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Told through the eyes of four homeowners-a grandmother in Detroit, an entrepreneur in rural North Carolina, a man in Chattanooga, and a mother in Chicago-A Dream Foreclosed presents a people's history of the U.S. financial crisis and the rise of a people's movement for economic justice, dignity, and freedom from foreclosure. With power and humanity, Laura Gottesdiener bears witness to the ordinary people organizing their communities to challenge the banks and legal system. Their stories are extraordinary but the situation is all too common.The ongoing mortgage crisis has created one of the longest and largest mass displacements in U.S history. While profiting from government bailouts, banks have evicted more than ten million Americans from their homes, their life savings, and their dreams. As many of the families victimized by bank fraud, predatory loans and other corporate crimes are African American, communities of color have been among the most outspoken and organized in confronting the banks.Woven throughout Gottesdiener's page-turning narrative are clear explanations of the origins of the crisis, the consequences for housing, and how community organizing and social movements are having national impact.PRAISE FOR LAURA GOTTESDIENER ANDA DREAM FORECLOSEDAlice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple"I'm spreading the word about Laura Gottesdiener's FINE book wherever I go and wherever I am. [It's] a wonderful book."Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine"A riveting book."Ralph NaderLaura Gottesdiener has the acute eye and pen of a young progressive star with extraordinary talent. Her pages should grip you with motivational indignation."Johanna Fernandez professor in the Department of History at Baruch College "From the time of their capture in Africa, through Emancipation and the Great Migration, to the national economic and housing crisis of today, people of African descent in the United States have been defined by their search for home. Using the dreams and aspirations of four families as her point of departure, Laura Gottesdiener narrates a beautifully crafted story about predatory lending, foreclosure abuse, the racial politics of home ownership, and the brave struggles launched by African American communities to keep their dignities and their homes. ... a powerful, impressive and page-turning testimony that ordinary people can fight back and win."Noam Chomsky"The legislation to rescue the perpetrators of the current financial crisis included provisions for limited compensation to their victims...the enormity of the crime strikes home vividly in the heart-rending accounts of those who are brutally thrown out of their modest homes - for African Americans particularly, almost all they have - then survive in the streets, struggle on, and sometimes even regain something of what was stolen from them thanks to the courageous and inspiring work of the home liberation activists, now reinforced by the Occupy movement. All recounted with historical depth and analytic insight."Tim Wise "A brilliant and needed narrative by an insightful and inspiring author."Clarence Lusane, author of The Black History of the White House "[a] brilliant discourse on the battle over home and community by African Americans... [w]e owe Gottesdiener a great debt for her research and powerful argument that permeates A Dream Foreclosed. ... She takes sides in this battle and gives voice to those who are rarely if ever heard."Mumia Abu-Jamal , Counterpunch"A Dream Foreclosed finds beauty amidst immense pain and suffering-the beauty of people continuing to fight back against rapacious banks, the politicians they buy and the lawyers they hire. It is a work both beautiful and terrible that deserves to be read by many."Marc Lamont Hill, Huffington Post Live"An incredible book...a great set of stories being told here...and more importantly, a powerful narrative about the relationship between black people and ownership"
"A tour de force for those just discovering themselves within the movement and struggle, and a smack of hope for those who had thought the moment to act was over."--Daniel Olonso, Occupy Columbia University Reflecting on the meaning of struggle, education imperialism, and his own involvement in radical social movements, revolutionary journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal directly addresses the diverse community of organizers and activists who support and participate in the Occupy movement. Mumia Abu-Jamal is the author of many books including Death Blossoms, We Want Freedom, and Jailhouse Lawyers.
Noam Chomsky discusses the Occupy movement, democracy, class war, the economy and the prospects for long term social change in light of global threats like climate change and nuclear proliferation. Chomsky praises the efforts of Occupy Wall Street and advocates education, workplace democracy, organizing and community outreach to develop the mass base of popular support needed to restore and sustain genuine people-powered democracy.
