Love Unites Us

Author: Kevin Cathcart
Publisher: New Press, The
ISBN: 1620971771
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Victory may sometimes look like a sudden revolution when, in truth, it rests on years of struggle. The June 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is a sweeping victory for the freedom to marry, but it was one step in a long process. Love Unites Us is the history of activists’ passion and persistence in the struggle for marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United States, told in the words of those who waged the battle. Launching the fight for the freedom to marry was neither an obvious nor an uncontested strategy. To many activists, achieving marriage equality seemed far-fetched, but the skeptics were proved wrong. Proactive arguments in favor of love, family, and commitment were more effective than arguments that focused on rights and the goal of equality at work. Telling the stories of people who loved and cared for one another, in sickness and in health, cut through the antigay noise and moved people—not without backlash and not overnight, but faster than most activists and observers had ever imagined. With compelling stories from leading attorneys and activists including Evan Wolfson, Mary L. Bonauto, Jon W. Davidson, and Paul M. Smith, Love Unites Us explains how gay and lesbian couples achieved the right to marry.

Love of Freedom

Author: Catherine Adams
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199779833
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They baked New England's Thanksgiving pies, preached their faith to crowds of worshippers, spied for the patriots during the Revolution, wrote that human bondage was a sin, and demanded reparations for slavery. Black women in colonial and revolutionary New England sought not only legal emancipation from slavery but defined freedom more broadly to include spiritual, familial, and economic dimensions. Hidden behind the banner of achieving freedom was the assumption that freedom meant affirming black manhood The struggle for freedom in New England was different for men than for women. Black men in colonial and revolutionary New England were struggling for freedom from slavery and for the right to patriarchal control of their own families. Women had more complicated desires, seeking protection and support in a male headed household while also wanting personal liberty. Eventually women who were former slaves began to fight for dignity and respect for womanhood and access to schooling for black children.

Before I Do

Author: Elizabeth F. Schwartz
Publisher: New Press, The
ISBN: 1620971550
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Not long ago, same-sex couples had to jump through endless hoops to make their relationships even close to legal. Happily, those days are over. Same-sex couples no longer have to operate as outlaws—they too can have in-laws! But here’s the rub: many gay and lesbian couples, accustomed to living off-grid, are so thrilled to have the benefits of marriage that they gleefully jump into marriage without fully understanding the consequences. In her first book, Before I Do, leading gay rights attorney Elizabeth F. Schwartz spells out the range of practical considerations couples should address before tying the knot. She explores the rights marriage provides and those it does not. With cameos from some of the most prominent LGBT professionals, Schwartz explains all of the implications of marriage from name changes and getting a license to taxes, insurance, Social Security, and much more. Substantial chapters on estate planning, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and organizing finances make Before I Do relevant for all couples, young and older, and a crucial handbook for anyone considering marriage—because, as Schwartz explains, just because you can get married does not mean you should.

Because of Sex

Author: Gillian Thomas
Publisher: Picador USA
ISBN: 1250138086
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A compelling look at ten of the most important Supreme Court cases defining women’s rights on the job, as told by the brave women who brought the cases to court

How Change Happens

Author: Leslie R. Crutchfield
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119413702
Format: PDF, ePub
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Discover how those who change the world do so with this thoughtful and timely book Why do some changes occur, and others don't? What are the factors that drive successful social and environmental movements, while others falter? How Change Happens examines the leadership approaches, campaign strategies, and ground-level tactics employed in a range of modern social change campaigns. The book explores successful movements that have achieved phenomenal impact since the 1980s—tobacco control, gun rights expansion, LGBT marriage equality, and acid rain elimination. It also examines recent campaigns that seem to have fizzled, like Occupy Wall Street, and those that continue to struggle, like gun violence prevention and carbon emissions reduction. And it explores implications for movements that are newly emerging, like Black Lives Matter. By comparing successful social change campaigns to the rest, How Change Happens reveals powerful lessons for changemakers who seek to impact society and the planet for the better in the 21st century. Author Leslie Crutchfield is a writer, lecturer, social impact advisor, and leading authority on scaling social innovation. She is Executive Director of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and co-author of two previous books, Forces for Good and Do More than Give. She serves as a senior advisor with FSG, the global social impact consulting firm. She is frequently invited to speak at nonprofit, philanthropic, and corporate events, and has appeared on shows such as ABC News Now and NPR, among others. She is an active media contributor, with pieces appearing in The Washington Post. Fortune.com, CNN/Money and Harvard Business Review.com. Examines why some societal shifts occur, and others don't Illustrates the factors that drive successful social and environmental movements Looks at the approaches, strategies, and tactics that changemakers employ in order to effect widescale change Whatever cause inspires you, advance it by applying the must-read advice in How Change Happens—whether you lead a social change effort, or if you’re tired of just watching from the outside and want to join the fray, or if you simply want to better understand how change happens, this book is the place to start.

