Book Reviews

The Selected Writings of Ralph J. Gleason

Remembering Ralph Gleason, Legendary SF Jazz Writer

Posted August 15, 2016 by Peter Richardson

­Music in the Air: The Selected Writings of Ralph J. GleasonConversations in Jazz: The Ralph J. Gleason Interviews, Edited by Toby Gleason I didn’t know anything about the Ralph J. Gleason cult until I began researching my 2009 book on
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Lessons from Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner

Posted July 14, 2016 by Lainey Feingold

Barbara Brenner’s friends and family have given a gift to activists in all fields with the publication of So Much To Be Done:  The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner.  Brenner, who died in 2013, was a well known
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The Roots of Jane Jacobs’ Urban Vision

Posted June 2, 2016 by

The 100th anniversary of Jane Jacobs’ birth has brought renewed accolades for the acclaimed author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Jacobs’ alternative vision for urban America became today’s prevailing wisdom on cities, housing, traffic, open space,
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New Fred Ross Book a Must-Read for Organizers

Posted April 25, 2016 by

Fred Ross Sr. was arguably the 20th century’s greatest community organizer. Ross trained Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, created the template for current Latino voter registration and election turnout drives, and inspired countless young people to dedicate their lives to
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Do Mass Protests Bring Progressive Change?

Posted February 9, 2016 by

While young people are supporting Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, many do not see electoral politics as the surest route to progressive change. This is understandable. Popular movements around African-American and women’s’ civil rights, the Vietnam War, and the negative impacts
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Who Was Rosa Luxemburg?

Posted October 30, 2015 by

Nearly a century after her death, Rosa Luxemburg remains a legendary figure on the political left. Luxemburg sought to “affect people like a clap of thunder” in a  political landscape where revolution competed with reform. An obvious question when approaching
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