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Politics & Social Change

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Politics & Social Change

We know who our customers are - you care deeply about the world around us and the challenges we are facing to interrupt racism, stop money's control over our political institutions, and challenge corporate capitalism. Here are are a few of our favorite choices. Come visit our Politics shelf anytime!

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Finalist for the 2017 National Book Award
An explosive exposé of the right’s relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, and change the Constitution.  $28

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Included in this extraordinary volume are the poems of 43 of America’s most talented African American wordsmiths, including Pulitzer Prize–winning poets Rita Dove, Natasha Tretheway, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Tracy K. Smith, as well as the work of other luminaries such as Elizabeth Alexander, Ishmael Reed, and Sonia Sanchez.  $21.95

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From favorite cookbook author Julia Turshen comes this practical and inspiring handbook for political activism—with recipes. When people search for ways to resist injustice they begin by gathering around the table to talk and plan. These dishes foster community and provide sustenance for the mind and soul, including 15 recipes from a diverse range of celebrated chefs. With stimulating lists, extensive resources, and essays from activists in the worlds of food, politics, and social causes, Feed the Resistance is a must have handbook for anyone hoping to make a difference.  $14.95


As Benjamin Franklin famously put it, Americans have a republic, if we can keep it. Preserving the Constitution and the democratic system it supports is the public’s responsibility. One route the Constitution provides for discharging that duty―a route rarely traveled―is impeachment. President Obama's advisor Cass R. Sunstein provides a succinct citizen’s guide to an essential tool of self-government. $7.95

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A new preface for the paperback edition discusses the results of the most recent election and Donald Trump's victory, and how, despite much discussion to the contrary, this was a huge victory for the billionaires who have been pouring money in the American political system.  $17


from the creator of Octavia's Brood

Inspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live.  This is a resolutely materialist “spirituality” based equally on science and science fiction, a visionary incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.  $16

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Spotlighting in particular the precise rules of impeachment—including an explanation of the crucial grounds for impeachment, the famous “high crimes and misdemeanors”—the book also details its origins in British law, the rules as set out by the founding fathers in the Constitution, and their application throughout the history of our democracy.




In Evicted, Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads.  Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems. $17

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Once again, Naomi Klein leads us through the murk of power and money, here exploring how Donald Trump’s takeover of the White House is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises.  $16.95


Each article in this anthology explores critical questions concerning uses and abuses of antisemitism in the twenty-first-century, focusing on the intersection between antisemitism, accusations of antisemitism, and Palestinian human rights activism. This anthology provides a much-needed tool for Palestinian solidarity activists, teachers, as well as Jewish communities.   $19.95

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This new paperback edition features a new Foreword by Bill McKibben and a Reading Group Guide

 In This Is an Uprising, Mark and Paul Engler look at the hidden art behind such outbursts of revolt, examining core principles that have sparked and guided moments of transformative unrest. $16.99


Germantown resident Matthew Lyons's "CTRL-ALT-DELETE" is a thorough survey of the origins of the alt-right, a look at its constituent parts and observations about how its future relationship with the Trump administration may play out.  Lyons draws attention to the importance of sexism and misogyny within this movement, to its long-term metapolitical strategy, as well as to the tensions between the disparate groups that have found their home under its banner.  $10

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From intimate relationships to global politics, Sarah Schulman observes a continuum: that inflated accusations of harm are used to avoid accountability. This deep, brave, and bold work reveals how punishment replaces personal and collective self-criticism, and shows why difference is so often used to justify cruelty and shunning. Schulman illustrates how Supremacy behavior and Traumatized behavior resemble each other, through a shared inability to tolerate difference.  $19.95