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“The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition, and Distress” edited by Harvey Molotch and Davide Ponzini— Contradictions of Contemporary Urbanization

Molotch, Harvey and Davide Ponzini, editors. “The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition, and Distress”,  NYU Press, 2019.

Contradictions of Contemporary Urbanization

Amos Lassen

In “The New Arab Urban”, we learn of the contradictions of contemporary urbanization as revealed by cities on the Arabian peninsula. These fast-growing cities of the Persian Gulf indisputably sensational. The world’s tallest building is in Dubai; the 2022 World Cup in soccer will be played in fantastic Qatar facilities; Saudi Arabia is building five new cities from scratch; the Louvre, the Guggenheim and the Sorbonne, as well as many American and European universities, all have handsome outposts and campuses in the region. Such initiatives look to strategies to diversify economies and pursue grand ambitions across the Earth.

We look at Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha and see that the dynamics of extreme urbanization are strongly evident. The writers of “The New Arab Urban” show us what happens when money is plentiful, regulation weak, and labor conditions severe. Just how do authorities in such settings reconcile goals of oft-claimed civic betterment with hyper-segregation and radical inequality?  How do these elite custodians arrange tactical alliances to protect particular forms of social stratification and political control? What sense can be made of their massive investment for environmental breakthrough in the midst of world-class ecological mayhem? How do they reconcile the position of women in their societies?

To address such questions, the new Arab urban is placed in wider contexts of trade, technology, and design. “Drawn from across disciplines and diverse home countries, they investigate how these cities import projects, plans and structures from the outside, but also how, increasingly, Gulf-originated initiatives disseminate

Sociologist Harvey Molotch and Urban Analyst Davide Ponzini add to our understanding of the modern Arab metropolis—as well as of cities more generally. Gulf cities display development patterns that impact the world regardless of how unanticipated in the standard paradigms of urban scholarship are.

“Molotch and Ponzini give us ‘analytical shock therapy,’ by setting aside preconceptions, showing that cities really can be created with land monopoly and a potent mix of spectacle, inequality and authoritarianism. These are not one-offs, but test beds for new globalizing forms of city building and they are emulated and exported. We need to understand them.
The book argues that our tried-and-tested theories fall short in understanding them or learning from their rapid urbanization. The various essays included here propose different approaches to considering this old/new form of urbanity, to expand the domain of urban study itself to draw concepts like mobility, transience, complexity, hybridity, contradiction, spontaneity, and even unpredictability into its interpretive paradigms.

 

“The Secret of Clouds” by Alyson Richman— Living with a Full Heart

Richman, Alyson. “The Secret of Clouds”, Berkeley, 2019.

Living with a Full Heart

Amos Lassen

 Katya is a rising ballerina who is in love with and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy occurs in Kiev, the city where they live and that they love. Years later, after the couple has safely emigrated to America the consequences of this incident cause their son, Yuri, to be born with a rare health condition that isolates him from other children. Maggie, a passionate and dedicated teacher agrees to tutor Yuri at his home, even though she is haunted by her own painful childhood memories. As the two connect soulfully, Yuri’s curiosity and wisdom inspires Maggie to make difficult changes in her own life.  She’ll never realize just how strong Yuri has made her  until she needs that strength the most.
 

Yuri has spent most of his life indoors due to a heart condition. He and Maggie, his tutor, develop a relationship that affects both of them in a positive way. We have two parallel story lines. Maggie is trying to find her way personally and professionally while tutoring Yuri and Yuri’s parents, and their move to the US from the former Soviet Union in the 1980s.

The book is written from the point of view of Maggie who with her boyfriend Bill has just moved to Long Island to get away from some of the stress of living in the city. We see that her relationship with Bill is not as good as it should be and seems to be heading toward an end. ve light.
The second storyline  begins with Sasha convincing Katya to move to the US. We get some insight to what their life was like before they had Yuri. Katya believes that Yuri was born with the birth defect because of the nuclear fallout from Chechnya and blames herself.

Maggie Topper teaches 5th grade language arts. She left a high paying job to pursue her passion. She is devoted to her students and finds creative ways to reach them. Maggie’s principal asks her to tutor a boy who is too ill to attend school. It does not take long for us to fall in love with Yuri and his parents.

Maggie is able to get to Yuri through his love of baseball and she realizes that what Yuri really needs is a friend his own age to talk to. Because of Maggie’s love for Yuri and his family, she is able to bring joy into their home.
However, I do feel that something is missing during  the parts of the story with Maggie when Yuri is not around. I actually found myself caring more about Yuri than Maggie.

