No More Heroes

Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality
Author: Jordan Flaherty
Publisher: AK Press
ISBN: 1849352674
Category: Social Science
Page: 175
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Missionaries of the left, saviors are people of privilege who believe they have all the answers. They want to help, but don’t want to listen; they lead but never follow. From post-Katrina New Orleans, to anti-sex-traficking work, to do-gooder journalists, Flaherty’s book reveals saviors’ misdeeds but also shows how activists can build new, stronger movements.

Floodlines

Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six
Author: Jordan Flaherty
Publisher: Haymarket Books
ISBN: 1608461122
Category: Political Science
Page: 326
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"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 "Jordan Flaherty brings the sharp analysis and dedication of a seasoned organizer to his writing, and insightful observation to his reporting. He unfailingly has his ear to the ground in a city that continues to reveal the floodlines of structural racism in America."Tram Nguyen, author of We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories from Immigrant Communities after 9/11 Floodlines is a firsthand account of community, culture, and resistance in New Orleans. The book weaves the stories of gay rappers, Mardi Gras Indians, Arab and Latino immigrants, public housing residents, and grassroots activists in the years before and after Katrina. From post-Katrina evacuee camps to torture testimony at Angola Prison to organizing with the family members of the Jena Six, Floodlines tells the stories behind the headlines from an unforgettable time and place in history. Jordan Flaherty is a writer and community organizer based in New Orleans. In addition to his award-winning post-Katrina journalism, he was the first journalist with a national audience to write about the Jena Six case and played an important role in bringing the story to theattention of the world. He has produced news segments for Al-Jazeera, TeleSur, and Democracy Now! and appeared as a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows, including CNN's American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Headline News, GRITtv, Keep Hope Alive with Reverend Jesse Jackson, and both local and nationally syndicated shows on National Public Radio.

No More Heroes

Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality
Author: Jordan Flaherty
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781849352666
Category: Social Science
Page: 175
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Charity is not solidarity. Saviors need not apply.

Rambo and the Dalai Lama

The Compulsion to Win and Its Threat to Human Survival
Author: Gordon Fellman
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791437834
Category: Social Science
Page: 300
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Contrasts two approaches to conflicts and their resolution: the aggressive, confrontative elements of the adversary paradigm represented by the fictional figure Rambo, and the compassionate non-violence of the mutuality paradigm advocated by the Dalai Lama.

Nonviolence Ain't What It Used To Be

Unarmed Insurrection and the Rhetoric of Resistance
Author: Shon Meckfessel
Publisher: AK Press
ISBN: 1849352305
Category: Social Science
Page: 250
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"Shon Meckfessel . . . brings a fresh perspective to the stubborn debates around violence and nonviolence and suggests a way to move beyond the left's tactical impasse. Nonviolence Ain't What It Used to Be won't settle the old argument, but it may start a new one."—Kristian Williams, Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America Shon Meckfessel takes an innovative look at challenges faced by twenty-first century social movements in the US. One of their most important stumbling blocks is the question of nonviolence. Civil disobedience, symbolic protest, and principles of nonviolence have characterized many struggles in the United States since the Civil Rights era. But as Meckfessel argues, conditions have changed. We've seen the consolidation of the media, the militarization of policing, the co-optation and institutionalization of dissent, among many other shifts. The rules have changed, but the rhetoric, logic, and strategic tools we employ haven't necessarily kept pace, and narratives borrowed from movements of the past are falling short. Nonviolence Ain't What It Used to Be maps the emerging, more militant approaches that seem to be developing to fill the gap, from Occupy to Ferguson. It offers new angles on a seemingly intractable debate, introducing terms and criteria that carve out a larger middle-ground between the two camps, in order to chart a path forward. Shon Meckfessel is the author of Suffled How It Gush: A North American Anarchist in the Balkans as well as numerous essays and articles. He is a member of the English faculty at Highline College in Seattle, Washington.

