State of Emergency: How We Win in the Country We Built

State of Emergency: How We Win in the Country We Built

by Tamika D. Mallory

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Overview

“A masterful book...reaffirms the urgency of the current state of Black people in America and the power we all have to win transformative change.” —Marc Lamont Hill, New York Times bestselling author

“Gives us the words and tools to fight for the justice our families deserve.” —Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor

“A powerful voice in consistently reminding us that we all have a stake in the fight for a just, fair, and equitable America.” —Jada Pinkett Smith, actor, producer, entrepreneur

Social justice leader Tamika D. Mallory states her case for action in this searing indictment of America’s historical, deadly, and continuing assault on Black and brown lives.

Drawn from a lifetime of frontline culture-shifting advocacy, organizing, and fighting for equal justice, State of Emergency makes Mallory’s demand for change and shares the keys to effective activism both for those new to and long-committed to the defense of Black lives.

From Minneapolis to Louisville, to Portland, Kenosha, and Washington, DC, America’s reckoning with its unmet promises on race and class is at a boiling point not seen since the 1960s. While conversations around pathways to progress take place on social media and cable TV, history tells us that meaningful change only comes with radical legislation and boots-on-the-ground activism. Here, Mallory shares her unique personal experience building coalitions, speaking truth to power, and winning over hearts and minds in the struggle for shared prosperity and safety.

Forward-looking, steeped in history, and rich with stories from life on the margins of American life, State of Emergency is a revelatory examination of the challenges we face, of the forces we must overcome, and a blueprint for all who maintain hope for social equity and a better tomorrow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982173463
Publisher: Atria/Black Privilege Publishing
Publication date: 05/11/2021
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 11,060
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tamika D. Mallory is a trailblazing social justice leader, movement strategist, globally recognized civil rights activist, cofounder of Until Freedom and the historic Women’s March, and author of State of Emergency. She served as the youngest ever Executive Director of the National Action Network. Her speech in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota—entitled “State of Emergency”—was dubbed “the speech of a generation” by ABC News. Mallory is an expert in the areas of gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and grassroots organizing.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Cardi B xi

Angela Y Davis xv

Prologue Tamika D. Mallory xxiii

Section 1 How We Got Here

1 Our Moment 1

2 Legacy of an Activist 11

3 Justice is Not a Comfortable Fight 33

4 The Rules 41

Section 2 Where We Are

5 The U.S. vs. Black America 59

6 The Roots of Rebellion 85

7 Say All Their Names 97

8 No Way Out 105

Section 3 Where We're Going

9 Defund the Police 119

10 Harnessing the Power of Our Voice 131

11 Other Strategies for Change 147

12 Equal Justice Under the Law 175

13 Cannot Stand 183

14 Vote and Build 189

15 The Fight Is Not Yet Won 205

Acknowledgments 217

Notes 221

Index 229

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