Our world - including your communities and mine - are not particularly just. Social justice is tough, doesn't much exist...and yet, people have fought for it forever. So let's fight harder.
A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn
Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, Barbara Ehrenreich
Always read Ehrenreich.
Inspired Philanthropy: Creating a Giving Plan, Tracy Gary and Melissa Kohner
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, Barbara Ehrenreich
Robin Hood Was Right: A Guide to Giving Your Money for Social Change, Chuck Collins and Pam Rogers
With a lovely foreward by Alfre Woodard
The W Effect: Bush's War on Women, Laura Flanders, editor
This Land is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation, Barbara Ehrenreich
You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, Howard Zinn
A wonderful book
Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Troubled Times, Studs Terkel
One of my favorite quotes provides the name for this book: “La esperanza muere última. Hope dies last. Jessie de la Cruz, one of the leaders in the farmworkers' movement said that.
The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, Michelle Goldberg
Essential book. I'd like everyone to have to read this, no matter your politics. This is part of the history of women in the world…something we shouldn't be so proud of…something we should fight to change.
Get to Work: A Manifesto for Women of the World, Linda R. Hirshman
A thin little red book that sure resonated with me.
White Privilege: An Account to Spend, Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.
A wonderful new monograph that further explores Peggy's original article “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege.” The Saint Paul Foundation sponsored this article. Visit www.wcwonline.org/seed to get a copy.
“Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege”, Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.
A seminal article written by Peggy back in 1988. Still well worth a read. And then read her new commentaries, sponsored by the Saint Paul Foundation in 2009. www.wcwonline.org/seed.
“White People Facing Race: Uncovering the Myths That Keep Racism in Place.”, Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.
Read this and read the other two Peggy McIntosh articles suggested here.