Melissa Gira Grant: Take This Book (2012)

23 August 2012, dusan

“This is one story of the People’s Library at Occupy Wall Street, as told to me by many of the librarians behind it: how the library began, what happened after the November 15 raid on Zuccotti Park, and why they’re rebuilding. It’s a story about books, danger, and freedom.

Take This Book is an extended essay — just over 10,000 words — based on the stories of the librarians and the library’s patrons. It can’t be the whole story, because it’s still happening.” (from the project’s Kickstarter page)

Publisher Glass Houses Press, New York
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.
33 pages

Kickstarter page


David Graeber: Inside Occupy (2012) [German]

19 August 2012, dusan

“Occupy Wall Street!” Mit diesem Aufruf besetzt im September 2011 eine Gruppe von Aktivisten den Zuccotti-Park im New Yorker Finanzdistrikt. Sie wollen friedlich gegen die Finanzmärkte und Banken, die ungerechte Verteilung der Vermögen sowie die Untätigkeit der Politik demonstrieren. Was steckt hinter dieser Bewegung, die in kurzer Zeit Millionen Menschen rund um den Globus mobilisiert? Was steckt hinter den Guy-Fawkes-Masken der Besetzer? Was steckt hinter ihrem Mut und ihrem Zorn? Der Vordenker und Aktivist David Graeber berichtet aus erster Hand, wie alles begann, wie die Bewegung stark werden konnte und warum dies erst der Anfang ist.

Translated by Bernhard Schmid
Publisher Campus Verlag, Frankfur/New York, 2012
ISBN 3593397196, 9783593397191
200 pages

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PDF (includes Revolution Guide, 28pp)

Andrew Boyd (ed.): Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution (2012)

27 July 2012, dusan

“From Cairo to cyberspace, from Main Street to Wall Street, today’s social movements have a creative new edge that’s blurring the boundaries between artist and activist, hacker and dreamer. But the principles that make for successful creative action rarely get hashed out or written down.

Until now.

Beautiful Trouble brings together ten grassroots groups and dozens of seasoned artists and activists from around the world to distill their best practices into a toolbox for creative action. Among the groups included are Agit-Pop/The Other 98%, The Yes Men/Yes Labs, Code Pink, SmartMeme, The Ruckus Society, Beyond the Choir, The Center for Artistic Activism, Waging Nonviolence, Alliance of Community Trainers and Nonviolence International.”

Contributors include Rae Abileah, Ryan Acuff, Celia Alario, Phil Aroneanu, Peter Barnes, Jesse Barron, Andy Bichlbaum, Nadine Bloch, Kathryn Blume, L.M. Bogad, Josh Bolotsky, Mike Bonanno, Andrew Boyd, Kevin Buckland, Margaret Campbell, Doyle Canning, Samantha Corbin, Yutaka Dirks, Steve Duncombe, Mark Engler, Simon Enoch, Jodie Evans, John Ewing, Brian Fairbanks, Bryan Farrell, Janice Fine, Lisa Fithian, Cristian Fleming, Elisabeth Ginsberg, Stan Goff, Arun Gupta, Silas Harrebye, Judith Helfand, Daniel Hunter, Sarah Jaffe, John Jordan, Dmytri Kleiner, Sally Kohn, Steve Lambert, Anna Lee, Stephen Lerner, Zack Malitz, Nancy Mancias, Duncan Meisel, Matt Meyer, Dave Oswald Mitchell, Tracey Mitchell, George Monbiot, Brad Newsham, Gaby Pacheco, Mark Read, Patrick Reinsborough, Simon Roel, Joshua Kahn Russell, Leonidas Martin Saura, Levana Saxon, Maxine Schoefer-Wulf, Nathan Schneider, Kristen Ess Schurr, John Sellers, Rajni Shah, Brooke Singer, Matt Skomarovsky, Andrew Slack, Phillip Smith, Jonathan Matthew Smucker, Starhawk, Eric Stoner, Jeremy Varon, Virginia Vitzthum, Harsha Walia, Jefferey Webber and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Assembled with Dave Oswald Mitchell
Publisher OR Books, New York/London, June 2012
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
ISBN 9781935928577
474 pages

Book website
Kickstarter page

PDF (updated on 2012-11-12)