I would venture to say that the hubby is a bit of an activist these days; he is very involved in a climate change organization. I thank the publishers of A Better World Starts Here: Activists and Their Work by Stacy Russo for sending a free copy for an honest review.
About A Better World Starts Here: Activists and Their Work:
A Better World Starts Here: Activists and Their Work presents the stories of activists contributing towards the common good within their communities and beyond in a commitment to eradicate various forms of injustice and oppression. This is a book of struggle but also a book of hope, joy, and liberation.
Essential reading for anyone wishing to find empowerment and guidance, the stories of activists such as Michelle Carrera (Chilis on Wheels), activist poet Judy Grahn, Sarah Rafael García (Barrio Writers), vegan and ecofeminist writer Carol J. Adams, feminist anthropologist Ruth Behar, Sonya Renee Taylor (The Body is Not an Apology), Kamekə Brown (Farm Sanctuary), Steve Bell (Prison Library Project), Bamby Salcedo (TransLatin@ Coalition) and many others will inspire, support, and ultimately, provide promise for a better world for all readers –whether new or seasoned to activism.
25 Featured Activists & their Work:
Aquila Hope, trans activism
Marisela Gomez, gentrification activism
Sandi Torkildson, community activism
Carol J. Adams, ecofeminist activism
Sonya Renee Taylor, body activism
Kate Jessica Raphael, feminist activism
Michelle Carrera, food justice activism
Celeste Chan, queer activism
Helène Aylon, art activism
Julia Feliz Brueck, consistent anti-oppression advocacy
Ruth Behar, anthropology activism
Steve Bell, prison advocacy
Kamekə Brown, vegan advocacy
Judy Grahn, poetry activism
Bamby Salcedo, trans activism
Sarah Rafael García, literary activism
Michelle Habell-Pallán, scholar activism
Hilary Kinavey, body activism
Yago S. Cura, library activism
Beth Pickens, art activism
Lark Lo, intersectional activism
Ardeth De Vries, senior dog advocacy
Sara Vander Zanden, homelessness advocacy
Janet Holmes, photography activism
Edwin Ramirez, comedy activism
Sales from this book will be donated quarterly to the BBIPoC activists featured in the book.
A publisher that gives back: Sanctuary Publishers, www.sanctuarypublishers.com
About the Author:
Stacy Russo is a California poet, writer, and artist who is committed to creating books and art for a more peaceful world. She serves as librarian and associate professor at Santa Ana College. Stacy’s books have been featured on National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting System, Sirius XM Radio, KCET Artbound, LA Weekly, and various other media channels. She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley; Chapman University; and San Jose State University.
Stacy believes in the power of personal story, lifelong learning, and peaceful living. She takes her coffee black and eats chocolate before noon each day.
My Opinion (with a bit of input from the hubby):
I will start by noting this is not a book that either one of us read in one sitting. In fact, the hubby hasn’t finished it as of yet. I would pick it up between other books or when I had some spare time here and there. The stories of the individual activists are very inspiring. Although some seem to start with a great idea but then lose some steam in moving from idea to reality. But considering the monumental tasks being tackled I can understand that. The lack of any climate activists was disappointing as that crisis is somewhat in the forefront these days.
If you are looking for inspiration and information about different types of causes and how to direct your interests this book is certainly a good starting point.