These books reaffirm our unwavering commitment to building a world where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to reach their best health and wellbeing no matter their race, class, or ethnicity. We hope they do the same for you.
Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto by Tricia Hersey
“Key to unlearning the habits embedded by systemic racism.”
How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith
“You learn a lot, but also feel the book like poetry.”
Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora
“A gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir that brings to life the challenges of immigrants.”
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele
“Puts the impact of structural racism in clear and obvious terms.”
Healing Justice Lineages: Dreaming at the Crossroads of Liberations, Collective Care, and Safety by Cara Page and Erica Woodland
“Offers powerful justification and vision for health and healing outside the medical system.”
Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation by Linda Villarosa
“A reflection of lived experience informed by data and evidence.”
Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice by Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, Loretta Ross, and Elena R. Gutiérrez
“All can benefit from this book’s coherent, comprehensive vision for multiple health justice movements.”
Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond
“Illuminates how poverty impacts us all, especially those from privileged backgrounds.”
The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs with Scott Kurashige
“A scholar and activist who deeply understood what it meant to practice and fight for intersectionality.”
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