Globalize Liberation weaves together the experiences and insights of community organizers, direct action movements, and global justice struggles from North America, Europe, and Latin America. Thirty-three essays provide food for thought, examples of effective action, and practical tools for everyone to use. This book, the product of uprisings, hard-lived victories, and visions for the future, was created to articulate, popularize, and deepen the rebellious spirit of the new radicalism.
WITH ESSAYS BY: Walden Bello, Chris Carlsson, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Van Jones, Ramsey Kanaan, Naomi Klein, George Lakey, Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez, Midnight Notes Collective, Cindy Milstein, Patrick Reinsborough, Starhawk, and the U'wa Traditional Authorities
David Solnit was an organizer of the direct-action shutdown of the World Trade Organization in Seattle in 1999 and the shutdown of San Francisco's Financial District on March 20, 2003, the day after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He is the co-author with Aimee Allison of Army of None; Strategies to Counter Military Recruitment, End War, and Build a Better World and co-editor with Rebecca Solnit of The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle.
"David Solnit has assembled an extraordinarily useful and intelligent bomb to be used against those who seek to concentrate profit and power for gain at the expense of the majority of humanity."
"...Globalize Liberation is a manual, encyclopedia, and primary text for the global justice movement... If there were a required 101 class in anti-capitalism, this book would be central to the reading list."
"...Globalize Liberation is a diagnosis, prescription, and the evidence of wellness in many small and large instances around the world. If you want to make change, this will set you on your way with strategy (because it "counters despair and fosters vision"), tactics, and abundant creative inspiration like fire in dry grass."
"From identifying global problems of class struggle, racism, discrimination, and extreme concentration of power, to putting ideas in action whether in America, Argentenia, Scotland, or other nations around the world, Globalize Liberation offers a crucial glimpse into what is needed to shape the future of humanity for the better."
—Midwest Book Review
"The book's tone is urgent yet relentlessly hopeful and encourages readers to push open new spheres of collective self-empowerment. Upon putting it down, you will want to join up with others and do something. As the incurably optimistic Solnit writes in the introduction, ’All we have to do is change everything.’"
"Instead of a checklist for the aspiring politico, editor David Solnit has compiled the writings of seasoned activists so as to provide not simply instruction but rather (and perhaps more importantly) a basic understanding of a diverse set of global struggles. Reading the accounts of organizers, demonstrators, protestors and other experienced actors shares a wealth of knowledge gained only through such involvement."
"Globalize Liberation makes an important contribution to our understanding of the new left by documenting the social movements of the last ten years and providing suggestions and commentary about their future. In doing so it makes the ’laboratory of resistance’ more accessible and easy to understand."