Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My

Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation and the Future of Our Super Movement Here s what the critics have to say about William Upski Wimsatt s previous work Spiritual heir to Norman Mailer The Atlantic Wimsatt s charisma stems from his courage Cornel West Bomb the Suburbs and No More Prisons are cult classics deftly reflecting the hip hop generation s maturation Miami New Times A refreshing voice for Generation X Library Journal Ahead of the curve SpinAs a potty mouthed graffiti writer from the South Side of Chicago, William Upski Wimsatt electrified the literary and hip hop world with two of the most successful underground classic books in a generation, Bomb the Suburbsand No More Prisons, which, combined, sold than ninety thousand copiesIn Please Don t Bomb the Suburbs, Wimsatt weaves a first person tour of America s cultural and political movements from It s a story about love, growing up, a generation coming of age, and a vision for the movement young people will create in the new decade With humor, storytelling, and historical insight, Wimsatt lays out a provocative vision for the next twenty five years of personal and historical transformation Never heard of Billy Wimsatt before Your life just got betterWilliam Upski Wimsatt is the author of Bomb the Suburbs and No More Prisons A maverick graffiti artist, journalist, and political and philanthropic organizer, Wimsatt has appeared in dozens of publications and is a popular speaker at colleges and conferences He founded the League of Young Voters, worked for Barack Obama in Ohio, and co organized the first ever briefing of social justice artists with the White House He was honored as a visionary by Utne Reader and included in The Source s Powerlist He lives in Brooklyn ➡ [Epub] ➛ Their Language of Love By Bapsi Sidhwa ➫ – Lavons.co.uk William Upski Wimsatt electrified the literary and hip hop world with two of the most successful underground classic books in a generation [PDF / Epub] ✎ Turbulence ☂ Samit Basu – Lavons.co.uk Bomb the Suburbsand No More Prisons [Download] ➻ Der letzte Held By Samit Basu – Lavons.co.uk which [Reading] ➸ Agua Author Bapsi Sidhwa – Lavons.co.uk combined ❰PDF❯ ✅ Winter Evenings Author Navtej Sarna – Lavons.co.uk sold than ninety thousand copiesIn Please Don t Bomb the Suburbs ❮Reading❯ ➻ The Brave Author Rachna Bisht Rawat – Lavons.co.uk Wimsatt weaves a first person tour of America s cultural and political movements from It s a story about love ❰KINDLE❯ ✾ The Best of Samaithu Paar Author S. Meenakshi Ammal – Lavons.co.uk growing up [KINDLE] ❆ Tiger Thief (Tiger Thief, By Michaela Clarke – Lavons.co.uk a generation coming of age [Download] ➵ Tracking Globalization Author J.S . Sodhi – Lavons.co.uk and a vision for the movement young people will create in the new decade With humor [Reading] ➶ Eagles Gate (Tiger Thief, By Michaela Clarke – Lavons.co.uk storytelling [Download] ➹ Cave of Wonders (Infinity Ring, By Matthew J. Kirby – Lavons.co.uk and historical insight [PDF / Epub] ☃ Wise and Otherwise/The Old Man and his God/The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk ✑ Sudha Murty – Lavons.co.uk Wimsatt lays out a provocative vision for the next twenty five years of personal and historical transformation Never heard of Billy Wimsatt before Your life just got betterWilliam Upski Wimsatt is the author of Bomb the Suburbs and No More Prisons A maverick graffiti artist [PDF / Epub] ☁ Indian Renaissance By Sanyal Sanjeev – Lavons.co.uk journalist [PDF] ✎ The Indian Renaissance ✐ Sanjeev Sanyal – Lavons.co.uk and political and philanthropic organizer ➿ [Download] ➽ Zurück nach Hollyhill (Hollyhill, By Alexandra Pilz ➵ – Lavons.co.uk Wimsatt has appeared in dozens of publications and is a popular speaker at colleges and conferences He founded the League of Young Voters ❰Download❯ ➽ Liebe Drei Author Hagen Rether – Lavons.co.uk worked for Barack Obama in Ohio [EPUB] ✰ Temptations of the West By Pankaj Mishra – Lavons.co.uk and co organized the first ever briefing of social justice artists with the White House He was honored as a visionary by Utne Reader and included in The Source s Powerlist He lives in Brooklyn I read Upski s first two books at a time when I was first becoming involved in activism and the movement Being a fan of hip hop the books really spoke to me as Wimsatt came from that perspective as well Please Don t Bomb the Suburbs continues with that same formula but also brings the added insight that Wimsatt has gained through his experiences since he wrote Bomb the Suburbs and No More Prisons This book does a great job of speaking on where we ve been and where we re going and how to get I read Upski s first two books at a time when I was first becoming involved in activism and the movement Being a fan of hip hop the books really spoke to me as Wimsatt came from that perspective as well Please Don t Bomb the Suburbs continues with that same formula but also brings the added insight that Wimsatt has gained through his experiences since he wrote Bomb the Suburbs and No More Prisons This book does a great job of speaking on where we ve been and where we re going and how to get there I ve often been guilty of not having much hope in the political process but reading this actually gave me some reassurance that real change can come through electoral processes We just have to be diligent in our work and not expect overnight results As a soon to be college graduate, I also enjoyed the sections on growing up and adulthood.I recommend this book for