Read These Books if You Want to Get Involved
Regardless of your political leanings, the right book can turn you into an activist.
Published Feb 10, 2017 5:00 AM
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No matter which side of the coin you’re on, you can’t ignore that we are in the midst of a new era of activism and political discord. What better time to dig into a cause that pulls at your heartstrings? Learn how to make an impact by unplugging for a bit and cracking a book. These titles will inspire you to get up and do something.
Brave Girl by Michelle Markel
Surely there will be kids with questions (when was the last time an entire gender staged a nationwide protest?). This is the true story of a young Ukrainian immigrant who led one of the largest strikes in U.S. history against the garment industry.
A Is For Activist by Innosanto Nagara
This book is for the families and curious kids that want to know more about the rights of the LGBTQ community, environmentalism, civil rights, non-violence—and so much more. It’s a starter kit for a child in terms of what resistance and civil unity can do.
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
For the women who tend to stray from the road most paved, this memoir is an adventure through the lens of one of our nation’s most recognized feminists. The focus is on accepting a life that looks less like white picket fences and more like vagabonding and travel.
You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train by Howard Zinn
Long known for the acclaimed A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn tells the story of his past thirty years fighting for social change. Ultimately leading with the message that with hope and active engagement we can inspire the change we wish to see in the world.
It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! by Chelsea Clinton
This book combines facts, charts, and data points for those who prefer visuals to heavy text. It’s a cumulation of stories about kids and teenagers doing their part to improve the world.
Gandhi On Non-Violence by Mahatma Gandhi
This is a reference on well known non-violence practices, and it emphasizes action over inaction during times of conflict.
Walk Out Walk On by Margaret Wheatley
This bestselling author’s book tells a story of seven diverse communities and their walks against limiting beliefs and practices. From Brazil to Ohio, it’s a compilation of interesting lessons on passion, pain, and unrest.
Wild Things, Wild Places by Jane Alexander
For those interested in conservation and the environment, this book takes a closer look at the impact humans have on our natural resources. It also explains what a long-time environmentalist thinks about endangered species.
When We Rise by Cleve Jones
This is a memoir that takes place during the 1970’s sexual freedom events in San Francisco. It’s the perfect place for anyone with the inclination to learn more about gay, lesbian, and transgender rights to begin.
The Food Activist Handbook by Ali Berlow
For field-to-fork likeminded folks, this will help you strengthen your community and family with local, healthy foods. It encourages daily changes to shrink your carbon footprint.