What's the Point of Revolution if We Can't Dance?

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What's the Point of Revolution if We Can't Dance? brings us the experiences of more than 100 activists from around the world. Their fears. Hopes. Exhaustion. Exaltation. Grief and pleasure. Pain and loss and wicked black humour. Spirituality. Funding crunches. Backbiting and burnout. Self-worth, desire, selfishness, and selflessness.
In Revolution activists from all walks of life talk about the intensely personal and inextricably important side of activism that leaves so many of us fatigued, isolated and ill. Together, we name a culture of activism that sometimes celebrates dying for the cause as a necessary and acceptable part of the activist bargain.
We also talked about what keeps us strong the love and passion for the work, and for each other. The simple and complex strategies that activists use to stay well and safe. The book concludes with a call for a revolution within activism that will ensure that we can sustain ourselves and our movements.

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Jane Barry is a human rights activist and author. She worked for several years in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans and Africa designing and managing emergency response programmes. She is currently focused on improving the well-being and safety of human rights defenders globally. Jane lives in the United Kingdom with Robin, Juliette, Alyssa and Basil.
Jelena Djordjevic is a feminist activist working on the prevention of violence against women and trafficking in the Balkan region. She is also active in the area of sexual rights through her involvement with the Network of Sex Work Projects and International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe. Currently she stands as deputy director of the Anti Trafficking Center in Belgrade, Serbia, which she co-founded in 2003. She is on the Board of Directors of the Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights and holds a Masters Degree in Migration Studies from Sussex University in the United Kingdom.

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I immediately started feeling a cold sensation running inside me...as if someone had written about me and about countless others whose stories I've picked up along the way in my 20 years of journey as a feminist and human rights activist...we can certainly use this as an inspiration to come together and take a few more steps forward...
~ Edna Aquino, one of the initiators of the gender and women s human rights program of Amnesty International, currently an advocate/trainer on women's empowerment. --Edna Aquino

I loved the book s honesty and I am glad that you made it real, direct. There was no faking it. The style is new, humorous, disturbing and open to numerous interpretations. As I read it, I parachuted through a rainbow of emotions, each blending into the other. I felt sadness, relief, amusement, confusion at how we let ourselves be martyred, and gratitude that it was all out in the air. I said to myself, this is revitalizing. Liberating. Naming the fears and anxieties enables us to confront them. Finally, we acknowledge that we are human beings with souls in need of nursing ... not afraid to simply BE.
~ Maria Nassali, Urgent Action Fund-Africa board member, currently pursuing doctoral studies in human rights and governance. --Maria Nassali

I believe your book is truly ground-breaking, and this comes from a quite hardened old activist who very, very rarely finds herself before something that is truly new, that opens up new landscapes. Your book does. And the most important thing is that, at the end of it, I felt hopeful. It managed to convince me that we can do something different with our lives, and with the world, because they are not as divided as we tend to think they are. Your book opens a whole world of possibilities for all of us, and in that sense is a rare treasure....
~ Alejandra Sardá, Mulabi - Espacio Latinoamericano de Sexualidades y Derechos (Latin American Space for Sexualities and Rights). --Alejandra Sardá

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