anyone involved in work for social change, especially organization leaders Like much of Billy s writing this book is written like a polished set of diary entries and calls to action His style is casual, impassioned, and engaging, though at times borders on frenetic and cheerlead y Hard to blame him as he is trying to convey a sense of urgency to motivate readers to take action on impending catastrophes in our environment and the economy.The larger arc of the book is about movement building, but it is also a very personal book in some wayspersonal than Billy s e Like much of Billy s writing this book is written like a polished set of diary entries and calls to action His style is casual, impassioned, and engaging, though at times borders on frenetic and cheerlead y Hard to blame him as he is trying to convey a sense of urgency to motivate readers to take action on impending catastrophes in our environment and the economy.The larger arc of the book is about movement building, but it is also a very personal book in some wayspersonal than Billy s earlier books Bomb the Suburbs and No More Prisons In those earlier works, he collects his thoughts and experiences on hip hop culture and youth organizing around issues like the prison industrial complex In Please Don t Bomb the Suburbs, Billy reflects on his life to that point He tries to put in perspective everything he s done, everyone he s met, and the series of transformations his identity and character has gone through during twenty years of engagement in youth culture and politics In his own words the book is about growing up for him as a member of the hip hop generation and for progressive politics as a movement His goal is nothing less than to save the world the pillars of his envisioned progressive super movement are love, survival, and prosperity And the book is an invitation to reflect on yourself, to think about what you could or should be doing, and to join the movement.The book has four major threads, in Billy s words my stories, movement stories, life strategies, and movement strategies I really appreciate that he pauses to reflect on the last two He emphasizes how personal well being is itself a radical political act in that it serves to strengthen and rejuvenate us to do the important work he outlines If we expect everyone to work til we drop and we compare ourselves against that ideal we are undermining the movement He then goes into some straightforward advice on how to run nonprofit and social justice organizations From the executive director perspective he questions the assumption that the most effective managerial styles are collective, and argues that hierarchy is how you stay truly accountable to your mission and goals, especially when you are managing large organizations He also encourages EDs to take leadership training and coaching seriously and to form support groups with other EDs in order to collectively vent and share best practices.Lastly, Billy addresses race and diversity throughout the book And particularly apropos of the 2014 Michael Brown and Eric Garner protests going on while I read this book, he offers great advice on how to be an advocate and ally in a way that respects race without making everything about race.Please Don t Bomb the Suburbs would make a great gift for on the fence college students that need a sense of what s possible to spur them into action And I m really curious about how successful Billy thinks the book has been since publication in 2010 By far the best part of this book for me was toward the end where Wimsatt describes why running an organization by collective doesn t work, and why hierarchy shouldn t make people cringe I wanted to photocopy this segment maybe 6 pages and give it to my current boss He s not interested in running things via collective, but it describes all the things he does wrong to a tee, and explains why our organization is at a standstill with him as the leader Total vindication Thanks, Billy.This book By far the best part of this book for me was toward the end where Wimsatt describes why running an organization by collective doesn t work, and why hierarchy shouldn t make people cringe I wanted to photocopy this segment maybe 6 pages and give it to my current boss He s not interested in running things via collective, but it describes all the things he does wrong to a tee, and explains why our organization is at a standstill with him as the leader Total vindication Thanks, Billy.This book is the natural progression from Wimsatt s previous books Each one is clearly the work of an older,mature man Now, the once rebellious kid has become evenhumble, evenreflective, and eventolerant of people I think his take on why all of us do gooders need to demand and accept power is so true, and is hopefully a wake up call I ve always felt that we can only be effective and create change by engaging with the people and organizations we disagree with We can t hope to make change if we re on the outside looking in Be on the inside and help others look in and out A powerful message.Lastly, as I myself have become an older,mature woman, I was particuarly struck by Wimsatt granting me permission to move to the suburbs This is a personal thing, but as a mother of a 13 month old daughter, my husband and I are obsessed with trying to figure out a way to live in the city Chicago AND send our girl to a good school AND be able to afford it The numbers just don t add up As much as we don t want to leave our beloved City, our options are limited I m glad to see that other people also agree that the suburbs are not the anti