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An engrossing century-spanning narrative, Tear Gas is the first history of this weapon, and takes us from military labs and chemical weapons expos to union assemblies and protest camps, drawing on declassified reports and witness testimonies to show how policing with poison came to be. From the Bonus Army encampment of depression era America, to riots of 1968, to the disrupt J20 protests, learn how riot control has shaped D.C.'s political history. Anna will be joined by D.C. activists working on issues of policing and protest. It's sure to be a robust and engrossing evening.
Knocking on Labor's Door dramatically refashions the narrative of working-class struggle during a crucial decade and shakes up current debates about labor's future. Windham's story inspires both hope and indignation, and will become a must-read in labor, civil rights, and women’s history.
In short, powerful verses, Alexandra Elle writes frankly about her experience as a young, single mother and celebrates triumph over adversity, resilience, and self-care with her readers. In NEON SOUL, readers will identify with Elle’s hard-won message of hope as they read through her journey of healing.
From Trayvon Martin to Freddie Gray, the stories of police violence against Black people are too often in the news. In Policing Black Bodies Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith make a compelling case that the policing of Black bodies goes far beyond these individual stories of brutality. They connect the regulation of African American people in many settings, including the public education system and the criminal justice system, into a powerful narrative about the myriad ways Black bodies are policed.
Join Washington Post pop culture journalist Hannah Jewell in celebration of the release of her first book, a comedic history of women titled She Caused a Riot: 100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, and Massively Crushed It. Jewell will joined by Bim Adewunmi, culture writer for The Guardian and BuzzFeed News and host of the podcast Thirst Aid Kit for a conversation about what it means to be a woman, today and in the distant past.
When a mental health crisis led David Finnegan-Hosey to admit himself into a hospital, he found himself wrestling not only with a newly diagnosed mental illness but also with his faith. Christ on the Psych Ward weaves together personal testimony, theological reflection, and practical ministry experience to offer a message of hope for those living with mental illnes, nd for friends and faith communities committed to caring for and learning from them.
In Carving Out the Commons, Amanda Huron theorizes the practice of urban commoning through a close investigation of the city’s limited-equity housing cooperatives. Drawing on feminist and anticapitalist perspectives, Huron asks whether a commons can work in a city where land and other resources are scarce, and how strangers who may not share a past or future come together to create and maintain commonly-held spaces in the midst of capitalism.