Loyal To the Sky

Notes from an Activist

Marisa Handler (Author)

Publication date: 02/01/2007

Loyal To the Sky
In this memoir, activist and journalist Marisa Handler takes us on a fascinating journey to offer a glimpse inside the global justice movement.

Combines an intriguing personal story with astute political analysis
Written by an author who is both an experienced journalist and an international activist
Provides a unique inside look at the anti-globalization movement

Combining captivating personal memoir and astute political reportage, Marisa Handler offers a fascinating inside look at the burgeoning global justice movement through her own compelling coming-of-age story.

Born in apartheid South Africa, Handler emigrated to Southern California at the age of twelve. Her gradual realization that injustice existed even in this more open, democratic society spurred a lifelong commitment to activism that would take her around the world and back again.

Handler shares intimate details of her life as a global justice activist to offer a revealing perspective on what drives the movement. Tracing her own evolution as an activist, her story crisscrosses the globe, examining current sociopolitical issues from apartheid and racism to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, corporate globalization, and the wars of the Bush administration. Along the way, Handler paints compelling portraits of the people she's encountered, shares gritty details of the sometimes-harrowing events that have changed and shaped her, and describes how she came to advocate a spiritually based, nonviolent activism as the best means for building the kind of world we wish to see.



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In this memoir, activist and journalist Marisa Handler takes us on a fascinating journey to offer a glimpse inside the global justice movement.

Combines an intriguing personal story with astute political analysis
Written by an author who is both an experienced journalist and an international activist
Provides a unique inside look at the anti-globalization movement

Combining captivating personal memoir and astute political reportage, Marisa Handler offers a fascinating inside look at the burgeoning global justice movement through her own compelling coming-of-age story.

Born in apartheid South Africa, Handler emigrated to Southern California at the age of twelve. Her gradual realization that injustice existed even in this more open, democratic society spurred a lifelong commitment to activism that would take her around the world and back again.

Handler shares intimate details of her life as a global justice activist to offer a revealing perspective on what drives the movement. Tracing her own evolution as an activist, her story crisscrosses the globe, examining current sociopolitical issues from apartheid and racism to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, corporate globalization, and the wars of the Bush administration. Along the way, Handler paints compelling portraits of the people she's encountered, shares gritty details of the sometimes-harrowing events that have changed and shaped her, and describes how she came to advocate a spiritually based, nonviolent activism as the best means for building the kind of world we wish to see.



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Marisa Handler has written for Salon.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, AlterNet, and Tikkun, Orion, and Bitch magazines. She has worked as an activist with numerous organizations, including Direct Action to Stop the War, United for Peace and Justice, and the Tikkun Community. To find out more, visit www.MarisaHandler.com.

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Table of Contents



Foreword by Rebecca Solnit
Acknowledgments

Chapter One: Cape Town
Chapter Two: The Valley
Chapter Three: Jerusalem
Chapter Four: Nepal
Chapter Five: India
Chapter Six: Anytown, USA
Chapter Seven: San Francisco
Chapter Eight: Miami
Chapter Nine: Sarayacu, Ecuador
Chapter Ten: Urubamba, Peru
Chapter Eleven: New York
Chapter Twelve: Fort Benning, Georgia
Epilogue: Home

Discussion Guide
Index
About The Author

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Endorsements



"Marisa Handler takes a brutally honest look at herself, the activist community, and the world. She writes with wit and beauty, preaches with passion and love. Loyal to the Sky is an affirmation that mortal humans, with all our foibles, can be powerful agents for change."

—Medea Benjamin, Cofounder, Global Exchange and CODEPINK

"Handler captures in this book the most hopeful energies of her generation and will excite anyone who hopes for a post-Bush world of peace and justice. Insightful and charming, spiritually rich and emotionally honest, Handler's writing shows that tikkun olam, the healing of the world, is not some outdated fantasy but an ever-present possibility."

—Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor, Tikkun, and author of The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right

"... a window deep into the world where our only sustainable future is being created. It's a passionate, vital, and beautifully written story. My highest recommendation."

—Michael Nagler, author of The Search for a Nonviolent Future and founder, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley

"With sumptuous, eye-opening prose, Handler takes us on a brave globe-trotting journey into the human heart of activist politics. It's a gripping ride--joyous, poignant, honest, and smart. This is a hopeful, wise book."

—Christopher D. Cook, author of Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis

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