MY BOOKS

Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels & Black Power: Interracial Solidarity in 1960s-70s New Left Organizing with co-author Amy Sonnie (Expanded Anniversary Edition, Melville House Publishing, 2021, originally published in 2011)

Foreword by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Some of the most important and little-known activists of the 1960s were poor and working-class radicals. Inspired by the Civil Rights movement, the Black Panthers, and progressive populism, they started to organize significant political struggles against racism and inequality during the 1960s and into the 1970s.
 
Historians of the period have traditionally emphasized the work of white college activists who courageously took to the streets to protest the war in Vietnam and continuing racial inequality. Poor and working-class whites have often been painted as spectators, reactionaries, and, even, racists. The groups in this book complicate this history: Rising Up Angry, the Young Patriots Organization, White Lightning, and the October 4th Organization.

No Fascist USA!: The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today’s Movements with co-author Hilary Moore (City Lights/Open Media Publishing, 2020)

Foreword by Robin D.G. Kelley

In June 1977, a group of white anti-racist activists received an alarming letter from an inmate at a New York state prison calling for help to fight the Ku Klux Klan’s efforts to recruit prison staff and influence the people incarcerated. Their response was to form the first chapter of what would eventually become a powerful, nationwide grassroots network, the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee, dedicated to countering the rise of the KKK and other far-right white nationalist groups.

No Fascist USA! tells the story of that network, whose efforts throughout the 1980s—which included exposing white supremacists in public office, confronting neo-Nazis in street protests, supporting movements for self-determination, and engagement with the underground punk scene—laid the groundwork for many anti-racist efforts to emerge since. Featuring original research, interviews with former members, and a trove of graphic materials, their story offers battle-tested lessons for those on the frontlines of social justice work today.

Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes From San Francisco’s Housing Wars (AK Press, 2014)

Foreword by Willie Baptist

“We are all too well adjusted.” says James Tracy, “to an economic system that evicts, downsizes, pollutes, and imprisons. This same system also comes equipped with a well-oiled public-relations system calibrated to rob us of something even more profound: our ability to imagine a different state of affairs.” In San Francisco, that system is eroding the city with waves of cash flowing north from Silicon Valley. Recent evictions of long-time San Francisco residents, outrageous rents and home prices, and blockaded “Google buses” are only the tip of the iceberg. What lies beneath the surface is a long arc of displacement over almost two decades of “dot com” boom and bust.

A housing activist in the Bay Area since before Google existed, Tracy excavates that history, exploring the battle for urban space—public housing residents fighting austerity, militant housing takeovers, the vagaries of federal and state housing policy, as well as showdowns against gentrification in the Mission District. From these experiences, Dispatches Against Displacement draws out a vision of what alternative urbanism might look like if our cities were developed by and for the people who bring them to life and keep them running.

Out of Print

Avanti Popolo: Italian-Americans Sail Beyond Columbus with co-editors Tommi Avicolli Mecca, Cameron McHenry, and Giancarlo Campagna (Manic D Press, 2008)

Italian American writers celebrate their hidden history in a literary tribute to fighting social injustice. With the current anti-immigrant sentiments filling up newspaper front pages, these writers respond with thought-provoking works that focus on breaking from mainstream tradition. On Columbus Day, instead of celebrating conquest, these poets and writers acknowledge those who stood up for justice and have fought for the rights of all immigrants, regardless of heritage. With new work by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Diane di Prima, Kim Addonizio, James Tracy, Michael Cirelli, Michael Parenti, Thomas Centolella, and many others.

Molotov Mouths: Explosive New Writing with Dani Gabriel, Raw Knowledge, George Tirado, Leroy Moore, Ananda Esteva, and Josiah Luis Alderete (Manic D Press, 2003)

A poetry anthology with the members of the Molotov Mouths Outspoken Word Troupe.

Civil Disobedience Handbook: A Brief History and Practical Guide for the Politically Disenchanted (Manic D Press, 2002)

If we ever revise this title, it should probably be called “How to Survive a Protest.”