Disability  Mothers  and Organization Book

Disability Mothers and Organization


  • Author : Melanie Panitch
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2012-08-06
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135903787

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This book examines how and why mothers with disabled children became activists. Leading campaigns to close institutions and secure human rights, these women learned to mother as activists, struggling in their homes and communities against the debilitating and demoralizing effects of exclusion. Activist mothers recognized the importance of becoming advocates for change beyond their own families and contributed to building an organization to place their issues on a more public scale. In highlighting this under-examined movement, this book contributes to the scholarship on Disability Studies, Women's Students, Sociology, and Social Movement Studies.

Accidental Activists Book

Accidental Activists


  • Author : Celeste L. Arrington
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-03-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501703362

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Government wrongdoing or negligence harms people worldwide, but not all victims are equally effective at obtaining redress. In Accidental Activists, Celeste L. Arrington examines the interactive dynamics of the politics of redress to understand why not. Relatively powerless groups like redress claimants depend on support from political elites, active groups in society, the media, experts, lawyers, and the interested public to capture democratic policymakers’ attention and sway their decisions. Focusing on when and how such third-party support matters, Arrington finds that elite allies may raise awareness about the victims’ cause or sponsor special legislation, but their activities also tend to deter the mobilization of fellow claimants and public sympathy. By contrast, claimants who gain elite allies only after the difficult and potentially risky process of mobilizing societal support tend to achieve more redress, which can include official inquiries, apologies, compensation, and structural reforms. Arrington draws on her extensive fieldwork to illustrate these dynamics through comparisons of the parallel Japanese and South Korean movements of victims of harsh leprosy control policies, blood products tainted by hepatitis C, and North Korean abductions. Her book thereby highlights how citizens in Northeast Asia—a region grappling with how to address Japan’s past wrongs—are leveraging similar processes to hold their own governments accountable for more recent harms. Accidental Activists also reveals the growing power of litigation to promote policy change and greater accountability from decision makers.

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Accidental Activists


  • Author : David Collins
  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2017-08-15
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9781574417036

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In early 2013 same-sex marriage was legal in only ten states and the District of Columbia. That year the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor appeared to open the door to marriage equality. In Texas, Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, together for sixteen years and deeply in love, wondered why no one had stepped across the threshold to challenge their state’s 2005 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. They agreed to join a lawsuit being put together by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLD. Two years later—after tense battles in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas and in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, after sitting through oral arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges—they won the right to marry deep in the heart of Texas. But the road they traveled was never easy. Accidental Activists is the deeply moving story of two men who struggled to achieve the dignity of which Justice Anthony Kennedy spoke in a series of Supreme Court decisions that recognized the “personhood,” the essential humanity of gays and lesbians. Author David Collins tells Mark and Vic’s story in the context of legal and social history and explains the complex legal issues and developments surrounding same-sex marriage in layman’s terms.

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Accidental Activists


  • Author : David Collins
  • Publisher : University of North Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
  • Pages : 394
  • ISBN 10 : 1574416928

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"Book is a profile of a gay couple who challenged Texas laws against gay marriage. Their case went to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals before being superseded by the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes live in Plano, Texas. Book contains details on civil rights cases relating to gay rights"--

Well  That Escalated Quickly Book

Well That Escalated Quickly


  • Author : Franchesca Ramsey
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-05-07
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 153876105X

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In this sharp, funny, and timely collection of personal essays, veteran video blogger and star of MTV's Decoded Franchesca Ramsey explores race, identity, online activism, and the downfall of real communication in the age of social media rants, trolls, and call-out wars. Franchesca Ramsey didn't set out to be an activist. Or a comedian. Or a commentator on identity, race, and culture, really. But then her YouTube video "What White Girls Say . . . to Black Girls" went viral. Twelve million views viral. Faced with an avalanche of media requests, fan letters, and hate mail, she had two choices: Jump in and make her voice heard or step back and let others frame the conversation. After a crash course in social justice and more than a few foot-in-mouth moments, she realized she had a unique talent and passion for breaking down injustice in America in ways that could make people listen and engage. In her first book, Ramsey uses her own experiences as an accidental activist to explore the many ways we communicate with each other--from the highs of bridging gaps and making connections to the many pitfalls that accompany talking about race, power, sexuality, and gender in an unpredictable public space...the internet. WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY includes Ramsey's advice on dealing with internet trolls and low-key racists, confessions about being a former online hater herself, and her personal hits and misses in activist debates with everyone from bigoted Facebook friends and misguided relatives to mainstream celebrities and YouTube influencers. With sharp humor and her trademark candor, Ramsey shows readers we can have tough conversations that move the dialogue forward, rather than backward, if we just approach them in the right way.