Millions Saved

New Cases of Proven Success in Global Health
Author: Amanda Glassman,Miriam Temin
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 1933286938
Category: Social Science
Page: 300
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Over the past fifteen years, people in low- and middle-income countries have experienced a health revolution—one that has created new opportunities and brought new challenges. It is a revolution that keeps mothers and babies alive, helps children grow, and enables adults to thrive. Millions Saved: New Cases of Proven Success in Global Health chronicles the global health revolution from the ground up, showcasing twenty-two local, national, and regional health programs that have been part of this global change. The book profiles eighteen remarkable cases in which large-scale efforts to improve health in low- and middle-income countries succeeded, and four examples of promising interventions that fell short of their health targets when scaled-up in real world conditions. Each case demonstrates how much effort—and sometimes luck—is required to fight illness and sustain good health. The cases are grouped into four main categories, reflecting the diversity of strategies to improve population health in low-and middle-income countries: rolling out medicines and technologies; expanding access to health services; targeting cash transfers to improve health; and promoting population-wide behavior change to decrease risk. The programs covered also come from various regions around the world: seven from sub-Saharan Africa, six from Latin America and the Caribbean, five from East and Southeast Asia, and four from South Asia.

Contemporary Chinese America

Immigration, Ethnicity, and Community Transformation
Author: Min Zhou
Publisher: Temple University Press
ISBN: 1592138594
Category: Psychology
Page: 328
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A sociologist of international migration examines the Chinese American experience.

One Thousand Wells

How an Audacious Goal Taught Me to Love the World Instead of Save It
Author: Jena Lee Nardella,Donald Miller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501110195
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 296
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Jena Nardella, cofounder of Blood:Water and one of Christianity Today’s 33 Under 33, shares a “captivatingly honest” (Publishers Weekly) account of how her passion for saving the world grew into a humbler, long-term calling of loving the world in all its brokenness in this beautifully written memoir. Ten years ago, Jena Lee Nardella was a fresh-out-of-college, twenty-something with the lofty goal of truly changing the world. Armed with a diploma, a thousand dollars, and a dream to build one thousand wells in Africa, she joined forces with Grammy Award–winning band Jars of Clay to found Blood:Water and begin her mission. Jena’s dream for her nonprofit turned that initial $1 into $20, and then $100, and today into more than $25 million. Working throughout eleven countries in Africa, Blood:Water has provided healthcare for over 62,000 people in HIV-affected areas and has partnered with communities to provide clean water for more than one million people in Africa. But along the way she faced many harsh realities that have tested her faith, encountered corruption and brokenness that nearly destroyed everything she’d fought for, and learned that wishful thinking will not get you very far. Jena discovered true change comes only when you stop trying to save the world and allow yourself to love it, even when it breaks your heart. With a fresh, intelligent, and winsome voice, Jena Lee Nardella weaves an evocative, personal narrative filled with honest and hard-won lessons that demonstrate the amazing things that can happen when you fight for your dreams.

Women Fight Back

The Centuries-Long Struggle for Liberation
Author: Donna Goodman
Publisher: Liberation Media
ISBN: 9780991030347
Category:
Page: N.A
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Women Fight Back: The centuries-long struggle for liberation follows the evolution of a movement that thoroughly transformed society. Donna Goodman, a long-time partisan of the struggle for women's liberation, recounts how women in the United States confronted a whole society - from the legal system to popular culture to home life - that was immersed in blatant sexism, discrimination and anti-woman violence. Challenging the notion that the women's movement just reflected the concerns of the middle class, Goodman highlights the contributions of working-class, Black, Latina and other oppressed women, who always made sure their presence was felt and perspectives were heard. Generation after generation, the movement itself became the terrain on which women of different backgrounds articulated and debated the meaning of liberation, often in radical terms. Women Fight Back compares the status of women in the United States with other capitalist societies, and with women under socialism. It concludes with a review of the challenges of women's organizing today, projecting a vision of how a new wave of militant struggle could be coming in the era of Trump and into the future. "The idea for this book grew out of a mix of indignation and optimism: indignation toward the right-wing backlash against the gains women have won over more than 150 years of struggle for equality; and optimism that women would once again rise up and fight back to preserve and extend those gains. "The election of (Donald) Trump was a game changer. With this blatant sexist and his hard right-wing cabinet occupying the White House, all the gains of the women's movement for the last 50 years are in grave danger. It is urgent to build a militant, broad and united women's movement to fight back." "Donna Goodman's book is appearing when we need it most - a time when a new mass women's movement is emerging. Recovering the militant history of two hundred years of women's struggles, Goodman reminds us that an attack on inequality, exploitation, and militarism has always been feminism's revolutionary core." - Jodi Dean, author of The Communist Horizon

