On Russell Brand’s FX show, Brand X, the actor and comedian recently interviewed members of the Westboro Baptist Church. The church has since made headlines by promising to picket the funerals of the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in protest of the state’s 2008 legalization of gay marriage. Westboro Baptist Church previously gained notoriety for picketing military funerals and preaching virulent homophobia.In 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that picketing funerals was protected speech under the First Amendment.
In this new book, longtime organizers and movement educators Mariame Kaba and Kelly Hayes examine the political lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath, including the convergence of mass protest and mass formations of mutual aid. Let This Radicalize You answers the urgent question: What fuels and sustains activism and organizing when it feels like our worlds are collapsing?
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