The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century

June 1, 2011

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Grace Lee Boggs

Listen in to this special conversation with Grace Lee Boggs and Scott Kurashige about their important new book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century.

A world dominated by American interests and driven by cheap oil, easy credit, and conspicuous consumption is unraveling before our eyes. In this powerful, deeply humanistic book, Grace Lee Boggs, a legendary figure in the struggle for justice in America, assesses current political, economic, and environmental crises and describes how we can create radical social change to confront new realities. Boggs has participated in all of the twentieth century's major social movements--for civil rights, women's rights, workers' rights, and more. She draws from seven decades of activist experience and a rigorous commitment to critical thinking to redefine "revolution" for our times. Now living in Detroit, Boggs explains how hope and creativity are overcoming despair and decay within the most devastated urban communities. Her book is a manifesto for creating alternative modes of work, politics, and human interaction that may constitute the next American Revolution.

Recorded Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.