Half the Sky

Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Author: Nicholas D. Kristof,Sheryl WuDunn
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780307267146
Category: Political Science
Page: 294
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning husband-and-wife team speaks out against the oppression of women in the developing world, sharing example stories about victims and survivors who are working to raise awareness, counter abuse, and campaign for women's rights.

The Bridge at Andau

The Compelling True Story of a Brave, Embattled People
Author: James A. Michener
Publisher: Dial Press
ISBN: 0812986741
Category: History
Page: 240
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At four o'clock in the morning on a Sunday in November 1956, the city of Budapest was awakened by the shattering sound of Russian tanks tearing the city apart. The Hungarian revolution -- five brief, glorious days of freedom that had yielded a glimpse at a different kind of future -- was over. But there was a bridge at Andau, on the Austrian border, and if a Hungarian could reach that bridge, he was nearly free. It was about the most inconsequential bridge in Europe, but by an accident of history it became, for a few flaming weeks, one of the most important bridges in the world, for across its unsteady planks fled the soul of a nation... Here is James A. Michener at his most gripping, with a historic account of a people in desperate revolt, a true story as searing and unforgettable as any of his bestselling works of fiction.

Born Bright

A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America
Author: C. Nicole Mason
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250069920
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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“Read this book and see America differently." —Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night

Do It Anyway

The New Generation of Activists
Author: Courtney E. Martin
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807000485
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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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?

Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible

The Surreal Heart of the New Russia
Author: Peter Pomerantsev
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1610394569
Category: History
Page: 256
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In the new Russia, even dictatorship is a reality show. Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hell's Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy warriors, and oligarch revolutionaries: welcome to the glittering, surreal heart of twenty-first-century Russia. It is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, home to a form of dictatorship—far subtler than twentieth-century strains—that is rapidly rising to challenge the West. When British producer Peter Pomerantsev plunges into the booming Russian TV industry, he gains access to every nook and corrupt cranny of the country. He is brought to smoky rooms for meetings with propaganda gurus running the nerve-center of the Russian media machine, and visits Siberian mafia-towns and the salons of the international super-rich in London and the US. As the Putin regime becomes more aggressive, Pomerantsev finds himself drawn further into the system. Dazzling yet piercingly insightful, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible is an unforgettable voyage into a country spinning from decadence into madness.

Grassroots Literacy

Writing, Identity and Voice in Central Africa
Author: Jan Blommaert,Professor of Language Culture and Globalization Jan Blommaert
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113409244X
Category: Education
Page: 240
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What effect has globalization had on our understanding of literacy? Grassroots Literacy seeks to address the relationship between globalization and the widening gap between ‘grassroots’ literacies, or writings from ordinary people and local communities, and ‘elite’ literacies. Displaced from their original context to elite literacy environments in the form of letters, police declarations and pieces of creative writing, ‘grassroots’ literacies are unsurprisingly easily disqualified, either as ‘bad’ forms of literacy, or as messages that fail to be understood. Through close analysis of two unique, handwritten documents from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jan Blommaert considers how ‘grassroots’ literacy in the Third World develops outside the literacy-saturated environments of the developed world. In examining these documents produced by socially and economically marginalized writers Blommaert demonstrates how literacy environments should be understood as relatively autonomous systems. Grassroots Literacy will be key reading for students of language and literacy studies as well as an invaluable resource for anyone with an interest in understanding the implications of globalization on local literacy practices.