How to Become an Accidental Activist Book

How to Become an Accidental Activist


  • Author : Elizabeth MacLeod
  • Publisher : Orca Book Publishers
  • Release Date : 2021-04-13
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781459826137

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Just Get Started! Be Unstoppable! Dream Big! How to Become an Accidental Activist profiles almost 100 activists from around the world, including change-makers like Greta Thunberg, Pete Seeger and Lilly Singh. This book shows us how ordinary people have persevered throughout history to do extraordinary things to help themselves and others. These activists come from many different backgrounds and a drives to take action. They work for human rights, to help the environment, to preserve historic buildings and more. This book will inspire young readers by giving them tips on getting started, continuing when the going gets tough and encouraging others to get involved. They will learn how to use determination, channel their passions and dream big to change the world.

The Accidental Activist Book

The Accidental Activist


  • Author : Matt Ball
  • Publisher : Lantern Books
  • Release Date : 2014-06-10
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN 10 : 9781590564554

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Not every activist starts out with the goal of changing the world. Some have their life shaped by chance, quirks of timing, and strange coincidences. And an unwillingness—or simple inability—to fully ignore the horrors perpetrated on animals today. Since Matt Ball learned of factory farms well over a quarter century ago, his journey has been anything but linear. Instead, his evolution has been fraught with denial, regression, conflicts, and failures. Matt’s evolution shows that not every activist is a confident extrovert with all the answers. His struggles—often publicly played out in written form, in newsletters, mailings, blogs—have influenced, directly and indirectly, countless individuals. Even though accidental and reluctant, the hard-learned but ultimately pragmatic lessons Matt shares in this book are changing the world. Having learned from years of mistakes, his insights can help others be effective and, hopefully, happier as well. As Peter Singer notes, “A new future is in sight, one that Matt, Vegan Outreach, and other advocates are hard at work creating.” This book can help each of us be a part of bringing about this new future.

The Accidental Activist Book

The Accidental Activist


  • Author : Candace Gingrich
  • Publisher : Scribner Book Company
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105018378161

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The half-sister of Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich describes the often painful process of revealing her lesbianism and discusses her conflicting feelings about her brother and his conservative politics

Accidental Activist Book

Accidental Activist


  • Author : Barbara Venkataraman
  • Publisher : Next Chapter
  • Release Date : 2022-02-07
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 116
  • ISBN 10 : PKEY:6610000343300

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Discover the incredible four-year quest for justice for The Groveland Four, and learn how to pursue your own causes, whatever they may be. Accidental Activist is a primer for positive action, and a journey through Florida's past as well as its future. Some of the things you will learn by reading this book: Everything takes more time than you think Nothing ever goes according to plan Help can come from unexpected places Time is on your side Everyone is connected You can reach your tipping point for success and not even realize it Your goals can change along the way Flexibility is key Let's get started, shall we?

Growing Up Elizabeth May Book

Growing Up Elizabeth May


  • Author : Sylvia Olsen
  • Publisher : Orca Book Publishers
  • Release Date : 2021-05-11
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9781459823723

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Elizabeth May was born to be an activist. As a young girl, Elizabeth was worried about the health of the planet and believed it was her job to protect it. While other children were playing, she was raising money for important causes, researching the latest science and organizing protests. Before most people had heard about environmentalism, she was an environmentalist, living by her principle of “I have to do something.” Written with Elizabeth’s daughter Cate, this book reveals how Elizabeth’s activism led her to politics, first as leader of the Green Party of Canada and later as a Member of Parliament. Filled with environmental facts, profiles of young activists and tips for making change in your own community, this book is part biography and part blueprint for activists in the making.

Unrequited Love Book

Unrequited Love


  • Author : Dennis Altman
  • Publisher : Biography
  • Release Date : 2019-07-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 192583512X

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Dennis Altman first travelled from Australia to the United States when Lyndon Johnson was President, beginning a long obsession with the US. In the early 1970s he was involved in New York Gay Liberation; his 1971 study Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation, is widely regarded as a classic work in its field. In the 1980s Altman lived in San Francisco during the onset of the AIDS epidemic. Later he sat on the Australian National Council on AIDS and international organisations including, as president, the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific. The election of Donald Trump took place while Altman was back in California on one of his frequent visits. In this diarised memoir, moving between Australia, the United States, Europe and parts of Asia, Gore Vidal, James Baldwin, Susan Sontag, Christopher Isherwood and many others people a story of a half century of activism, intellectualism, friendship and conflict.