 The Secret of Clouds is a love letter to teachers and to the students whose lives they touch and having taught for most of my adult, I saw this as a tribute. This is quite an emotional read so prepare yourselves for that. These emotions are causing me not to say much about the plot because I do not want to spoil the read for anyone.  I will tell you that the story is told through flashbacks and deals with the topic of immigration, something that we need to speak more about especially as immigrants are treated by today’s presidential; administration.

“Queer Youth Histories” edited by Daniel Marshall— A Pioneering Collection

Marshall, Daniel, editor. “Queer Youth Histories”, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

A Pioneering Collection

Amos Lassen

“Queer Youth Histories” is the first book offering a sustained reflection on youth, history and queer sexualities and genders. It bridges the gap between LGBT historical scholarship and contemporary queer youth cultures. Here is an  international and transdisciplinary reflection on youth, history and queer sexualities and genders. Since the 1970s there has been an explosion in research focusing on LGBTQ history and on the lives of LGBTQ young people, but these two research areas have seldom been brought together explicitly.
It marks out pathways for thinking more about youth in LGBTQ history and more about history in contemporary understandings of LGBTQ youth by examining histories from the nineteenth century through to the recent past. contributors examine queer youth histories in continental Europe, Britain, the United States of America, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland, India, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Ad Guru Aaron Walton and Film/TV Director Cheryl Dunye join Revry’s Rock Star Board

Ad Guru Aaron Walton and Film/TV Director Cheryl Dunye join Revry’s Rock Star Board

January 31,2019 – First global LGBTQ streaming network, Revry is thrilled to announce the expansion of what CEO, Damian Pelliccione, calls his ‘Rock Star Advisory Board’ as each are world class leaders in the fields of technology and entertainment. “An Advisory Board is crucial for any startup,” says Pelliccione. “Our rock stars not only bring years of expertise and experience to help with navigating obstacles, but they’ve given us access to their networks and colleagues, helping us better strategize and realize Revry’s incredible opportunity for growth and contributions to our LGBTQ+ community.”
Revry is the first queer global streaming network, available in 35 million homes in over 100 countries, with a uniquely curated selection of LGBTQ+ film, series, and originals along with the world’s largest queer libraries of groundbreaking podcasts, albums and music videos. Revry is available worldwide on seven OTT, mobile, and online platforms, and hosts the exclusive LGBTQ+ channels on Pluto TV and XUMO.
Newest advisor Aaron Walton, the black gay award-winning founding partner of full service ad agency Walton Isaacson, understands the next generation of queer media and how diversity leads to dynamic innovation. “As the LGBTQ community continues to redefine what it means to be ‘out and prideful’ in the modern era, this audience has longed for media outlets reflective of the digital age to connect culturally,” says Walton. “The simple brilliance of creating Revry fills that gap. Revry’s orientation within the digital distribution environment means that global reach is without boundaries, with possibilities that have yet to be defined.”
Pelliccione is honored to include Walton onto the board as well as groundbreaking and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Dunye, whose focus on queer storytelling will help Revry craft diverse content and develop creators who speak for current and future generations.
Dunya currently directs for a slate of incredible shows such as Ava DuVernay’s QUEEN SUGAR for OWNTV, Lena Waithe’s THE CHI and DEAR WHITE PEOPLE. Dunye explains “Revry is doing exactly what my 30-year career as a filmmaker has been founded on — putting stories from the margins at the center where they belong. Full stop. Revry is also committed to fostering the development of young and emerging LGBTQ talents from all backgrounds, all while giving us a powerful sense of agency as a community and as storytellers. We have great things to do together on this front in the coming few years, and I look forward to working with the team at Revry to advance their dynamic content and business goals on every level.”
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Revry’s Pelliccione and his three founding partners (Alia J. Daniels, Christopher Rodriguez and LaShawn McGhee) also count among their advisors entertainment powerhouse Rod Perth, the former president of USA Networks, Reelz Channel, Jim Henson Productions and President & CEO of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). Revry’s first advisor Timothy Mohn is a five time entrepreneur, venture investor, scientist, and engineer who was recently CTO at Fullscreen (acquired by AT&T) and creator of the HBO GO App. Other advisors include Jessica Casano-Antonellis, VP of Communications of Disney Streaming Services as well as Grindr’s sales guru Steve Levine, Conde Naste’s Them founder Jenna Trabulus and social media strategist and community builder Matt Skallerud.

