates being caught by immigration officials five times in one day) and many women who've had to endure harsh treatment while living in Mexico and legally working in the U.S. In all,Martinezhas extensively covered one ofAmerica's most historically...

More pressing concerns and has done it with dignity and humanity for those both north and south of the border.--Booklist

Brown Tide Rising: Metaphors of Latinos in Contemporary American Public Discourse

By OttoSanta Ana

Austin:UniversityofTexasPress, 2002

Addresses how metaphorical language (i.e. awash under a rising tide, the relentless flow of immigrants, waves of immigration) portrays Latinos as destructive invaders, outsiders, burdens, diseases, animals, and weeds. Also looks at legislation and its inflammatory language which incites such imagery. –


By Leslie Marmon Silko

New York: Penguin Books, 1977

A novel telling of a World War II veteran's struggle to adjust to life back on a New Mexico Indian reservation after returning home from the war. Haunted by the violence that he was party to during the war, as well as by memories of his brother who died there, Tayo initially wastes away on the reservation. Finally, he meets the wise Betonie. Through this friendship with Betonie, Tayo discovers that the heavens and all earthly creatures are aspects of one whole and that ceremony brings balance and peace to that whole.

Communities Without Borders:  Images and Voices from the World of Migration

By David Bacon

Ithica,NY: CornellUniversityPress, 2006.

In his stunning work of photojournalism and oral history, David Bacon documents the new reality of migrant experience: the creation of transnational communities. Today's indigenous migrants don't simply move from one point to another but create new communities all along the northern road from Guatemala through Mexico into the United States, connected by common culture and history. Drawing on his experience as a photographer and a journalist and also as a former labor organizer, Bacon portrays the lives of the people who migrate between Guatemala and Mexico and the United States. He takes us inside these communities and illuminates the ties that bind them together, the influence of their working conditions on their families and health, and their struggle for better lives. –

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man                             CFIR Book Club: July 2006

By John Perkins, 2004

New York: Plume, 2006    

John Perkins tells the gripping tale of the years he spent working for an international consulting firm where his job was to convince underdeveloped countries to accept enormous loans, much bigger than they really needed, for infrastructure development — and to make sure that the development projects were contracted to U. S. multinationals. Once these countries were saddled with huge debts, the American government and the international aid agencies allied with it were able, by dictating repayment terms, to essentially control their economies. – Publisher Comments

Conservatives Without Conscience

By John W. Dean

New York: Penguin Books, 2006

In Conservatives Without Conscience, John Dean, who served as White House counsel under Richard Nixon and then helped to break the Watergate scandal with his testimony before the Senate, takes a vivid and analytical look at a Republican Party that has changed drastically from the conservative movement that he joined in the mid-1960s as an admirer of Senator Barry Goldwater. Listen to our interview with Dean as part of our July 13 Amazon Wire podcast (along with interviews with Garrison Keillor and Henry Rollins) to hear how he originally conceived of the book with the late Senator Goldwater, and the social science research he drew on to put together his portrait of the "conservative authoritarian."

Covering Immigration: Popular Images and the Politics of the Nation

By Leo R. Chavez

Los Angeles:UniversityofCaliforniaPress, 2001

On October 17, 1994, The Nation ran the headline The Immigration Wars on its cover over an illustration showing the western border of the United States with a multitude of people marching toward it. In the foreground, the Statue of Liberty topped by an upside-down American flag is joined by a growling guard dog lunging at a man carrying a pack. The magazine's coverage of emerging anti-immigrant sentiment shows how highly charged the images and texts on popular magazine covers can be. This provocative book gives a cultural history of the immigration issue in the United States since 1965, using popular magazine covers as a fascinating entry into a discussion of our attitudes toward one of the most volatile debates in the nation. – Publisher Comments

