101 Changemakers New York Launch Event
Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 4:00pm
Featuring Changemakers Bhairavi Desai and Barbara Young with editor Dao X. Tran
Moderated by contributing author Brian Jones, with surprise special guests
Cosponsored by IndyKids, CUNY PhD Program in Urban Education, Ya-Ya Network: Youth Activists–Youth, Allies, New York Coalition of Radical Educators (NYCoRE), Teaching for Change, and Voices of a People’s History
IN THE GREAT tradition of Howard Zinn, 101 Changemakers offers a “people's history” version of the individuals who have shaped our country, for middle school students and up. In the place of founding fathers, presidents, and titans of industry are profiles of those who courageously fought for social justice in the United States, providing students with new ways of understanding how history is written—and made. As the editors write:
For too many young people, history is just plain boring. History can seem like it is all about random dates and facts about powerful kings and important presidents making long-winded speeches. History can appear to be about events that happened so far in the past that they seem to have no connection to our world today. It doesn’t have to be this way. History should be exciting. It should be thrilling. It tells us the greatest stories ever told, and those stories contain lessons from the past that can help us create a better future. But we can only do that if we know who really made our history—and what exactly they did.
Changemakers include Tecumseh, Harriet Tubman, Mark Twain, Mother Jones, Fred Korematsu, Cesar Chavez, Rachel Carson, Muhammad Ali, Gloria Steinem, Harvey Milk, and many more—including the following book launch speakers:
Bhairavi Desai, a native of India, has been organizing taxi drivers since 1996. She is the cofounder and executive director of the 15,000-member New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) since 1998. Through organizing, direct action, legal and health services, media presence, political advocacy and the cultivation of allies and supporters—NYTWA, a multiethnic, multigenerational union—builds power for one of the most vulnerable and visible immigrant workforces in the city of New York.
Barbara Young was a domestic worker for seventeen years, and is well acquainted with both the exploitation domestic workers face—and the potential of domestic workers to organize for lasting change. She is an active member of Domestic Workers United (DWU), one of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)’s founding affiliate organizations, and has provided consistent and inspiring leadership for the NDWA since its foundation.
Michele Bollinger lives in Washington, DC, where she teaches high school social studies.
Dao X. Tran is an editor based in the Bronx, New York. Dao is currently working on the Domestic Worker Oral History Project.
For additional book information, please visit:
CUNY PhD Program in Urban Education
Teaching for Change
Voices of a People's History