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

Top Editor to City Lights | Publishers Weekly
by Bridget Kinsella

"Peace on the Page" | The Boston Phoenix
by Christopher Dreher

"The Accidental Bestseller" | Publishers Weekly
by Christopher Dreher

"Indie Presses to Rush Out Cindy Sheehan Titles" | Publishers Weekly
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Noam Chomsky
"From 9-11 to the Iraq War, from the 'non-crisis' of social security to the leveling of Lebanon, Chomsky provides informed opinion and critical analysis" – Mumia Abu-Jamal

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The Other Campaign
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, Greg Ruggiero
The Zapatista Call for Change from Below
The Other Campaign is a collection of texts – in English and Spanish – by Subcomandante Marcos and his Zapatista compañeros that articulate a vision for “change from below,” a call to create social change outside and beyond...

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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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