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101 Changemakers


Celebrating the Extraordinary History of Ordinary People, Haymarket Books Launches

101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History

A Nonfiction Book for 5th-8th grade students |  Launch event features Changemakers Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and Barbara Young of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; with editor Dao X. Tran | Moderated by contributing author Brian Jones

Saturday, November 3, 2012
3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Puck Building, 4th Floor, 295 Lafayette Street at Houston | On Facebook:

Cosponsored by the CUNY PhD Program in Urban Education, IndyKids, National Domestic Workers Alliance, New York Collective of Radical Educators, Teaching for Change  and Voices of a People’s History

IN THE GREAT tradition of Howard Zinn, 101 Changemakers offers a “people’s history” version of the individuals who have shaped our country, for middle school students. In the place of founding fathers, presidents, and titans of industry are profiles of those who courageously fought for social justice in the United States, providing young students with new ways of understanding how history is written—and made. As the editors write:

For too many young people, history is just plain boring. History can seem like it is all about random dates and facts about powerful kings and important presidents making long-winded speeches. History can appear to be about events that happened so far in the past that they seem to have no connection to our world today. It doesn’t have to be this way. History should be exciting. It should be thrilling. It tells us the greatest stories ever told, and those stories contain lessons from the past that can help us create a better future. But we can only do that if we know who really made our history—and what exactly they did.

Changemakers include Tecumseh, Harriet Tubman, Mark Twain, Mother Jones, Fred Korematsu, Cesar Chavez, Rachel Carson, Muhammad Ali, Gloria Steinem, Harvey Milk, and many more—including the following book launch speakers:

Bhairavi Desai, a native of India, has been organizing taxi drivers since 1996. She is the cofounder and executive director of the 15,000-member New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) since 1998. Through organizing, direct action, legal and health services, media presence, political advocacy and the cultivation of allies and supporters—NYTWA, a multiethnic, multigenerational union—builds power for one of the most vulnerable and visible immigrant workforces in the city of New York.

Barbara Young was a domestic worker for seventeen years, and is well acquainted with both the exploitation domestic workers face—and the potential of domestic workers to organize for lasting change. She is an active member of Domestic Workers United (DWU), one of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)’s founding affiliate organizations, and has provided consistent and inspiring leadership for the NDWA since its foundation.

Michele Bollinger lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches high school social studies.

Dao X. Tran is an editor based in the Bronx, New York. Dao is currently working on the Domestic Worker Oral History Project.

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Every year hundreds of activists and socialists gather at the Northeast Socialist Conference to debate and discuss the struggles before us. The world faces urgent problems and need a vision for a different future. With the free-market consensus in tatters and an open debate beginning about how best to organize our society, these discussions are more vital than ever. Plan now to join us the weekend of October 23-25!

Special Friday Plenary
A Woman Among Warlords: Eyewitness to Empire
Featuring Malalai Joya, a female Member of the Afghan Parliament and courageous voice against women’s oppression and US occupation. Also feature Saadia Toor and Ashley Smith.

Friday October 23
Columbia University – International Affairs Building – Altschul Auditorium (417) – entrance at 117th Street and Amsterdam

Malalai Joya rose to fame in December 2003 when, as an elected delegate to the Constitutional Loya Jirga, she spoke out publicly against the domination of warlords. Since then she has survived four assassination attempts, and travels in Afghanistan under a burqa and with armed guards. Her newly published book, A Woman Among Warlords, has been widely praised; Noam Chomsky has written that it “leaves us with hope that the tormented people of Afghanistan can take their fate into their own hands if they are released from the grip of foreign powers”.

There will be a book signing following the event.

Conference discussions will include reports and strategizing from today’s front-line battles. There will also be workshops on Marxism, the history of radical labor and socialist movements, alternatives to capitalism, US imperialism, and solidarity movements around the world.

With nearly 50 workshops to choose from, these are just some of the topics that will be featured:

*The New Movement for LGBT Equality
*The Revolt in Iran
*The Politics of Food
*Roots of the Economic Crisis
*Guantanamo at Home
*Gaza: Eyewitness to Destruction
*Poor People’s Movements
*The Fight for Single-Payer Healthcare
*The Future Socialist Society
*Social Unionism and the Future of the Labor Movement
*Hubert Harrison and Black Radicalism
*The Myth of a Post-Racial America
*Occupation Rebranded: US Imperialism in the Obama Era
*Reform and Revolution
*The Radical History of the American Working-Class
*What a Sustainable Society Could Look Like
*Racism, Sentencing and the Prison System
*The Assault on Abortion Rights
*Radical Pedagogy vs Charter Schools and Testing: The Fight for Public Education
*The Russian Revolution
*Sports and Politics
*Lenin: Myth and Reality
*Student Struggle and the Fight for Socialism
*The Communist Women’s Movement in the Comintern Era
*and dozens more!


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