Crossing Over: A Mexican Family On The Migrant Trail

By Ruben Martinez

New York: Metropolitan Books, 2001

The U.S.-Mexican border is one of the most permeable boundaries in the world, breached daily by Mexicans in search of work. Thousands die crossing the line and those who reach "the other side" are branded illegals, undocumented and unprotected. Crossing Over puts a human face on the phenomenon, following the exodus of the Chávez clan, an extended Mexican family who lost three sons in a tragic border accident. Martínez follows the migrants' progress from their small southern Mexican town of Cherán to California, Wisconsin, and Missouri where far from joining the melting pot, Martínez argues, the seven million migrants in the U.S. are creating a new culture that will alter both Mexico and the United States as the two countries come increasingly to resemble each other.- Publishers Comments

The Devil’s Highway                                                                   CFIR Book Club: June 2006

By Luis Alberto Urrea, 2004

New York: Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Company, Inc., 2005

In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, a place called the Devil's Highway. Twenty-six people — fathers and sons, brothers and strangers — entered a desert so harsh and desolate that even the Border Patrol is afraid to travel through it. For hundreds of years, men have tried to conquer this land, and for hundreds of years the desert has stolen their souls and swallowed their blood. Along the Devil's Highway, days are so hot that dead bodies naturally mummify almost immediately. And that May, twenty-six men went in. Twelve came back out. Luis Alberto Urrea tells the story of this modern Odyssey. He takes us back to the small towns and unpaved cities south of the border, where the poor fall prey to dreams of a better life and the sinister promises of smugglers.  – Publisher Comments

Economic Apartheid In America

By Chuck Collins & Felice Yeskel with United for a Fair Economy & Class Action

New York: The New Press, 2005

Examines recent changes in income and wealth distribution, as well as economic policies and shifts in power that have fueled the growing divide. Filled with charts, graphs, and political cartoons, this book is an action-oriented, movement-building guide to closing the widening gap between the rich and everyone else.

Education For Liberation

By Adam Curle

London: Tavistock Publications Limited, 1973

Author examines the way in which education contributes or fails to contribute to the emergence and maintenance of a nonviolent society.

Enemy Aliens

By David Cole

New York: The New Press, 2003

Excoriates the USA PATRIOT Act and the rest of the Bush administration’s post-9/11 anti-terrorism crusade as an unconstitutional attack on out cherished civil liberties.

Group Rights: Reconciling Equality & Difference

By David Ingram

Lawrence,Kansas: University Press ofKansas, 2000

In this provocative book, David Ingram brings a variety of current social dilemmas together in a mutually illuminating way. He examines the concept of legal equality in a multiracial society by considering issues such as self-governance for Native Americans, the rights of immigrants, affirmative action, racial redistricting, and multicultural curricular reform. He also tackles the problem of social injustice in a global setting by assessing the negative impact of free trade policies on the rights of groups to subsistence, self-determination, and cultural integrity. Ingram steeps his presentation in theoretical discussions that investigate group versus individual rights, oppressed groups and social injustice, and the legitimacy of racial and cultural distinctions. –

On loan fromDanielle Short

Hispanics and the Nonprofit Sector

By Herman E. Gallegos & Michael O’Neill

New York: TheFoundationCenter, 1991

This book explores the important role of Hispanic nonprofit organizations in the Hispanic community and in the larger society. Eleven chapters by scholars, practitioners, and funders discuss the history of Mexican American and Puerto Rican nonprofits, the role of the Ford Foundation, Hispanic advocacy organizations, the role of religion in Hispanic nonprofit work, values issues, leadership issues, management techniques, fundraising needs, research needs, and the future role of Hispanic nonprofits.

Illegal People

By David Bacon

Boston: Beacon Press, 2008

In Illegal People Bacon explores the human side of globalization, exposing the many ways it uproots people in Latin America andAsia, driving them to migrate. At the same time,U.S.immigration policy makes the labor of those displaced people a crime in theUnited States. Illegal People explains why our national policy produces even more displacement, more migration, more immigration raids, and a more divided, polarized society.

