Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use It for Social Change! (Paperback)
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The fight for economic justice can draw stark battle lines, with the fight portrayed simplistically as Us versus Them, with the rich in the role of "Them." So where does that leave young people with wealth who believe in social change? Afraid of being branded the enemy, yet deeply committed to social justice, they're left in a confusing no-man's land. This conflict can lead most young people with wealth to keep their privilege hidden, making it impossible for them to bring their resources, access, and connections to the struggle for social change. Coauthored by Karen Pittelman, who dissolved her $3 million trust fund to cofound a foundation for low-income women activists, Classified is a resource guide for people with class privilege who are tired of cover-ups and ready to figure out how their privilege really works. Complete with comics, exercises, and personal stories, this book gives readers the tools they need to put their privilege to work for social change.
About the Author
Karen Pittelman is the author of Resource Generation's Classified: How to Stop Hiding Your Privilege and Use It For Social Change from Soft Skull Press and served as RG's first program coordinator. At 25 she dissolved her $3 million trust fund to co-found the Chahara Foundation, a fund run by and for low-income women activists in Boston. She lives in New York City.
Resource Generation is a national non-profit organization that works with young people with financial wealth who believe in social change. Since 1996, the organization has offered a variety of programs educating young funders about social change philanthropy. RG is located in New York City and led by a cross-class board and staff.