Collection : City Lights Open Media, City Lights Publishers

In Spring 2006 City Lights Publishers—known for our commitment to freedom of expression, renegade literature and radical political views—proudly  announced that Greg Ruggiero, founder and editorial director of Open Media Books, joined the ranks of the City Lights editorial team.

Since cofounding Open Media in 1991, Ruggiero has  published some of the most outspoken scholars, social justice advocates, and dissidents of our time, including  Noam Chomsky, Angela Y. Davis, Howard Zinn,  Arundhati Roy,  Ralph Nader, Alice Walker, Manning Marable, Tanya Reinhart, The Dalai Lama, and Subcomandante Marcos.

Ruggiero's move to City Lights and the launch of the City Lights Open Media Series marks a new chapter in the publishing of intelligent, inspiring and potentially radicalizing books.  Some of the first titles published in the series are Cindy Sheehan's Dear President Bush, The Other Campaign: The Zapatista Call for Change from Below by Subcomandante Marcos, Targeting Iran by David Barsamian, and Interventions by Noam Chomsky. Join our email list to get updates about the series, its authors, and other City Lights books committed to politics and resistance.

The Open Media Series is archived by the The Tamiment Library at New York University.


Greg Ruggiero
See a bio for Greg Ruggiero, founder of the Open Media series
"An operation out to change the world" – Evelyn Nieves, The New York Times

"Like Tom Paine or Martin Luther, the Open Pamphlet Series desperately wants to create democratic debate by providing timely snippets of information and analysis that the empire would just as soon suppress. They're a quick read, and in a time of intellectual as well as political crisis, they put serious information into the hands and minds of a needy public… 'Public intelligence is power,' says Ruggiero, and he's determined to disseminate both." – James Ledbetter, The Village Voice

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Writing on the Wall
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Johanna Fernandez
Mumia Abu-Jamal's essential perspectives on black experience, race relations, freedom, justice, social change, and the future of American society.

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The Violence of Organized Forgetting
Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine
Henry A. Giroux
A sweeping critique of neoliberalism, public amnesia, inequality, and the rise of an authoritarian surveillance state.

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Culture of Cruelty
How America's Elite Demonize the Poor, Valorize the Rich and Jeopardize the Future
Tim Wise
Forthcoming: A scalding indictment of how the wealthy influence the national economy, politics, and media to disadvantage those already less fortunate.

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Border Patrol Nation
Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security
Todd Miller
Now Available! Fast-paced frontline reporting and analysis on the militaristic spread of the U.S. Border Patrol. "What Jeremy Scahill was to Blackwater, Todd Miller is to the U.S. Border Patrol!"--Tom Miller, author, On the Border

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Spying on Democracy
Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance
Heidi Boghosian
"Everyone of us is under the omniscent magnifying glass of the government and corporate spies. How do we respond to this smog of surveillance? Start by reading Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance by Heidi Boghosian."—Bill Moyers

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The Meaning of Freedom
And Other Difficult Dialogues
Angela Y. Davis
Angela Davis' first book in nearly a decade, and her only book of speeches on racism, community, freedom, and politics in the United States.

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The Historic Unfulfilled Promise
Howard Zinn
First-ever collection of Howard Zinn's articles from The Progressive (1980–2009) offer timeless analysis and advocacy for freedom, democracy, and social change in the United States.

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Occupy the Economy
Challenging Capitalism
David Barsamian, Richard Wolff
From prominent economist Richard Wolff and David Barsamian, a hot-button primer on the taboo subject impacting most Americans today: the failure of capitalism to deliver public good.

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Making the Future
Occupations, Interventions, Empire and Resistance
Noam Chomsky
Short, forceful commentaries on U.S. politics, from the economic crisis to Obama's strategies in Afghanistan and around the world.

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Redefining Black Power
Reflections on the State of Black America
Joanne Griffith
Conversations with black leaders and activists exploring current African American political and cultural life.

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