Collection : City Lights Open Media, City Lights Publishers

Inspired by the catalytic role pamphlet publishing has played throughout American history, Greg Ruggiero founded the Open Media Series in 1991 as an act of war protest, as well as an act of solidarity with social movements promoting greater freedom, justice, and democracy.

Over the years, Ruggiero has published some of the most outspoken scholars, social justice advocates, artists, and dissidents of our time, including Noam Chomsky, Angela Y. Davis, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy, Ralph Nader, Alice Walker, Manning Marable, Tanya Reinhart, John Cage, Keith Haring, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Daniel Ellsberg, Michio Kaku, Helen Caldicott, Bill Ayers, Subcomandante Marcos, and the Dalai Lama.

In the spring of 2006, Ruggiero joined the ranks of the City Lights editorial team. The launch of the City Lights Open Media Series marked a new chapter in the publishing of intelligent, inspiring, and potentially radicalizing books. Among the recent and forthcoming titles in the series are A Power Governments Cannot Suppress by Howard Zinn; Spying on Democracy by Heidi Boghosian; A New Critical Edition of Frederick Douglass's Narrrative of a Slave by Angela Y. Davis; Dying to Live by Joseph Nevins; Mexico Unconquered by John Gibler; Mumia Abu-Jamal's Writing on the Wall, edited by Johanna Fernandez; Learning to Die in the Anthropocene by Roy Scranton; and Because We Say So by Noam Chomsky. "The heart of a functioning democracy is public engagement, communication, and intelligence," says Ruggiero. "The mission of the series is to increase all three."



PRAISE FOR THE OPEN MEDIA SERIES


Greg Ruggiero
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"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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Because We Say So
Noam Chomsky
Concise, forceful commentaries on US politics and global crises, from cyberwar and surveillance to the increasing urgency of climate change.



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Between Barack and a Hard Place
Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama
Tim Wise
How Barack Obama's rise is reshaping the meaning of race in the United States today.



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The Black History of the White House
Clarence Lusane
The untold history and politics of the White House from the perspective of African Americans



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The Bomb
Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn's personal, historical, and political views on the significance of the U.S. bombings of Royan and Hiroshima



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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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Colorblind
The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity
Tim Wise
How "colorblindness" in policy and personal practice perpetuate racial inequity in the United States today



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Crossing Zero
The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire
Paul Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Gould
How the U.S. war in Afghanistan has spread to Pakistan; how Russia, India, China, and Iran are involved; and the long term consequences for America.



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Dear President Bush
Cindy Sheehan
Sheehan discusses Martin Luther King, Jr., civil disobedience, US foreign policy, New Orleans, military recruitment, her son Casey’s death on his 5th day in Iraq, soliders who resist, and her personal transformation into America’s most outspoken...



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Disposable Futures
The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle
Brad Evans, Henry A. Giroux
A dazzling exploration of the seduction of violence and spectacle in politics, culture, entertainment and everyday life.



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Dying To Live
A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid
Mizue Aizeki, Joseph Nevins
The real story -- and human price -- of US/Mexico border enforcement.



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