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Presente!: Latin@ Immigrant Voices in the Struggle for Racial Justice / Voces Inmigranted Latin@s en la Lucha por la Justicia Racial
Presente!: Latin@ Immigrant Voices in the Struggle for Racial Justice / Voces Inmigranted Latin@s en la Lucha por la Justicia Racial
by Cristina Tzintzķn
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No One is Illegal!, July 5, 2014
Simply put, this is a book that every social justice activist in the US needs to read. With superlative essays by Mexican, Honduran, and Salvadoran immigrant rights activists, this beautifully illustrated bilingual book shows the life-and-death struggles of Latin@ undocumented workers who are forced to leave their countries of origin due to corporate globalization and US orchestrated counterinsurgency wars in the region. Importantly, the book discusses in depth the tragedy of NAFTA and how it inevitably exacerbated the impoverishment of subsistence farmers who, unable to compete with US agricultural corporations, are forced to migrate north in order to feed their families and survive. The essays in this anthology are easy to read and once you pick up this book you will be unable to put it down. Having grown up in Florida, I was especially interested in the excellent chapter about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. This is a powerful book and I hope you read it and that it inspires you to work for immigrant rights, economic justice, and a world without borders. If you care about peace and justice in Latin America, I encourage you also to join the movement to shut down the School of the Americas! El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido!


Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion
Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion
by Ryan Conrad
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's no pride in war, capitalism, patriarchy, and the prison-industrial-complex!, June 7, 2014
It is appropriate that I'm writing a review of this brilliant anthology on radical LGBTQ politics during the start of Pride month when hordes of right-wing gay assimilationists will be marching all over the nation in parades which are sponsored by beer companies, banks, war profiteers, and other evil multinational corporate interests. Every disgusting neoliberal gay and lesbian organization like the Stonewall Democrats, the Log Cabin Republicans, the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce will be on display asking you to donate money and sign petitions backing their capitalist, patriarchal, racist agenda for gay and lesbian full inclusion in the US empire. (Notice that I did not say bisexual, transgender, or queer. That's because their agenda explicitly excludes anyone who is not cisgender and monosexual.) Against Equality: Queer Revolution Not Mere Inclusion is a collection of writings by dissident queer activists challenging the unholy trinity of gay marriage, gays in the military, and hate crime legislation. It includes groundbreaking essays by some of the most exciting dissident queer and transgender activists today like Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Yasmin Nair, Imani Keith Henry, Kate Bornstein, Dean Spade, and Ryan Conrad. As a queer anarchist, I really commend AK Press for their ongoing commitment to publishing books by revolutionary queer and transgender activists. After you finish reading Against Equality, I recommend you read some of their other fabulous LGBTQ titles like Queering Anarchism, Free Comrades, and Captive Genders. If you're outraged by how the mainstream gay establishment has become totally complicit in the gentrification of our cities, the pinkwashing of the Israeli occupation, or the expansion of the prison-industrial-complex, then you need to read this book ASAP! Do I think you should go to Pride this year? Hell no, unless you're going to protest against it! Read this book and you'll understand why.


Dear Sister: Letters From Survivors of Sexual Violence
Dear Sister: Letters From Survivors of Sexual Violence
by Shanna Katz
Edition: Paperback
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smash the Patriarchy!, February 23, 2014
Though this book was written by and for women who have survived heteropatriarchal rape culture, I nevertheless found this book to be extremely beneficial to my own healing process as a gay male survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault. As somebody who reads a lot of feminist anthologies, I can honestly say that this is the one of the best I've read in a while and one of the most important. The essays in this book are powerful, heartfelt, and wise and I encourage anyone who has survived male sexual violence to read this book. With International Women's Day (March 8th) just around the corner, I would also recommend buying a copy of this book as a gift to your closest female friends and family members. In conclusion, let me just say thank you to all of the brave women who contributed essays in this life-changing anthology for sharing your difficult experiences of sexual trauma, healing, and resistance and thank you to AK Press for making sure that these voices get heard.


One Game at a Time: Why Sports Matter
One Game at a Time: Why Sports Matter
by Matt Hern
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anarchism and Sports!, December 24, 2013
Despite having no interest whatsoever in sports, I had a really fantastic time reading this book. Matt Hern is a fun writer and with this book he makes the convincing case that anarchists should care about the politics of sports, regardless of whether we participate in them or not. After all, billions of people around the world actively engage in sports, so it would be strategically absurd for anarchists to abandon this wildly popular pastime to the reactionary forces of capitalism, racism, and heteropatriarchy. Furthermore, this book is very current, considering the recent protests by Native American activists at Washington Redskins games and the ongoing debates among LGBTQ activists about the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.