Immigration: A Civil Rights Issue for the Americas

Edited by Susanne Jonas & Suzie Dod Thomas

Wilmington,Delaware: A Scholarly Resources Inc. Imprint, 1999

This book fills a gap in existing literature on immigration by providing a variety of perspectives among those who agree that immigrants have rights, but may differ about how to assert those rights. First published in the quarterly journal Social Justice in 1996, these essays are written by some of the most notable scholars in the area of immigration. The 13 contributions to this new book are refreshingly progressive interventions into the national debate on immigration. Calling upon that which is best in the democratic heritage of the U.S., this collection challenges the historic and ongoing civil rights struggle to adopt a global perspective that includes the civil rights of all immigrants, whether documented or undocumented. – Publisher Comments

On loan fromDanielle Short

The Immigration Debate

By the National Research Council

Washington,D.C.,NationalAcademyPress, 1998

The New Americans (NRC, 1997) presents an analysis of the economic gains and losses from immigration -- for the nation, states, and local areas -- providing a scientific foundation for public discussion and policymaking. This companion book presents nine papers with detailed data and analysis that support and extend the work in the first book. The New Americans II includes case studies of the fiscal effects of immigration inNew JerseyandCalifornia, studies of the impact of immigration on population redistribution and on crime in theUnited States, and much more.

The Immigration Invasion

By Wayne Lutton & John Tanton

Petoskey, The Social Contract Press, 1994

The Immigration Invasion, by Dr. Wayne Lutton, the nation’s foremost expert on the immigration threat. Here is the most serious crisis threatening the very existence of the nation. Chapters include welfare costs, employment, crime, quality of life. Those who want open borders, brief history ofUSimmigration policy - What is to be done to stop it.

This book does not represent the values of CFIR, but rather documents the kind of anti immigrant material in print.

Immigration Practice

By Robert C. Divine

Huntington: Juris Publishing, 2004

Immigration Practice covers all aspects of immigration law in one volume, complete with over 3,000 footnote citations to the wide range of statutes, regulations, court and administrative cases, policy memos, operations instructions, agency interpretive letters, and internet sites that a lawyer needs for complete understanding of a particular problem. No other source merges the practical with commentary and analysis so helpfully. Written and updated for 15 years by the same author.

Inmigración Sin Confusión

By Mario A. Vásquez

Hillcrest, Inter-American Consulting Corporation, 1998

This handbook, completely in Spanish, outlines the conditions for acquiring a temporary visa or green card, and includes a detailed explanation of the citizenship and naturalization process as well as reasons for inadmissibility provided by immigration agencies, including recent changes that affectU.S.immigration laws. Addresses, phone numbers, and fee listings for visa agencies, the State Department, and Immigration and Naturalization Service help ease the immigration process.

Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America

By Mae M. Ngai

Princeton,New Jersey:PrincetonUniversityPress, 2004

This book traces the origins of the "illegal alien" in American law and society, explaining why and how illegal migration became the central problem in U.S. immigration policy--a process that profoundly shaped ideas and practices about citizenship, race, and state authority in the twentieth century. – Publisher Comments

Introduction to Political Economy, Third Edition

By Charles Sackrey & Geoffrey Schneider with Janet Knoedler

Economic Affairs Bureau, Inc., 2002

On loan from Michael Worrall

John Woolman:  A Nonviolence & Social Change Source Book

Edited bySterlingOlmsted & Mike Heller

Wilmington,WilmingtonCollegePeaceResourceCenter, 1997

The source book was designed with Peace Studies classes in mind. This book can also be useful in study groups or in a wider range of college sources.

The Living Wage

By Robert Pollin & Stephanie Luce

New York:New YorkPress, 1998

The first comprehensive examination of the economic concept now being implemented across the nation with dramatic results.

The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border & Mexican Immigration

By Bill Bigelow

Milwaukee: Rethinking Schools, Ltd., 2006

The Line Between Us explores the history of U.S-Mexican relations and the roots of Mexican immigration, all in the context of the global economy. And it shows how teachers can help students understand the immigrant experience and the drama of border life.  Uses role plays, stories, poetry, improvisations, simulations and video.   –

The Long Haul

By Myles Horton with Judith Kohl & Herbert Kohl

New York: Teachers College Press, 1998

The Long Haul is an autobiography of Myles Horton, labor organizer, founder of theHighlanderSchooland perhaps the first practitioner of what would later be called popular education. Highlander used the principles of democratic education - where students were the authorities in the classroom, the teacher is a facilitator, and the focus of education is teaching collective action for social change - to play a key role in the labor movement of the 1930s and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s to 1970s. Horton pioneered many of the educational principles Paulo Freire would make famous worldwide in the 1980s.

