During the third annual Mobilization conference from May 10-11 at San Diego State University, learn more about books on social movements, non-violent protests, and resistance.

Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization by Paul Almeida

“Readers can use this book to make sense of how, under what conditions, and to what ends socially excluded groups challenge institutions in power.” —Veronica Terriquez, University of California, Santa Cruz

An accessible introduction. Almeida expertly guides the reader, illustrating his presentation with inspiring examples of twenty-first-century protest movements.”—Ruth Milkman, 2016 President of the American Sociological Association and author of On Gender, Labor, and Inequality




The Activist’s Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century by Randy Shaw

“A must read for grassroots activists, Shaw offers indispensable insights into the strategies and tactics necessary to overcome powerful interests. This new edition significantly expands and updates the original, which is an organizing classic.”—Van Jones, author of Rebuild the Dream

“Anybody attempting to influence local, state, or national political decisions needs it desperately. Politicians may read it and tremble a bit. For that matter, the rich and powerful will probably read it to see how smart some of their enemies are becoming.”—Ernest Callenbach, author of Ecotopia



Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party, With a New Preface by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.

“I read this book and it changed something in me. #BlackLivesMatter was created a few months later. The political history of one of the most misunderstood black political efforts in our nation’s history, this book offers important considerations for today’s black liberation movement.”—Alicia Garza, cofounder, #BlackLivesMatter network

“The definitive history of one of the great revolutionary organizations in the history of this country. Let us learn deep democratic lessons and strong anti-imperial conclusions from this magisterial book!”—Cornel West, author of Race Matter



Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century by Barbara Ransby

“A powerful — and personal — account of the movement and its players.”—The Washington Post

“Where mainstream narratives proclaim that movements and protests simply erupt erratically from anger, pure emotion, and vengeance, Ransby is a balm. She shows how every mass-led struggle sits atop the labor, sacrifices, and investments of many organizers who will never be seen, named, or rewarded for their contributions.”Black Perspectives




We Demand: The University and Student Protests by Roderick A. Ferguson

“Puts campus activism in a radical historic context.”—New York Review of Books

“Delivers an incisive and sobering account of reaction, of academic complicity in restoring the status quo and its exclusionary, anti-intellectual structures. Roderick Ferguson’s writing on the university is always on time, always urgent, and always aware that the struggle over knowledge is inseparable from the fight for our lives.”—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams






The New Food Activism: Opposition, Cooperation, and Collective Action edited by Alison Alkon and Julie Guthman

“A valuable contribution to critical food studies that raises important questions about what kind of food system we, as scholars, organizers, eaters and workers want to see and how we are going to get there.”Antipode

“A shrewdly curated call to action… By depicting the diversity of opposition to conventional food systems and with keen depth of discussion, Alkon and Guthman stoke the embers of the change that has been smoldering for decades within the food system, demonstrating means of resistance that all new activists should emulate.”Graduate Journal of Food Studies