Currently, Revry is making investing in the queer community a family affair by launching an equity crowdfunding campaign on SeedInvest (https://www.seedinvest.com/revry/seed). Revry’s streaming network brings the queer experience to the world through its diverse mix of films, series, music, podcasts and originals. Revry is committed to inclusion and creating a space for all voices in the LGBTQ+ community to be seen and heard.

Quotes from Advisors Below:
Rod Perth: “With the explosion in online viewing of streaming content, Revry is well positioned to reach the LGBTQ community across every platform with a broad variety of entertaining programs that are already resonating with viewers and advertisers. With my deep background in both the business and creative sides of television, I’m delighted to be able to contribute to this energized team that is so passionate about creating value for investors, advertisers, and viewers who will love Revry.”
Timothy Mohn: “As a five time entrepreneur, venture investor, scientist, and engineer who was recently CTO at Fullscreen (Acquired by AT&T) and creator of HBO GO App, Mohn has been a part of the streaming revolution before the streaming revolution even existed. Mohn has become instrumental in navigating Revry’s product development, engineering and product launches. A stellar technical advisor, Mohn explains, “When I met the Revry team a few years back, I was incredibly impressed with Damian and the entire team. What struck me was that they were clearly building Revry because they were passionate that the LGBTQ community needed to have their stories heard. First and foremost. And building a vehicle for artists to tell those stories was important for that. I don’t see that everyday as an investor and entrepreneur, it wasn’t just ‘about business.’ That’s important. And I was excited and humbled that Damian and team presented the opportunity to help them build this amazing platform for the community.”
Steve Levine: “Having overseen the introduction of a new advertising medium at the worlds largest gay dating app (Grindr) where we broke through barriers and were instrumental in the growth and success of Mobile Advertising targeting the LGBT community, I am excited to bring my expertise in growing publisher advertising revenue to such a unique, cutting-edge platform as Revry. I see Revry as the next frontier for fresh, innovating advertising solutions by allowing brands to reach the highly prized LGBTQ audience in diverse and creative ways never before available. Like Grindr before it, Revry is blazing the next trail in brand partnerships with a young, creative, highly motivated and ably diverse team willing to work tirelessly to be the example that others can only follow.”
Matt Skallerud: “Over the years, it seems like it’s been a ‘search for the holy grail’ in terms of companies trying to launch a successful LGBTQ-only television network. By understanding and mastering the technologies currently available today with Smart TVs and devices such as Roku and Apple TV, it seems like Revry has finally discovered the formula to make an LGBTQ channel actually work!”
Official Bios and Headshots for all Advisors are Available Upon Request.

About Revry
Revry is the first queer global streaming network, available in 35 million homes in over 100 countries, with a uniquely curated selection of LGBTQ+ film, series, and originals along with the world’s largest queer libraries of groundbreaking podcasts, albums and music videos. Revry is available worldwide on seven OTT, mobile, and online platforms, and hosts the exclusive LGBTQ+ channels on Pluto TV and XUMO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Revry is led by an inclusive team of queer, multi-ethnic and allied partners who bring decades of experience in the fields of tech, digital media, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @REVRYTV. Go Online to: https://revry.tv.
Revry is offering securities under Regulation CF and Rule 506(c) of Regulation D through SI Securities, LLC (“SI Securities”). The Company has filed a Form C with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with its offering, a copy of which may be obtained at: https://www.seedinvest.com/revry/seed It is advised that you consult a tax professional to fully understand any potential tax implications of receiving investor perks before making an investment. The individuals above were not compensated in exchange for their testimonials. In addition, their testimonials should not be construed as and/or considered investment advice.

About SeedInvest
SeedInvest is a leading equity crowdfunding platform that provides individual investors with access to pre-vetted startup investment opportunities and has only accepted 1% of those companies to feature on the platform. For more information, visit www.seedinvest.com.

“Fraternity: An Inside Look at a Year of College Boys Becoming Men” by Alexandra Robbins— From the Brothers

Robbins, Alexandra. “Fraternity: An Inside Look at a Year of College Boys Becoming Men”, Dutton Books, 2019.