PRAISE FOR NOAM CHOMSKY'S OCCUPY AND ZUCCOTTI PARK PRESS:Occupy is another vital contribution from Chomsky to the literature of defiance and protest, and a red-hot rallying call to forge a better, more egalitarian future."-Alternet"For decades, Chomsky has been marginalized for his insightful, levelheaded, and accurate observations about how our society functions. In Occupy, Chomsky... sets the record straight. And he's got an answer for everything. "It's necessary," Chomsky warns, "to get out into the country and get people to understand what this is about, and what they can do about it, and what the consequences are of not doing anything about it." Occupy begins with a powerful editor's note from Greg Ruggiero, who comments on 'the heartlessness and inhumanity of the system,' where 'people's stolen homes are sold off to the highest bidder.' And if it isn't obvious to those who are still asking what the demands of Occupy Wall Street are, Ruggiero puts it plainly: 'Occupy embodies a vision of democracy that is fundamentally antagonistic to the management of society as a corporate-controlled space that funds a political system to serve the wealthy, ignore the poor.' One can only cringe at the thought of what will happen if we continue to ignore the wisdom of Noam Chomsky. He gives a clue in Occupy...."-The Coffin Factory, The Magazine for People who Love BooksChomsky advocates intelligent activism by those who see the divorce between public policy and public opinion. He is both optimistic and realistic towards this "first major public response to 30 years of class war."-IRISH TIMES, PICK REVIEW "Occupy, is at once a vivid portrait of the now-global movement and a practical guide to intelligent activism, infused with Chomsky's signature meditations on everything from how the wealthiest 1% came to steer society to what a healthy democracy would look like to how we can separate money from politics. Alongside Chomsky's words are some of the most moving and provocative photographs from the Occupy movement."-Maria Popova, Brain Pickings"Having spent so much time thinking about and engaging with social movements, Chomsky is both optimistic about the energy of Occupy and realistic about the challenges it faces. He appreciates the "just do it" ethos and embraces its radical approach to participatory democracy...What makes Chomsky's perspective so interesting, aside from the wealth of his political experience, is the range of his interests. He draws from examples around the world to demonstrate his points. ...It's a big agenda that Occupy has identified, nothing less than a complete renewal of U.S. society and the U.S. role in the world. Chomsky sees not only the radical agenda but also the radical practice of the Occupiers. "Part of what functioning, free communities like the Occupy communities can be working for and spreading to others is just a different way of living, which is not based on maximizing consumer goods, but on maximizing values that are important for life," he concludes in this valuable set of remarks and interviews."-John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus, Pick Review In this updated and expanded edition of Occupy, Chomsky speaks to and with supporters of the Occupy movement about the structural injustices of the current economic and political system and the prospects for real change. The new edition includes all the material of the first edition plus four new in-depth interviews. Throughout, Chomsky encourages people to continue organizing, to continue struggling, and to continue defending citizenship and community-driven democracy from predation from the relentless encroachments of corporate power and wealthiest few. What counts most, says Chomsky, is solidarity.
With urgency and clarity, Noam Chomsky speaks with the movement as it transitions from occupying tent camps to occupying the national conscience
Praise for Marina Sitrin's previous works: "'Another world is possible' was the catch-phrase of the World Social Forum, but it wasn't just possible; while the north was dreaming, that world was and is being built and lived in many parts of the global south. With the analytical insight of a political philosopher, the investigative zeal of a reporter, and the heart of a sister, Marina Sitrin has immersed herself in one of the most radical and important of these other worlds and brought us back stories, voices, and possibilities."--Rebecca Solnit "Through her deeply respectful documentary editing, Marina Sitrin has produced a work that embodies the values and practices it portrays."--Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis While the global Occupy movement is widely seen as unprecedented, its language and organizing practices are shaped and inspired by diverse historical precedents in the United States and around the world. Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini introduce the reader to the theory and practices of the movement and explore linkages and connections toward the dream of a common language of struggle, justice, democracy, and liberation. Marina Sitrin is an author and activist. An early organizer of the Occupy movement, she has been interviewed in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Democracy Now! and more. Dario Azzellini is an activist, writer, and filmmaker. He is a lecturer at the Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria) and holds PhDs in political science and sociology. His latest book, together with Immanuel Ness, is Ours to Master and to Own.
"Brilliant . . . its beauty, power, flow and deep truth knocked me. . . . I got chills."--Mumia Abu Jamal Taking Brooklyn Bridge is a poem about the struggle for liberty and the search for true democracy and redemption. Addressed to Walt Whitman and composed in the cadence and style of "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," the poem tells the story of the personal and political awakening experienced while participating in a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. Stuart Leonard has been in the New York City poetry scene for decades.