Together by Accident Book

Together by Accident


  • Author : Stephanie C. Palmer
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2008-12-16
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN 10 : 9780739132128

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This fascinating account of the regional travel accident motif within American local color literature offers a reassessment of the cultural work done by authors writing during the Gilded Age. Stephanie C. Palmer shows how events like broken carriage wheels and missed trains were used by local color authors to bring together bourgeois and lower-class characters, thus giving readers the opportunity to see modernity coming into contact with both rural and urban life. Using the works of Sarah Orne Jewett, Bret Harte, William Dean Howells, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, and others, Palmer traces the use of the regional travel accident motif and how local color writers employed it to give critiques on class, society, and modern life. Exploring the themes of regional identity, modernity, and interpersonal relationships, Together by Accident offers an intriguing evaluation of the innovations and inconveniences associated with life during the industrializing Gilded Age in America.

Hiding Politics in Plain Sight Book

Hiding Politics in Plain Sight


  • Author : Patricia Strach
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-09-20
  • Genre: Breast
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190606855

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As late as the 1980s, breast cancer was a stigmatized disease, so much so that local reporters avoided using the word "breast" in their stories and early breast cancer organizations steered clear of it in their names. But activists with business backgrounds began to partner with corporations for sponsored runs and cause-marketing products, from which a portion of the proceeds would benefit breast cancer research. Branding breast cancer as "pink"--hopeful, positive, uncontroversial--on the products Americans see every day, these activists and corporations generated a pervasive understanding of breast cancer that is widely shared by the public and embraced by policymakers. Clearly, they have been successful: today, more Americans know that the pink ribbon is the symbol of breast cancer than know the name of the vice president. Hiding Politics in Plain Sight examines the costs of employing market mechanisms--especially cause marketing--as a strategy for change. Patricia Strach suggests that market mechanisms do more than raise awareness of issues or money to support charities: they also affect politics. She shows that market mechanisms, like corporate-sponsored walks or cause-marketing, shift issue definition away from the contentious processes in the political sphere to the market, where advertising campaigns portray complex issues along a single dimension with a simple solution: breast cancer research will find a cure and Americans can participate easily by purchasing specially-marked products. This market competition privileges even more specialized actors with connections to business. As well, cooperative market activism fundamentally alters the public sphere by importing processes, values, and biases of market-based action into politics. Market activism does not just bring social concerns into market transactions, it also brings market biases into public policymaking, which is inherently undemocratic. As a result, industry and key activists work cooperatively rath

Chinese Feminism Faces Globalization Book

Chinese Feminism Faces Globalization


  • Author : Sharon Wesoky
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-09-05
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136711558

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Examining Chinese domestic as well as international circumstances surrounding the emergence of an independent women's movement in Beijing in the 1990s, this book seeks to explain how such a movement could have arisen after the repression of student activists in Tiananmen Square in 1989. It also places this emergence in the context of theories of social movements, civil society and globalization.

Accidental Feminism Book

Accidental Feminism


  • Author : Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-01-12
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691182537

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Exploring the unintentional production of seemingly feminist outcomes In India, elite law firms offer a surprising oasis for women within a hostile, predominantly male industry. Less than 10 percent of the country’s lawyers are female, but women in the most prestigious firms are significantly represented both at entry and partnership. Elite workspaces are notorious for being unfriendly to new actors, so what allows for aberration in certain workspaces? Drawing from observations and interviews with more than 130 elite professionals, Accidental Feminism examines how a range of underlying mechanisms—gendered socialization and essentialism, family structures and dynamics, and firm and regulatory histories—afford certain professionals egalitarian outcomes that are not available to their local and global peers. Juxtaposing findings on the legal profession with those on elite consulting firms, Swethaa Ballakrishnen reveals that parity arises not from a commitment to create feminist organizations, but from structural factors that incidentally come together to do gender differently. Simultaneously, their research offers notes of caution: while conditional convergence may create equality in ways that more targeted endeavors fail to achieve, “accidental” developments are hard to replicate, and are, in this case, buttressed by embedded inequalities. Ballakrishnen examines whether gender parity produced without institutional sanction should still be considered feminist. In offering new ways to think about equality movements and outcomes, Accidental Feminism forces readers to critically consider the work of intention in progress narratives.