From the Brothers

Amos Lassen

Alexandra Robbins gives us a look inside fraternity houses from current brothers’ perspectives thus also giving us an idea of what it is like to be a college guy today. We have here two life stories. Jake is a studious freshman looking at how far to go to find a brotherhood that will introduce him to lifelong friends and help conquer his social awkwardness; and Oliver is a hardworking chapter president trying to keep his misunderstood fraternity out of trouble despite many run-ins with the police. We are with them for a year and it is through them that we begin to understand
why students join fraternities in record numbers despite scandalous headlines. In an effort to find out what it’s like to be a fraternity brother in the twenty-first century, writer Alexandra Robbins contacted hundreds of brothers whose chapters don’t make headlines—and who suggested that a fraternity can be a healthy safe space for men.

This is not just about fraternity life, it is also about the transition from boyhood to manhood. The text brings psychology, current events, neuroscience, and interviews together in order to explore the state of masculinity today, and what that means for students and their parents. College boys candidly discuss sex, friendship, social media, drinking, peer pressure, gender roles, and even porn.  For many boys or men, if you prefer, the college experience is when they are at a vulnerable age and are living on their own for perhaps the first time. We live in a time when one can be  stigmatized for being male and realizing how to  navigate the complicated, coming-of-age journey to manhood alone.

Robbins shows us that fraternities are not monolithic and that they can be healthy, safe spaces.” It is important to note that in most cases, fraternity life depends on the school on whose campus the fraternity is located. I was a brother and often traveled to other schools and was amazed at the differences at each site.

We go behind the scenes of fraternity life and read about traditions and how they influence those who join fraternities yet keeping in mind that this influence extends to parents and often to the larger American culture. We become aware of
the changing roles and pressures that today’s millennial males face. She shares profiles of men “navigating the processes and pressures of rushing, pledging, and troubleshooting the hypermasculine fraternity culture and the rigid guidelines of collegiate social engagement.”  Here are real-life perspectives “on the immersive, unifying, and chancy culture of fraternities.”

“Queer Milton” edited by David L. Orvis— The First Book Length Study

Orvis, David L. (editor). “Queer Milton”, (Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500–1700) , Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

The First Book Length Study

Amos Lassen

“Queer Milton” is the first book-length study that is dedicated to anti-heteronormative approaches to the poetry and prose of John Milton. It is organized into sections on “Eroticism and Form” and “Temporality and Affect,” and the essays in this volume read Milton’s works through radical queer interpretive frameworks.  We leverage insights from recent queer work and related fields with contributions that demonstrate diverse possible futures for Queer Milton Studies. “Queer Milton” shows us “the capacity for queer to arbitrate debates that have shaped, and indeed continue to shape, developments in the field of Milton Studies.”

I am amazed at myself for not getting a sense of Milton being queer when I studied him as a graduate student. In fact, thinking back on that now and that was many years ago, I do not remember his sexuality ever being spoken in my coursework.

The contributors come from varying coordinates within queer theory to bring the field’s concerns with sex, language, time, affect, the environment, and beyond into conversation with Milton’s works and we soon see that there was more than one queer Milton. What we definitely see is that the study of Milton can open up new and exciting ways to look at early modern queer studies.”

The book is an original, smart, and very timely contribution to Milton studies. The research here used  broad, deep, and sophisticated explorations of queer methodologies in relation to Milton’s works.

The contributors engage in fresh and lively criticism that is reinforced by the categories that are those being used in the area of queer theory: “affect, the body and intimacy, alterity and ipseity.” I can’t help but wonder if we can also use Milton in disability studies and to this day I can recite, by heart, “On His Blindness” which I had to memorize in high school when I was just 16. It just seems to me that the romance poets became even more romantic than they had ever been before.

“Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love” by Dani Shapiro— Parenthood and Family

Shapiro, Dani. “Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love”, Knopf, 2019.

Parenthood and Family

Amos Lassen

Dani Shapiro’s “Inheritance” is a memoir about a staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test and an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing. Above all else it is an inquiry of paternity, identity, and love. We all wonder who we are and wonder what combination of memory, history, biology, experience, and soul defines us?

 It was in the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro learned that her father was not her biological father. On one day her entire history changed. Shapiro’s “Inheritance” is a book about secrets, all kinds of secrets from those within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness to secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. This is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity that had  been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years. What is so interesting is that during those fifty years, she had spent writing on themes of identity and family history.

This is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in and that moment is which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.

It was Dani Shapiro’s reactions to the discovery of her concealed paternity and her search for meaning that caused her to begin unraveling the mystery of her origins.  She wrestles with questions about this and we share her struggle with how her biological vs. social ancestry has defined her. We live in a new world where DNA offers us so much causing identity to become more complicated as do the stories we tell ourselves to go along with it.

