Greg Jobin-Leeds


When We Fight, We Win!:
Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World

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This event includes a book signing


January 7, 2016
8:00 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes author/activist GREG JOBIN-LEEDS, AgitArte’s DEYMIRIE HERNÁNDEZ and JOSÉ JORGE DÍAZ, and activists GIBRÁN RIVERA, STEVE MEACHAM, and LISA OWENS, and key artists and organizers from City Life/Vida Urbana, the Schott Foundation for Public Education, the Johnson Family Foundation, and more, will discuss the art and stories in When We Fight, We Win!: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World. With an introduction by Greg, performances by AgitArte, and a lively Q&A. Points of discussion include how social movements intersect, key components of transformative organizing, why art and storytelling are crucial, and ways for aspiring activists to get involved.

About When We Fight, We Win

Same-sex marriage, #BlackLivesMatter, the DREAM Act, the People’s Climate March, End the New Jim Crow, Occupy Wall Street, the fight for a $15 minimum wage—these are just a few of the remarkable movements that have blossomed in the past decade, a most fertile and productive era of activism. Now, in a visually rich and deeply inspiring book, the leaders and activists of these and other movements distill their wisdom, sharing lessons of what makes—and what hinders—transformative social change.

Greg Jobin-Leeds joins forces with AgitArte, a collective of artists and organizers, to capture the stories, philosophy, tactics, and art of today’s leading social change movements. When We Fight, We Win! weaves together interviews with today’s most successful activists and artists from across the country and beyond—including Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, Bill McKibben, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Karen Lewis, Favianna Rodriguez, Rea Carey, and Gaby Pacheco, among others—with narrative recountings of strategies and campaigns alongside full-color photos. It includes a foreword by Rinku Sen and an afterword by Antonia Darder.

When We Fight, We Win! will give a whole generation of readers the chance to celebrate and benefit from a remarkable decade of activism—a decade that shows just how ripe these times are for social transformation.


"When We Fight, We Win! portrays vividly, and creatively, how alone we may seem small, but together we can become a powerful force to make a better world. A timely and impressive work." —Noam Chomsky, MIT professor of linguistics, emeritus

"When We Fight, We Win! is a love note to activists who are working hard to transform themselves and the world around them. Read for inspiration, direction, and celebration of the good work we’re advancing in hard times." —Adrienne Maree Brown, co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

Deymirie Hernández
Deymirie Hernández

Deymirie Hernández

Deymirie (Dey) Hernández is an architect, interdisciplinary artist, and educator. Issues of race, identity, language, and community are fundamental to her work. She experiences first-hand the power of the creative process in the lives of youth, as a teaching artist throughout the city of Boston. She designs and directs art workshops with AgitArte, a non-profit organization dedicated to artistic and popular education projects in marginalized communities, where she is also a board member. Dey is also a puppeteer of the radical workers’ theater collective, Papel Machete, which is based in Puerto Rico. Her work and performances most recently have been exhibited at the Mills Gallery of the Boston Center for the Arts, and Loisaida Center, Lower East Side, New York City. Currently she is the art director and curator of When We Fight, We Win!.

Gibrán Rivera
Gibrán Rivera

Gibrán Rivera

Gibrán Rivera is a consultant committed to the development of leaders, organizations and networks and uses coaching, training, process design and facilitation in service of those who are committed to social transformation. Gibrán works with people who understand that we must take our next evolutionary leap. In keeping with the overall focus of Interaction Institute for Social Change, Gibrán uses three lenses in his approach to collaborative leadership: shifting dynamics of power, equity and inclusion, shifting from organizations to networks, and building beloved community.

Greg Jobin-Leeds
Greg Jobin-Leeds

Greg Jobin-Leeds

Greg Jobin-Leeds is a writer, high school and adult literacy teacher, and an activist for racial, gender, and economic transformation. A son of refugees, he has been engaged in international and local struggles in Boston, New York City, Spain, Puerto Rico and Central America and many of the struggles in When We Fight, We Win!. He has launched and nurtured successful, sustainable, high-impact social justice organizations that have won milestone victories for historically underserved children. Greg is co-founder and board co-chair of the award-winning, Schott Foundation for Public Education, whose mission is to develop and strengthen a broad-based and representative movement to achieve fully resourced, quality PreK-12 public education.

José Jorge Díaz
José Jorge Díaz

José Jorge Díaz

José Jorge Díaz is a cultural worker/popular educator, community organizer, puppeteer, and DJ (Cano Cangrejo) from Puerto Rico with over 20 years of praxis in the field. Jorge is deeply committed to working class struggles that challenge patriarchy, white supremacy, imperialism, and capitalism in all of its forms. He is currently the artistic director of AgitArte. He is actively engaged in struggles for liberation and a member of the Movimiento Socialista de Trabajadores. Jorge is also a founding member of Papel Machete, a collective of radical artists and street theater/puppetry workers dedicated to education, agitation, and solidarity work in 21st century Puerto Rico and its Diaspora. He has been a political advisor, mentor, and an editor of When We Fight, We Win.

Lisa Owens
Lisa Owens

Lisa Owens

Lisa Owens is an educator and community builder. She has dedicated the last 25 years to building, nurturing and sustaining radical grassroots organizations fighting for racial, economic, and social transformation. Lisa is a popular educator, adjunct professor, an occasional consultant and a board member of several racial and economic justice organizations. She is proud to be the Executive Director at City Life/Vida Urbana.

Steve Meacham
Steve Meacham

Steve Meacham

Steve Meacham has been an organizer for forty-two years. He has been active in movements around worker rights, housing justice, and transforming the war economy. He worked for nine years as a welder in Quincy Shipyard. Since 1999, he has been an organizer with City Life Vida Urbana, where he has helped develop their radical model of community organizing. Steve and his work with CityLife/Vida Urban, Right to the City and Occupy the Home is featured in the Rise of the 99% chapter.

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