by Alice Lovelace
The Trouble With Black Boys:
And Other Reflections on Race, Equity,
and the Future of Public Education

by Pedro Noguera
... and the echo follows

an essay with photographs
by nic paget-clarke
"forever" by Alice Lovelace

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21 poems. 37 pages.
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204 pages. 203 original photos.
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by Alice Lovelace

"Alice Lovelace's poetry is filled with the wisdom of a woman who has seem some things, with the passion of a woman who feels deeply about what she sees and with the intent to expose, explore and express her unique visionary voice."
-- Michael Simanga, author of In the Shadow of the Son.

"Alice Lovelace has become a poet whose work is as vital and vibrant and beautiful and essential as she is. In this latest work entitled forever, Alice is not afraid to face the joy of love and pain of loss and hold on to hope and celebrate the complexity of living, seeking joy with justice and the warm embrace. The brave reader who is not afraind of emotional truth is invited to join Alice on this wonderful journey to forever."
-- Malkia M'Buzi Moore, poet.

"These poems, with their short sharp lines and evocative images still surprise me after multiple readings. There is a clarity of self and the world she inhabits that is both beautiful and heartbreaking. There are spirits and ghosts, illuminated memories that cannot be contained by this physical world and must bleed into the next. These poems stand as a memorial for the living and the dead; a road map for those who will come next."
-- Collin Kelly, poet.

"Lush and love-laced, Alice's poems sparkle in their songified strut acrosss our soular system -- funkily traversing the celestial and the terrestrial. Family is on -- and hurt. Dream is on -- and nightmare. Beauty is on -- and death. Hymn is on -- and blues. Alice's brilliant word themes tease eyes, ears and tongues ready for her righteous dance."
-- Eugene B. Redmond, poet laureate of East St. Louis, Illinois. Editor of Drumvoices Revue.
The Trouble With Black Boys by Pedro Noguera

"Influenced by culture and aware of the lack of prospects for them,black boys in particular, but minority students of all kinds, make the kinds of poor choices that fulfill the low expectations of their teachers and the broader society. Education professor Noguera examinesthe cultural, societal--and personal--factors that create the stubborn link between race and poverty. In this compelling series of essays, Noguera cites research and his own personal experience--as a minority, a father, and an educator--to explore the myriad ways that young black and Hispanic males are expected to run afoul of middle-class American norms and often do. He argues that public schools, despite their abysmal record, are the only institutions with the access and resources to turn around troubling social trends. He points to research comparing the disciplinary tactics of public schools and prisons, institutions that have far too much in common with so many male minority students dropping out of schools and landing in prison. A thoughtful look at issues of race and educational equity."
Vanessa Bush (Booklist Review, May 8, 2008)

"Explores strategies that can change the culture and structure of schools to support the aspirations and identities of minority students."
N.N. Arnez, emeritus, Howard University -- Recommended

... and the echo follows
by Nic Paget-Clarke

Asking the question, "What is the connection between food and democracy?" raises a lot of other questions. Some of the answers invalidate many of the myths of our assumed knowledge. Other answers describe the history and experience of a different understanding.

What is the Green Revolution? What is food sovereignty? What is the verticalization of agriculture? What is agroecology? Is "free trade" free? How much does a military cost? Where did this economic mess come from? Is a democracy a vote for who? Is land identity? What has art got to do with it? Do I care?

Surprising to some, well-understood by others, many of the answers are available for both discussion and practice. Millions of women and men, farmers, indigenous people, and peasants are creating autonomous movements, social and economic relations, and processes of decision, which make power unnecessary and undermine alienation. They are movements, people of dignity.

"And the Echo Follows brings the concept of food sovereignty to life by sharing the stories, insights, and images of the people who are putting it into practice every day. We hear from Maori activists in New Zealand who are resisting further colonization in the form of biopiracy of their native flora and fauna, indigenous knowledge, and even their own DNA. We hear from peasant leaders of Mali who are making up for the failure of the government to regulate agricultural prices by creating their own system of locally controlled reserves. We hear from community leaders of Venezuela and Bolivia, where for the first time, peasants and indigenous peoples are at the helm of a process of social transformation based on participatory democracy. These stories, together with vivid images and historical context, form a fascinating web of interconnections and commonalities that Nic Paget-Clarke has masterfully woven together in this work."
-- Christina Schiavoni, Director of WhyHunger's Global Movements Program

"And The Echo Follows is a marvelous work. It is very well put together with good design and splendid photos. As far as content goes, I was impressed by its extensive depth and breadth – the quantity of countries and experiences discussed. I was also impressed by the dialog between agriculture, land, and the politics of autonomy and horizontality. I found this aspect particularly interesting. Furthermore, it is all done in a very 'natural' way. Congratulations!"
-- Raúl Zibechi, the author of "Dispersing Power" and many other books. Raúl Zibechi is one of Latin America's leading political theorists, an international analyst for Brecha (Montevideo, Uruguay), and a professor at the Multiversidad Franciscana de América Latina.

"After reading And The Echo Follows you will feel grounded in how Food Sovereignty can lead to real democracy and how our lives and those of future generations depend on it. You will also enjoy meeting new friends, including peasants and farmers from many of the world’s regions, with whom you can join in that endeavor."
George Naylor, family farmer in Greene County, Iowa; past president of the National Family Farm Coalition in the United States.

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