The Gift of Social Justice Books

dec 15 2012

 Author Connie Rice signs a book for Margarita Ramirez.

 Byline: Susan LaTempa

 It’s been a great year for books by Los Angeles based authors writing about the social justice movement so it’s been a great year for Liberty Hill’s book-signing series that featured Connie Rice, Peter Dreier and Nancy Cohen reading from their just-published books.

If you missed these occasions, here’s a cheat sheet so you can check out the books– a memoir, a gallery of word-portraits, and a history that illuminates current events. One or all would be great for gift-giving, vacation-reading and/or New Year’s enlightenment.

dec 15 2012-2Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman’s Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones by Connie Rice.

In her legal work as co-founder and co-director of Advancement Project, Connie has launched civil rights lawsuits winning billions of dollars in policy change and benefits for L.A. so that low-income residents are not denied long-needed bus system improvements, school construction funding, police reform, and effective public safety programs. Her memoir is an inspiring story of in-the-trenches civil rights work that has transformed the city. This L.A. Times review cites the “shock and outrage” that simmer beneath her “advocacy and action” and gives a glimpse of some of the dramatic events that unfold in the book.

dec 15 2012-3100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame by Peter Dreier.

Peter Dreier is the Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and director of Occidental College’s Urban and Environmental Policy Department. Among his many civic and community roles, he has served on the advisory boards of United for a Fair Economy, Campaign for America’s Future, Boston Foundation, Liberty Hill
Foundation, and National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.  He has coauthored previous titles including The Next Los Angeles: The Struggle for a Livable City (University of California Press) and Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century (University Press of Kansas). This video of a live appearance and conversation between Peter and journalist Bill Moyers sheds some light on the author’s process in creating this witty collection of biographies that begins with Tom Johnson (b. 1854) and continues through Florence Kelley, Alice Stokes Paul, Albert Einstein, Bob Moses, Tony Kushner and 94 others.

dec 15 2012-4 Delirium: The Politics of Sex in America, by Nancy L. Cohen.

A professor and a public policy analyst as well as author, historian, journalist, civic leader, and political commentator, Nancy L. Cohen, has written Delirium, a book that has been widely cited as “prescient” during the election year heating up of the “war on women.” A leading commentator on women’s issues in American politics, Nancy’s previous titles include The Reconstruction of American Liberalism, and The 1990s: A Social History of the United States. Delirium, previously subtitled How the Sexual Counterrevolution Is Polarizing America is described in this Publishers Weekly review as a “critique of bipartisan extremism” and praised for the “quantitative evidence” that backs up the author’s assertion that “the sexual counterrevolution has overplayed its hand.”

Liberty Hill book-signings are among the engaging events and resources offered by our Donor Services Team to enhance your strategic philanthropy.

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