WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN!: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World. Review by Sasha Constanza-Chock

Cover Art by AgitArte
Cover Art by AgitArte

Back in the 1990s, I worked with Jorge Díaz Ortiz, Puerto Rican cultural organizer, in a youth theater collective called Agitarte. It was my introduction to Freire and to Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed methodology, and a deeply formative experience in my own praxis of linking media and cultural work with intersectional liberatory political organizing. 20 years later, AgitArte has evolved into a kickass organization whose mission is “to create projects and practices of cultural solidarity with workers and marginalized communities in grassroots struggles to protest injustice and propose alternatives that, in turn, generate possibilities for fundamental transformations in our world.”

Now, Agitarte has collaborated with Greg Jobin-Leeds to produce this rich volume that explores the dynamics of today’s social movements through interviews, art, social history, and analysis.

From the book description:

Longtime social activist Greg Jobin-Leeds joins forces with AgitArte, a collective of artists and organizers, to capture the stories, philosophy, tactics, and art of today’s leading social change movements. When We Fight, We Win! weaves together interviews with today’s most successful activists and artists from across the country and beyond.
I’m honored to have played a small part in the book – Greg interviewed me for a section about the outcomes of the Occupy movement. Happily, I received a free hot-off-the-presses copy in exchange for my time, and I’m now devouring the compelling interviews with activists and artists who are struggling in the LGBTQ movement, for access to education, to end mass incarceration, for immigrant rights, against extreme wealth inequality, for environmental justice, and at many intersections within and beyond. You’ll want to get your copy ASAP: find it on the project’s website, whenwefightwewin.com.

Posted on February 9, 2016 by Sasha Constanza-Chock