Undoing Border Imperialism (Anarchist Interventions)
Undoing Border Imperialism (Anarchist Interventions)
by Harsha Walia
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For A World Without Borders!, November 25, 2013
In "Undoing Border Imperialism", South Asian activist Harsha Walia and over twenty other migrant justice activists explore the complicated intersections between decolonization, anti-capitalism, gender liberation, First Nations sovereignty, anti-imperialism, disability justice, and ecological sustainability. Focusing on the issues of working-class racialized immigrants in North America, particularly Canada, this exciting new book importantly interconnects the struggles for indigenous self-determination with the struggles of undocumented immigrants against the military-surveillance-prison-industrial-complex. Infusing Third Wave feminism with radical queer theory, this anthology furthermore tackles the problems of homonationalism and Western feminisms that essentialize communities of color as inherently heterosexist, transphobic, and patriarchal, thus deconstructing the pervasive neoliberal Western narratives which right-wing politicians and the capitalist media use to justify military interventions and corporate globalization. Given the current context of heightened Islamophobia, rampant militarism, white supremacy, climate chaos, economic inequality, settler colonialism, and heteropatriarchy, immigrants of color and indigenous peoples are more vulnerable than ever. As such, this book is a wake up call for the radical left to unite in solidarity with oppressed people around the world to tear down the borders that keep us divided and defeated. With beautiful illustrations by Melanie Cervantes of the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, "Undoing Border Imperialism" is another excellent contribution to the Anarchist Intervention Series co-published by AK Press and the Institute For Anarchist Studies. I strongly recommend this book.


A Jewish Celebration
A Jewish Celebration
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Celebration of Jewish Multiculturalism!, October 6, 2013
This review is from: A Jewish Celebration (Audio CD)
When you think of Jewish music, you probably think of klezmer, but how about tango, bossa nova, reggae, or ska? With diverse songs from Israel, Moldova, Germany, Canada, USA, France, Argentina, and Uganda, this unique CD celebrates the worldwide Jewish community's multiculturalism. While I love all of the songs on this compilation, I especially love Julie Silver's beautiful bossa nova Chanukah song, "S'Vivon Sov, Sov, Sov", Ben Rudnick & Friends' rousing instrumental version of "Hava Nagila", Kayama's funky Hebrew reggae song, "Vehistakel", and King Django's ska version of the classic Israeli folksong "Heveinu Shalom Aleichem" which translates to "Peace Be With You". Hopefully, when people hear this upbeat song it will encourage them to work for peace and justice in the Middle East. Whether you are a fan of world music or Jewish music more specifically, you will definitely want this CD in your personal music collection. Moreover, with Chanukah coming up, you might also consider buying this CD for your Jewish friends or family members, a gift I'm sure that they'll treasure and love!


Latin Dreamland
Latin Dreamland
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close the SOA!, October 6, 2013
This review is from: Latin Dreamland (Audio CD)
Though I'm a grown man, I really love this beautiful compilation of Latin American lullabies and I really think that this is one of Putumayo's best CDs. With peaceful songs from Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, and Colombia, this diverse collection of lullabies would make a lovely multicultural gift for a young child. While all of the songs are exquisite, I especially love the bossa nova song "Noite de Lembrar" by Macio Faraco and "El Eco" by Los Incas. Without exaggeration, I think Macio Faraco has one of the prettiest male voices I've ever heard and listening to him sing makes me think of the sparkling beaches of Rio de Janeiro. As for the Argentine/Venezuelan band Los Incas, when I hear them play their Andean panpipes in this gentle, instrumental song, I am instantly transported to the snow-capped mountains of Patagonia. Sadly, unlike many of Putumayo's other CDs, a portion of the proceeds do not go to support any activist organizations. For their next Latin American release, I encourage them to consider working with Latin American solidarity groups like Witness For Peace (witnessforpeace.org) or SOA Watch (soaw.org) to help raise funds to stop U.S. military aid to right-wing regimes in Latin America. In short, if you love Latin American music as much as I do, then you will definitely want this wonderful CD in your collection!


Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears
Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears
by Penny Rosenwasser
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.30
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading For Jewish Feminists Working For Peace In The Middle East!, September 29, 2013
This is a book that every person, Jewish or gentile, female or not, needs to read as soon as possible. I really can't recommend it enough. Written by Penny Rosenwasser, a founding board member of Jewish Voice For Peace and former Jewish Caucus Chair of the National Women's Studies Association, "Hope Into Practice Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears" exemplifies the Jewish ethical tradition of social justice activism. Clearly, Rosenwasser, a Jewish radical lesbian feminist and anti-war organizer, understands the meaning of tikkun olam and I assure you that after reading this book you too will feel inspired to take to the streets to repair the world. In this book, Rosenwasser makes the crucial point that Jewish liberation is interconnected with the liberation of all oppressed people, whether they are African-American, undocumented immigrants, queer or transgender, homeless, or Palestinian. Like Marc Ellis and Judith Plaskow, Rosenwasser proves that the prophetic Jewish voice is still alive. Emphasizing the importance for Jewish activists to heal ourselves of internalized anti-Semitism as we simultaneously work to transform unjust systems like the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, this book demands that we love ourselves enough to confront our fears without allowing them to control us. Quoting Warsaw Ghetto survivor Irena Klepfisz, Rosenwasser suggests that we recontextualize the Shoah to move "toward a Jewish future that is informed, but not defined" by it. While not minimizing the horror of the Nazi Holocaust, Rosenwasser believes that our Jewishness should not be dominated by this tragedy, keeping us stuck in the past in a perpetual state of trauma, unable to engage with current struggles. As such, instead of focusing exclusively on Jewish victimization, Rosenwasser urges us to find inspiration from Jewish women and men who have devoted their lives fighting against institutionalized injustice. While it is true that Jewish-Americans are not presently the victims of deportations, racial profiling, and widespread economic discrimination, anti-Semitism is still an enormous problem that we need to take seriously. Whether it manifests itself in Jewish women feeling the need to get nose jobs or in violent attacks against Jewish persons, synagogues, Jewish community centers, or Holocaust memorials, anti-Semitism is real and must be challenged. For those of us working for peace and justice in the Middle East, it is so essential that we confront anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Arabism whenever they rear their ugly heads in our communities and movements. Speaking of Israel-Palestine, Rosenwasser writes that despite the widespread belief that Jewish lobbyists are solely responsible for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, in actuality, organizations like AIPAC only play a minor role, as the real decisions are made by the Pentagon, the arms manufacturers, and the Christian right. This understanding is important, because it helps to undermine the common anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that Jews are the masterminds of the New World Order. Thank you, Penny Rosenwasser, for your brilliant book. You make me feel proud to be a fat, working-class, radical queer, anti-occupation, Jewish anarchist living with AIDS!


Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency
Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency
by Kristian Williams
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop The Criminalization Of Dissent!, August 27, 2013
This may well be the scariest and most important book you could ever read. It is also extremely timely given what Edward Snowden has recently revealed about the NSA and government surveillance. In this frightening anthology of essays about the U.S. government's domestic security apparatus, twenty authors and activists reflect on the growing political repression against various movements for liberation and how we can organize effectively against this. Modeled on the counterinsurgency techniques developed by the U.S. military to destabilize and destroy revolutionary organizations in Latin America and the Middle East, this domestic war against activists, the poor, and communities of color manifests itself in myriad ways, including infiltration, counter-intelligence, disruption, disinformation, media smear campaigns, community policing, the winning of hearts and minds, grand jury investigations, imprisonment, the co-opting of activists, deportation, police brutality, and assassination. This low-intensity war against the radical left also involves the divide-and-conquer strategies of exacerbating preexisting tensions within activist organizations and pitting so-called good protesters against so-called bad protesters. Furthermore, this book is very comprehensive in that it explores numerous cases of domestic counterinsurgency like the Green Scare, the RNC 8, the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border, gang injunctions, and state repression against the anti-war, global justice, Occupy, international solidarity, and anti-imperialist movements. Additionally, the authors encourage intergenerational dialogues between activists so that youth can be educated about the history of COINTELPRO and other instances of political repression. Though our fears are justified, we cannot allow ourselves to be intimidated. Personally, I believe the best way to defend our civil liberties is to exercise our civil liberties, because if we silence ourselves, then the system has won. So instead of giving up, I suggest that we be smart, stay sober, and practice good security culture. It is also necessary that we confront oppressive behaviors like racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism in our activist communities. Not only is this the correct thing to do from a moral standpoint, it will also prevent the state from exploiting our weaknesses to create division. In conclusion, if you're involved in any kind of leftist political organizing, then I strongly recommend that you read this excellent book as soon as possible. Thank you, AK Press, for publishing yet again another fantastic book! I hope that many people read it and join the struggle for a better world.


Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement
Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement
by Sarah Erdreich
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defend A Woman's Right To Choose!, August 19, 2013
This certainly has been a depressing year for pro-choice activists in the United States! Across the country, we've witnessed women's healthcare clinics being closed and successful right-wing legislative battles being won by reactionary Christian fundamentalists who feel they have the prerogative to dictate what a woman can do with her own body. As such, this book is more important than ever and should be read immediately by every feminist concerned about the availability of safe, legal, and affordable abortions. If you care at all about women's reproductive rights, this book will make your blood boil. It is so outrageous, for example, how the federal government is helping to fund Christian evangelical "crisis pregnancy centers" which provide duplicitous anti-choice propaganda to women seeking reproductive healthcare. Obviously, such funding is in complete violation of the separation of church and state. Simply put, we cannot allow anti-choice conservatives to transform this country into a patriarchal theocracy in which women are destined to either have unwanted children or forced to have illegal, dangerous, underground abortions. As the Christian right continues to escalate its violent, aggressive tactics against abortion providers and their patients, it has become imperative that the pro-choice majority takes to the streets to defend a woman's right to choose. Unfortunately, we have not had a major pro-choice mobilization in this country since the Bush regime and we are now long overdue for another. Moreover, besides organizing nationally, we also need to work in our local communities to ensure that this basic human right remains accessible to all women, regardless of race or class. Thank you Sara Erdreich for writing this important book. I hope that many people read it and feel inspired to join the struggle for women's liberation.
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