This book was game changing for me as I try to navigate the new space that is organizing. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Be the first to ask a question about This Is an Uprising. She explains, for example, “when somebody asks you to ‘check your privilege’ they are asking you to pause and consider how the advantages you’ve had in life are contributing to your opinions and actions, and how the lack of disadvantages in certain areas is keeping you from fully understanding the struggles others are facing.” She unpacks the complicated term “intersectionality”: the idea that social justice must consider “a myriad of identities—our gender, class, race, sexuality, and so much more—that inform our experiences in life.” She asks whites to realize that when people of color talk about systemic racism, “they are opening up all of that pain and fear and anger to you” and are asking that they be heard. An extremely important (and readable) synthesis of several major thinkers in the field of civil resistance. In This is an Uprising, Mark and Paul Engler brilliantly unearth, explain, and contextualize the dynamics of breakout mobilizations–both dispelling the popular notion that transformational progress simply arises from historical circumstance, and pushing back on long-held dogma that hinders more successful engineering of people-driven campaigns. The Engler brothers walk readers through some of the most inspiring movements and discuss, with both anecdotal and empirical evidence, how these movements either changed the world or petered out and died ugly deaths. the Black Panthers) were not given much credence. In the 21st century, we’ve seen the call for the ouster of Milošević in Serbia, the Arab Spring, and Black Lives Matter all erupt into large movements that changed how we think about the ways that ordinary people disrupt the status quo and create the conditions for change in institutions that seemed impregnable and rigid. When he began college, “anti-Black racist ideas covered my freshman eyes like my orange contacts.” This unsparing honesty helps readers, both white and people of color, navigate this difficult intellectual territory. illustrated by #Resist. Also a shame that movements that advocated reasonable self-defense (i.e. [T]heir central thesis: that successful social movements are neither born of seemingly spontaneous insurrection or slow, steady incremental base-building, but a merger of the best of both. [The Englers] argue, persuasively, that… uprisings that use nonviolent confrontation have changed the world. It is a well-researched and engrossing text that breaks down exactly why public mobilization, demonstrations, and civil disobedience can take down corrupt government leaders and bring an end to discrimination.” —Karris Golden, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “Anyone who is currently involved in the movement for Black lives and/or climate change struggles is likely to find this book provoking, inspiring, and exciting… [The book] delves into the dynamics of strategic nonviolence with skill and insight. Mark and Paul Engler’s invaluable book comes at a great time for all of us who want to know how the labor movement’s on-going work of building lasting change can draw inspiration from the explosive uprisings that have captured the public imagination. It is being widely read and discussed among Australian climate activists. By linking social movement theory to the Gene Sharp-inspired tradition of civil resistance scholarship, the authors touch on a range of issues that are certain to be of value to those most in need of such a timely work of scholarship – activists throughout the globe. A diversity of readers will recognize moments from their own experience in the stories, which powerfully show what is effective and what isn’t in making major change. There’s been increased noise internationally in the past 2-3 years, people taking things to the streets, people not merely giving up, so in spite of my having recently read convincingly scary books such as Six Degrees by Mark Lynas and Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells, I felt I needed to get over my own fear and inertia and take a look at this book as a kind of inspiration on how to get back out there more. While this might be the same goal espoused by the authors of the book, I do not share their hope that its achievement can be distilled to a science. I could not tell if the authors assumed their readers would have intimate knowledge or that they didn't think information was absolutely necessary, such as going into any detail regarding their claims. “Violent crackdowns against unarmed protests end up exposing the brutality of a ruling force, undermining its legitimacy, and, in many cases, creating wider public unwillingness to cooperate with its mandates. This is a wonderful history and practical guide to non-violent revolutions. the Black Panthers) were not given much credence. This is a book that is likely to be read and reread for years to come.” —Sara Catterall, Shelf Awareness, “Extraordinary… The ultimate book club book.” —Tim Danahey, radio host, The Tim Danahey Show, “Mark Engler and Paul Engler have studied mass movements around the world for some time. A usefully organized, concise history of social movements that will appeal to newer generations of activists. Kind of bougie White in that sense... That said, the overall advocacy for non violent theory and practice as an effective tactic against injustice is was well throughout and argue. I wanted to see if it would be a good text for one of the courses I am teaching this fall, and it's definitely going on the list! After devoting most of the book to talking, Oluo finishes with a chapter on action and its urgency. Brilliant examples throughout history. Magazine Subscribers (How to Find Your Reader Number). Momentum-driven organizing is a very compelling notion, but it strikes me as bit too neat, too pat, too concise. Must-read (if for no other reason than to be able to hold a conversation with the growing cross-sections of the Movement centering their work around this theory of change); still have questions about how to. by Mark Engler & Paul Engler ‧ RELEASE DATE: Feb. 9, 2016. | Peacekeepers are everywhere, there are now machine gun nests on the rooftops, and whipping posts and a gallows have been set up. On the other hand, I did not see the necessity for extended biographies that had little to do with the overarching argument, the excessive use of inadequate quotations, nor did I see a consistent structural pattern that marked what could've been quite a revolutionary piece of work that could've had the capacity to mobilise masses through its own merit. A clear and candid contribution to an essential conversation. We are at a pivotal moment in history as climate justice, economic justice, racial justice, and immigrant justice movements are building people power with the ability to win…. For anyone who is interested in pushing for positive change, especially in today's world, this is a mus. Action includes pressing for reform in schools, unions, and local governments; boycotting businesses that exploit people of color; contributing money to social justice organizations; and, most of all, voting for candidates who make “diversity, inclusion and racial justice a priority.”, Categories: Ibram X. Kendi.

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