April Activism: New Books to Fire You Up

By Chelsea Green

Whether it’s union protests in Wisconsin or populist uprisings in the Middle East, ordinary people right this minute are refusing to yield to government dictators and corporatocracies. There’s never been a better time to stand together for our rights and take action on the issues that matter.

We’re excited to announce the release of two activist titles: Get Up Stand Up by Bruce Levine and Diary of an Eco-Outlaw by Diane Wilson. Get the tools you need to organize in your community by taking advantage of our April Activism book sale. Now through April 10, all items are 25% off.

Jailed more than 50 times for civil disobedience, Diane Wilson has stood up for environmental justice and peace around the world – a fact that has earned her many kudos from environmentalists and peace activists alike, and that has forced progress where progress was hard to come by.

In the Diary of an Eco-Outlaw, the eminently unreasonable Wilson delivers a no-holds-barred account of how she – a fourth-generation shrimper, former boat captain, and mother of five – took a turn at midlife, unable to stand by quietly as she witnessed abuses of people and the environment. Since then, she has launched legislative campaigns, demonstrations, and hunger strikes – and generally gotten herself in all manner of trouble.

“Another ecothriller from the powerhouse Diane Wilson. An unstoppable tale of true bravery. Mesmerizing, inspiring, awesome. I love it. This book will shake the ground beneath your feet.” ~Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Pinhook

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History tells us that for democratic movements to get off the ground, individuals must recover self-respect, and a people must regain collective confidence that they can succeed at eliminating top-down controls.

Get Up, Stand Up by Bruce Levine describes how we can recover dignity, motivation, and the energy to do battle. That achievement fills in the missing piece that, until now, has undermined so many efforts to energize genuine democracy.

See Bruce’s upcoming speaking events. Watch video.

Interact with Bruce live online at Firedoglake’s Book Salon on April 16th at 5:00 pm Eastern Time!

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MORE ACTIVIST BOOKS ON SALE:

The Progressive’s Guide to Raising Hell: How to Win Grassroots Campaigns, Pass Ballot Box Laws, and Get the Change We Voted For
by Jamie Court

How can progressives get what they believed they voted for? Court tells readers how to heat up their issue, take grassroots action, organize their community, use publicity to their advantage, employ Internet and social media to build support, and get the change they want.

AUDIO PODCAST: JAMIE COURT

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Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
by Riki Ott, PhD

Betrayed by oilmen’s promises in the 1970s, the people of Prince William Sound, Alaska, awaken on March 14, 1989, to one of the nation’s largest oil spills. Not One Drop is an extraordinary tale of ordinary lives ripped apart by disaster and of community healing through building relationships of trust.

VIDEO: RIKI OTT

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The Looting of America: How Wall Street’s Game of Fantasy Finance Destroyed Our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity, and What We Can Do About It
by Les Leopold

In this page-turning narrative, Leopold tells the story of how we fell victim to Wall Street’s exotic financial products. Readers learn what average Americans can do to ensure that fantasy finance never rules our economy again.

VIDEO: LES LEOPOLD

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An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas
by Diane Wilson

When Diane Wilson, fourth-generation shrimp-boat captain and mother of five, learns that she lives in the most polluted county in the United States, she decides to fight back. She launches a campaign against a multibillion-dollar corporation that has been covering up spills, silencing workers, flouting the EPA, and dumping lethal chemicals into the bays along her beloved Texas Gulf Coast.

EXCERPT: SABATOGE

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Bye Bye, Miss American Empire: Neighborhood Patriots, Backcountry Rebels, and Their Underdog Crusades to Redraw America’s Political Map
by Bill Kauffman

During the George W. Bush administration, frustrated liberals talked secession back to within hailing distance of the margins of national debate, a place it had not occupied since 1861. Now, secessionist voices on the left and right and everywhere in between are amplifying.

INTERVIEW: BILL KAUFFMAN

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The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience
by Rob Hopkins

Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome.

VIDEO: ROB HOPKINS

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Poisoned for Profit: How Toxins Are Making Our Children Chronically Ill
by Philip and Alice Shabecoff

In a landmark investigation that’s been compared to Silent Spring, two veteran journalists definitively show how, why, and where industrial toxins are causing rates of birth defects, asthma, cancer, and other serious illnesses to soar in children.

EXCERPT: INQUEST

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