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Jaki Shelton Green Blends Poetry and Protest on Timely 'The River Speaks of Thirst'

Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green's The River Speaks of Thirst is at once a political statement, cultural commentary, and an aesthetic milestone, a skillful commingling of galvanic activism and evocative poetry.

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Tlatelolco '68: The Democratic Struggle That Refuses to Die

The Mexican student struggle of 1968 reaches forward to democratic struggles today. Captured by Paco Ignacio Taibo II in two works, 1982's Calling All Heroes and this year's '68: The Mexican Autumn of the Tlatelolco Massacre, it's a powerful reminder of the resilience of democracy.

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Wallis Bird Unleashes an Album for Our Troubled Times with 'Woman'

Prolific singer-songwriter Wallis Bird tackles inequality and a world in crisis with her compelling, freewheeling new album, Woman.

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Climate Strike New York Activists in Photos

Inspired in part by young activist Greta Thunberg, thousands of people participated in the Climate Strike march in New York, with many other events around the world.

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A Troubled Sound Rings on in Danny Goldberg's 'In Search of the Lost Chord'

Danny Goldberg's In Search of The Lost Chord: 1967 and The Hippie Idea resonates with today's activist readers.

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Yes, Music Can and Should Elicit Worldwide Progress

Sound System is ceaselessly fascinating and incredibly well researched, with a narrative voice that’s simultaneously highly educated and humbly inviting.

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In 'The Blood is at the Doorstep', a Family Suffers From an Intransigent Criminal Justice System

Erik Ljung's work is an auspicious cinematic debut which reminds that for every criminal justice statistic, there's a stirring story which deserves to be deeply considered.

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Tamikrest: Kidal

Desert struggles make for purposeful rock and roll on Tamikrest's latest album of Saharan desert blues.

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Conscience of Congress John Lewis Hopes You'll 'Get in the Way' of Things

Lewis’s lifelong philosophy on civil disobedience is admirable and urgent. Interview with Get in the Way Director, Kathleen Dowdey.

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Andre Cymone: Black Man in America

Former Prince collaborator Andre Cymone delivers a deftly executed and sobering set of protest songs for the modern age with Black Man in America.

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Kayaktivists' Colorful and Effective Protests in 2015

The most elaborately staged spectacle of 2015 was performed by the “kayaktivists”, a group of environmentalists that successfully stopped oil giant Royal Dutch Shell from drilling in the Arctic.

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Anti-Flag: A Document of Dissent: 1993-2013

A comprehensive overview of 20 years of old-school punk protest and an alternate history of our nation’s turn from the 20th into 21st century.

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Tanya Tagaq: Animism

One of the most radically bewildering symbioses of voice and field recording I've ever heard.

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Everyone Lost: Protest Art and the Iraq War

While people were killing and dying, what did it matter whether there were decent songs being sung, insightful films being produced, appropriate art being inspired? When did poetry ever stop a war?

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'The Death of the Liberal Class': Things Are Worse Than You Think

Chris Hedges' book on the death of American liberalism should frighten not just the left but the right as well, since everyone will reap the whirlwind that this social shift could bring about.

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Beijing Coma by Ma Jian

This book should be essential reading to students in Iran and across the world who need a manual on student activism.

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