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Written from the maxim "it takes a lawyer, an activist, and a storyteller to change the world", The Revolution Will Not Be Litigated shows how the law and social movements can reinforce each other in the struggle for justice and freedom.
In this book, twenty-five of the world's leading movement lawyers and activists--including political activist and actress Jane Fonda--become storytellers, and reflect on their experiences on the frontlines of the most signficant stuggles of our times. In an era where law is being abused against people, this book serves as both an inspiration and a compass to show that it is also being harnessed by and with people to bring about social justice.
The authors take you into their worlds: Jennifer Robinson frantically helping orchestrate a protest outside the Ecuadoran embassy in London to prevent the authorities from storming it and arresting her client Julian Assange; Justin Hansford at the barricades during the protests following the murder of the black teenager Mike Brown in Lawrence, Missouri; Ghida Frangieh at the barricades of Lebanon's 2019 revolution, in the detention centres trying to access arrested protestors; Pavel Chikov defending both Pussy Riot and abused prisoners in Russia; Ayisha Siddiqa, a shy Pakistani immigrant, finding community in her new home for the first time while leading the 2019 youth climate strike through Manhattan; Kumi Naidoo contemplating his mortality on a rubber dinghy in stormy Arctic seas, as he races towards a Cairn Energy oil rig Greenpeace seeks to occupy
By unearthing the origins of BLM in New York to decriminalizing homosexuality in Kenya and fighting for abortion rights in Poland to indigenous rights in Mexico and the Peruvian Amazon, contributors to The Revolution Will Not Be Litigated each grapple with the following question: Can the law be used as a tool for liberation if it was designed to serve the powerful?
With contributions by:
Jane Fonda, Mark Gevisser, Ka Hsaw Wa, Katie Redford, Justin Hansford, Baher Azmy, Ghida Frangieh, Pavel Chikov, Jennifer Robinson, Alejandra Ancheita, Marissa Vahlsing, Benjamin Hoffman, JingJing Zhang, Njeri Gateru, Joe Athialy, David Hunter, Robin Gorna, Mark Heywood, Eimear Sparks, Klementyna Suchanow, Julia Lalla-Maharajh OBE, Phelister Abdalla, Nana Ama Nketia-Quaidoo, Krystal Twobulls, Farhana Yamin, Kumi Naidoo, Ayisha Siddiqa, and David Wicker.