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17 books every activist should read in 2019
Reading is one of the best solutions to a rainy day, cancelled plans, and maybe even the state of our world. Whether you're an activist or just want to take a deep dive into an issue you're passionate about — immigration, racial justice, gun control —a book is a great tool. The catalog of books coming out in is jam-packed with powerful writers and activists who are encouraging conversations in the hopes of creating a more inclusive, just society. In the below books, you'll hear from women's rights trailblazer Gloria Steinem , founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Shannon Watts , former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth , who helped prove teenage girls in this country care about both fashion and politics. Some books provide an escape from the never-ending news cycle while others rejuvenate your desire to protest on the streets, call your representatives, vote in upcoming elections, and continue the work of Whether you're interested in learning more about the LGBTQ movement, introducing a young reader to the power of community protests, or finding a YA book that features a Muslim American protagonist, consider adding these books to your TBR pile:.
Branch manages to draw in every significant s character and bit of zeitgeist, placing King in the full context of his times. Any book on a social movement needs to measure itself against Branch's achievement. The story of the original human-rights movement, the fight for slavery's abolition, is told here by an author who may be the master chronicler of this type of crusade. Particularly memorable is Hochschild's portrait of Thomas Clarkson, the lateth-century activist who pioneered many grassroots methods that would be used in human-rights strugglesto come. A group biography of the college students who kicked off the activism of the civil-rights movement by starting the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and instigating the Freedom Rides of Through sheer force of research, Halberstam does what the best books about social movements do, seamlessly zooming in on the personal and out to the historical.
In the months since Donald Trump has become president, more and more people have become inspired to join the Resistance — whether that means volunteering, campaigning, donating, making calls, educating themselves and others on the issues, or otherwise. Bustle's 31 Days of Reading Resistance takes a look at the role of literature and writing in the Resistance, both as a source of inspiration and as a tool for action. The people in power might not make this widely known, but protest is one of the pillars of American democracy — and of democracies all over the world; another layer of checks and balances designed to make sure the crazy train in Washington D. From memoirs and graphic novels to essay collections and fiction, the titles below make for some essential protest reading , especially in a time when standing up, speaking out, and openly dissenting are as important as ever. Here are 25 essential books about protesting , to inspire your next act of civil disobedience. March on. Civil disobedience has been a part of the United States since its founding, and protest has changed policies, laws, and history more often than you might think.