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Grassroots- With Jennifer Baumgardner & Amy Richards

Thursday, April 14, 2005
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Sarah Cohen
Location Details:
Change Makers Books, Gifts & Events for Women 6536 Telegraph @ 66th. 2 blocks north of alcatraz. 4 blocks south of Ashby.

GRASSROOTS: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism -
- author event with
Jennifer Baumgardner & Amy Richards
Other Guest Speakers include Lisa Jervis of Bitch!

With the publication of "Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future", Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards proved they knew how to reach socially conscious Generation X and Y readers. The authors took their message about Third Wave feminism on an extensive and ongoing speaking tour, founding their own progressive speakers' bureau, Soapbox, Inc. The natural next step, therefore, was to share with readers what they've learned-how all of us can make enormous contributions to the issues important to us.

"GRASSROOTS: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism" is a handbook for social justice. Aimed at everyone from students to professionals, stay-at-home moms to artists, the book offers answers to the question Jennifer and Amy are most often asked: What can I do?

Whether you are concerned about the war in Iraq, terrorism, the environment, human rights violations, campus sexual assault policies, sweatshop labor, or gay marriage, Baumgardner and Richards believe that we all have something to offer in the fight against injustice.Grassroots says that any of us can be an activist and, moreover, that many of us already are. We just don't call what we've done activism. In the book, we chronicle dozens of regular people who have started abortion funds, printed anti-violence statistics on bread bags to distribute in bakeries, and tricked out their entire home in sustainable materials.

About the authors: Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards are regularly in demand to comment on social justice issues around the U.S. and abroad, appearing everywhere from NPR to Oprah to the U.N. Their continual presence on campuses across the country has been one of the reasons their previous book, "Manifesta" (2000), has sold so steadily and strongly. Winona Laduke, who has written the introduction, is an environmentalist, Native American rights activist, and 2000 vice-presidential candidate on Ralph Nader's ticket. She is a leading and respected voice in progressive politics.

"[L]ike punk rock, feminism is also based on the idea that you, an average schmo, have the power to take matters into your own hands.


Date: Thu, Apr 14, 2005
Title: Grassroots: A Field Guide to Feminist Activism
Readers: Jennifer Baumgardner & Amy Richards
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free!
RSVP: 510-655-2405
Added to the calendar on Mon, Apr 4, 2005 3:39PM
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