Books

Going to Strasbourg: An Oral History of Sexual Orientation Discrimination and the European Convention on Human Rights

Going to Strasbourg: An Oral History of Sexual Orientation Discrimination and the European Convention on Human Rights
"Since its inception, the European Convention on Human Rights has been a beacon of hope to gay men and lesbians in Europe. Going to Strasbourg: An Oral History of Sexual Orientation Discrimination and the European Convention on Human Rights provides a comprehensive account of how individuals in the United Kingdom have utilized the Convention, by way of making applications to its organs in Strasbourg in order to challenge sexual orientation discrimination. Combining an exhaustive analysis of Strasbourg case law with nineteen unique oral histories of applicants, legal professionals, and campaigners, this book is the definitive history of the role that 'going to Strasbourg' has played in eradicating discrimination and establishing legal equality on the grounds of sexual orientation in the UK."
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/going-to-strasbourg-9780198777618?cc=us&lang=en&

Speaking Rights to Power: Constructing Political Will By Alison Brysk

Speaking Rights to Power: Constructing Political Will By Alison Brysk
"How can "Speaking Rights to Power" construct political will to respond to human rights abuse worldwide? Examining dozens of cases of human rights campaigns and using an innovative analysis of the politics of persuasion, this book shows how communication politics build recognition, solidarity, and social change. Building on twenty years of research on five continents, this comprehensive study ranges from Aung San Suu Kyi to Anna Hazare, from Congo to Colombia, and from the Arab Spring to Pussy Riot. Speaking Rights to Power addresses cutting edge debates on human rights and the ethic of care, cosmopolitanism, charismatic leadership, communicative action and political theater, and the role of social media. It draws on constructivist literature from social movement and international relations theory, and analyzes human rights as a form of global social imagination. Combining a normative contribution with judicious critique, this book shows how human rights rhetoric matters-and how to make it matter more."
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/speaking-rights-to-power-9780199982660?cc=us&lang=en&

Father Damien . . . "A Bit of Taro, A Piece of Fish, and A Glass of Water"

Father Damien . . .
"The story of Father Damien has been told and retold hundreds of times in books and articles. However, these accounts have generally not included the voices and insights of the people who were most affected by Father Damien's presence, the people who lived and worked alongside him at Kalaupapa.  Nor have previous accounts included the words and feelings of his parishioners on the Big Island and in other parts of the island of Molokai. By looking at the 16 years of his life spent at Kalaupapa through the eyes of those who knew him best, this book focuses on Father Damien's relationship with the people of Kalaupapa and also discusses his legacy in the context of current discussions related to leprosy and human rights."
http://www.idealeprosydignity.org/

Unbowed: A Memoir

Unbowed: A Memoir
"In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through run-ins with the Kenyan government and personal losses, and jailed and beaten on numerous occasions, Maathai continued to fight tirelessly to save Kenya’s forests and to restore democracy to her beloved country. Infused with her unique luminosity of spirit, Wangari Maathai’s remarkable story of courage, faith, and the power of persistence is destined to inspire generations to come."
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000VMFEI0/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Never Again: Not to Any Woman or Girl Again

Never Again: Not to Any Woman or Girl Again
"There is no way the world could have waited forever for Betty Makoni to finally share her story in one piece. The much-awaited autobiography is here. Betty Makoni herself gave it a personal touch to inspire her many supporters and fans around the world. It is a story of a woman who could not have existed like millions of other women and girls, who due to poverty, disease, and violence, perish in silence and never get accounted for. Her book, Never Again-Not to Any Woman or Girl Again, finally unveils new energy that must take the whole world to action and a new vision of what must be done to save women and girls wherever they are. It was at age six when Betty Makoni's life tragically fell apart. She fell victim to rape while a child vendor. At age nine, her mother died in domestic violence, forcing her to be a mother instead of a daughter. She was not fully aware society makes millions of similar victims daily. She told herself one day she would break silence and inspire millions across the globe to do the same. She took a self-empowerment journey to be an activist, an empowered wife and mother, a global champion of girls, who is everywhere and for everyone. After graduating from the university, she went to teach in a school in the same neighborhood that made her a victim of patriarchy. She later realized that the situation had not changed. She did not watch and cry over it. She took action and worked to stop the menace. Today, she is a global leader of an activist development organization called Girl Child Network Worldwide, which grew from ten girl students from her class to millions of girls worldwide, making it one of the biggest global movements for girls ever coming from a school project in a poor village in Africa. She moved from her small village to the global village and then made sure the whole world joined her effort."
https://bettymakonidotorg.wordpress.com/

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets
"When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize, it cited her for inventing “a new kind of literary genre,” describing her work as “a history of emotions—a history of the soul.” Alexievich’s distinctive documentary style, combining extended individual monologues with a collage of voices, records the stories of ordinary women and men who are rarely given the opportunity to speak, whose experiences are often lost in the official histories of the nation.