Looking for My Wings

By Magdaleno M. Rose-Avila

Seattle: Patroncito Publishing, 2004

Open these pages and take a world tour.  But don't expectWayne's World; this is Magdaleno's world, Lenny's world, Leno's world.  This is the world of a big man made bigger by experience, made huge by humility.  This is a world of sweat and labor and anger and brutality and discovery - a world made sweet by his ability to see with innocent eyes, made available through the door of his valiant heart, made bearable by the music of his poetry.  It is a world in which, for all of its horror, we know that healing is possible because of this man's capacity to love.  But do not mess with his blue pajamas!

Mexifornia: A State of Becoming

By Victor Davis Hanson

San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2003

"Massive illegal immigration fromMexicointoCalifornia," Victor Davis Hanson writes, "coupled with a loss of confidence in the old melting pot model of transforming newcomers into Americans, is changing the very nature of state. Yet we Californians have been inadequate in meeting this challenge, both failing to control our borders withMexicoand to integrate the new alien population into our mainstream."

This book does not represent the values of CFIR, but rather documents the kind of anti immigrant material in print.

On loan from Tom Kowal

The Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border 1978-1992

By Timothy J. Dunn

Austin: Center for Mexican American Studies,UniversityofTexasatAustin, 1996

In this well-documented book, Dunn demonstrates how U.S. immigration and drug enforcement policies and practices in the southwestern border region coincide with many features of low-intensity conflict. –

Mobilizing Resentment: Conservative Resurgence from the John Birch Society to the Promise Keepers

By Jean Hardisty

Boston: Beacon Press, 1999

In this provocative book, Jean Hardisty details the formation of right-wing movements in opposition to the struggle for expansion of rights for women, people of color, and lesbians and gays. Her own experiences spanning three decades as both an activist and observer undergird her analysis in riveting ways. We see her in a stadium filled with Promise Keepers, watching thousands of men pledge in unison to take control of their families, with a mixture of awe, fear, and a lucid understanding of what draws people to such charismatic events. – Publisher Comments

A Nation Of Immigrants

By John F. Kennedy

New York: Harper Perennial, 2008

Written by Kennedy in 1958 after ADL reached out to the then-junior senator from Massachusetts asking him to highlight the contribution of immigrants at a time when the country was locked in a debate about the direction its policy should take, it is the last manuscript President Kennedy ever wrote, and the book was first published posthumously.

On loan from Burghilde Raffati

On the Line: Life on the US-Mexican Border

By Augusta Dwyer, edited by Duncan Green

London:Latin AmericaBureau, 1994

Through interviews with and stories of maquiladora workers, illegal migrants and environmental activists, this book explores heated issues related to the border. –

Organizing for Power & Empowerment

By Jacqueline B. Mondros & Scott Wilson

New York:ColumbiaUniversityPress, 1994

Designed to help build powerful community organizations, empower ordinary citizens to become leaders, and bring about major social and economic change, this book offers a coherent practice-based framework for understanding social action, with power and empowerment at the center of analysis. Topics include recruiting members, consensus building, leadership, publicity, and fundraising.

Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk About

By Margaret Read MacDonald

North Haven,Connecticut: Linnet Books, 1992

This collection of folktales and proverbs from all over the world encourages readers to reflect on things that lead to war and things that lead to peace. –

On loan fromDanielle Short

A People’s History of the United States

By Howard Zinn

New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2005

A People's History of theUnited Statesis a 1980 nonfiction book by American historian and political scientist Howard Zinn. In the book, Zinn seeks to present American history through the eyes of those rarely heard in mainstream histories. A People's History, though originally a dissident work, has become a major success and was a runner-up in 1980 for the National Book Award. It has been adopted for reading in some high schools and colleges across theUnited Statesand has been frequently revised, with the most recent edition covering events through 2003.  Over one million copies have been sold.

