We Marched…Now What?

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The Women’s March on Washington was a huge success! While it is nice to march, it is important to think about what to do after the march. I’ve rounded up a few books that I think would be perfect to read as you are looking to take action on the issues that led you to march.

A reading list for putting the march into practice.

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What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump’s America, Edited by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians

This collection of essays was pulled together by the founders of Melville House. I’ve been following Melville House since my Kenyon Young Writers counselor (Hi Kirsten!) started working there and I have to say, their entire list is a must read. In What We Do Now, Johnson and Merians have asked prominent thinkers like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Gloria Steinem for their advice on what we do post-Trump’s election.

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Lets we forget, feminism has a long history of leaving other people behind. Don’t let this wave of feminism fall into the same trap. Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes;  read Between the World and Me for some perspective on what it is like to be black in America.

 

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Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis

Angela Davis gave one of the most moving speeches at the Women’s March. I haven’t read much of her work before, so this collection of speeches and essays seemed like the perfect place to learn more.

In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.

Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today’s struggles, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today’s struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.

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March by John Lewis

Want to learn more about the place of civil disobedience in American History? Look no further than this award-winning graphic novel by Representative John Lewis

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.

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Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Because we are noncompliant and we will not be silent.(And also because this is the most rad graphic novel I’ve ever read.)

In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman’s failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?

 

 

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