No More Heroes - Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality
Jordan Flaherty, Hannah Pepper, T Duncan, Donald Lewis Jr, Ian Hoch, William Bowling
Publisher: AK Press
"A perfect gift for the age of Trump." - Robin D. G. Kelley, Author, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
"In this marvelous, enormously instructive book, Jordan Flaherty explores how we too often allow the struggle for change to be undermined by would-be saviors—and how today’s grassroots social movements, led by communities on the frontlines of crisis, are charting a far more powerful path forward." – Naomi Klein, Author, This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine
Our media and education system often tells us that that generous white people are the solution...but what if they are the problem? How can we build a better world? And why do so many people with privilege end up making things worse when they try to help? From the Crusades to Black Lives Matter, No More Heroes is a grassroots history of resistance to the savior mentality. This book weaves the stories of teachers, international volunteers, sex workers, FBI informants, indigenous organizers, and prison abolitionists into a narrative of revolutionary change that travels from Alaska to Palestine, from Karl Marx to Muhammad Ali, and from KONY 2012 to the Red Cross.No More Heroes brings us real life stories of life-or-death conflict: the mysterious death of Riad Hamad, a Lebanese middle school teacher in Austin, Texas, and his connection to FBI informant Brandon Darby. Monica Jones, a Black transgender sex work activist arrested for “walking while trans” in Phoenix, Arizona. Haidar Eid, a professor in Gaza City. Sophie Lucido Johnson, an idealistic young white teacher in New Orleans. Nelini Stamp, an Occupy Wall Street activist. No More Heroes looks at the people behind the uprisings of the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter, and shows how change happens.
"Buy this book if you believe a better world is possible and want to know how to get there." - Cynthia McKinney, Former Georgia Congresswoman and presidential candidate