Good Trouble: A Shoeleather History of Nonviolent Direct Action by Steve (Paperback)

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A New Book That Demonstrates How Ordinary American Communities Challenge the "One Percent" and Win

Good Trouble: A Shoeleather History of Nonviolent Direct Action is a riveting chronicle of stories that prove time and again the actions of thoughtful, committed people can change their country and the world. It is a brisk, inspiring primer for veteran activists and newcomers alike.

Civil Rights struggles. "Fight for $15" strikes. Tenant occupations. LGBT campaigns. Each of the 40-plus examples in Good Trouble focuses on the power of organizing and mobilizing, relevant in any context, and serves as an "emergency tool kit" for nonviolent direct action.

"Good Trouble comes to us at a time when faith in our democracy is fading," writes Rev. Damaris Whittaker, senior minister of Fort Washington Collegiate Church, New York. "Change is the result of action, but those without hope do not act. Good Trouble is a tale of overcoming despair to beat the system," says Jackie Allen-Doucot, lifelong member of the Catholic Worker Movement.

The book takes its title from a quote by John Lewis, member of congress and legendary civil rights hero, who led a 2016 sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House Of Representatives: "Dr. King and Rosa Parks inspired me to get into trouble. Good Trouble."

Good Trouble author Steve Thornton is a retired union organizer who has spent forty-five years on the front lines of student, labor, community, environmental, and anti-racist struggles. This is his third book, the first with Hard Ball Press, publisher of a wide range of working class writings.



Product Details
ISBN: 9781732808874
ISBN-10: 1732808872
Publisher: Hard Ball Press
Publication Date: March 18th, 2019
Pages: 110
Language: English