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12 August 2018

Review: Keep Marching: How to Take Action and Change Our World

Keep Marching: How to Take Action and Change Our World Keep Marching: How to Take Action and Change Our World by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Keep Marching" is the book to get your friend who discovered their political outrage after the 2016 election. For a seasoned activist like myself, this book was a nice refresher on the number of issues we have to address. "Keep Marching" also gives you enough of a historical background, without being boring, to remind you even before November 2016 we had a lot of work to tackle.

Rowe-Finkbeiner (whom I call a friend) is deliberate in her attempts to ensure the intersectionality of the book. It is a solid attempt that makes me comfortable recommending this book for activists of color.

What really makes this book accessible is the fact that Rowe-Finkbeiner writes in a manner that makes you feel you are having coffee with a good friend who is sharing their knowledge with you. There is no sense of lecturing or "Where have you been?" There is a simple acknowledgement that for most people, politics and following it can be exhausting. Doubly so if you are working more than one job to pay the bills. Rowe-Finkbeiner pats the seat next to her and says, "Welcome."

In my years of organizing people often ask me why we march. I have always said we march to bring attention to issues and policies. But I have never felt comfortable saying we march to bring people into the movement. Rowe-Finkerbeiner provides us with a tool, a book, that we need to bring people who begin by marching into the movement.

Disclaimer: I was asked to review this book by MomsRising, the organization that Rowe-Finkbeiner runs. I do not feel that impacted my review.

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