Letters From Young Activists (Dan Berger, Chesa Boudin, & Kenyon Farrow)

In previous reviews I have spoken about how important I feel activism is for today's youth, but I haven't really reviewed a book that is solely about that subject.

This collection of soulful works is written by rebels of diverse backgrounds, experiences and ages (most of them in their teens and 20s, but some slightly younger or older).

The letters are written to their peers, family, national leaders, governors, ex-presidents, as well as general letters to cultural movements, such as punk rock, hip-hop and feminism.

The editors are three young activist writers themselves, who have selected letters representing a wide variety of issues from various view points, speaking on subjects they deeply believe in. In their letters, the writers express the problems in the world and the changes they want to see. Bernardine Dohrn - a writer, activist and law professor - says in her preface, "Young people have changed the world. ... It will happen again. It's happening now."

She sets up the book perfectly, explaining the need for the next generation to speak truth to power and work for change.

A stirring, encouraging piece for those looking to make a difference. Ages 12 and up.

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