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Beacon Press is an independent publisher of serious non-fiction. Our books often change the way readers think about fundamental issues; they promote such values as freedom of speech and thought; diversity, religious pluralism, and anti-racism; and respect for diversity in all areas of life.

Founded in 1854, Beacon has published many groundbreaking classics, including Jame's Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son, Herbert Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man, Jean Baker Miller's Toward a New Psychology of Women, and Mary Daly's Gyn/Ecology. In 1971, Beacon published the Senator Gravel edition of The Pentagon Papers in five volumes, prompting a call from then-president Richard Nixon and ultimately resulting in a Supreme Court Case. Beacon is also the publisher of Cornel West's acclaimed Race Matters, Michael Patrick MacDonald's All Souls, Geoffrey Canada's Fist Stick Knife Gun, Anita Hill's Reimagining Equality, and fourteen titles by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver.

In May 2009, Beacon Press announced a new partnership with the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., for a new publishing program, the King Legacy. Beacon will print new editions of previously published King titles and compile Dr. King's writings, sermons, orations, lectures, and prayers into entirely new editions, including significant new introductions by leading scholars. This partnership brings together the legacy of one of the most important civil rights and social justice leaders in the world with one of the oldest and most respected independent publishing houses in America.

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#tdih: On August 28, 1963, over a quarter-million people-about two-thirds black and one-third white-held the greatest civil rights demonstration ever—the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Household worker Carolyn Reed dates her political awakening to the March, which she saw as historic, a cathartic moment that would bring the racial injustice she had endured into the national spotlight. Ironically, it was precisely that racial politics of the household labor that prevented her from joining the 250,000 people what gathered at the Lincoln Memorial that day. Reed wanted to attend the march, but her employer insisted that she serve at a dinner party instead.

“I began to think of the thousands, the millions of women just like myself who were working like slaves…. I thought, I’ve got to do something.”

Reed eventually became the head of the National Committee of Household Employment and spent years attempting to build a labor organization of household workers.

Learn more about Reed and other African American domestic worker activists in Household Workers Unite: http://bit.ly/1PSVsnQ
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Solar developers and environmental groups in many cities are seeking out ways to repurpose disused industrial real estate for clean energy development.
Huge clean energy prospects await us if we are willing to look anew at the wastelands we have long shunned as best forgotten, writes author and lawyer Philip Warburg.
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The ten-year anniversary of Katrina is coming up this Saturday. Tom Wooten, author of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED, caught up with Georgia Johnson, one of the Lower Ninth Ward residents he interviewed for the book. This is her recovery story.
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Without fetal tissue research, we wouldn't have the vaccines for polio, chicken pox, rubella, rabies, and hepatitis A we depend on today.
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At a time when the entire country is looking at police conduct, and police shootings, and actions involving unarmed people, what happened on the Danziger Bridge in New Orleans on September 4, 2005, provides a striking and meaningful case study.
Ronnie Greene's new book explores a case dating back to the days after Hurricane Katrina, when New Orleans police officers shot six unarmed civilians on the Danziger Bridge in East New Orleans.
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Happy birthday Howard Zinn, who would have turned 93 today.
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Hows does President Obama's Clean Power Plan measure up? Professor of molecular medicine Robert Oswald and veterinarian Michelle Bamberger, co-authors of THE REAL COST OF FRACKING, weigh in on his administration's fight against climate change.
By Robert Oswald and Michelle Bamberger Photo credit: Pete Souza In August of 2013, President Barack Obama released his “Climate Action Plan” that was to form a roadmap for transforming our energy supply and usage. It had many important suggestions...
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Read this excellent interview with Premilla Nadasen, author of HOUSEHOLD WORKERS UNITE (out this week!). She talks about what inspired her to write the book, how 'The Help' promoted an erasure of black domestic workers and their ability to tell their own stories, and more.

Learn about Household Workers Unite: http://bit.ly/1PSVsnQ
We talked to historian Premilla Nadasen about her new book, "Household Workers Unite," and about how white savior narratives are bullshit.
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#NationalDogDay reading: In this selection from Michael Brandow's A MATTER OF BREEDING, he looks at what it takes to make a champion
In an excerpt from A Matter of Breeding: A Biting History of Pedigree Dogs and How the Quest for Status Has Harmed Man's Best Friend, Michael Brandow looks at what it takes for a dog to be considered a show-worthy.
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If the United States and the world community hope to avoid the worst effects of climate change, solar power will have to play a pivotal role in electricity production.
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If the United States and the world community hope to avoid the worst effects of climate change, solar power will have to play a pivotal role in electricity production.
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Why is it important for our kids to learn about the world's religions? As schools go back in session, this is a question many communities may be considering. In FAITH ED, Linda K. Wertheimer reveals a public education system struggling to find the right path forward and offers a promising roadmap for raising a new generation of religiously literate Americans
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