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Compiled by Layne Mullett

 

BUILDING A MOVEMENT TO END THE NEW JIM CROW: AN ORGANIZING GUIDE

By Daniel Hunter

“This book is a must read for social justice allies. A short read that packs a solid punch, ‘Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow’ offers practical strategies on how to engage in effective, thoughtful action to achieve global fairness, equality, and true justice.”

Recommended by Alexandra Goncalves-Pena, supervising attorney, Newark, NJ

 

THE TRUE FLAG: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, MARK TWAIN AND THE BIRTH OF AMERICAN EMPIRE

By Stephen Kinzer (2017)

“True Flag is an absorbing and readable account of a little-known period in American history from 1898 to 1902, when there was a very public national conversation about whether the U.S. should become an imperial power. In an age in which the role of American empire is so thoroughly assumed by left and right alike, it’s important to learn about an era when this issue was at the center of a genuine national debate.”

Recommended by Brant Rosen, Midwest regional director, Chicago

 

UNBOWED: A MEMOIR

By Wangari Maathai

“Unbowed is an incredible autobiography of Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement. Working with local women, the movement combined direct action with environmental work and women’s rights, with amazing results. But confronting patriarchy and capitalism also meant political persecution, torture, and prison. The book taught me much about Kenya’s history, culture, and the movement of Kenyan women defending and nurturing their land and water.” 

Recommended by Sayrah Namaste, program co-director, Albuquerque, NM

 

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