Activists Speak Out: Reflections on the Pursuit of Change in America

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Marie Cieri, Claire Peeps
Palgrave Macmillan, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 279 pages
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In Activists Speak Out, a group of 15 American activists speak candidly about how and why they struggle for change. Their causes and strategies vary--in the areas of civil rights, gay and lesbian rights, the environment, women’s issues, health, youth, education, labor, freedom of expression, and the arts. But the lessons learned resonate across geographic and ideological boundaries. Whether working as grass-roots organizers or corporate insiders, in cities or in rural areas, the through-line of their observations is constant: Change is slow, and may take shape in unexpected ways. Small victories count. And, whatever the initial motivation to become engaged in the struggle for change--anger, compassion, frustration--the very process of engagement is itself transformative. You cross that line, and nothing is ever the same.

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Why do people become activists? What drives them after years of struggle? Cieri and Peeps interviewed the creator of the AIDS quilt, the leader of Sweet Honey in the Rock, one of the first editors of ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Marie Cieri is former Director of The Arts Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and currently a Doctoral Candidate in Geography at Rutgers University.

Claire Peeps is Director of the Durfee Foundation, a Los Angeles based organization that supports projects in community development and the arts.

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