The Common Good
June 2012

New and Noteworthy

by Julie Polter | June 2012

Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption — Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It — When the Drum is ...

Street Stories
UCLA professor Jorja Leap has immersed herself in the study of Los Angeles gangs since 2002. Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption displays her deep passion and anthropological insight. Beacon Press

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Up with (Real) People
Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It, by Jeffrey D. Clements, looks at the roots and consequences of the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission case and presents a strategy to fight back. Berrett-Koehler

The Song Remains
For more than six decades, the Haitian band Septentrional has kept the music going despite dictatorships, natural disasters, and coup d’états. The documentary film When the Drum is Beating interweaves the band’s story with that of Haiti, in all its despair, power, and perseverance. First Run Features

Not Playing It Safe
In Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World, Mission Year president Leroy Barber encourages readers to take risks in the radical calls to justice and service that God might have in store. IVP Books

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