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  • Preparing for Trump's Assault on Child Welfare

    Don Lash, author of "When the Welfare People Come": Race and Class in the US Child Protection System, looks at what child welfare can expect from Trump's presidency.

    Like everyone I know, I’ve been experiencing a mix of outrage and amusement in response to the menace and buffoonery of the early days of the Trump administration. Having my book about the child welfare system come out soon after the inauguration at first seemed disconnected from everything happening around me. Child welfare policy was not discussed on the campaign trail, as is usually the case, and I’m unaware of any evidence that Trump has shown any knowledge of or interest in the topic.

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  • The Stop Trump Reading List from Haymarket Books

    Our slogan at Haymarket Books is "Books for Changing the World." But books alone can't change the world; ideas become a material force only through the people who organize and fight for change.

    In a sense our entire catalog is made up of "books to stop Trump and the grotesque system that spawned him;" we publish books of radical politics, theory, and history intended to arm those looking to understand the world in order to change it.

    In that spirit, we've put together this short list for all of you who are looking for resources to understand Trump's election, how we got to this point, and how we can organize to fight for a better world:

    Hope in the Dark
    by Rebecca Solnit

    Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

    Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire by Deepa Kumar

    The Democrats: A Critical History by Lance Selfa

    No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence at the U.S.-Mexico Border by Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis

    For Young People: 101 Changemakers: The Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History, edited by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran

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  • Make 2017 a Year of Resistance!

    Haymarket author and people's historian Howard Zinn wrote: 

    “To survive, democracy needs a truly radical, truly independent press more than ever before. We need to create a culture in this country in which reading and resistance go hand-in-hand.”

    In that spirit, we offer a reading guide for those looking for the history, politics, and inspiration for the many struggles to come. Let's work to make 2017 a Year of Resistance!

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  • Haymarket Books Holiday Gift Guide

    This is the year to introduce your favorite radical books to your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and comrades.

    We've assembled a guide of some of our books that make great gifts, with suggestions for (just about) anyone on your list.

    Below, we offer suggestions for the young person in your life looking for radical inspiration in the struggles of the past, the sports fan cheering on Colin Kaepernick as he continues to kneel for the National Anthem, or the family member or friend who's been asking you what we can do to resist Trump and fight for a better world.

    Oh yeah, and everything is 50% OFF until January 3rd!

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  • Reading and Resistance Go Hand-in-Hand / Support Haymarket Books


    Thanks to all of you who contributed to our #GivingTuesday matching challenge yesterday, we exceeded our goal, and received the $10,000 in matching funds!

    The generosity of our friends and supporters will help us continue to do the work in the new year and beyond. If you'd like to get a taste of what's on deck, check out our Spring 2017 catalog, with new books by Wallce Shawn, Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Donna Murch, Aja Monet, and many more!

    It's not too late to contribute – if you didn't donate yesterday, please consider making your tax-deductible donation before the end of year – or set up monthly contributions in any amount you choose. 

    Click here to make a one-time donation or set up a monthly sustainer contribution.

    In solidarity,
    The Team at Haymarket Books


    Please help Haymarket Books win $10,000 in matching funds by making a Giving Tuesday donation right now.

    Haymarket Books is an independent, radical, non-profit publisher that runs on a shoestring budget, and we need your help to continue to do the work in the coming year. 

    “To survive, democracy needs a truly radical, truly independent press more than ever before. We need to create a culture in this country in which reading and resistance go hand-in-hand. That’s why I’m a proud supporter of Haymarket Books, which has inherited the critical, fighting spirit of its namesakes.”  –HOWARD ZINN (1922 - 2010)      

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