“Featured Book” archives

Oct 16 2014

Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb

Eighteen years ago, an intrepid investigative California-based reporter named Gary Webb published a series of ground-breaking reports linking a brutal right-wing war in Central America, to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the explosion of crack cocaine in South Central Los Angeles. The story was published in three parts in the print and digital editions of the San Jose Mercury …

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Sep 29 2014

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination

The fight for universal health care has a long history in the United States with many individuals and organizations incorporating the right to decent healthcare into their larger struggle for social justice and human rights.

One such organization was the Black Panther Party. We remember the Black Panther Party today as the most potent …

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Sep 24 2014

Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of a Disrupted Global Economy

The iconic first family of fossil fuel capitalism, the Rockefellers, shocked the world this week by announcing its plans to divest from oil, gas and coal companies. The announcement was a vindication for the largest climate march in history which took place just as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund decided to move about 7% of …

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Sep 22 2014

Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual

Saturday, September 20th would have been Upton Sinclair’s 136th birthday. The widely acclaimed author died at the age of 90 in 1968, leaving a legacy most notably marked by his 1906 book, The Jungle.

Sinclair published his highly controversial novel at the young age of 25, and with it, he ushered in a golden …

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Sep 16 2014

Gather at the Table – a Conversation about Racism and the Legacy of Slavery

As Americans continue to grapple with the issues of race and racism in the US, a book called ‘Gather at the Table’ by Thomas Norman De Wolf and Sharon Leslie Morgan offers up a brutally honest conversation about race which few people in this country dare to pursue. De …

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Sep 15 2014

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

The fatal shooting of 18 year old African American teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has prompted discussions in our media about racial inequalities that have long been neglected, and that continue to persist in a country whose power was built on the foundations of slavery.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, a writer for The Atlantic, had …

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Sep 12 2014

A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez

Daisy Hernandez is only 39 years old but she has already written a memoir. The Colombian-Cuban American writer has much to say about what it is like to grow up as a second-generation immigrant, straddling multiple worlds of language and culture.

In her memoir she explores the struggles she faces when she reveals to …

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Sep 02 2014

Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security – Part 1

The US Border Patrol is facing a $40 million lawsuit that was brought last week over the fatal shooting of an unarmed Mexican man two years ago along the Rio Grande riverbank. Although Border Patrol had claimed that Guillermo Arévalo Pedraza was part of a group of rock-throwers who posed a serious threat to …

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Aug 27 2014

Suspicion Nation: A Conversation with Author and Attorney Lisa Bloom – Part 1

The protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the killing of Michael Brown are the second time in the past few years that there has been a major national dialogue about race, racism and violence in the US. The name Trayvon Martin is often listed alongside the names of police brutality victims like Brown, Eric Garner, …

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Aug 15 2014

Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence

In July, the nation was shocked to hear of the sky-high rate of holiday weekend violence in Chicago. Dozens of people were killed in just the first two weeks of the month. Even though homicides from shooting incidents are apparently slowly decreasing, Chicago remains the American city most plagued by gun violence.

Now, the …

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