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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872864200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872864207
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...document[s] the social movements of the last ten years and provid[es] suggestions and commentary about their future." -- Hopedance

"...insights and accounts from writers and activists across the globe..." -- NoHo LA

"If there were a required 101 class in anti-capitalism, this book would be central to the reading list." -- Fifth Estate

About the Author

David Solnit was a key organizer of the 1999 anti-WTO protests in Seattle. A twenty-year veteran of global justice, anti-war, environmental justice, and community struggles, he has worked to popularize the use of direct democracy to build mass movements in the United States and globally. He is a founder of Art and Revolution, which has helped popularize the use of art, street theater and giant puppets as an innovative form of resistance in numerous movements across North America, and from Israel and Palestine to Argentina. He is a trainer in grassroots organizing, direct-action strategy, and street theater. He lives and works as a carpenter in Oakland, California.

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Thanks, David

David Solnit is an organizer, writer and puppeteer.
As a direct action, global justice and anti-war organizer, he was a an
organizer in the shutdowns of
the WTO in Seattle in 1999 and in San Francisco the
day after Iraq was invaded in 2003 He is an arts
organizer, puppeteer and a co-founder of Art and
Revolution, using culture, art, giant puppets and
theater in mass mobilizations, for popular education
and as an organizing tool. David is a direct action,
strategy and cultural resistance trainer who currently
works with Courage to Resist, supporting
GI resistance. He also organizes with anti-corporate capitalist, climate justice, anti-war, human rights, and environmental justice groups against
the Chevron Oil Corporation, who has both a toxic refinery and
corporate headquarters near his home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Solnit edited Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the
System and Build a Better World.
With Army veteran Aimee Allison he co-wrote Army of
None: Strategies to Counter Military Recruitment, End
War, and Build a Better World (http://www.myspace.com/armyofnonebook).
His newest book, co-written with his sister Rebecca Solnit is Battle of
the Story of the Battle of Seattle (AK Press 2008).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Enhanced for the reader with more than 180 black-and-white illustrations, Globalize Liberation: How To Uproot The System And Build A Better World is an anthology of thirty-three essays by an immense variety of community organizers, edited by social activist David Solnit. The common theme of all the topics is how to contribute what one can to making the world a better place, especially in the postmodern era. From identifying global problems of class struggle, racism, discrimination, and extreme concentration of power, to putting ideas in action whether in America, Argentenia, Scotland, or other nations around the world, Globalize Liberation offers a crucial glimpse into what is needed to shape the future of humanity for the better.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on September 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
GLOBALIZE LIBERATION is a fine compendium of writings by and for global justice activists, or just activists generally. With 488 pages and 33 chapters, full of great black & white photos and drawings, it is a veritable encyclopedia. The book is divided into 3 sections:

1) What's the problem? (political analysis)

2) How to change things (tactics and strategies for change), and

3) Ideas in action (examples of various movements).

The editor, David Solnit, is a Bay Area activist with long years of experience, going back to the Bay Area Peace Test of the late 1980s. He was a key organizer of the successful nonviolent shutdown of the WTO (World Trade Organization) meeting in Seattle in November/December, 1999. Solnit works as a carpenter in Oakland, enough to keep him on the frontlines of a constant stream of NVA (nonviolent direct action) campaigns. In his editor's note, he says:

"As a carpenter, I have packed this book like a toolbelt, with the most useful and practical tools: ideas and understandings of how to uproot the system causing our problems and build a better world... ...This book is a resource, but does not offer a repeatable blueprint, roadmap or recipe for the changes our planet so desperately needs."

Of course if it did offer The Answer, you can bet that it would be VERY hard to find, and that everyone who desires progressive change would be circulating bootleg copies! But GLOBALIZE LIBERATION offers plenty of insight into making radical change from people who've been trying to make it.
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