Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare by Gareth Porter
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I Refuse to Kill: My Path to Nonviolent Action in the 1960s by Francesco Da Vinci
At the risk of a 5-year prison term, Francesco Da Vinci struggles with his Virginia draft board to be recognized as a sincere conscientious objector to the Vietnam war.
While his CO case is on appeal, Da Vinci forms a peace group in San Diego called Nonviolent Action. The peace group becomes a national movement, and its campaign to help end the war reaches the halls of Congress with the help of Senator George McGovern.
For his stand as a CO and activist, Francesco becomes a target for hateful intolerance that spills over to his family and fiancée.
A special feature of Francesco’s memoir is the photography that supplements the text. The captivating images taken by the author document civil rights & peace marches and include portraits of individuals iconic to the 1960s.
You might ask, “Why now for a ‘60s memoir?”
The issues raised in I Refuse to Kill are today’s top issues-social justice, police brutality, government surveillance, persecution of nonviolent activists, and war versus the nonviolent resolution of conflict.
The contributions of conscientious objectors and ’60s activists have been largely omitted from our history or flagrantly distorted for political reasons. I Refuse to Kill sets the record straight.
Hope, But Demand Justice by Pat Hynes
Pat Hynes’s understanding of the wide range of issues covered in HOPE, BUT DEMAND JUSTICE is guided not only by her scientific expertise and training as a researcher but also, and very importantly, by compassionate intelligence. Her empathic intelligence shines through whether the subject she writes about concerns the plight of violence-and poverty-battered families fleeing across national borders (including ours) or the unbelievably wasteful and extravagant use by the US government of its citizens’ tax dollars for weapons and war or the plight of fire-ravaged forests and communities due to runaway global warming or the deep physical and psychological/moral scars suffered by military veterans of the US and other countries or the fate of women and girls everywhere who, she makes clear, always bear the heaviest brunt of poverty, violence, food scarcity, and sexual exploitation.
Written on the Body: Letters from Trans and Non-Binary Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence edited by Lexie Bean
Lambda Literary Award Finalist – LGBTQ Anthology
Written by and for trans and non-binary survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, Written on the Body offers support, guidance and hope for those who struggle to find safety at home, in the body, and other unwelcoming places.
This collection of letters written to body parts weaves together narratives of gender, identity, and abuse. It is the coming together of those who have been fragmented and often met with disbelief. The book holds the concerns and truths that many trans people share while offering space for dialogue and reclamation.
Written with intelligence and intimacy, this book is for those who have found power in re-shaping their bodies, families, and lives.
Nut Butter Cookbook
From the co-founders of Ground Up Nut Butters comes a book of delicious and easy-to-make nut butter recipes to incorporate into a healthy diet. All recipes are peanut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free… but they’re so delicious that you wouldn’t even know it.
Ground Up is a not-just-for-profit business that provides job training to women overcoming adversity in the Portland area. Through the sale of healthy and delicious nut butters, we empower women with the confidence and skills they need to get back on their feet. All of our products are free of peanuts, sugar, dairy, soy, gluten, and added oils, and most are honey-sweetened or free of honey and sweetener altogether. We are a women-owned and operated company, producing all of our products in Portland, OR with a team of 15 hard-working, motivated women.
Sacred Pleasure: Sex, Myth, and the Politics of the Body–New Paths to Power and Love by Riane Eisler
Riane Eisler shows us how history has consistently promoted the link between sex and violence–and how we can sever this link and move to a politics of partnership rather than domination in all our relations.
About the Author
Riane Eisler is an internationally acclaimed scholar, futurist, and activist, and is codirector of the Center for Partnership Studies in Pacific Grove, California. She is the author of Sacred Pleasure and The Partnership Way.
Saving Us by Katharine Hayhoe
Called “one of the nation’s most effective communicators on climate change” by The New York Times, Katharine Hayhoe knows how to navigate all sides of the conversation on our changing planet. A Canadian climate scientist living in Texas, she negotiates distrust of data, indifference to imminent threats, and resistance to proposed solutions with ease. Over the past fifteen years Hayhoe has found that the most important thing we can do to address climate change is talk about it–and she wants to teach you how.
In Saving Us, Hayhoe argues that when it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only one part of the equation. We need to find shared values in order to connect our unique identities to collective action. This is not another doomsday narrative about a planet on fire. It is a multilayered look at science, faith, and human psychology, from an icon in her field–recently named chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy.
Drawing on interdisciplinary research and personal stories, Hayhoe shows that small conversations can have astonishing results. Saving Us leaves us with the tools to open a dialogue with your loved ones about how we all can play a role in pushing forward for change.
Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature by Aaron Ableman and Dave Room
FIRST-OF-IT’S-KIND ANIMATED YOUNG READER BOOK.
This animated book is blowing kids’ minds! Hovering a mobile device over the images in the book BRINGS THEM TO LIFE with animated and educational videos. Works with FREE interactive Augmented Reality app. The videos feature Cheech Marin, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Agape Youth Choir and 30 young artists.
Pacha’s Pajamas is the story of an young girl’s awakening to her gifts and purpose through active dreaming.
