Martin, Courtney E., Do It Anyway: A New Generation of Activists
Boston: Beacon Press, 2010.
The author is a young adult who described herself as overly protected by her family and friends because of her sensitive nature and her sense of “desperation and despondency” caused by her awareness of a world full of so much suffering. She broke the “tethers of her little world” by setting out to answer the question posed by a college professor,”Where is your generation’s outrage?” She started by searching out the back-story of Rachel Corrie, a young peace activist from Olympia, Washington who gave her life trying to prevent Israeli bulldozers from destroying Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip. She dug through the controversy in the media and drama that followed her death and tried to find out what motivated and inspired Rachel.
Then she did live interviews and spent work days with seven more activists, all regular ordinary young people:
1) Raul Diaz, prison re-entry social worker, Los Angeles
2) Marcela Guzman, veterans’ activist, Los Angeles
3) Emily Abt, filmmaker, New York City
4) Nia Martin-Robinson, environmental justice advocate, Washington DC
5) Tyrone Boucher, radical philanthropist, Philadelphia
6) Rosario Dawson, actor and activist, Los Angeles and New York City
7) Dena Simmons, 8th grade teacher, Bronx, New York
Her concluding advice to young adults is: don’t be afraid of being a failure. Go ahead and”
1) acknowledge suffering
2) humanize people
3) understand backward but live forward
4) dream unreasonably, but proceed strategically
5) begin with self-awareness and continue in community
6) cultivate impatience and endurance.