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An Abolitionist's Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World by Patrisse Cullors - Book Review

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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 25th, 2022

Insightful and honest step-by-step advice about self-reflection, honest conversation, and accountability that needs to be visited over and over again when building communities that are working toward the goal of equity and justice. Meant to be used as a guide and even a bit of a journal, to aid in the battle for a better future. ~ Reviewed by Misty Henrichsen


Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil - Book Review

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Published: Crown - September 5th, 2017

O'Neil lays bare Big Data's deep dive into our daily doings. Its mysterious algorithms analyze personal data to anticipate everything from our shopping preferences, credit worthiness, and even risk of criminal behavior. The call for more transparency is often rebuffed while the human touch falters beneath the power of numbers. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy by Jamie Raskin - Book Review

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Published: Harper - January 4th, 2022

Raskin fuses his grief for his son's suicide and outrage at the insurrection at the Capitol into a remarkable memoir of preserverance and hope. His commitment to replace darkness with light, and his enduring belief in human fellowship are traits worthy of emulation. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Against the Web: A Cosmopolitan Answer to the New Right by Michael Brooks - Book Review

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Published: Zero Books - April 24th, 2020

A short and tidy takedown of various ghouls and grifters on the far right. Also a manifesto of sorts of how the left should proceed, but it was written in 2019 so it's a little out of date, and slightly heartbreaking, since Brooks passed away suddenly around the same time as covid hit and Bernie lost his presidential campaign. Nevertheless, an inspiring work from a beautiful guy who was taken away far too soon. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


The Steal: The Attempt to Overturn the 2020 Election and the People Who Stopped It by Mark Bowden - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802159953
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - January 4th, 2022

The rank activities following the 2020 presidential election are laid bare in this informed account. The authors focus largely on local actors in often small communities whose actions either pushed the nation toward a constitutional abyss, or brought it away from the precipice. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


An Abolitionist's Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World by Patrisse Cullors - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250272973
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 25th, 2022

Both veterans and those new to the cause of abolition will find helpful, accessible information here on how we can imagine and create a better, more just and peaceful world. Read this book to know better; read this book to do better. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


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