Ending Anita

Author: Anthony Adams
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692741887
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ENDING ANITA is the story of Aaron Huntsman and Lee Jones, the two gay, outspoken and impatient blue-collar Key West bartenders with no experience as activists who won gay marriage for Florida. Any online search for information about gay marriage (marriage equality) in Florida will get you the dates, court cases and rulings, but ENDING ANITA introduces you to the people behind the headlines. In addition to the Florida plaintiffs Aaron and Lee, you will meet the straight, Republican Roman Catholic mother who became their brilliant lawyer and then their friend. You will meet the gay judge who was slated to hear their case but was suspiciously chased off the bench because of his profile on a gay hook-up site. You will meet the gay former Marine with experience in the Hollywood film industry who helped guide them through the media scrutiny that almost drowned them during their suit. You will meet the close-knit circle of loyal and protective Conch (Key West) friends who stood with Aaron and Lee in their battle for justice. ENDING ANITA is also about the fact that most of the men at the center of Aaron and Lee's case are HIV-positive. They courageously chose to disclose rather than hide this fact. Because of their openness and candor, the stigma of HIV/AIDS is one step closer to elimination. They could have chosen to live their lives at the perpetual Happy Hour that is Key West. Instead, they went to work, changing the course of history and making life in Florida better for everyone. Gay marriage (marriage equality) is now the law of the land thanks to the Supreme Court. That victory was actually earned by LGBT activists on the state-level where they fought against anti-gay laws treating them as second-class citizens. Florida in particular was beset by homophobic laws spawned by Anita Bryant's Miami-based anti-gay fear mongering of 1977. Florida public sentiment has now changed in favor of LGBT rights, but anti-gay politicians did not want those laws dropped. Aaron and Lee, with no political or legal experience, were told they were in over their heads. This did not stop them. Gay visibility is at the root of LGBT acceptance. A life in the closet never won a single battle for equality. The Stonewall riots of 1969 mobilized the LGBT community, forced the world to see them clearly and sent them into the streets demanding justice. Stonewall ignited the first generation of activists who paved the way for marriage equality. Aaron and Lee were born post-Stonewall! Despite several decades of LGBT progress, when they went to their County Clerk's office to request a marriage license, they were declined. ENDING ANITA is the story of their winning fight against that discrimination. For students of Florida history, ENDING ANITA contains a marriage equality timeline, a history of gay Florida and a history of gay Key West. The addenda include the Huntsman v. Heavilin suit, the court transcript of the hearing and the text of Judge Garcia's ruling. For more information, go to EndingAnita.com

Same Sex Marriage

Author: Gerry Boehme
Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC
ISBN: 1502635933
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On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all U.S. states, ruling that the Constitution guarantees marriage rights to all citizens regardless of their sexual preference. The historic decision was hailed as a major victory by LGBT-rights advocates, but opponents condemned it as an assault on traditional values. This timely, essential volume traces the history of the landmark Supreme Court case, including the arguments for and against same-sex marriage that still rage today.

Understanding Mass Incarceration

Author: James Kilgore
Publisher: New Press, The
ISBN: 1620971224
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We all know that orange is the new black and mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow, but how much do we actually know about the structure, goals, and impact of our criminal justice system? Understanding Mass Incarceration offers the first comprehensive overview of the incarceration apparatus put in place by the world’s largest jailer: the United States. Drawing on a growing body of academic and professional work, Understanding Mass Incarceration describes in plain English the many competing theories of criminal justice—from rehabilitation to retribution, from restorative justice to justice reinvestment. In a lively and accessible style, author James Kilgore illuminates the difference between prisons and jails, probation and parole, laying out key concepts and policies such as the War on Drugs, broken windows policing, three-strikes sentencing, the school-to-prison pipeline, recidivism, and prison privatization. Informed by the crucial lenses of race and gender, he addresses issues typically omitted from the discussion: the rapidly increasing incarceration of women, Latinos, and transgender people; the growing imprisonment of immigrants; and the devastating impact of mass incarceration on communities. Both field guide and primer, Understanding Mass Incarceration will be an essential resource for those engaged in criminal justice activism as well as those new to the subject.