Hear Our Voice!

By Rachel Colias

Movements like March for Our Lives have proven once again that anyone, regardless of age, can be civically engaged in a meaningful way. Whether that means organizing a protest or simply starting a conversation, this list is a new generation's guide to speaking up about injustice and creating change on a local and national level.

  • #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women


    [hashtag]NotYourPrincess is a strong, reflective collection of essays, interviews, poems, and art by Native American women describing their experience as a largely overlooked and systemically oppressed group. The contributors use this book as a platform to demand change and their collective voice is impossible to ignore.

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  • The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race


    James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time is the inspiration for this collection of essays and poems which reflect on what it means to be black in America from a younger generation's perspective. Using examples of recent events, like the racially motivated church shooting in Charleston, the authors of these works dissect how the historic subjugation of black people in America affects their daily lives on both a micro and macro level.

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  • I'm Judging You: The Do-better Manual

    2016 by Ajayi, Luvvie

    From blog to book, Ajayi Luvvie has made a successful career out of telling people they need to do better. In this collection of essays, she uses experiences from her own life to contemplate ways we can all acknowledge and dismantle toxic norms, like rape culture, and wield the power of social media more responsibly.

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  • Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World


    Here We Are is an incredibly vibrant scrapbook, crafted by young adult figures for the next generation of feminists. The authors, poets, and artists represented in this work offer intersectional perspectives on a wide variety of feminist issues, presenting pieces that will resonate with anyone interested in reading modern takes on conversations feminists have been having for decades. If you want to learn more about why and how feminism is working to smash the patriarchy, this is a great place to start.

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  • Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

    2017 by Prager, Sarah

    Unfortunately, history is commonly written by a select privileged few. This skewed perspective almost never represents the oppressed people of its time, leaving countless voices unheard. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer revolutionaries are perpetually snubbed by these narrow histories, but Sarah Prager refuses to let their memories be suppressed. Prager's book amplifies these voices by chronicling brief, but impactful, histories of 23 revolutionaries, broadcasting to LBGTQ people everywhere that they will never be forgotten.

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  • In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

    2016 by Guerrero, Diane

    There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US; years ago, famous actress Diane Guerrero's parents were two of them. Tragically, Diane's parents were detained and deported while she was in school, leaving her to rely on the generosity of family friends in order to continue her life without them. Diane was born in the US, affording her the right to stay. In her book, In the Country We Love, she uses her success as a platform to advocate for millions of undocumented people who constantly fear the same nightmarish fate her parents suffered.

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