Books for changing the world

May 20, 2023 at 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Haymarket House

Let This Radicalize You: In-Person Book Launch and Celebration

Join us for an in-person book launch and celebration of Let This Radicalize You with author Kelly Hayes and Maya Schenwar.

Haymarket House

Haymarket House, 800 West Buena Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613 United States


What fuels and sustains activism and organizing when it feels like our worlds are collapsing? Let This Radicalize You: Organizing and the Revolution of Reciprocal Care is a practical and imaginative resource for activists and organizers building power in an era of destabilization and catastrophe.

Longtime organizers and movement educators Kelly Hayes and Mariame Kaba examine some of the political lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the convergence of mass protest and mass formations of mutual aid, and consider what this confluence of power can teach us about a future that will require mass acts of care, rescue and defense, in the face of both state violence and environmental disaster.

Join us for an outdoor conversation and celebration of Let This Radicalize You with author Kelly Hayes along with Maya Schenwar and Atena Danner. Kelly, Maya and Atena will discuss the book and we will also have plenty of time for folks to enjoy some refreshments, music and mingling.

You can order your copy of Let This Radicalize You here or pick one (or more) up at the event.


Kelly Hayes is the host of Truthout’s podcast “Movement Memos” and a contributing writer at Truthout. Kelly’s written work can also be found in Teen Vogue, Bustle, Yes! Magazine, Pacific Standard, NBC Think, her blog Transformative Spaces, The Appeal, the anthology The Solidarity Struggle: How People of Color Succeed and Fail At Showing Up For Each Other In the Fight For Freedom and Truthout’s anthology on movements against state violence, Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Kelly is also a direct action trainer and a co-founder of the direct action collective Lifted Voices.

Maya Schenwar is is a writer, editor, journalist and organizer working to sculpt new ways for journalism to serve the public good and fuel social transformation. She is currently Editor-at-Large at Truthout, an independent social justice news publication, where she spent over 13 years as Editor-in-Chief. Maya also recently founded the Truthout Center for Grassroots Journalism. She is the co-author (with Victoria Law) of Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms, and the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. Maya is also the co-editor of Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?

Atena O. Danner imagines Black liberation, engaged in boundless curiosity. Her poems range from kitchen-table specificity to universal relatability, covering topics including neurodiversity, human connection, and collective liberation. In their home north of Chicago, near the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires and of the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations, Atena lives with her partner, pets and two free Black children. Her first poetry collection, ‘Incantations for Rest’ is available from Skinner House Books.