PANNA: Resource Pointer #339 (Activism: Inspiration and Opportunity


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Resource Pointer #339 (Activism: Inspiration and Opportunity)
1, 2003

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*Ideas for Action, 2003* Cynthia Kaufman. An extensive and accessible summary of economic, philosophical, political, and feminist theory and their application to contemporary activist work. Incorporates accounts of the author’s own career as an activist to highlight the relevant applications of these theories. 332 pages. US $20. Contact South End Press, 7 Brookline Street #1, Cambridge MA, 02139-4146; phone (617) 547-4002; fax (617) 547-1333; email, Web site

*Taking Liberties: Four Decades in the Struggle for Rights, 2003* Aryeh Neir. Autobiography of human rights activist Aryeh Neir, who has served as executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights Watch, and was instrumental in the establishment of an international tribunal to prosecute war crimes. Describes his role as a social activist before many organizations were addressing human rights issues, his reflections on his career in activism, and his assessment of the current state of human rights. 406 pages. US $30. Contact Perseus Books Group Customer Service Dept., 5500 Central Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301; phone (800) 386-5656; fax (720) 406-7366; email; Web site

*We are the Poors: Community Struggles in Post-Apartheid South Africa, 2002* Ashwin Desai. Describes the economic and social situation in South Africa and the continuing struggle to overcome financial barriers and the “ethnic handicap” that remains as a legacy of apartheid. Chronicles the growth of one community’s resistance movement and the subsequent forging of new partnerships in the struggle for human rights. Also discusses the role of globalization and debt in the creation of South Africa’s current predicament. 153 pages. US $19. Contact Monthly Review Press, 233 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001; phone (212) 691-2555; fax (212) 727-3676; email;Web site

*Make a Difference: Your Guide to Volunteering and Community Service, 2002* Arthur I. Blaustein. Lists numerous opportunities for community service, arranged by social and environmental interests. Summarizes the work of key organizations within each area. Also discusses the current nature and needs of community service work, with suggestions for further reading. 114 pages. US $10.95. Contact Heyday Books, P.O. Box 9145, Berkeley, CA 94709; phone (510) 549-3564; fax (510) 549-1889; email; Web site

*The Making of Green Knowledge: Environmental Politics and Cultural Transformation, 2001* Andrew Jamison. Examines the history of the environmental movement and the accompanying political, social, and cultural shifts in developed countries. Incorporates discussions of the theoretical basis of the movement and the author’s personal reflections as an activist. 205 pages. UK £39.50. Contact Cambridge University Press, The Edinburgh Building, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge, CB2 2RU, U.K.; phone (44 01 22) 331-2393; fax (44 01 22) 331-5052; email; Web site

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