As COVID rages, threatening the people on both sides of the bars inside prisons, Zach Norris of We Keep Us Safe drew my attention to this new piece from the Prison Policy Initiative. “both incarcerated people and staff at grave risk… Large-scale releases have been common throughout U.S. and international history for a variety of… Read More Decarcerate Now! #WeKeepUsSafe during COVID
Before interviewing Zach Norris, author of We Keep Us Safe, in Forbes (here), Morgan Simon describes the book: “he encourages us to redefine our notions of public safety — to not just include the exceedingly rare case of destructive, stranger-based violence, but to encompass both physical and psychological well-being, and the everyday, persistent violence inflicted… Read More Forbes interview #WeKeepUsSafe
And outtakes from Zach’s “Ode to Oakland”:
Today’s the day! Congratulations to Zach Norris, Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, CA, on the release of We Keep Us Safe (Beacon Press) (with gratitude for being under the aegis of the luminous and tough Helene Atwan, Beacon’s Publisher). Another beautiful baby that I’m proud to have helped… Read More Happy Birthday #WeKeepUsSafe
“a comprehensive look at how American society has evolved into an “Us vs. Them” scenario” Full review here Rather a sweet birthday gift, the notification of this.
I tell folks to reckon with an absolute minimum of 18 months from inception to birth of a nonfiction book or memoir. Better to plan for two years if you want to make it solid. Note that this is based on working with traditional publishers, who (still) require at least 6 months after the manuscript… Read More Congrats to Storia grad Naomi Ryland!
Yours Truly sporting the DECOLONIZER T Proceeds of its sales support Native youth. PS Have you read DECOLONIZING WEALTH yet???
Just in time for Thanksgiving, David Bornstein interviews Edgar Villanueva in the New York Times HERE. D.B.: The solutions you offer in the book are grounded in caring and respect. Can you speak about the importance of apologies? E.V.: In every dignified society, when someone does something wrong, he apologizes. In the United States, there’s… Read More Decolonizing Wealth in NYT
It wasn’t even that long ago that Edgar compared the working draft of Decolonizing Wealth to “all the meatloaf ingredients in the bowl but not a uniform consistency yet.” We got there, love, and it’s been an incredible honor and SO.MUCH.FUN. to birth this bookbaby with you. Let’s hope the world of wealth is ready… Read More Happy Birthday Decolonizing Wealth!
Last night I attended the welcome for the Spring 2018 Fellows at the American Academy in Berlin. One of the Fellows was my dear friend, painter Ran Ortner. Six years ago this marvelous interview– a conversation between myself and Ran–appeared on the pages of the venerable magazine out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, The Sun.… Read More Yes I Will Witness This: my Interview with Ran Ortner in The Sun