Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists

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Martin (Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters) attempts to galvanize a new generation of activists, exhorting them to abandon puffy "save the world" rhetoric in favor of action. A passionate champion for social justice work of all stripes, she profiles eight activists who have managed to "soothe the critics and pessimists in their own heads and act," among them Rachel Corrie, the young American crushed to death under an Israeli bulldozer while protesting the demolition of Palestinian homes. While Martin's intentions are good and the individuals she writes about are compelling and complex, there's a lingering naïveté and puzzling ahistoricism. She writes about the need for a new generation of activists without addressing what battles have been fought and how. Without an attention to the past, she cannot speak to the efficacy of certain tactics above others or how to tailor social justice work to be of maximum benefit to specific campaigns and communities. Nonetheless, Martin is successful in cheering on would-be activists to struggle and fail and struggle again. And while the book may raise more questions than it answers, it initiates a vital conversation at a time when the world and its challenges seem more intractable than ever. (Sept.)
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“Courtney Martin’s portraits of eight young activists reveal people who are flawed, scared, and human—which makes them all the more inspiring. An elegant, effortless read that confirms what we already know: young people continue to change the world.”
—Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, authors of Manifesta and Grassroots

Do It Anyway asks the most difficult question possible: how can I make my life meaningful? The answers are varied, transformational, and necessary for us all.”
—Jane Fonda

“Courtney Martin is one of our most insightful culture critics and one of our finest young writers. She’s written a lively, compelling, and very important book for people of every generation who want to be fully alive in and to the world. Take in what she says and you may find yourself turning to that impossible cause you care about and ‘doing it anyway.’” 
—Parker J. Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak

“Unlike a lot of authors, Courtney Martin isn’t trying to sell you activism and why you should (yawn) get involved. Instead, she goes deep into the stories and lived experience of eight individuals. Do It Anyway is a treasure and deeply affecting.” 
—Billy Wimsatt, author of Bomb the Suburbs and Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs

“Put this on your must read list! Courtney Martin, of Feministing and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters fame, has just launched a new book. Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists profiles the work of eight activists, doing what they can to make this world a better place.”
- The Real Deal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807000472
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 769,945
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 

“I Am Hungry for One Good Thing I Can Do” 
Rachel Corrie, peace activist, Olympia, Washington

An Altar Boy with a Gun 
Raul Diaz, prison reentry social worker, Los Angeles

Recovery Mission 
Maricela Guzman, veterans’ activist, Los Angeles

The Boxer 
Emily Abt, filmmaker, New York City

It Ain’t Easy Being Green 
Nia Martin-Robinson, environmental justice advocate,
Washington, D.C., via Detroit

Class Action 
Tyrone Boucher, radical philanthropist, Philadelphia

Power Becomes Her 
Rosario Dawson, actor and activist, Los Angeles
via New York City

Born to Teach 
Dena Simmons, eighth grade teacher, Bronx, New York

Conclusion 

Good Failure

Acknowledgments 

Further Resources 

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