January 13, 2021

Essential Reads for 2021


There’s a long fight ahead this next week and beyond. Educate yourself on everything from the impeachment process to how we stop climate change.


A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment
by Barbara A. Radnofsky

A non-partisan guide to a precise understanding of the rules and history of impeachment. A fascinating read about a unique aspect of our democracy, as well as a useful, one-of-a-kind guide for citizens in a participatory government.



How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning
by George Lakey

A lifetime of activist experience informs this playbook for building and conducting nonviolent direct action campaigns — teaching us how to achieve real progressive change.




Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump and His Followers
by John Dean

Why do so many working class Americans support Trump, despite the way he works against their interests? Why do facts and logic not change their minds? By drawing on some psychological diagnostic tools and looking at other historic authoritarians and their movements, Dean offers an eye-opening revelation of how Trump and his followers have gotten where they have—and a road map to where they may go next.




Health Justice Now: Single Player and What Comes Next
by Timothy Faust

In this impassioned playbook, Faust inspires us to believe in a world where we could leave our job without losing healthcare for ourselves and our kids; where affordable housing is healthcare; and where social justice links arm-in-arm with health justice for us all. An essential read as we move forward into 2021!




Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Last Interview

Take inspiration from the legend herself! In this intimate volume of interviews, RBG talks openly about everything from motherhood, to her Jewishness, to her friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia. It is both an engrossing look into a fascinating life, and an inspiring tribute to an American icon.




The 100% Solution: A Plan for Solving Climate Change

by Solomon Goldstein-Rose

The world must reach negative greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. This is not a goal that can be met halfway. Yet no single proposal has addressed the full scope of the problem … until now.




The Kids Are All Left: How Young Voters Will Unite America
by David Faris

A demographic apocalypse is coming for the Republican Party. Young voters overwhelmingly favor the Left, and the margins are at such an unprecedented and overwhelming scale that these voters are poised to end the partisan gridlock that has characterized politics for over thirty years.




Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook
by Mark Bray

Based on interviews with anti-fascists from around the world, Antifa details the history of the movement and the philosophy behind it, offering insight into the growing but little-understood resistance fighting back against fascism in all its guises.

Amelia Stymacks is the former director of digital marketing at Melville House.