Global Uprising: Confronting the Tyrannies of the 21st Century: Stories from a New Generation of Activists
by Neva Welton; Linda Wolf
AVAILABILITY: Ships in 1 to 2 weeks
Publication Date: November 2001
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Topics: SOCIAL ACTION; SOCIAL REFORMERS; STUDENT MOVEMENTS; YOUTH MOVEMENT
Condition: Used copy
Description: Just Act - Listen Up - Coolgirls - Youth for Environmental Sanity - Third Eye Movement - Heads Up - Earth Rights International - Circle of Life Foundation - Global Youth Connect - Ruckus Society - United Students Against Sweatshops
There's a growing new global movement for justice today, and it's largely driven by a new generation of activists. Young people from the US and around the world are standing up for peace, the environment, and for social justice - and they're demanding to be heard. 'Global Uprising' documents this new youth movement through compelling first person narratives, interviews with both new and seasoned activists, poster art, poetry, and striking black and white photographs. Issues addressed include globalization and economic inequity, racism and women's rights, police brutality, media control, sweatshop labor and fair trade, the prison industrial complex and the criminalization of youth, old-growth forest destruction, and biotechnology. Older activists and world leaders tell their own stories, offering historical perspective and context. Youth-run organizations are highlighted throughout, as well as other key resources. Visually and emotionally powerful, 'Global Uprising' captures the spirit and passion of youth activism, honoring young people's power to effect serious change. It will have wide appeal both to younger people and to a range of others who care about the state of the world today - and tomorrow.
Find out more about these movements here: www.GlobalUprising.net and YouthActivism.org .
Linda Wolf is co-author of 'Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun', and a distinguished photographer, and writer. She is Director of The Daughters Sisters Project. Neva Welton MA, is a community organizer, youth advocate, writer and facilitator. She serves as a consultant for several non-profit social and activist organizations.
Review(s): "'Global Uprising' is an exciting piece of contemporary history. It brings us the voices of some of the finest young people of this generation, accompanied by the commentaries of veteran activists and scholars. There are inspiring personal stories and thoughtful reflections on the tactics of direct action. For anyone despairing of the rule of money and power over human life, here is a testament to the spirit of resistance, a reason to hope." - Howard Zinn, historian, activist, and author of 'A People's History of the United States'
"These are the voices of the world ... of youth emerging into radical adulthood ... beautiful, hopeful, youthful, even in the face of great and terrible repression." - Mumia Abu-Jamal, political prisoner and award-winning journalist
"The testimonies you will read in this book are from but a handful of the millions of people around the planet who have added to the ongoing history of the struggle for peace and justice in the world. Some are academic, some are poetic; some are from street soldiers, others from those who fight from behind the screens of laptop pc's; some are from teachers, some are from students; some you may agree with, and others you most certainly will not. All of them are in search of new answers to old problems, all of them are passionate about their beliefs, and above all, they are all human. This book will enrage, enlighten and inspire you. Hopefully it will help to activate you as well. Stay Human, Write On!" - Michael Franti, rapper, musician, human activist
"To hear these informed and insistent voices is to hear from people doing the essential work of democracy. I revel in them! They are daring to confront The Powers That Be with the most basic of political questions: "Who the hell is going to be in charge - a handful of global greedheads, or We the People?" - Jim Hightower, Hightower Radio
"This book of stories from a new generation of activists who are engaged in a life-transforming endeavor to make the world what the Qur'an calls "an abode of peace" is of historic significance. In Islam, justice is a pre-condition for peace. The stories in this book represent a passionate quest for justice in a profoundly unjust world. The book is enlightening, uplifting and inspiring. It will be a blessing to those who read it." - Dr. Riffat Hassan, professor of religious studies at the University of Louisville, Kentucky and the founding director of the INRFVVP, a network of organizations to combat violence against women in South Asia
"'Global Uprising' goes deeper into what made headlines in the Battle of Seattle. It makes it clear that youth are not leaders of tomorrow - they are leaders of today. It not only puts a human face to the struggle, but it awakens us to the possibility of change lying within each one of us. A must-read." - Anuradha Mittal, Co-Director, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
"'Global Uprising' is essential reading for anyone who cares not to live in a dying world of personal oppression, under the thumb of a rising neo-fascism called the corporate-political-military complex. Peaceful nonviolent resistance is our only way out, as most of the writers in this book understand." - Doris "Granny D" Haddock, author of 'Granny D: Walking Across America in my 90th Year'
"A powerful global kaleidoscope of people working for justice." - Paul Loeb, author of 'Soul of a Citizen'
"Collections have many facets, to be explored differently by different people. For me, the special worth of this collection rests in the stories of people's action, of how individuals and groups arouse themselves, prod and inform themselves, organize themselves, reach out and get good things done. These stories should inform others, helping them travel their own unique, yet also so similar, roads." - Michael Albert, Co-founder of South End Press, Z Magazine, and ZNet
"Inspiration is the fuel of movements and 'Global Uprising' represents a diverse range of inspiring voices that bring hope to our relentless struggle against local and global injustice. This coming together of insights, motivations and strategies shines the light on the optimism and creativity fueling our many movements that are destined to create new models for governance and co-existence. Yet the light also exposes some of the human misery that also fuels these movements as we strive to work with humility, clarity and compassion. The more we learn about the struggles and successes of others, the greater our chances for linking up and mobilizing in unity. This book helps explain the parallel-path strategies of exposing the injustices and greed while we build new models that will someday allow us to ignore and move beyond our corrupt and outdated systems. 'Global Uprising' confirms that we are on the right path." - Dan Merkle, a Seattle attorney who helped start the Independent Media Center for the WTO protests, and currently working to reform the criminal justice system.
"The new world we have entered since September 11, 2001 has catapulted us into a time where we need all the voices and visions we can muster. 'Global Uprising' brings together some of the point-riders showing us the way to a world that works for everyone. This is crucial information and knowledge for the times we now inhabit." - Michael Toms, CEO, New Dimensions World Broadcasting Network, Executive Producer of New Dimensions Radio Series and co-author of 'True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do'