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Title:
Unapologetic : a Black, queer, and feminist mandate for radical movements / Charlene A. Carruthers.
ISBN:
9780807019412
Publication Information:
Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
xviii, 162 pages ; 23 cm
Contents:
All of us or none of us -- Reviving the Black radical imagination -- The case for reimagining the Black radical tradition -- Three commitments -- Five questions -- The Chicago model -- Conclusion : the mandate.
Abstract:
"Unapologetic is a 21st century guide to building a Black liberation movement through a Black queer feminist lens"-- Provided by publisher.

"This twenty-first century activists' guide to upending mainstream ideas about race, class, and gender carves out a path to collective liberation through the Black radical tradition. Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing -- including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and the LGBTQ rights and feminist movements -- Unapologetic calls on all of us engaged in the social justice struggle to make the movement more Black, more radical, more queer, and more feminist"-- Provided by publisher.

Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, Carruthers challenges all of us engaged in the social justice struggle to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist. She offers a flexible model of what deeply effective organizing can be, anchored in the Chicago model of activism, which features long-term commitment, cultural sensitivity, creative strategizing, and multiple cross-group alliances. -- adapted from jacket
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This 21st-century activist's guide to upending mainstream ideas about race, class, and gender carves out a path to collective liberation.

Drawing on Black intellectual and grassroots organizing traditions, including the Haitian Revolution, the US civil rights movement, and LGBTQ rights and feminist movements, Unapologetic challenges all of us engaged in the social justice struggle to make the movement for Black liberation more radical, more queer, and more feminist. This book provides a vision for how social justice movements can become sharper and more effective through principled struggle, healing justice, and leadership development. It also offers a flexible model of what deeply effective organizing can be, anchored in the Chicago model of activism, which features long-term commitment, cultural sensitivity, creative strategizing, and multiple cross-group alliances. And Unapologetic provides a clear framework for activists committed to building transformative power, encouraging young people to see themselves as visionaries and leaders.


Author Notes

One of America's most influential activists, Charlene A. Carruthers has spent over a decade developing leaders as an effective strategist, community organizer, and educator. She is a Black lesbian feminist and founding national director of the BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100), a leading organization of young activists in the movement for Black liberation. Her work has been featured in outlets including the Nation, NBC News , BBC News , Huffington Post , the New Yorker , Al Jazeera , Ebony, USA Today , and the Washington Post . Carruthers was born, raised, and still resides on the South Side of Chicago.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

This electrifying debut by Carruthers, founding director of Black Youth Project 100, is part testimony and part activist's toolbox with snippets of Carruthers's personal history sprinkled throughout. Carruthers makes an urgent case for organizing movements and reexamining history through a black queer feminist lens to better equip activists in a "principled struggle" to end racism, ableism, homophobia, patriarchy, and ingrained prejudice. She outlines strategies on how to prioritize issues, build strong leaders, and adopt healing justice to bring about radical change. She devotes an entire chapter to the Chicago model of activism, which dates to the antieviction protests of the 1930s when "communist-inspired organizing... is said to have mobilize[d] five thousand people in less than 30 minutes to stop an eviction." Carruthers, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago and remains active in the community, points to the more recent success of the "Reparations now!" campaign, which, in 2016 after decades of work, won $5.5 million in reparations for victims of racist police violence in Chicago. Incantatory without being incendiary, strong but not strident, Carruthers argues for "a world in which everyone is able to live with dignity and in right relationship with the land we inhabit." This handbook for the revolution is a rousing call for collective liberation. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Community organizer Carruthers (founder, Black Youth Project 100) makes an argument for why the movement for black liberation must be anticapitalist, antiliberal, and pro-Palestinian as well as antiracist and profeminist. As the subtitle suggests, the author places particular emphasis on the benefits to women and queer and trans people in the movement. The book is very carefully worded to be inclusive and inspirational, but this also means that the meanings are often vague. The words liberation, leadership, and healing convey different things to different people, and their connotations shift dependent on the situation. Because of the stress on the emotional aspects of community leadership, the book does not offer much practical advice about building, structuring, or running community organizations. Carruthers also mentions that because community leaders are held to high standards among their constituents, the dilemmas that their organizations face may be difficult to solve because of competing interests. VERDICT An emotional examination of the goals of behind the black liberation movement.-Jessica Spears, Brooklyn P.L. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Chapter 1 All of Us or None of Usp. 1
Chapter 2 Reviving the Black Radical Imaginationp. 19
Chapter 3 The Case for Reimagining the Black Radical Traditionp. 43
Chapter 4 Three Commitmentsp. 63
Chapter 5 Five Questionsp. 87
Chapter 6 The Chicago Modelp. 111
Conclusion The Mandatep. 135
Acknowledgmentsp. 141
Notesp. 145
Indexp. 149