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Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times Hardcover – April 8, 2008
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About the Author
David Goodman is an award-winning independent journalist whose articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Mother Jones, Outside, The Nation, and numerous other publications. He is the author most recently of the critically acclaimed Fault Lines: Journeys into the New South Africa. He lives with his wife and two children in Vermont.
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The stories in the book are grouped into subjects on how science is being threatened, schools and education being threatened, the war in Iraq, and simply "Standing up to the Madness." There is the story Malik Rahim, a native of New Orleans who was there when Hurricane Katrina struck, and is still there now trying to rebuild the ravaged country and its torn and exiled people. Rahim tells of the little help he has seen from the government, and what there remains now. He also provides startling insights into the horrific acts of racism that are now commonplace in the ruins of the city. But Rahim has started a charity group from scratch, Common Ground, that is now strong and increasing in size and popularity, providing aid and shelter to the many citizens of New Orleans that still have no where to call home.
Raed Jarrar, a US citizen originally from Iraq, tells the story of his being prevented from flying on JetBlue because he was wearing a T-shirt that read "We Will Not Be Silent" in both English and Arabic.Read more ›
Montgomery Bus Boycott - 1955 (Rosa Parks) - lasted over a year. A resulting case went to the Supreme Court which overturned bus segregation.
Malik Rahim protesting the failure to rebuild much of New Orleans post Katrina. The group "Common Ground" resulted - a group of volunteers. Meanwhile, the disaster was transformed into a windfall for Bush cronies' companies. Public schools became privatized, and much public housing eliminated.
George Christian, executive director, along with four other mild-mannered librarians forming the board of Connecticut libraries sharing a computer system, stood up toe FBI agents demanding information on library users to "protect against terrorism." There were 143,000 such requests in 2007 - no judge approval required. Only one led to a terrorism conviction, while 1,000 requests admittedly broke the law or regulations. The American Library Association encouraged libraries to use software that automatically erases records of book use - provided the book is returned and fines paid. The Connecticut libraries obtained ACLU legal support, and the government eventually dropped the case.
The Pentagon Papers (1971) exposed how the government secretly expanded the Vietnam War in the 1960s and then lied to cover it up. Nixon then ordered a break-in to Ellsberg's psychiatrist to get evidence to discredit him.
A survey of 1,600 government scientists in 2007 revealed nearly half perceived/experienced pressure on climate change information released. Dr.Read more ›
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This was a Christmas gift for my husband. He watches Free Speech Tv and praises Amy Goodman for unvestigative journalism.He says that everyone needs to read this book.Published on January 8, 2013 by Misgini
This was a very quick read for me, because it was so fascinating and inspiring. Each chapter is its own story about how an everyday person stood up for democracy, so it's a very... Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by B. Fitzgerald
Haven't read it; gave it as a gift. Was a perfect gift for a fellow social worker :)Published on December 12, 2009 by C. R. Metcalf
This book really gets you thinking about what you would do in any given situation where you feel injustice is being done. It's inspirational and truly eye-opening. Read morePublished on October 26, 2009 by Kristie E. Lazenberry
I really enjoyed Standing Up to the Madness for its inspiring stories. I've never read any Amy Goodman before this book and I think its a great introduction to her work as a... Read morePublished on October 6, 2009 by N. Baldwin
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This is a book that makes you proud of the Americans who stand up and say "No! No more, things have to change. Read morePublished on July 7, 2009 by Patricia Kramer
"Standimg Up to the Madness by Amy Goodman and David Goodman. From Amy's contacts for Democracy now she has fleshed out some of the disturbing events of recent years under the... Read morePublished on June 17, 2009 by Dorothy A. Phinney
Amy and David, as usual, do a fine job of detailing important current and recent historical events, providing facts and details and singling out those unsung heros usually ignored... Read morePublished on May 18, 2009 by George C. Craciun