Greg Pierce teaches a two-day workshop on “Writing for Organizers and Leaders” each October over Indigenous People’s Day weekend. As part of that effort, he has been compiling and editing this new book: Reveille for a New Generation: Organizers and Leaders Reflect on Power. It contains more than 50 first-person story-essays of 1000-2000 words and will be divided into three sections:
- Part One is material written or about the time before the 1940s. It includes reflections on power and powerlessness by people like Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, Emma Lazarus, Lucy Gonzáles Parsons, Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), Mother Jones, John L. Lewis, Stoyan Pribichevich, and Pauli Murray.
- Part Two writings are from or about IAF organizers and leaders active in the 1940s-1990s, including Saul Alinsky, Ed Chambers, Cesar Chavez, Mike Gecan, Ernesto Cortes, Christine Stephens, Arnie Graf, Lionel Edmunds, Kathleen O'Toole, Jeff Krehbiel, Zeik Saidman, and others.
- Part Three features current IAF organizers and leaders like Perry Perkins, Paul Turner, Adrienne McCauley, Dean Daida, Cynthia Marshall, Keisha Krumm, Matthew Marienthat, and others.
Reveille for a New Generation will be available on November 3, 2020, the day of the presidential election (no matter who wins, it will be very relevant), in honor of the 80th Anniversary of the founding of the Industrial Areas Foundation.