Privilege, Power & Difference

By Allan G. Johnson

Dubuque,Iowa: McGraw-Hill, 2001

This brief supplemental book provides students with an easily applied theoretical model for thinking about systems of privilege and difference. Writing in accessible, conversational prose, Johnson joins theory with engaging examples in ways that enable students to see the nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it. – Publisher Comments

Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach

By Steven & Susan Beebe

EnglewoodCliffs: Prentice Hall, 1994

With an engaging writing style and numerous examples, this book serves as a foundation for speechmaking as it guides readers through every step of the process. The website includes the complete text of two chapters (18 and 19), pedagogy, many illustrations, sample speeches, online practice tests, flash cards of the key terms, and many other interactive activities. For public speaking students, or anyone looking for an interactive way to improve their speech communication.

Re-Creating America: The Ethics of U.S. Immigration and Refugee Policy in a Christian Perspective

By Dana W. Wilbanks

Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996

Re-CreatingAmericaexploresU.S.immigration and refugee policy from a Christian perspective. What are the contributions that Christian communities can make to public discourse and decision making? This book does not presume that Christian ethics leads directly to policy solutions. It does maintain that Christians can bring an orientation to migration issues that is significant for shaping the policies of the national community. The argument of the book leads to support for generous admission policies, with preferential provisions for those in greatest need for a place of safety and opportunity.

Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society

By Leo R. Chavez, 1992

Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology General Editors: George and Louise Spinder


One of the few case studies of undocumented immigrants available, this insightful anthropological analysis humanizes a group of people too often reduced to statistics and stereotypes. The hardships of Hispanic migration are conveyed in the immigrants' own voices while the author's voice raises questions about power, stereotypes, settlement, and incorporation into American society. – Publisher Comments

Spin Works!

By Robert Bray

Shelter Rock: Independent Media Institute, 2002

SPIN Works! is an activist-friendly and extremely useful media guidebook produced by the SPIN Project (Strategic Press Information Network). This guidebook is full of media tips, tactics, strategies, and real-world examples, based on the SPIN Project's work with hundreds of public interest organizations across the nation. It's designed to give grassroots organizers and people interested in positive social change basic and advanced skills for shaping public opinion on their issues through the press. Written with flair, humor and practicality, the guidebook is divided into five sections: The basics, The message, Moving the message, Reacting to media coverage, and Media and community, plus an extensive resource section, numerous case studies, scores of "how to" check lists, several media "models" and much more.

Strategy for a Living Revolution

By George Lakey

San Francisco: W.H. Freeman and Co., 1973

In this book, a prominent Quaker activist outlines a nonviolent path to social transformation.  Included is previously unpublished case material on little-known nonviolent struggles and fresh interpretations of some famous ones. 

Sweatshop Warriors

By Miriam Ching Yoon Louie

Cambridge: South End Press, 2001

In this up-close and personal look at the heroines who make family, community, and society tick, Miriam Ching Yoon Louie showcases immigrant women workers speaking out for themselves, in their own words. While public outrage over sweatshops builds in intensity, this book shows us who these workers really are and how they are leading campaigns to fight for their rights. In-depth, accessible analyses of the immigration, labor, and trade policies that have collided to put these women in the most dangerous, poorly paid jobs dovetail with vivid portraits of the women themselves. With chapters on successful campaigns against Levi-Strauss, Donna Karan, and restaurants inLos Angeles' Koreatown, among others.

“They Take Our Jobs!”

By Aviva Chomsky

Boston: Beacon Press, 2007

In exposing the myths that underlie today's debate, Chomsky illustrates how the parameters and presumptions of the debate distort how we think-and have been thinking-about immigration. She observes that race, ethnicity, and gender were historically used as reasons to exclude portions of the population from access to rights. Today, Chomsky argues, the dividing line is citizenship. Although resentment against immigrants and attempts to further marginalize them are still apparent today, the notion that non-citizens, too, are created equal is virtually absent from the public sphere. Engaging and fresh, this book will challenge common assumptions about immigrants, immigration, andU.S.history.

