In the latest UC Press Podcast, Grace Lee Boggs, author of The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, discusses her vision for creating a new American Revolution through radical social change. A Detroit resident who has participated in all of the twentieth century’s major social movements—for civil rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, and more—she draws from seven decades of activist experience, and a rigorous commitment to critical thinking, to redefine “revolution” for our times.
In the podcast, Boggs declares her rallying cry for the next revolution: to “Embrace the power to create the world anew.” She underscores the importance of taking responsibility for our neighborhoods, a lesson she learned from her late husband, Jimmy Boggs, who would pick up the trash on their street every morning. She talks about the creative possibilities she sees right now for Detroit, making progress through devastation, and the city’s new homesteading movement which gives new meaning to the term “organic.”
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Read Chapter 1 of The Next American Revolution.