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The Purpose of Power
How We Come Together When We Fall Apart
By (author): Alicia Garza
9780525509684 Hardcover English General Trade SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / African American Studies Oct 20, 2020
$36.00 CAD
Active 5.8 x 8.6 x 1.2 in | 0.98 lb 336 pages Random House One World
An essential guide to building the type of movements that can address the challenges of our time, from one of the country’s leading organizers—one of the creators of Black Lives Matter.

In 2013, Alicia Garza wrote what she called “a love letter to Black people” on Facebook, in the aftermath of the acquittal of the man who murdered seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin. Garza wrote:

Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter.

With the speed and networking capacities of social media, #BlackLivesMatter became the hashtag heard ’round the world. But Garza knew even then that hashtags don’t start movements—people do.

Long before #BlackLivesMatter became a rallying cry for this generation, Garza had spent the better part of two decades learning and unlearning some hard lessons about organizing. The lessons she offers are different from the “rules for radicals” that animated earlier generations of activists, and diverge from the charismatic, patriarchal model of the American civil rights movement. She reflects instead on how making room amongst the woke for those who are still awakening can inspire and activate more people to fight for the world we all deserve.

This is the story of one woman’s lessons through years of bringing people together to create change. Most of all, it is a new paradigm for change for a new generation of changemakers, from the mind and heart behind one of the most important movements of our time.

ALICIA GARZA IS THE ACTIVIST’S ACTIVIST: She helped launch a global movement with a single Facebook post, but her connections go deeper: she is on the leadership team of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, one one of the most powerful labor unions in the country, and on the board of the key organizations on the left today, from Color of Change with its 1.7 million members to Supermajority. Her own organiztion, Black Futures Lab, has over 300k members.

AUTHOR IS A PLATFORM UNTO HERSELF: She has over 100K Twitter followers and her videos on TED and YouTube have millions of views. She also hosts her own podcast, “Lady Don’t Take No,” and co-hosts another podcast, “Sunstorm,” with Ai-Jen Poo,

HER WORK HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS RECOGNITIONS: Including being named on The Root’s 2016 list of 100 African American achievers and influencers, the 2016 Glamour Women of the Year Award, the 2016 Marie Claire New Guard Award, and as a Community Change Agent at BET’s 2016 Black Girls Rock Awards.

Alicia Garza is an organizer, political strategist, and cheeseburger enthusiast. She is the Principal at the Black Futures Lab and the Black to the Future Action Fund, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and host of the Lady Don’t Take No podcast.

Author Residence: Oakland, California

Author Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Illustrator Residence: Oakland, CA

Illustrator Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

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“In a year when a long overdue reckoning with racism is once again in the spotlight, Garza’s call to action…is urgent and critically necessary.”Time 

The Purpose of Power is a must-read. Anyone interested in turning the page of our contemptible past toward a brighter future should put this book on their reading list.”—Congresswoman Barbara Lee

“‘Black lives matter’ was Alicia Garza’s love letter read around the world. The Purpose of Power is another love letter that should be read around the world. It speaks to all that molded Garza, all that molds organizers, all that molds movements.”—Ibram X. Kendi, author of #1 New York Times bestseller How to Be an Antiracist

“I can think of no greater guide to the difficult work of building movements than Alicia Garza and no greater tome of wisdom for this age than The Purpose of Power, a precious offering to a nation navigating unprecedented crises, for whom movements remain our only saving grace.”—Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and author of The Age of Dignity

“Damn. The Purpose of Power changes everything. I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked at this book’s audacity, because it’s written a young Black woman who literally changed everything. Very few books become national monuments. Even fewer help shape social movements. The Purpose of Power is that rare book that is a monumental movement. It is a liberatory offering. Damn.”—Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy

The Purpose of Power cements Garza as a generational leader whose unflinching yet generous wisdom will shape our approach to activism for years to come.”—Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us

The Purpose of Power is a necessary political history, an expansive theory of liberation, and a personal testament to the power of movement building. Garza helps guide us to greater understanding and faith in our prospects for revolutionary change.”—Mychal Denzel Smith, author of Stakes Is High

“The book reveals Garza as not only a superb strategist but a master storyteller. This layered book is for anyone that understands that surviving with dignity is a practice, but fighting for both dignity and survival is a skill.”—Malkia Devich Cyril, senior fellow and lead founder of Media Justice

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