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Don't Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A collection of suggestions, tips, and narratives on ways everyone can support parents, children, and caregivers involved in social movements, this book focuses on social justice, mutual aid, and collective liberation. One of the few books dealing with community support for issues facing children and families, this reflection on inclusivity in social awareness offers real- ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by PM Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Finished this book a week back or more. Not being a parent and not having been too involved with friends kids (and generally not being a "kid person") I can say this book really opened my eyes to the lives of friends, parents and kids.

Having read this I really feel has put my heart in a new place, as I'm guessing is what was hoped for through the putting together of this work. I'd never really thought about how very small things I do could mean so much to people who are likely stressed, frustra
I was disappointed in this book largely because of the self-righteous, hectoring tone of many of the essays, but regardless am glad that it is starting (or elevating) this conversation, and hope for more writing on the subject. I appreciated the creative format of having a combination of personal essays and more informal event write-ups or bullet-pointed lists of ideas, and I'm sure that gave more people the chance to contribute. Some of the case studies were great.
Quin Rich
I purchased this anthology directly from one of the editors (China Martens) at a workshop she co-led, titled "Don't leave your friends behind!" As a student of Feminist Family Values, I was eager to explore this under-theorized area, and I was not disappointed in the slightest!!!

This volume collects writings from childcare activists, radical mamas, and caregivers of all stripes. There is a general feminist/radical/anarchist/social justice political vibe to the book, which I greatly appreciated,
My relationship to kids (and their parents) is somewhat stereotypical for a nearly-30 punk lady. I love other people’s kids but I don’t want any myself. Most of my friends are in the same “Childfree and Proud” boat. Thus, despite my fondness for children I don’t really interact with them much. In fact, I hardly ever lay eyes on children unless I am in a public space. However, when a dear friend who lives across country began talking frankly about what it was like to be a pregnant single woman an ...more
Dec 13, 2013 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: nonfic
Good topic but a little 101 for my needs. I would've preferred fewer essays that went into more depth. Several essays merely reiterated the need for child-care, whereas I wanted practical discussion of successes and failures, and how successful approaches to child-friendly movements can be re-fashioned to ensure inclusion of our elders, people with disabilities or PTSD, families recovering from abuse/addiction, folks with language differences, and so on. There were articles in that vein, but not ...more
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
This is a pretty quick read and totally accessible. I thought the subject matter was going to be more diverse, but the book talked a lot about children and childcare--which was helpful and informative. There are a lot of speakers which is also nice so you get a lot of different perspectives on the subjects at hand. There were also some really nice essays on elder care, mental health, disability, and migration. I didn't like, literally, a couple of the essays. Otherwise, great stuff!
Dec 21, 2012 Tinea rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: childless folks who never thought of kids/parents as central to the rev
Important, valuable subject matter which would have made a great zine (lists! tiny essays! rants!) but was poorly developed for a book-length treatment. Wonderful showcase of many different perspectives and circumstances advocating for their own needs-- unfortunately each essay was so short and raw, many repeated and the analysis felt shallow. Good start and good ideas though.
I really appreciate that it was put together and learned a lot as a non-parent about supporting parents and kids.Like others have mentioned, there are good learnings and lessons in this book, and it comes across as pretty self-righteous and holier-then-thou.
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