Trading Freedom: How Free Trade Affects Our Lives, Work, and Environment

Edited by John Cavanagh, John Gershman, Karen Baker, Gretchen Helmke

Montpelier:CapitalCityPress, 1992

Focusing on NAFTA, this book discusses how the continental free trade agenda affects workers, the environment, agriculture, human rights, and immigration.  In today’s economy of global factories and world cars, free trade us the conventional prescription to promote economic growth and enhance competitiveness.  But the rhetoric disguises the reality.  Free trade threatens to cede the economic destiny of our communities to corporate boardrooms and accelerate environmental destruction throughoutNorth America. 

The Ultimate Field Guide to the U.S. Economy

By James Heintz, Nancy Folbre and The Center for Popular Economics et. al.

New York: TheNew YorkPress, 2000

The U.S.-Mexican border is one of the most permeable boundaries in the world, breached daily by Mexicans in search of work. Thousands die crossing the line and those who reach "the other side" are branded illegals, undocumented and unprotected. Crossing Over puts a human face on the phenomenon, following the exodus of the Chávez clan, an extended Mexican family who lost three sons in a tragic border accident. Martínez follows the migrants' progress from their small southern Mexican town of Cherán to California, Wisconsin, and Missouri where far from joining the melting pot, Martínez argues, the seven million migrants in the U.S. are creating a new culture that will alter both Mexico and the United States as the two countries come increasingly to resemble each other. – Publishers Comments

Uprooting Racism

By Paul Kivel

GabriolaIsland: New Society Publishers, 2003

Uprooting Racism talks about racism without rhetoric or attack. Speaking as a white to fellow whites, Kivel shares stories, suggestions, advice, exercises and approaches for working together to fight racism. He does this while discussing the timely issues of affirmative action, immigration, institutional racism, anti-Semitism, humor, political correctness and the meaning of whiteness. And he covers the different forms of racial injustice faced by Latinos, such as Asian Americans, African Americans, Native-Americans, and Jews. At once gentle and provocative, Uprooting Racism helps readers strategically intervene against racism in workplaces, institutions, public policy debates and everyday personal interactions. Uprooting Racism is a much needed book, helping the reader to understand and heal race relations in this country.

Uprooted: Refugees and Forced Migrants

By Elizabeth G. Ferris

New York: Friendship Press, 1998

This book is a compelling, often unsettling exposé of the unfathomable reality of 50 million people in flight.  Uprooted! explores the economic, political, ecological and religious conditions that tyrannize and ostracize large groups of people. 

Urban Souls

By Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

Saint Louis: Urban Press, 2001

Urban Souls is an effective, lyrical indictment of a system that cheapens the young black generation. He doesn't simply accuse, he offers explanations. He writes about two of the fastest growing musical genres--alternative music and gangsta rap. Both are the genesis of the disenfranchisement and frustration stemming from personal and social alienation, he states. He also reminds us that this type of pop-culture expression is necessary if we are to hear the innocent and not-so-innocent voices of our children, share their terror, joy, victories, defeats, tears and smiles. He says that youth pop culture is a window to broader description and understanding of their perspectives and can be a strong prescriptive commentary.

What’s the Matter With Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart Of America

By Thomas Frank

New York: Metropolitan Books, 2004

The largely blue collar citizens ofKansascan be counted upon to be a "red" state in any election, voting solidly Republican and possessing a deep animosity toward the left. This, according to author Thomas Frank, is a pretty self-defeating phenomenon, given that the policies of the Republican Party benefit the wealthy and powerful at the great expense of the average worker. According to Frank, the conservative establishment has tricked Kansans, playing up the emotional touchstones of conservatism and perpetuating a sense of a vast liberal empire out to crush traditional values while barely ever discussing the Republicans' actual economic policies and what they mean to the working class.

 Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream

By Robert Jensen

New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2004

This is a manual written especially for political activists with radical ideas, who often find themselves excluded from mainstream news and media. Tips, tricks, and techniques for getting one's message out in the public, drawing from the author's experience as a journalist, activist, and academic. Sample, passionately charged pieces of opinionated political writing along with the author's wisdom and travails attempting to get them distributed. Writing Dissent uses real-life examples, and gives more general advice on journalistic style and how to make one's message as clear as possible. A "must-read" for concerned citizens, activists, and journalists alike. –





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