When Pacha goes to sleep, the characters on her pajamas guide her a dream adventure to better understand her inner and outer worlds. In this first book of the series, Pacha joins with plants and animals on her pajamas to organize the Greatest Festival on Earth… and no humans are invited.
Read the book to find out what happens when you get a world of animals and plants together to talk about Pachamama aka Mother Earth.
The book also includes a Dream Journal that provides space for recording nine dreams.
The Crown of Light: An Ancient Legend, a Lovestruck Heroine, a Journey for Peace by Rivera Sun
Part of the Award Winning Ari Ara Series!
Love and adventure, mystery and danger await! The next powerful adventure in the award-winning Ari Ara Series, The Crown of Light is an extraordinary story of wonder and courage.
In the jagged peaks of the Border Mountains, Ari Ara revives the ancient legend of the Peace Force, gathering friends and strangers to stop violence and prevent war. With the Way Between guiding their footsteps, they set out to wage peace. Before long, a rising threat makes them take drastic action.
Mysterious raiders are attacking villages, burning homes and terrifying families. Fingers point to the secretive Paika. For centuries, their clans have survived by double-crossing and backstabbing everyone else. But when young Finn Paikason is caught spying on the Peace Force, he swears the raiders are imposters. Ari Ara wants to believe him, but can she trust him? She can’t be certain – especially since this boy with storm-tossed eyes might be stealing her heart.
Tracking lost cattle across borders, stopping blood feuds with hermits, thwarting bandit ambushes, Ari Ara and her friends seek the truth amidst a web of lies. Old enemies come back to haunt them. Friendships are strained to breaking. Tensions heighten between the two nations. When the Lost Heir is taken hostage, the Peace Force races to solve the mystery before the sparks of violence erupt into a raging inferno of war.
Your heart will race along with the heroine’s in this exciting tale of waging peace.
Praise for The Crown of Light & the Ari Ara Series “Pick it up. You won’t be able to put it down.”– Tom Hastings, Portland State University “This is an instant classic, a great read for anyone interested in peace and justice.”– Wim Laven, Ph.D, instructor of Peace Studies and Conflict Management “I can think of no better source of inspiration for (the topics of peace and social justice) than the Ari Ara series by Rivera Sun, and this latest installation is the best one yet.”– Dr. Seán P. Duffy, Executive Director, Albert Schweitzer Institute, Quinnipiac University
How to Heal Our Divides: A Practical Guide
Our country has become quite polarized – what do we do about it?
Recent times have put a spotlight on the deep divisions in our society. Much has been written that acknowledges and describes racial, political, religious, and other divides, but there is little practical information on what we can do about them. How to Heal Our Divides highlights organizations that are taking real action to address these issues and heal divides in effective and practical ways. See how you can help make the world a better place.
Call Us What We Carry: Poems by Amanda Gorman
The breakout poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman
Formerly titled The Hill We Climb and Other Poems, the luminous poetry collection by #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman captures a shipwrecked moment in time and transforms it into a lyric of hope and healing. In Call Us What We Carry, Gorman explores history, language, identity, and erasure through an imaginative and intimate collage. Harnessing the collective grief of a global pandemic, these poems shine a light on a moment of reckoning and reveal that Gorman has become our messenger from the past, our voice for the future.
About the Author
Our Moment of Choice: Evolutionary Visions and Hope for the Future
WINNER OF THE 2020 GOLD NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD * 2021 SILVER COVR VISIONARY AWARD * 2021 NEW YORK BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD * 2021 GOLD LIVING NOW AWARD
“This innovative and revolutionary message of hope and wisdom from many of the greatest visionaries” (Anita Moorjani, New York Times bestselling author) is a rousing call-to-action for all of us to help transform the world into a just, peaceful, and thriving one–featuring creative and practical solutions to the many crises facing humanity today.
Humanity is currently facing a series of interconnected emergencies that threaten our very survival–from climate change to economic inequality and beyond. And yet, at the same time, a global shift towards harnessing our collective power to create a life-affirming future is flourishing.
Featuring chapters by forty-three leading-edge contributors, such as Gregg Braden, Lynne McTaggart, Bruce Lipton, Jean Houston, Michael Bernard Beckwith, Ervin Laszlo, Joan Borysenko, Larry Dossey, and many more, Our Moment of Choice provides eye-opening and inspirational visions for a unified, peaceful, and thriving world. The time has come for all humanity to be united in purpose. This is our collective moment of choice, upon which our future depends.
The Global Warming Express
The Earth is in peril–through pollution, global warming, oil spills, and tragic neglect of the environment. Those who respond first are the animals. There is The Fluff, a penguin; Creamy, a harp seal; Tomas, a black bear; Flora, a polar bear; and Lady Athabasca, a whooping crane, among others. Each of them has suffered from global warming and the neglect of the environment, and wants to do something about it. They jump on a magical train powered by positive thoughts and take off to let others know about the problems Earth’s creatures are facing. Soon afterward, they travel to Santa Fe and pick up two young girls, Marina and Joanna, who record their incredible trip. The group travels east (as well as north and south) and along the way finds other friends who have endured hardship from fire, drought, and hurricanes. Their final destination is the White House where they hope their call for help is heard. With this book, young readers can join The Fluff and friends on the Global Warming Express to save our beautiful planet from pollution and global warming. It will be a trip worth taking!
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