In Secondhand Time, Alexievich chronicles the demise of communism. Everyday Russian citizens recount the past thirty years, showing us what life was like during the fall of the Soviet Union and what it’s like to live in the new Russia left in its wake. Through interviews spanning 1991 to 2012, Alexievich takes us behind the propaganda and contrived media accounts, giving us a panoramic portrait of contemporary Russia and Russians who still carry memories of oppression, terror, famine, massacres—but also of pride in their country, hope for the future, and a belief that everyone was working and fighting together to bring about a utopia. Here is an account of life in the aftermath of an idea so powerful it once dominated a third of the world.

A magnificent tapestry of the sorrows and triumphs of the human spirit woven by a master, Secondhand Time tells the stories that together make up the true history of a nation. “Through the voices of those who confided in her,” The Nation writes, “Alexievich tells us about human nature, about our dreams, our choices, about good and evil—in a word, about ourselves.”
http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/541184/secondhand-time-by-svetlana-alexievich/9780399588808/

Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul

Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America Lost Its Mind and Found Its Soul
"As the 1960s drew to a close, the United States was coming apart at the seams. From August 1969 to August 1970, the nation witnessed nine thousand protests and eighty-four acts of arson or bombings at schools across the country. It was the year of the My Lai massacre investigation, the Cambodia invasion, Woodstock, and the Moratorium to End the War. The American death toll in Vietnam was approaching fifty thousand, and the ascendant counterculture was challenging nearly every aspect of American society. Witness to the Revolution, Clara Bingham’s unique oral history of that tumultuous time, unveils anew that moment when America careened to the brink of a civil war at home, as it fought a long, futile war abroad.

Woven together from one hundred original interviews, Witness to the Revolution provides a firsthand narrative of that period of upheaval in the words of those closest to the action—the activists, organizers, radicals, and resisters who manned the barricades of what Students for a Democratic Society leader Tom Hayden called “the Great Refusal.”

We meet Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn of the Weather Underground; Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department employee who released the Pentagon Papers; feminist theorist Robin Morgan; actor and activist Jane Fonda; and many others whose powerful personal stories capture the essence of an era. We witness how the killing of four students at Kent State turned a straitlaced social worker into a hippie, how the civil rights movement gave birth to the women’s movement, and how opposition to the war in Vietnam turned college students into prisoners, veterans into peace marchers, and intellectuals into bombers.

With lessons that can be applied to our time, Witness to the Revolution is more than just a record of the death throes of the Age of Aquarius. Today, when America is once again enmeshed in racial turmoil, extended wars overseas, and distrust of the government, the insights contained in this book are more relevant than ever."
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013NIBCV6/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Betrayed: The Assassination of Digna Ochoa

Betrayed: The Assassination of Digna Ochoa
"Despite a note beside her body addressed to other "sons-of-bitch" human rights lawyers, the Mexican government ruled Digna Ochoa's violent death "probable suicide" and slammed the case shut in July 2003. But journalist Linda Diebel, a three-time recipient of the Amnesty International Media Award, will not let Ochoa's story die. Here is her chilling account of a cold-blooded murder and a cover-up that reaches into the top echelons of the Mexican government. Tracing Ochoa's extraordinary rise from the streets to become a champion of Mexico's most persecuted peoples, Diebel uncovers a byzantine plot surrounding Ochoa's death. From the corridors of presidential power, to the Vatican, to the jungles inhabited by Zapatistan rebels, Betrayed is a riveting exposé, a depiction of friendship and betrayal, a love story, and a testament to the Mexican people's continuing fight for truth and dignity."
https://www.amazon.com/Betrayed-Assassination-Digna-Linda-Diebel/dp/0786718765

Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada

Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada
"As the Middle East peace process disintegrates and the second Palestinian Intifada begins, Wendy Pearlman, a young Jewish woman from the American Midwest travels to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in a quest to talk to ordinary Palestinians. A remarkable narrative emerges from her conversations with doctors, artists, school kids, and families who have lost loved ones or watched their homes destroyed. Their stories, ranging from the humorous to the tragic, paint a profile of the Palestinians that is as honest as it is uncommon in the Western media: that of ordinary people who simply want to live ordinary lives. As Pearlman writes, "the personal stories and heartfelt reflections that I encountered did not expose a hatred of Jews or a yearning to push Israelis into the sea. Rather, they painted a portrait of a people who longed for precisely that which had inspired the first Israelis: the chance to be citizens in a country of their own."
https://www.amazon.com/Occupied-Voices-Stories-Everyday-Intifada/dp/1560255307

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria
"Reminiscent of the work of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight.

