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Revolutionary Threads: Rastafari, Social Justice, and Cooperative Economics

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An American Rasta’s retelling of episodes in American history with an anti-colonial thrust and a view toward charting a brighter future.

Forthcoming: 12/4/18

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What people are saying…

“This is a wildly provocative and worthwhile read, and I’m delighted that the late revolutionary Marilyn Buck emerges in these pages as the courageous and committed fighter that she was—in the radical abolitionist tradition of John Brown. Live like her!”
—Bill Ayers, author of Demand the Impossible! A Radical Manifesto

“This is a fascinating book that covers centuries and continents of connections between black liberation and cooperatives. Bobby Sullivan provides a refreshing perspective on both dynamic movements.”
—Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice


Description

Revolutionary Threads offers an American Rasta’s retelling of episodes in American history with an anti-colonial thrust, accented by Bobby Sullivan’s own personal experiences. The book ties together various subjects while returning each time to the culture of Rastafari, social justice movements, and cooperative economics. From how we perceive history in general, America’s precolonial past, and global capitalism’s early development and the resistance to it, to political prisoners and a celebration of religious tolerance, the book approaches North America with an Afrocentric perspective. Sullivan aims to dispel the oversimplification of our perceptions of Rastafari, as well as other cultures, in the age of the Internet, where the loudest voices are often the most extreme and divisive.

Revolutionary Threads ends with two chapters focused on Nigeria and Somalia as examples of the possibilities of our ancient future. All in all, the book hopes to serve as a unifying agent for our all-too-connected global village, and for the resistance to the ensuing consolidation of global capital and all its excesses.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Published: 12/4/18
  • IBSN: 9781617756559
  • e-IBSN: 9781617756979

Author

BOBBY SULLIVAN grew up in the Washington, DC, punk scene, fueled by Rasta rockers Bad Brains and the foundational Minor Threat. His most notable band continues to be Soulside (of which he is the singer), which had multiple releases on Dischord Records, produced by Ian MacKaye. Along the way, Sullivan became an activist, working with Food Not Bombs, the Anarchist Black Cross political prisoner support network, and a Rasta prison ministry. He currently manages a retail grocery co-op and sits on the board of the National Co+op Grocers. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four daughters. His latest work is Revolutionary Threads.

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