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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (November 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609945875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609945879
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,948 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.
 


More About the Author

Sarah van Gelder co-founded YES! Magazine in 1996 and has edited the magazine and contributed to the website ever since.

She writes for YES! and also for the Guardian and Huffington Post. She speaks internationally and is a guest on radio and television. Her topics? The work that we the people are doing to reinvent our economy, grow local foods, solve the climate challenge, create alternatives to prisons, and more. All highlight the transformation happening now, from the bottom up, towards a more just and sustainable world.

Sarah lives on the Suquamish Tribe's reservation, where she collaborated with tribal leaders to secure the return of the land where Chief Seattle lived. She also paddles with the tribe on their annual canoe journey.

Sarah has lived in India, China, and Central America. She is the mother of two adult children, and she was a founding board member of Winslow Cohousing.

You can find her latest pieces here: http://www.yesmagazine.org/@@also-by?author=Sarah+van+Gelder

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Customer Reviews

And that, as much as anything, makes this an important book.
Dee Axelrod
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.
Yvonne Baugh

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30 of 34 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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12 of 12 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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12 of 13 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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6 of 6 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samia on February 19, 2012
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This book is a series of articles from Yes! Magazine. It is a good source of first hand information directly from Occupy Wall Street protestors. Each chapter is an article written by a protestor and published in Yes! Magazine. Although the overarching theme of the book is to provide readers information about the protest, there is no clear connection of one article to another. The articles seem to have been randomly selected and ordered in this book. This may be due to the fact that Yes! Magazine attempted to distribute this publication as quickly as possible.

I read this book because I wanted to learn more about the Occupy Wall Street movement specifically their grievances and demands. This book illustrates many of their grievances but there are no clear demands. In fact, one of the authors states that there is no list of demands because the system is broken in countless ways. Furthermore, there is no way to compile a list because the problems appear differently from multiple perspectives. The only issue that all of the authors seem to agree on is the fact that they are unhappy and frustrated at their current situations. The authors go on to complain about various entities at which they are furious including but not limited to the government, big banks, Wall Street, the one percent and the media. In fact, the protestors blame the media for inaccurate portrayal of the movement. Additionally, some of the items that the protestors complain about in this book include world trade, oil consumption, failure to develop alternative energies, not protecting the environment, the cost of higher education, practices of mortgage companies and health insurance. Albeit the protestors have a myriad of complaints but they do not have any suggestions for change or long-term plans.
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