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This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement Paperback – November 17, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1609945879 ISBN-10: 1609945875 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (November 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609945875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609945879
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very lively, forward-looking, and filled with interesting insights.

(Ralph Nader CommonDreams.org)

About the Author

Since their founding in 1996, YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org have been showing how powerful ideas fused with practical actions can drive profound change toward a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world. Project Censored calls YES! “the standard for solutions journalism.” Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman calls YES! a “vital voice of independent journalism.” The Utne Independent Press Awards have repeatedly recognized YES! Magazine.

YES! Magazine is donating royalties from the print edition of this book to support the Occupy Wall Street/99% movement.

Sarah van Gelder is co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org. She is a frequent guest on radio and television, commenting on current affairs.
 


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Sarah van Gelder is co-founder and Executive Editor of YES! Magazine and YesMagazine.org. Sarah leads the development of each quarterly issue of YES!, writes columns and articles, and also blogs at YesMagazine.org and on Huffington Post. Sarah also speaks and is frequently interviewed on radio and television on leading-edge innovations that show that another world is not only possible, it is being created. Topics include economic alternatives, local food, solutions to climate change, alternatives to prisons, and active nonviolence, education for a better world, and more.

As part of her community involvement, Sarah is co-founder of Suquamish Olalla Neighbors where she co-led a statewide effort to return the home of Chief Seattle to the Suquamish Tribe. She is also a member of the board of directors of the tribally chartered Suquamish Foundation.

Sarah has traveled and lived in Latin America, Indian, China, and Central America. She was a founding board member and resident of Winslow Cohousing, and previously was a television and radio producer, a community organizer, a classical Indian dancer, and founder of a cooperative of food co-ops that linked organic farmers to urban markets.

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This is a great little book that covers a lot of ground.
Daniel Brook
I look forward to watching the continued evolution of the Occupy movement.
Jill Bamburg
This book was very informative and I was very glad I got it to read.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dee Axelrod on December 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
For the record, I emphatically disagree with features of Steele's review.

Readers with a working knowledge of YES -- a highly respected, progressive magazine -- already know that "slick" and "opportunistic" never describe YES publications and projects. I'm speaking to potential readers who might hesitate to buy a copy of the book (all profits donated to the Occupy movement) because of this review's negative tone. As a former senior editor for the magazine, I had ample opportunity to see how YES operates. Try "embodying the highest ethical standards." Try "every word weighed for fairness and accuracy." Try "content informed by intelligence and pragmatism."

"This Changes Everything" neither promotes itself as world-changing nor projects a rosy future. What it does do is offer a fine overview of the beginning and early development of the Occupy movement. The book includes first-hand accounts from the Occupy sites and essays that analyze the movement from different points of view, resisting the temptation to neatly wrap the whole in a palatable, spuriously coherent package. The conscious decision to choose inclusivity over slickness honors the inclusive, grassroots nature of the movement. It means that "This Changes Everything" is, itself, imbued with the spirit of the Occupy movement.

And that, as much as anything, makes this an important book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kall VINE VOICE on January 17, 2012
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I've spent about 25 days in five different occupied territories, have covered Occupy protests, had in depth conversations and interviews with many occupiers, attended training sessions on General assemblies, attended many general assemblies, and I STILL learned a lot of very valuable information from this book. If you're new to occupy and want to get an overview, this is a great book, but it's also excellent with background, explanations, details and descriptions by people who helped make occupy happen.

I was amazed at how much new information I discovered.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jill Bamburg on December 5, 2011
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This book is a quick and easy read on both the Occupy movement and the issues behind it. It has the feel of direct reporting from The Front or a collection of primary source materials that can be useful in framing one's own analysis. Getting a peek into the organizing tactics behind this apparently "leaderless" (or "leaderful") movement is part of the appeal. I look forward to watching the continued evolution of the Occupy movement. This revolution WILL be televised -- via the internet. Stay tuned at [...]
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Jarmin on December 8, 2011
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This is "go to" material in developing an understanding of the history of OCCUPY and how it has empowered the 99% who have been and are being robbed of their power. Beginning on page 36, the 'Declaration of the Occupation of New York City: in their own words, why protesters are occupying Wall Street' is a partial list of the grievances expressed by 99%ers who have been and continue to be wronged/cheated by the corporate forces of the world. The world is rapidly changing in response to the injustice perpetuated by Wall Street and giant corporations. This little book addresses the lies and injustice, the fraud and manipulation by the 1%; as it introduces OCCUPY and the awakening 99% who are now naming names, pushing back, speaking out and organizing toward a society that works for all, not just the 1%.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 10, 2012
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The Foreword to this 2011 book states that YES! magazine decided to publish a book about the OWS movement, because "We found most media reports on the Occupy movement confusing or dismissive... we felt we could help the growing number of people interested in this movement understand its import." Sarah van Gelder (executive editor of YES! magazine) assembled articles to "1) feature voices from inside and outside the movement, 2) spotlight changes capable of shifting our society's wealth back to the 99%, and 3) show the power of social movements to bring about change."

The first essay notes that "we are not to blame for a weak economy, for a subprime mortgage meltdown, or for a tax system that favors the wealthy but bankrupts the government." (Pg. 2) It asserts that "Today's economy redistributes wealth from the poor and middle class to those at the top," since the income of the top 1% grew 275% between 1979 and 2007, while the income of the bottom 20% grew just 18%. (Pg. 3)

Explaining why OWS has presented no "list of demands," the same essayist notes that "A list of specific demands would make it easier to ... divide the movement... Occupy Wall Street is ... developing consensus statements at its own pace." (Pg. 7) In the "Declaration" of the NYC movement, however, issues such as housing foreclosures; corporate bailouts of banks giving their executives huge bonuses; huge student debts; outsourcing of labor, etc. (Pg. 36-38)

This book---along with others such as TIME What is Occupy?: Inside the Global Movement,
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine A. Haynes on November 30, 2011
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This is an important book - particularly for people who are wondering why and what for about the Occupy movement - Page 13 has a good list for people who want to have a shorthand view. YES magazine is essential reading and this book is a lovely result of brilliant people working together.
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