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The Revolution Where You Live by Sarah Van Gelder
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Jan 09, 2017 | ISBN 9781626567658

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"Sarah van Gelder's The Revolution Where You Live is filled with stories of people she interviewed as she traveled the country listening to their cries and dreams. Readers of these engrossing stories can go along for this memorable ride of reflection and empathy!"
-Ralph Nader, activist, author, and attorney

“I love that this book documents the incredibly powerful and dynamic movements that are taking root around the country. Read it!”
—Mark Ruffalo, actor, director, activist, and film producer

“Looking for hope? Here’s where to find it. An inspiring account of the grassroots leaders throughout the United States who are confronting racism, the climate crisis, and poverty.”
—Van Jones, CNN cohost, author, and activist

“Jump into Sarah van Gelder’s camper, and you’ll see our country anew . . . just the book Americans need right now.”
—Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet and cofounder of the Small Planet Institute 

“What the world needs today is a modern Odysseus—one who speaks with the power and love of the feminine, listens from the heart, and acts from compassion. Sarah van Gelder is that hero, a woman who understands that the monsters blocking our paths are our own creations, that the way out of chaos is through soul-felt, community-centered involvement. The Revolution Where You Live is a song of modern redemption.” 
—John Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

“What a journey! Sarah van Gelder uncovers the real revolution unfolding across America: leaderless and leader-full, up against it and angry, but still willing to hope. A passionate, powerful account!”
—Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and The End of Nature and cofounder of

“Journalist Sarah van Gelder says we can build the political revolution Bernie Sanders talks about from the bottom up, away from the iron grip of Wall Street and wealthy corporate interests. That’s a future we can all believe in.”
—RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director, National Nurses United, and National Vice President, AFL-CIO

“Slow food is a local, healthy homemade meal, prepared with a lot of love. Sister Sarah has a similar talent as she shares with us her snail ride across Turtle Island—not as a fable but as independent media evidence that decolonization and the Great Turning are here. We the people love this place!”
—Pancho Ramos, full-time ServiceSpace volunteer, Oakland, undocumented and unafraid activist and mediator

“This book will keep you warm even as it keeps you riveted, and it will inspire you to see your part in the solutions that our world so desperately needs.”
—Brendan Martin, founder and Director, The Working World

“Buckminster Fuller reminded us that we are facing a civilizational choice between utopia and oblivion. In this intrepid account, Sarah van Gelder renders the realistic utopia possible and reminds us that it is being born, right now, in the heart of the old empire.”
—Alnoor Ladha, Executive Director, The Rules, and Board Member, Greenpeace International USA

“Like the inspiring efforts that she chronicles, Sarah van Gelder’s writing is ‘ordinary and extraordinary.’ In sharp contrast to mass media blather and clichés of condescension, this book offers hope grounded in real human experience.”
—Norman Solomon, Executive Director, Institute for Public Accuracy, and author of War Made Easy

“People are hungry for solutions, and those that unfold in these beautifully told stories offer hope and ways to build bridges of justice and understanding.”
—LeeAnn Hall, Co–Executive Director, People’s Action

“This is a wonderful book—warm, human, direct, meaningful—and it is one that will help you understand why building a new America from the ground up must begin with community.”
—Gar Alperovitz, author of What Then Must We Do?

“In this good book, Sarah van Gelder documents her reprise of Alexis de Tocqueville’s 1831 travels in search of democracy. It is a book of answers: homegrown, walking-distance, smart, and heartfelt.”
—Peter Block, author of Community

“Our survival depends today on rediscovering hope as a social force. This is what Sarah van Gelder does in this amazing book, where she shares sources of hope that she collected with love and wisdom.”
—Gustavo Esteva, writer, speaker, and founder of Universidad de la Tierra

“Bravo! Through masterful storytelling, Sarah van Gelder shares a critical insight—that when we connect to the place where we live and work in community, we have the power to overcome the complex challenges of our time.”
—Judy Wicks, cofounder of Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and author of Good Morning, Beautiful Business

“Sarah van Gelder’s genius, in the spirit of Wendell Berry, is to celebrate the women, men, and children who cultivate love for their places in all their diversity. This book inspires us to regenerate our connections with each other and to the ecology of our place on earth.”
—Madhu S. Prakash, author and Professor of Education, Penn State College of Education

“Sarah van Gelder has written a beautiful chronicle of people making revolution the old-fashioned way: close to home. Learn from these stories and claim your place in the America that is arriving.”
—Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University and author of You’re More Powerful Than You Think

“In The Revolution Where You Live, Sarah van Gelder offers living hope, grounded not in theory but in the stories of the real communities of resilience and resistance she visits.”
—Tim DeChristopher, climate activist

“The inspiration and lessons we need to follow Joe Hill’s exhortation: ‘Don't mourn—organize.’”
—Jim Diers, author of Neighbor Power and former Director, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

“I’ve learned to trust Sarah van Gelder, the questions she asks, and the folks she listens to. In The Revolution Where You Live, her encounters with people reinventing their lives today reveal promises we can believe in.”
—Joanna Macy, activist and author of Coming Back to Life

“Sarah listened to everyday people and tells us their beautiful stories as they take control over their own destinies.” 
—Linda Stout, founder of Spirit in Action and author of Bridging the Class Divide

Table Of Contents

Map of the 12,000-Mile Journey xiv–xv

Foreword by Danny Glover

A Big Revolution at a Small Scale xiii

We the People Love This Place 1
Fire, Coal, and Climate in Montana 25 

Another Way of Ranching 30 

The Ranchers and Native People Resisting the Otter Creek Mine 37 

A North Dakota Reservation Where Fracking Rules 47 

No Fracking Way Turtle Mountain 53

Relationship to Earth/Place

The Making of the Rust Belt 63 

Growing Power in Chicago 67 

At New Era Windows, “We Work with Passion” 71 

The Detroiters Who Are Redefining Prosperity 76 

Dr. Garcia, Gunshot Wounds, and a Plea for Jobs in Cincinnati 88 

The Union Movement’s Hail Mary Pass 94 

Community Work for Community Good 100

Relationship to Our Economies

Appalachia’s Coalfields Extraction 109 

Greensboro’s Battle over Story 126 

Restorative Justice and the Harrisonburg Police 137 

Newark and the People Who Love It 144 

Ithaca’s Stories of Race 151 

Dallas at Christmas and a Syrian Family 161 

Childbirth and Transcendence 165 

Moab—A Bridge 174 

Relationship to Self

EPILOGUE The Power of Connection 181

101 Ways to Reclaim Local Power




About the Author 217

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