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Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice

Let's Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice Lowest new price: $11.09
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Author: Paul Butler
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Paul Butler was an ambitious federal prosecutor, a Harvard Law grad who gave up his corporate law salary to fight the good fight—until one day he was arrested on the street and charged with a crime he didn’t commit. The Volokh Conspiracy calls Butler’s account of his trial “the most riveting first chapter I have ever read.”

In a book Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree calls “a must read,” Butler looks at places where ordinary citizens meet the justice system—as jurors, witnesses, and in encounters with the police—and explores what “doing the right thing” means in a corrupt system.

Since Let’s Get Free’s publication in spring 2009, Butler has become the go-to person for commentary on criminal justice and race relations: he appeared on ABC News, Good Morning America, and Fox News, published op-eds in the New York Times and other national papers, and is in demand to speak across the country. The paperback edition brings Butler’s groundbreaking and highly controversial arguments—jury nullification (voting “not guilty” in drug cases as a form of protest), just saying “no” when the police request your permission to search, and refusing to work inside the system as a snitch or a prosecutor—to a whole new audience.


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The Conspiracy of the Good: Civil Rights and the Struggle for Community in Two American Cities, 1875-2000 (History of Schools and Schooling)

The Conspiracy of the Good: Civil Rights and the Struggle for Community in Two American Cities, 1875-2000 (History of Schools and Schooling) Lowest new price: $28.50
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Author: Michael James E.
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The Conspiracy of the Good addresses nagging questions that are part of the public debate over schooling. Why do our public schools, especially those in poor and working-class communities of color, fail to live up to the promises of the American dream? Why do reforms, those standard items in political campaigns, fail to create meaningful change? This book argues that «progressive», well-meaning, good-hearted men and women, who often advocate «good intentions» in the name of «helping those in need», have ended up doing more harm than good. The Conspiracy of the Good explores how these «good intentions» go awry. Michael E. James argues that the core value of the American experience is conflict – not consensus – despite what mainstream historians have espoused over the last few decades.

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The United States Constitution: The Full Text with Supplementary Materials (Dover Thrift Editions)

The United States Constitution: The Full Text with Supplementary Materials (Dover Thrift Editions) Lowest new price: $2.00
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The basis of our nation's law and government, the Constitution is America's most important political and social document. This convenient and inexpensive reference contains not only the Constitution's main text and amendments but also a wealth of background information.
Supplements include selected "Federalist Papers," consisting of memoranda by James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution," as well as speeches by John Jay and Patrick Henry and remarks by Alexander Hamilton. Highlights from the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia include spirited debates on suffrage, executive power, slavery, and other subjects vital to the founding of a nation. In addition, correspondence between the Founding Fathers — including letters from Madison to George Washington and from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson — offers a glimpse at the personalities behind the historic events. Includes 2 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: The United States Bill of Rights and The Preamble and First Amendment to the Unites States Constitution.

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Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution

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Author: Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
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Just a quick look at the news headlines on any given day is a powerful reminder that devastating armed conflicts worldwide are destroying lives and whole communities often in the name of religion. Hidden in the news, if reported on at all, are the brave religious leaders in these zones of violence, working to bring peace and reconciliation to their people. These inspiring men and women offer critical insights and skills for addressing today's most urgent conflicts. But their stories are rarely told. Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution shares the experiences of 16 such remarkable religious peacemakers who have put their lives on the line in conflicts around the world from Israel-Palestine to Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sudan, South Africa, El Salvador, Indonesia and beyond. For each of them, religious texts and traditions have served both as a source of inspiration and as a practical resource in resolv ing conflict. These grassroots peacemakers are powerful, but underutilized actors for resolving some of the world's most horrifying conflicts. As such, this book contains timely information for diplomats, government officials, and resolution practitioners, as well as today's students of religion and international affairs, our future peacemakers. And in a world where religion-based conflict affects us all, this book provides critical lessons and much-needed hope for each of us.

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International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance

International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance Lowest new price: $38.36
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Author: Balakrishnan Rajagopal

Balakrishnan Rajagopal's fundamental critique of modern international law draws attention to traditional Third World engagements. Rajagopal challenges current approaches to international law and politics either through states or through individuals. With transnational and local social movement action now becoming increasingly visible and important--as witnessed in Seattle in 1999, he demonstrates that a new global order must consider seriously the resistance of social movements in the development of international law.


Minority Rights: Between Diversity and Community

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Author: Jennifer Jackson Preece
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The question of minority rights is one of the great dilemmas of contemporary politics. Increases in the flow of immigrants, migrants and refugees have raised public concerns that greater cultural and ethnic diversity creates instability within nation-states. But does stability really require homogeneity? Or can it be maintained in the presence of different minority groups?





In this path-breaking book, Jackson Preece analyses whether traditional minority rights theory is sufficiently dynamic to inform effective responses to modern challenges. The central premise behind minority rights is that groups recognized and supported by the political community are far less likely to challenge its authority or threaten its territorial integrity. However, as Jackson Preece shows, the potential for collisions of values and interests still exists, and the possibility of a permanent solution to the problem of diversity remains illusive.


Minority Rights will be an indispensable resource for students and scholars of political science, international relations, law, and sociology.

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Defending Everybody

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Author: Diane Garey

This very informative book: Defending Everybody by Diane Garey is the history of the American Civil Liberties Union. Diane Garey vividly tells the fascinating stories of some of many, amazingly diverse Americans- whose civil liberties were defended since 1920. She also shows how these struggles have secured greater freedom for everyone in this country.

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The United States Constitution Study Guide

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On July 4, 1776, the United States declared itself a free and independent nation. Two weeks later, the Continental Congress began working on the Articles of Confederation to create a government for the new country. By 1787 that government was found to be ineffective. A convention was called to amend the articles. The delegates quickly realized amendment wasn't enough, a new type of government had to be created. The result of their deliberations was the Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1789. The First Congress proposed ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights. Over the next 210 years there were seventeen more amendments. This book will help you to read, study and understand the founding documents of our nation as well as the rights and responsibilities of our government and citizens.

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Law and Globalization from Below: Towards a Cosmopolitan Legality (Cambridge Studies in Law and Society)

Law and Globalization from Below: Towards a Cosmopolitan Legality (Cambridge Studies in Law and Society) Lowest new price: $96.90
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Written by leading scholars, these case studies represent an unprecedented attempt to analyze the role of the law in the global movement for social justice. They combine empirical research with innovative sociolegal theory to shed new light on a wide array of topics. Among the issues examined are the role of law and politics in the World Social Forum; the struggle on the anti-sweeping movement for the protection of international labor rights; and the challenge to neoliberal globalization and liberal human rights raised by grassroots movements in India and indigenous peoples around the world.

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The Rights of Refugees under International Law

The Rights of Refugees under International Law Lowest new price: $78.00
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Author: James C. Hathaway
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This book presents the first comprehensive analysis of the human rights of refugees as set by the UN Refugee Convention. In an era where States are increasingly challenging the logic of simply assimilating refugees to their own citizens, questions are now being raised about whether refugees should be allowed to enjoy freedom of movement, to work, to access public welfare programs, or to be reunited with family members. Doubts have been expressed about the propriety of exempting refugees from visa and other immigration rules, and whether there is a duty to admit refugees at all. Hathaway links the standards of the UN Refugee Convention to key norms of international human rights law, and applies his analysis to the world's most difficult protection challenges. This is a critical resource for advocates, judges, and policymakers. It will also be a pioneering scholarly work for graduate students of international and human rights law.

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