Community Building Resources

This is by no means an exhaustive list and it will be a permanent work in progress. It is quite difficult to list all of the books, websites and films that are out there and can help us make sense of our world and work for justice and change. These are some I have found helpful. I would love to hear your thoughts on these and other resources you come across and would like to share!


The Long Haul: An Autobiography By: Myles Horton

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century and Living for Change: An Autobiography By: Grace Lee Boggs

Asset Based Community Development – When People Care Enough To Act By: Mike Green with Henry Moore and John O’Brien

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide for Caring for Self While Caring for Others By: Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Unearthing Seeds of Fire: The Idea of Highlander By: Frank Adams

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex Edited by: INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

Pedagogy of the Oppressed By: Paulo Freire

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People By: Nadia Bolz-Weber

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness and Liberation and Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure By: Eli Clare

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption By: Bryan Stevenson

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness By: Michelle Alexander

Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson By: Jo Ann Robinson

Angela Davis: An Autobiography and Are Prisons Obsolete? By: Angela Y. Davis

Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism By: Suzanne Pharr

Pathfinders: People with Developmental Disabilities & Their Allies Building Communities That Work Better for Everybody By: John O’Brien and Beth Mount

Memoir of a Race Traitor By: Mab Segrest

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza By: Gloria Anzaldua

Assata: An Autobiography By: Assata Shakur

Mad in America By: Robert Whitaker

Sister Outsider and Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by: Audre Lorde

Sitting in the Fire: Large Group Transformation Using Conflict and Diversity By: Arnold Mindell

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Teaching About Race And Racism To People Who Don’t Want To Know By: Tema Okun

Origins of the Civil Rights Movement By: Aldon Morris

On the Margins of Citizenship: Intellectual Disability and Civil Rights in Twentieth-Century America by: Allison C. Carey

Disability Incarcerated Edited by: Liat Ben-Moshe, Chris Chapman and Allison C. Carey

What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community and Love By: Janice Fialka

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Women on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity By: Julia Serano

Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson By: George Jackson

Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South By: Catherine Fosl

Waves of Protest: Social Movements Since the Sixties By: Victoria Johnson and Jo Freeman

White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism By: Kevin M. Kruse

Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law By: Dean Spade

Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy By: Chris Crass

America Beyond Capitalism By: Gar Alperovitz

On the Web

What To Do Instead of Calling the Police

Beautiful Solutions

A Letter to Southern White Women from Anne Braden
10 Things You Can Do To Support a Person with Difficult Behaviors

Supporting a Person Who is Experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Jumping Into the Chaos of Things

Upside Down and Inside Out

Black Lives Matter

Showing Up for Racial Justice

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

Highlander Research and Education Center

Gawking, Gaping, Staring

Open Space

Changing the Framework: Disability Justice

Nonprofit AF

Are You or Your Nonprofit Guilty of Trickle Down Community Engagement?

Calling IN: A Less Disposable Way of Holding Each Other Accountable

Practicing Grace


4 Rs Youth Movement

The Blanket Exercise

Suicidal Ideation 2.0, queer community leadership, and staying alive anyway: part one of a work in progress

Against Equality: Queer Challenges to the Politics of Inclusion

Asset-Based Community Development Institute

The Icarus Project

Invisibilia Episode: The Problem with the Solution

CBC Radio Documentary: The Gristle in the Stew

Films and Videos

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Stranger with a Camera

4 Little Girls Currently available streaming through Amazon Prime subscriptions

You Got to Move: Stories of Change in the South

The Family That Dwelt Apart

Matewan Doesn’t seem to be available streaming, but can be ordered online or found in your local video rental store – if you still have one! In Atlanta, you can get it at Videodrome.

Ann Braden: Southern Patriot

We Are Not Ghosts

The Confessions

Briars in the Cotton Patch: The Story of Koinonia Farm Currently available streaming through Amazon Prime subscriptions.

Making the Invisible Visible: DeAmon Harges at TEDxUNG

Poverty, Inc.  Currently available streaming on Netflix


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