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Globalize Liberation
Edited by David Solnit
Walden Bello
George Caffentzis
Manuel Callahan
Chris Carlsson
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Chris Crass
Arnoldo Garcia
Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Craig Gilmore
Chris Hables Grey
Van Jones
John Jordan
Ramsey Kanaan
Naomi Klein
Tom Knoche
George Lakey
Helen Luu
Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez
Patricio McCabe
Midnight Notes Collective
Keir Milburn
Cindy Milstein
Graciela Monteagudo
Jane Anne Morris
Rachel Neumann
Patrick Reinsborough
Marina Sitrin
U'wa Traditional Authorities Tom Wetzel
Jennifer Whitney

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Globalize Liberation -
How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World

Edited by David Solnit
a premier City Lights Bestseller!

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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.

City Lights Books,
San Francisco, 2004 · ISBN 1-93140-405-4, $17.95
Paperback, 5.5"x8.5", 487 pages - Now in it's 2nd printing.

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Praise for Globalize Liberation:

Voted "One of the Best Political Books of 2004"
by SF Station!

"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."
- LIP Magazine

"...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."
- Fifth Estate

"...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."
- Clamor Magazine

"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.’"
-, NYC

"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."
- Altar Magazine

"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."
- Hopedance

"Presented in Globalize [Liberation] are insights and accounts from writers and activists across the globe, united on the concept of taking action to ensure a perfect future in an orderless epoch."
-NoHo LA

"This is a great collection of essays for anyone needing inspiration and ideas about how to effect positive change. It is particularly heartening for artists, because it features many black and white photos which illustrate the importance of the visual image in political change - be it posters or flags or photographic documents of protests or oversized puppets."
-Arts & Healing Network

"Congrats on your design. It totally rocks - the pages come alive. The book is visually interesting without being too busy/distracting."
-Joey M. Fox, South End Press

David Solnit is a twenty-year veteran of mass direct-action organizing, street confrontations and jails. He helped initiate and was an organizer of the direct-action shutdown of the World Trade Organization in Seattle in 1999. He cofounded Art and Revolution, and has helped to popularize street theater, culture, and puppets as an innovative form of resistance in social change movements and street actions throughout North America. He works with Code Orange Affinity Group, a part of Direct Action to Stop the War, which coordinated the shutdown of San Francisco’s Financial District on March 20, 2003, the day after the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
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