Long Walk to Freedom

The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Author: Nelson Mandela
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780759521049
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 576
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The book that inspired the major new motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa's antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality. LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela tells the extraordinary story of his life--an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph.

Revolution in World Missions

One Man's Journey to Change a Generation
Author: K. P. Yohannan
Publisher: Gospel For Asia Books
ISBN: 1595890610
Category: Bibles
Page: 230
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"Lord, I'’ll give myself to speak for You." Young Yohannan had no idea what those words of surrender would mean for his life and for millions of others in his generation. Once an insecure 16-year-old, he became a missionary statesman who has impacted the world of missions and whose unbending message has touched hungry hearts on every continent. Step into his story and experience the world through his eyes. You’'ll walk right into the book of Acts. And through his telling, you'’ll hear the very heart of God beating for His creation. K.P. Yohannan’'s passion is contagious and spurs you on to be all for Jesus. He chose to take the road less traveled many years ago, and today Gospel for Asia, the mission he founded, is one of the most respected organizations in our time with thousands of national workers and vibrant congregations throughout the heart of the 10/40 Window. Get ready-—your life is about to change!

The Lucifer Principle

A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History
Author: Howard Bloom
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802192181
Category: Philosophy
Page: 466
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The Lucifer Priciple is a revolutionary work that explores the intricate relationships among genetics, human behavior, and culture to put forth the thesis that “evil” is a by-product of nature’s strategies for creation and that it is woven into our most basic biological fabric. In a sweeping narrative that moves lucidly among sophisticated scientific disciplines and covers the entire span of the earth’s, as well as mankind’s, history, Howard Bloom challenges some of our most popular scientific assumptions. Drawing on evidence from studies of the most primitive organisms to those on ants, apes, and humankind, the author makes a persuasive case that it is the group, or “superorganism,” rather than the lone individual that really matters in the evolutionary struggle. But, Bloom asserts, the prominence of society and culture does not necessarily mitigate against our most violent, aggressive instincts. In fact, under the right circumstances the mentality of the group will only amplify our most primitive and deadly urges. In Bloom’s most daring contention he draws an analogy between the biological material whose primordial multiplication began life on earth and the ideas, or “memes,” that define, give cohesion to, and justify human superorganisms. Some of the most familiar memes are utopian in nature—Christianity or Marxism; nonetheless, these are fueled by the biological impulse to climb to the top of the heirarchy. With the meme’s insatiable hunger to enlarge itself, we have a precise prescription for war. Biology is not destiny; but human culture is not always the buffer to our most primitive instincts we would like to think it is. In these complex threads of thought lies the Lucifer Principle, and only through understanding its mandates will we able to avoid the nuclear crusades that await us in the twenty-first century.

Spine of the Continent

The Race to Save America's Last, Best Wilderness
Author: Mary Ellen Hannibal
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762788828
Category: Nature
Page: 288
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As climate change encroaches, natural habitats are shifting while human development makes islands of even the largest nature reserves, stranding the biodiversity within them. The Spine of the Continent profiles the most ambitious conservation effort ever made: to create linked protected areas from the Yukon to Mexico. Backed by blue-ribbon scientific foundations, the Spine is a grassroots, cooperative effort among NGOs large and small and everyday citizens. It aims not only to make physical connections so nature will persist but also to make connections between people and the land. In this fascinating and important account, Mary Ellen Hannibal travels the length of the Spine and shares stories of the impassioned activists she meets and the critters they love.

SeriouslyWhat Am I Doing Here?

The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew
Author: Ken Schneck
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780997813821
Category: Gay men
Page: 224
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