Against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy and human rights. The government’s ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times.

Yet despite all the reporting, the video, and the wrenching photography, the stories of ordinary Syrians remain unheard, while the stories told about them have been distorted by broad brush dread and political expediency. This fierce and poignant collection changes that. Based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East and Europe, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled is a breathtaking mosaic of first-hand testimonials from the frontlines. Some of the testimonies are several pages long, eloquent narratives that could stand alone as short stories; others are only a few sentences, poetic and aphoristic. Together, they cohere into an unforgettable chronicle that is not only a testament to the power of storytelling but to the strength of those who face darkness with hope, courage, and moral conviction."
https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062654618/we-crossed-a-bridge-and-it-trembled

The Third Sex and Human Rights

The Third Sex and Human Rights
The book presents a comparative study of the human rights abuses and legal problems faced by members of the third sex in India, complications regarding marriage adoption and sexual status, with relevant and important documents, petitions field challenging the criminalization of homosexuality, and extracts from international human rights treatise for human rights activists, social scientist, lawyers, concerned citizens. “The hijras in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh represent a terribly marginalized minority community, to the extent that they are even ignored by human rights activists. In this book, the author argues that their situation can be compared with that of transsexuals in the west, both in terms of the psycho-social compulsions faced by a man who voluntarily decides to become a hijra or alternately a male to female transsexual as well as in terms of the complications regarding marriage, adoption and sexual status.”

Acting from the Heart

“I was in awe of this man who could rise above the racism, discrimination and injustice of mandatory detention and work for those who were not coping as well as he was” (83) “If only Australians who oppose the idea of refugees arriving on our shores could have seen these young women and children gripping the fence in despair” (74) The book mostly deals with people who visited detention centers in Australia and it is their first hand accounts. All of them have a common thought, how horrible the situation is, many of the visitors are left in shock or distress. In comparison to the US detention centers, the situation in Australia seems quite more violent; protests usually ending in riots and intense police violence. The accounts are a lot more intense and graphic. Many of these people wish and look to a time when detainees can be treated with humanity and not locked up.

Acting from the Heart

“I was in awe of this man who could rise above the racism, discrimination and injustice of mandatory detention and work for those who were not coping as well as he was” (83) “If only Australians who oppose the idea of refugees arriving on our shores could have seen these young women and children gripping the fence in despair” (74) The book mostly deals with people who visited detention centers in Australia and it is their first hand accounts. All of them have a common thought, how horrible the situation is, many of the visitors are left in shock or distress. In comparison to the US detention centers, the situation in Australia seems quite more violent; protests usually ending in riots and intense police violence. The accounts are a lot more intense and graphic. Many of these people wish and look to a time when detainees can be treated with humanity and not locked up.

Beyond Testimony and Trauma: Oral History in the Aftermath of Mass Violence

Beyond Testimony and Trauma: Oral History in the Aftermath of Mass Violence
"Survivors of terrible events are often portrayed as unsung heroes or tragic victims but rarely as complex human beings whose lives extend beyond the stories they have told. The contributors to Beyond Testimony and Trauma consider other ways to engage with survivors and their accounts based on valuable insights gained from their work on long-term oral history projects. While the contexts vary widely, they demonstrate that - through deep listening, long-term relationship building, and collaborative research design - it is possible to move beyond the problematic aspects of "testimony" to shine a light on the more nuanced lives of survivors of mass violence."
http://www.washington.edu/uwpress/search/books/HIGBEY.html

Sharing Our Stories of Survival : Native Women Surviving Violence

"A general introduction to the social and legal issues involved in acts of violence against Native women, this book's contributors are lawyers, social workers, social scientists, writers, poets, and victims. In the U.S. Native women are more likely than women from any other group to suffer violence, from rape and battery to more subtle forms of abuse, and Sharing Our Stories of Survival explores the causes and consequences of such behavior. The stories and case-studies presented here are often painful and raw, and the statistics are overwhelmingly grim; but a countervailing theme also runs through this extremely informative volume: Many of the women who appear in these pages are survivors, often strengthened by their travails, and the violence examined here is human violence, meaning that it can be changed, if only with much effort and education. The first step is to lay out the truth for all to see, and that is the purpose accomplished by this book." University of Arizona summary
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