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Reflect and Evolve

By: 
Finn Finneran
Date Published: 
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Shutdown: The Rise and Fall of Direct Action to Stop The War
Directed by Beca Lafore, Helia Rasti, and Jonathan Stribling-Uss
2008

March 20, 2003 was the day that left me with my knees pulled tight into my chest, rocking myself back and forth on the sidewalk as the sun fell beyond the mountains. I felt defeated and angry. It felt like my friends and I had spent months trying to mobilize our town against the war, but the big day had come and it seemed all we had to show for it was a lot of bruised and battered friends in jail. This was back home in North Carolina, and it was the day after the current Iraq war began.

It was then that a friend came up to comfort me with some good news: “San Francisco was shut down today.

Trans Activism

By: 
Harris Kornstein
Date Published: 
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Transgender History
By Susan Stryker
Seal Press, 2008

Pioneering scholar-activist Susan Stryker’s newest book offers a concise and accessible crash course on the history of activism for the rights of "gender deviant" people, mainly in the US and in the past fifty years. Framed through a transfeminist lens, the book provides a useful introduction for those unfamiliar with the language of transgender identities, politics, and history. Even for those of us who feel relatively experienced in genderqueer speak, there are myriad moments in history to be revealed or remembered, and Stryker’s recounting includes context and theory that is unlikely to be found elsewhere.

The book begins with an introduction to terms and Stryker’s theoretical agenda.

Clearing The Fog

By: 
Daniel Horowitz de Garcia
Date Published: 
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Hamas: A Beginner’s Guide
By Khaled Hroub
Pluto Press, 2006

In the US it’s too easy to stay confused about Palestine. I know people who can tell you how many diapers Che Guevara went through in his first month of life but couldn’t locate the West Bank on a map. Now I can just give these friends a copy of Hroub’s new book and feel confident they will begin to understand.

Hroub is a veteran author and is currently the director of the Arab Media Project at Cambridge University. Although he has an impressive list of academic credentials, the book is written for the lay person. He uses a question and answer format which allows one to use the volume as a quick reference. I read the book cover to cover and it did feel at times like reading a long FAQ webpage.

Corporate Exposé

By: 
Alana Y. Price
Date Published: 
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Wrestling With Starbucks: Conscience, Capital, Cappuccino
By Kim Fellner
Rutgers University Press, 2008

Wrestling with starbucks opens with a crash of shattered glass. The unexpected rupture is an apt beginning for this book and its series of surprising claims about the Starbucks Coffee Company’s role in the global economy.
As the glass shards settle, Fellner invites readers to peer through the Starbucks window broken during the 1999 World Trade Organization protest in Seattle.

One Nation

By: 
Ann Raber
Date Published: 
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Viva La Raza: A History of Chicano Identity and Resistance
By Yolanda Alaniz and Megan Cornish
Red Letter Press, 2008

In the spring of 2006, latina/o students walked out of their classrooms to protest federal legislation that would make living and working in the US without following proper immigration procedure a felony. Their organization and passionate resolve might have been surprising to someone not versed in the history of Latina/o student activism. But vocal resistance and organized demonstration is a hard-earned legacy of young Latina/os, Chicana/os, and Mexican-Americans.

The National StopMax Campaign Conference

By: 
Andalusia Knoll
Date Published: 
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The hole, control units, SuperMax Prisons, Segregated Housing Units, administrative segregation, maximum security, and solitary confinement are all terms or euphemisms used to describe the stark reality of an estimated 30,000 people in the United States who live in concrete cells, smaller than your average bathroom, for 23 hours a day. With their lives on lockdown, these prisoners are deprived of educational programs, adequate physical and mental health services, and have little contact with their families or other inmates. Just as the wholesale incarceration of 2.3 million prisoners in the United States is a relatively new pandemic, the grossly inhumane practice of long-term solitary confinement has also grown exponentially over the past 20 years.

Culture, Art, and the Left

By: 
Stephanie Gentry-Fernández
Date Published: 
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By examining the art of the left, we define and question ourselves as Leftists. In this issue, Left Turn features artists that challenge the current political climate through visual art, dance, and theater.

While choosing different media and working out of different regions of the US, the artists share common themes in their experiences with race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, immigration, health and the environment.

Celebrate People's History; Build Popular Power Bloc

By: 
Hope from People
Date Published: 
November 24, 2008

An open letter to those seeking to build a world from below, in which many worlds are possible

Venezuela's 21st-Century Socialism: An interview with Gregory Wilpert

By: 
Left Turn Editors Collective
Date Published: 
October 01, 2008