Webs of Power: Notes From the Global Uprising
AVAILABILITY: Active Record (Available for Order)
Publication Date: March 2008
Publisher: New Catalyst Books
Topics: Corporate Rule, Democracy: Theory & Practice, Labor & Work / Classism, Love, Sex, Eros, Nonviolence, Race & Civil Rights, Social Movements, Spirituality & Religion, Visioning the Future
Description: A dramatic account from the front lines of the global justice movement by Starhawk who has been a keen observer on the streets since she was arrested and jailed for five days during the Seattle anti-WTO protests in November 1999. Since then, she has reported from the streets of Prague, Brazil, Quebec City and Genoa. Her book also includes a privileged glimpse behind the scenes at the fierce discussion of the issues, strategies, and tactics of an always-evolving social movement.
Starhawk explores the debate between violent and nonviolent tactics; the definition of an economy of true abundance; and how we can transform our rage and despair, face our fears, and renew our spirits while acting to change the world. The book is also a personal vision of what an alternative future might look and feel like.
Review(s): "The grave danger we are in - of enslavement, worldwide, by the insatiably greedy - is so complex only a witch could fully comprehend, analyze, and write a spell to get us out of it. I am serious. Enter Starhawk (thank goddess!) and 'Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising'. This book tells us all we need to know about the chasm gaping at our feet. Visionary ropes are thrown in the hope that we will have sense and soul enough to swing ourselves across. A must and soonest read." - Alice Walker, author of 'The Color Purple'
"'Webs of Power' is a must reading for all who would take part in the essential revolution of our time: the transition from a suicide economy to a life-sustaining civilization. Here Starhawk provides on-the-scene reports from the opening years of the Global Justice Movement; then in a set of outstanding essays, reflects on key strategic and philosophic issues. The voice of this visionary teacher, writer, activist is unfailingly fresh in its wisdom and relevance. While refusing all dogmas, she inspires and guides with wholesome, wry authority." - Joanna Macy, author of 'Widening Circles'
"Starhawk has done it again: merging the personal, the political, and the planetary in a seamless web of words that resemble the web of life. Do yourself a favor and read every sentence of this book; then let it guide you into being an active participant in the global values revolution that is replacing money values and violence with life values and nonviolence." - Kevin Danaher, co-founder, Global Exchange
"Since the anti-WTO protests in Seattle, a dispersed and diverse global movement has better understood itself in the mirror of Starhawk's writings. Her essays consistently and miraculously combine how-to practicality with poetry and inspiration. She presents the best face of social justice and dares us to live up to it." - Naomi Klein, author of 'No Logo'
"What an important book to read right now! Always on the cutting edge, Starhawk guides us this time through the labyrinthine pathways of the global justice movement. These powerful chronicles of her experiences 'out on the streets' - beginning with Seattle in 1999 - are an exciting read in themselves. Her observations, and her razor-sharp analysis of the converging elements involved in the protests provide a framework to see this rising, world wide movement. Starhawk's vision comes from a lifetime of service to the Earth and all living things. Clearly she understands the dynamics needed to make another world possible." - Donna Read, documentary filmmaker, Women & Spirituality Trilogy: Full Circle, The Burning Times and Goddess Remembered
"Starhawk is a profound example of spiritual activation - the place where mind, heart, and spirit join in sacred, conscious action. Her message on the importance of diversity in the global justice movement is timely and vitally important. This vision for a healthy world manifests into reality when we recognize that peace ON the Earth must happen as one with peace WITH the Earth." - Julia Butterfly Hill, author of 'One Makes the Difference' and 'The Legacy of Luna'