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Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activistby Marisa. Handler
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Combining captivating personal memoir and astute political reportage, Marisa Handler offers a fascinating inside look at the burgeoning global justice movement through her own compelling coming-of-age story.
Born in apartheid South Africa, Handler emigrated to Southern California at the age of twelve. Her gradual realization that injustice existed even in this more open, democratic society spurred a lifelong commitment to activism that would take her around the world and back again.
Handler shares intimate details of her life as a global justice activist to offer a revealing perspective on what drives the movement. Tracing her own evolution as an activist, her story crisscrosses the globe, examining current sociopolitical issues from apartheid and racism to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, corporate globalization, and the wars of the Bush administration. Along the way, Handler paints compelling portraits of the people she's encountered, shares gritty details of the sometimes-harrowing events that have changed and shaped her, and describes how she came to advocate a spiritually based, nonviolent activism as the best means for building the kind of world we wish to see.
"Marisa Handler takes a brutally honest look at herself, the activist community, and the world. She writes with wit and beauty, preaches with passion and love. Loyal to the Sky is an affirmation that mortal humans, with all our foibles, can be powerful agents for change." Medea Benjamin, Cofounder, Global Exchange and CODEPINK
"Handler captures in this book the most hopeful energies of her generation and will excite anyone who hopes for a post-Bush world of peace and justice. Insightful and charming, spiritually rich and emotionally honest, Handler's writing shows that tikkun olam, the healing of the world, is not some outdated fantasy but an ever-present possibility." Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor, Tikkun, and author of The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right
"[A] window deep into the world where our only sustainable future is being created. It's a passionate, vital, and beautifully written story. My highest recommendation." Michael Nagler, author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future and founder, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley
"With sumptuous, eye-opening prose, Handler takes us on a brave globe-trotting journey into the human heart of activist politics. It's a gripping ride — joyous, poignant, honest, and smart. This is a hopeful, wise book." Christopher D. Cook, author of Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis
Book News Annotation:
Handler (who has worked with Direct Action to Stop the War, U. for Peace and Justice, and the Tikkun Community) presents a memoir of her reporting on and participating in racial and social justice movements. The narrative takes her from her childhood in South Africa defending her parents' vote for the only legal anti-apartheid political party to her participation in protests against the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly the School of Americas) at Fort Benning, Georgia. Along the way she travels to Israel/Palestine, Nepal, India, Ecuador, and Peru. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Activist and journalist Marisa Handler takes us on a fascinating journey — from her childhood home in apartheid South Africa to Israel, India, Nepal, Ecuador, Peru, and all over the United States — to offer a rare and revealing glimpse inside the global justice movement. She examines the movement's strengths and contradictions, demystifies its confrontational tactics, and explains why it has become such a powerful force for change. Through her gripping coming-of-age story — complete with vivid details of the many characters and events that have influenced her — she shows how, in a globalized society, we each have within us the power to change the world.
About the Author
Marisa Handler has written for Salon.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, AlterNet, and Tikkun, Orion, and Bitch magazines. She has worked as an activist with numerous organizations, including Direct Action to Stop the War, United for Peace and Justice, and the Tikkun Community. To find out more, visit www.MarisaHandler.com.
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