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Suggestions for Further Community Reading

Organized groups must see themselves through the upside-down reading of history 

We place an emphasis on a reading of history and power that supports how the organized group sees themselves in the history of this struggle. The following list of publications is not comprehensive, and only serves as starting point to begin locating ourselves in the history of community organizing today.

"Development Without Displacement" by Causa Justa/ Just Cause and the Alameda County Public Health Department, 2015

"GES People's Survey: A Story of Displacement" by GES Coalition, 2017

"Communities Not Commodities" by Homes For All, 2018

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Our History is the Future by Nick Estes


I've Got the Light of Freedom by Charles M. Payne

Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement by Barbara Ransby

The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth by the Red Nation

As Black As Resistance by Zoe Samudzi and William C. Anderson

We Do This Till We Free Us by Mariame Kaba

"Organization Means Commitment" by Grace Lee Boggs

Sweetness and Power by Stanley Mintz

Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 by W.E.B. Du Bois

The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka

Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement by Monica M. White

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis and the Next by Dean Spade

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshimi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness by Da'Shaun L. Harrison

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings 

The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues by Angela Y. Davis

Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis and Opposition in Globalizing California by Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Carceral Capitalism by Jackie Wang

Fumbling Towards Repair: A Workbook for Community Accountability Facilitators by Mariame Kaba & Shira Hassan

Turning Towards Each Other: A Conflict Workbook by Jovida Ross & Weyam Ghadbian


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