The Book

What key ingredients make modern movements inclusive and transformative? How do we create real and enduring change? What have successful activists done that works, and what doesn’t work? And how can anyone get involved and make a difference?


Today, ordinary people are taking on extraordinary problems, gaining traction, and making the impossible possible. Same sex marriage, #BlackLivesMatter, the DREAM Act, the People’s Climate March, the $15 minimum wage, Occupy Wall Street—these are just a few of the remarkable initiatives that have blossomed in the past decade. Now in WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN!: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World, longtime social activist Greg Jobin-Leeds joins forces with AgitArte—an organization of working class artists and organizers—to capture the stories, philosophies, tactics, and art of today’s leading social change movements.
With a foreword by Colorlines’ Rinku Sen and an afterword by celebrated author Antonia Darder, WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN! weaves together personal interviews with today’s most successful activists and artists from across the country, including Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, Bill McKibben, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Karen Lewis, Favianna Rodriguez, Rea Carey, Gaby Pacheco, and other prominent changemakers—to share lessons of what works—and what hinders—transformative social change.

Filled with brilliant full color art that Kirkus calls “consistently and effectively provocative,” WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN! focuses on six major issues—the LGBTQ movement, the fight for quality public education, the prison justice movement, immigrant rights, the struggle for economic power, and the environmental movement.



Chapter 1: Reclaiming Wholeness: the LGBTQ Movement



Chapter 2: Grounded in Community: The Fight for the Soul of Public Education



Chapter 3: Transforming Visions: Ending Mass Incarceration



Chapter 4: The Power of Stories: The DREAMers and Immigrant Rights



Chapter 5: “When We Fight, We Win!”: The Struggle for Economic Power



Chapter 6: Environmental Warriors: Going to the Root of the Problem



“As protests and demonstrations sprout across the land, young organizers and activists need to know why and how movements are sustained and how they grow. That resource has arrived.”

—Mumia Abu-Jamal, author and activist

“A remarkable new book . . . One of the things that makes this book so unusual is the stunning artwork throughout.”
—Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
When We Fight, We Win! portrays vividly, and creatively, how alone we may seem small, but together we can become a powerful force to make a better world. A timely and impressive work.”
Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics, MIT
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