What fuels and sustains organizing and activism when it feels like our worlds are collapsing? The stories in Let This Radicalize You illustrate possible answers. Join MCF's Book Club for a timely conversation with the coauthors as well as community organizers about how folks are putting lessons from the book into practice. Sign up to join us today and get a FREE paperback copy while supplies last.
This event is part of our MCF Book Club: Reading for a Liberated Future series. The MCF Book Club shares the ideas of leaders who encourage us to imagine how we can radically transform our democracy, economy, and society.
Mariame Kaba is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots abolitionist organization focused on ending youth incarceration, and co-leads the initiative Interrupting Criminalization with fellow organizer Andrea J. Ritchie. Kaba is the author of the New York Times bestseller We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice (Haymarket Books, 2021), among several other titles that offer support and tools for repair, transformation, and moving toward a future without incarceration and policing. She was named a 2022 Freedom Scholar by Marguerite Casey Foundation.
Kelly Hayes is a Menominee author, organizer, movement educator, and photographer. She is also the host of Truthout’s podcast Movement Memos. Hayes is a cofounder of the Lifted Voices collective and the Chicago Light Brigade. Her written work is featured in numerous publications and multiple anthologies, including Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States (Haymarket Books, 2016), Education in Movement Spaces: Standing Rock to Chicago Freedom Square (Routledge, 2020), and The Solidarity Struggle: How People of Color Succeed and Fail at Showing Up for Each Other in the Fight for Freedom (BGD Press, 2016). Hayes’s movement photography is featured in the Freedom and Resistance exhibit of the DuSable Museum of African American History.
Toni-Michelle Williams is a performance artist, creative director, embodied leadership coach, and the cofounder and executive director of Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative, Inc. (SNAPCO). Toni-Michelle embodies supernatural grace and sacred silliness as tools to tap into joy and satisfaction and bridges her creative arts with activism. She is a celebrated community organizer and empowerment speaker on prison abolition / criminal (IN)justice reform issues and leadership development for Black transgender, LGBQ people, sex workers, people living with HIV (PLHIV), and Black youth. She has co-led city-wide campaigns that have incubated the Atlanta Policing Alternatives and Diversion Initiative, cannabis reform, sex worker protections, closing down the Atlanta City Detention Center (ACDC), and police accountability for the families of Alexia Christian, Scout Schultz, DeAundre Phillips, Tee Tee Dangerfield, and Rayshard Brooks.
Asha Edwards (she/they) is a visual artist and student pursuing a degree in public health at UIC. She sometimes enjoys organizing in abolitionist campaigns that put cracks in the foundations of white supremacy, policing, settler-colonialism, patriarchy, and imperialism. Their art allows her to put rage into new visions of the world she wants to fight for. Such as WeAreDissenters, #CopsOutCPS, and #NoCopAcademy.