When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That are Transforming Our World

Author(s): Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte

Politics | LBGTQ | Non-Fiction | Politics

Same-sex marriage, #BlackLivesMatter, the DREAM Act, the People’s Climate March, End the New Jim Crow, Occupy Wall Street, the fight for a $15 minimum wage—these are just a few of the remarkable movements that have blossomed in the past decade, a most fertile and productive era of activism. Now, in a visually rich and deeply inspiring book, the leaders and activists of these and other movements distill their wisdom, sharing lessons of what makes—and what hinders—transformative social change.

Longtime social activist Greg Jobin-Leeds joins forces with AgitArte, a collective of artists and organizers, to capture the stories, philosophy, tactics, and art of today’s leading social change movements. When We Fight, We Win! weaves together interviews with today’s most successful activists and artists from across the country and beyond—including Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, Bill McKibben, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Karen Lewis, Favianna Rodriguez, Rea Carey, and Gaby Pacheco, among others—with narrative recountings of strategies and campaigns alongside full-color photos. It includes a foreword by Rinku Sen and an afterword by Antonia Darder.

When We Fight, We Win! will give a whole generation of readers the chance to celebrate and benefit from a remarkable decade of activism—a decade that shows just how ripe these times are for social transformation.



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“[A] remarkable new book…One of the things that makes this book so unusual is the stunning artwork throughout.”—Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

“Bernie Sanders’ admirable run for the white house isn’t the only hope for real progressive change in America…a fascinating new book.”—Thom Hartmann, The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann

“In When We Fight, We Win, activists and anyone new to the social movements of the early 21st century will find first-person insights and a primer on the history of these movements, from the 1960s to 2015...The text is clear and to the point, infused with the passionate and practical voices of many creative effective individuals working toward common goals.”—Shelf Awareness

"When We Fight, We Win! portrays vividly, and creatively, how alone we may seem small, but together we can become a powerful force to make a better world. A timely and impressive work."—Noam Chomsky, MIT professor of linguistics, emeritus

"Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte shine a sparkling, movement-savvy light on the thinkers and doers who should be on TV but (almost) never are. A guide to making change that will leave you smarter, inspired, and more ready than ever to fight and win. Bravo."

—Laura Flanders, GRITtv


"With words and graphics, this book not only captures the good spirits, inclusiveness, and smarts of contemporary movements but also taps the deep wisdom about the necessity of defiant struggle that the movements of today have inherited from the past. Read this book and take heart!"—Frances Fox Piven, distinguished professor of political science, CUNY Graduate Center

Greg Jobin-Leeds is co-chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education. He has helped launch many high-impact social change organizations and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Deymirie Hernandez, Jose Jorge Diaz, and Jose Primo Hernandez are members of AgitArte, an artist and organizing collective that facilitates projects of cultural solidarity with workers and marginalized communities that is based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Boston, Massachusetts. "

General Fields

  • : 9781620970935
  • : The New Press
  • : The New Press
  • : May 2016
  • : United States
  • : April 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte
  • : Paperback
  • : 322.40973
  • : 320
  • : illustrations