What are you reading?

We know that reading is fundamental, especially to learning more about our history, culture, and context in organizing work.

Here’s a list of resources that is by no means a complete list, but an on-going list of books that the team has found helpful and engaging. Be sure to comment what you’re reading too!

Progressive Organizing/Activism

  • Jackson, Sarah, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles. #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice. Cambridge:  The MIT Press, 2020.
  • Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta.  From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.  Chicago:  Haymarket Books, 2016.
  • Winter, Meaghan. All Politics is Local: Why Progressives Must Fight for the States. New York: Bold Type Books, 2019.

History/Historical Perspectives

  • Alexander, Amy.  Fifty Black Women Who Changed America.  New York: Kensington Publishing Corp, 1999.
  • Desmond, Matthew and Mustafa Emirbayer. Racial Domination, Racial Progress:  The Sociology of Race in America.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010.
  • Edds, Margaret. We Face the Dawn.  Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018.
  • Glaude, Eddie. Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own.  New York: Crown, 2020.
  • Haley, Alex and Malcolm X. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Ballantine Books, 1999.
  • Ligon, Charlene Butts. Fearless. Bellevue: Smallwood Charlotte Press, 2018.
  • Rothstein, Richard.  The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.  New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2017.


  • Cross, Tiffany. Say it Louder: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving our Democracy. New York: HarperCollins, 2020.
  • Lewis, John, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. March (Book One). San Diego: IDW Publishing, 2013.
  • MacLean, Nancy. Democracy in Chains.  New York: Penguin Books, 2017.


  • Davis, Angela Y.  Women, Race, & Class. London: Women’s Press, 1982.
  • Garza, Alicia.  The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.  New York: One World, 2020.
  • Taylor, Keeanga-Yamahtta.  How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective.  Minneapolis: Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, 2017.

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