Christ, and that maybe my husband and I can transplant our urban mindset somewhere else that needs usthan the City does How manyliberal folks does the City really need Maybe we can doto influence change in the suburbs anyway.So thanks for another thought provoking book Looking forward to Excellent impetus for personal reflection and brainstorming.Ideas Van Williams on the green collar economy parallels a new campaign that ACE was taking on when i left zines zines zines and online voter guides politics and pancakes politics and pizza etc.New Mouth From the Dirty South PressThe Future 500 cataloging youth activist groups bio regional alliancesmoveon.org Building partnerships is hard and takes years of practice You have to be self aware you have to be aware of others Excellent impetus for personal reflection and brainstorming.Ideas Van Williams on the green collar economy parallels a new campaign that ACE was taking on when i left zines zines zines and online voter guides politics and pancakes politics and pizza etc.New Mouth From the Dirty South PressThe Future 500 cataloging youth activist groups bio regional alliancesmoveon.org Building partnerships is hard and takes years of practice You have to be self aware you have to be aware of others You have to keep things in perspective You have to be mature enough to communicate and to hear, to see and to be seen, to give and to receive, to respect and expect respect, to ask for support and to support without being asked, to lead and be led, to love and be loved, to change and be changed Partnership is a learning process with few road signs I like his account of his long process in analyzing holy shit, everything we were taught or assumed growing up is a lie and product of the most destructive system of control and oppression, our teachers and parents are in on it, who can you trust shock what is white culture home depot, lite beer, subdivisions, the cia are mentioned Billy finds outabout his roots He learned the welsh are fierce anti colonialists, and is empowered The section closes with him talking about being an ex I like his account of his long process in analyzing holy shit, everything we were taught or assumed growing up is a lie and product of the most destructive system of control and oppression, our teachers and parents are in on it, who can you trust shock what is white culture home depot, lite beer, subdivisions, the cia are mentioned Billy finds outabout his roots He learned the welsh are fierce anti colonialists, and is empowered The section closes with him talking about being an executive director and needing to know that people of color have agency, white people are not fundamentally oppressive I m not sure how I feel on the rest of the book which I didn t read all of He discusses management, progressive organizations, the obama campaign, rich people, and personal things This is one of those books i ll probably continue to pick up, read a few pages, put it down, and come back to I am long an Upski fan, and it s good to see him grow up and figure some things out A man of his history and experience is really inspiring, and his actions and opinions never come off as crazy or pscho, but reasoned and logical. may finish some day Way better the 2nd time just because of where I am in life career organizing.It was also strangely comforting in a post 11 9 world to relive the modern history of youth organizing and the rise of Obama I m feeling hyped for the midterms. next.


About the Author: William Upski Wimsatt

William Wimsatt, also known as Billy or Upski, is a social entrepreneur, author, political activist, and former graffiti artist Wimsatt is founder of the League of Young Voters, co founder of Generational Alliance and the author or editor of six books.Wimsatt was born in Chicago, attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, received his High School diploma from Whitney M Young Magnet High School, and dropped out of Oberlin College His father is a philosophy of science professor at the University of Chicago William C Wimsatt Wimsatt uses Upski as his middle name, but it is really the tag he used to write graffiti while growing up in Chicago.Wimsatt s first book was Bomb The Suburbs 1994 , a collection of essays celebrating urban life and critiquing the suburban mindset The essay We Use Words Like Mackadocious , previously printed in The Source May 1993 , celebrated and critiqued the wigger subculture Wimsatt released No More Prisons 1999 , referencing urbanism and the prison industrial complex, in conjunction with an underground hip hop album on Raptivism Records Along with editing the books Another World is Possible 2001 and Future 500 Youth Organizing and Activism in the United States 2003 , Wimsatt co edited How To Get Stupid White Men Out Of Office 2004 , a collection of stories from youth organizers around the world who won or swung elections His latest book is Please Don t Bomb The Suburbs.Wimsatt founded the League of Young Voters 2003 and co founded the Generational Alliance 2005 As a philanthropic consultant, he coined the term Cool Rich Kids 1999 to refer to young progressive philanthropists associated with the organization Resource Generation He has consulted for dozens of organizations including Rock The Vote, MoveOn.org, and Green For All He is currently a Fellow at the Movement Strategy Center directing The Field 3.0 Project, a dialogue and documentation effort to drive innovation in field organizing He also runs Vote Again 2010, to mobilize young voters in swing states.


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