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Activists speak out : reflections on the pursuit of change in America
Cieri, Marie.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Palgrave, 2000.
Physical Description:
viii, 279 pages ; 21 cm
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Includes index.

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In Activists Speak Out, a group of fifteen American activists speak candidly about how and why they struggle for change. Their causes and strategies vary - in the areas of civil rights, gay and lesbian rights, the environment, women's issues, health, youth, education, labor, freedom of expression and the arts. But the lessons learned resonate across geographic and ideological boundaries. Whether working as grass-roots organizers or corporate insiders, in cities or in rural areas, the through-line of their observations is constant: Change is slow, and may take shape in unexpected ways. Small victories count. And, whatever the initial motivation to become engaged in the struggle for change - anger, compassion, frustration - the very process of engagement is itself transformative. You cross that line, and nothing is ever the same.

Author Notes

Marie Cieri is former Director of The Arts Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and currently a Doctoral Candidate in Geography at Rutgers University.

Claire Peeps is Director of the Durfee Foundation, a Los Angeles based organization that supports projects in community development and the arts.

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Library Journal Review

Why do people become activists? What drives them after years of struggle? Cieri and Peeps interviewed the creator of the AIDS quilt, the leader of Sweet Honey in the Rock, one of the first editors of Our Bodies, Ourselves, the host of the syndicated radio show Street Soldiers, and other less famous activists to find the answers to those questions and more. Since the editors are actively involved in arts administration and the support of artists, many of the interviewees are engaged in the arts and discuss how the conservative movement is affecting them as artists and their relations with their colleagues. Though the stories make for fascinating reading, many of these interviews were conducted in 1996, so some of these people may be facing different issues now. Nevertheless, that flaw, this work would be an excellent addition to most libraries with arts administration, urban studies, and American studies collections.DDanna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Marie CieriClaire Peeps
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: You Cross That Linep. 1
1. Barbara Trent, documentary film/U.S. foreign policyp. 15
2. Bernice Johnson Reagon, music/civil rightsp. 35
3. Norma Swenson, women's healthp. 53
4. Joseph Marshall, youth at riskp. 75
5. Esther Kaplan, AIDS/abortion rights/civil rightsp. 87
6. Gail Snowden, banking/underserved populationsp. 103
7. Lynne Sowder, corporate art collectingp. 119
8. Lily Yeh, art/urban revitalizationp. 131
9. Mel Chin, art/environment/mass mediap. 147
10. Carl Anthony, environment/social justicep. 163
11. Mary Ellen Beaver, migrant laborp. 173
12. Joan Robinett, industrial pollutionp. 191
13. Amalia Mesa-Bains, art/Chicano movementp. 209
14. Skipp Porteous, freedom of expressionp. 229
15. Cleve Jones, AIDSp. 251
Conclusion: Getting in History's Wayp. 269
Appendixp. 273
Indexp. 275