Racism and discrimination have choked economic opportunity for African Americans at nearly every turn. At several historic moments, the trajectory of racial inequality could have been altered dramatically. Perhaps no moment was more opportune than the early days of Reconstruction, when the U.S. government temporarily implemented a major redistribution of land from former slaveholders to the newly emancipated enslaved. But neither Reconstruction nor the New Deal nor the civil rights struggle led to an economically just and fair nation.
Today, systematic inequality persists in the form of housing discrimination, unequal education, police brutality, mass incarceration, employment discrimination, and massive wealth and opportunity gaps. Economic data indicates that for every dollar the average white household holds in wealth the average black household possesses a mere ten cents.
Going from the margins of society as an immigrant child in the United States to becoming a First-Generation physician in his family’s history, William Mundo describes his path to medicine while at the same time overcoming the adversity of being a minority student in medicine and higher education. In Margins to Medicine: A First-Generation Student’s Health Equity Guide on Overcoming Adversity with Diversity, Mundo delivers a health equity guide that discusses the intersections of medicine with ethnic and racial studies alongside public health and the social determinants of health.
Something happened and motivated these quiet activists to make an impact on their family, organization, or community. They chose to speak up about issues they care about. Some are following a tradition of generational activism. Others became involved for the first time and suddenly realized they were engaged in activism. IMPACT: PERSONAL PORTRAITS OF ACTIVISM gathers personal essays, poems, short stories and drama from around the world to show how actions big and small can lead to some form of justice.
It’s Me is dedicated to every person who has ever felt less about who they are or want to be because of someone else’s opinion, feelings, or prejudice. Let's ditch the prejudiced labeling, and embrace our Human Race for the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and individuality we all deserve.
Explores the perils and promise of feminist social media activism
Social media has become the front-and-center arena for feminist activism. Responding to and enacting the political potential of pain inflicted in acts of sexual harassment, violence, and abuse, Asian American and Asian Canadian feminist icons such as rupi kaur, Margaret Cho, and Mia Matsumiya have turned to social media to share their stories with the world. But how does such activism reconcile with the platforms on which it is being cultivated, when its radical messaging is at total odds with the neoliberal logic governing social media?
Pain Generation troubles this phenomenon by articulating a “neoliberal self(ie) gaze” through which these feminist activistssee and storify the self on social media as “good” neoliberal subjects who are appealing, inspiring, and entertaining. This book offers a fresh perspective on feminist activism by demonstrating how the problematic neoliberal logic governing digital spaces like Instagram and Twitter limits the possibilities of how one might use social media for feminist activism.
In 2015, social justice educator and activist Angela Berkfield held her first Parenting for Social Justice workshop. Now it is time to share those tools and inspiration. This book discusses race, class, gender, disability, healing justice, and collective liberation, initiating age-appropriate and engaging conversations with kids about social justice issues. Included are ideas for taking action as families, from making protest signs and attending a local march, to trying healing meditations and consciously connecting with people from different backgrounds. Resources for further learning and activities that readers can engage in on their own or as part of a group.
The Mindset of a Refugee: Understanding the human potential for current and former refugees to change our planet is part autobiography, part call to action. In the book, author Joseph Minani recalls his childhood through the fictional character Karenzo—a young boy living with his family in a Tanzanian refugee camp. Through Minani’s words, you’ll learn of other true stories that prove refugees can offer value to the countries that take them in while advocating for change and help with the international crisis.
In this book, you'll learn about the power of a mindset forged by adversity through:
Karenzo’s experiences in a refugee camp and his journey to the United States
Stories of refugees who persevered and reached happiness and success
Interviews with professionals working on the front lines to help refugees
Minani looks to break the stereotypes and stigmas portrayed through the media and prove that refugees deserve fair treatment. You’ll understand the need for refugees to be directly involved in finding solutions for the problems faced in camps and during the resettlement process. You will be inspired to believe that everyone deserves a right to life, equality, freedom, and a future with endless possibilities.