“When Brooklyn Was Queer” by Hugh Ryan— A Forgotten History

Ryan, Hugh. “When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History”, St. Martin’s, 2019.

A Forgotten History

Amos Lassen

Hugh Ryan shares the never-before-told story of Brooklyn’s vibrant and forgotten queer history, from the mid-1850s up to today. It seems strange with Brooklyn being part of New York that her vivid and romantic gay culture has not been dealt with before now. Ryan’s book is a “groundbreaking exploration of the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the queer women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II, and beyond.” Until now, no other book, movie, or exhibition has ever told this story. Not only has Brooklyn always lived in the shadow of queer Manhattan neighborhoods like Greenwich Village and Harlem, but there has also been something of a systematic erasure of its queer history.

Ryan gives us that history for the first time and it is delightful.  His prose is filled with grace, intimate and moving. We feel his love for his subject as he answers questions of what history is, who tells it, and it is through the retelling that we are able to make sense of ourselves. We  see how the formation of the Brooklyn we know today is linked to the stories of the incredible people who created its diverse neighborhoods and cultures. After all, what is a neighborhood without people— just empty buildings with no character. Ryan brings Brooklyn’s queer past to life and claims its place as a modern classic.

Ryan begins his history in 1855 with the publication of “Leaves of Grass” by Walt Whitman. Many forget Whitman’s place regarding LGBT literature but he is one of the forerunners and an important writer who made his home in Brooklyn and we find many aspects of what gay life was like in 19th century in his writing. W.H. Auden, Truman Capote, and Christopher Isherwood were in Brooklyn as well and they are part of the history but who is really important are not the names we know but the working class men and women who lived on the margins and  the constant influx of sailors that came through the Brooklyn Navy Yards. Ryan has found other documented stories of queer life in police records for sexual perversion and in the records of doctors who carried out  pseudo-scientific research on queer (especially trans) bodies.

The working class was more open to all kinds of non-marital sex, not just same-sex or gender nonconforming desires. Many of these communities were basically immigrant communities and the ratios of men to women were so different that marriage became less of an option. Men and women inhabited separate social spheres with  little access to private spaces where they could meet together. In places like the municipal baths or aboard ships, men (and to a lesser degree, women) had chances to gather together in semi-privately. It was a time when new ideas about sexuality-as-an-identity were more common among upper-class people, and those ideas gave more risk to same-sex desires because it was an activity that might be frowned upon and that defined a person.

Ryan has done incredible and meticulous research and uses skilled storytelling to make this such fun to read. It bring about a need for intimacy and community. We certainly feel Ryan’s love for queer Brooklyn on every page. This is a story of the “endurance, resourcefulness, and indefatigable joy queer people brought to bear upon the challenge of their own survival”. We go back to a time before we had an idea of legal acceptance and we get fascinating and surprising stories.

“THE FRONT”— Six Survivors

 

“THE FRONT”

Six Survivors

Amos Lassens

As World War II came to a close, Frank Aldridge (Josh Durham), a war correspondent for the newly formed UN was given the job of interviewing German prisoners of war in an allied internment camp. He hears about the war from the perspective of six different survivors. Director by Jon Blaze and Nathan Blaze, we get a series of six episodes the story comes together.

In episode 1, Lt. Lawrenz  (Deward Lawrence) is a German prisoner of war who Frank questions about his civilian life before the war and his motivation for enlisting. Lawrenz becomes lost in thought thinking back to last spring when his war ended. He receives information that an American armored column is approaching their position and so he prepares a defense and a battle breaks out and the Germans are forced to surrender.

In the second episode, Frank interviews Feldwebel Loewe (Jovan Martin), a young soldier who recalls the time he spent deployed to Yugoslavia where a tenacious partisan resistance culminated with the Battle of Sutjeska in 1943. Loewe and his company traverse a muddy riverbed, laying telephone wire when they are ambushed by the Yugoslavians. They telephone desperately for help but are slaughtered to the last man and Loewe is shot. A young partisan is ready to kill him when he is rescued by arriving German reinforcements.

In Episode three, Obergefreiter Thomsen (Robb Hudspeth) introduces himself to Frank. Still very much proud of his deeds during the war, he tells Frank about how he received the Wound Badge on the Volkhov Front in 1943. Then until they hear artillery in the distance. Allied forces open fire and a battle ensues. The German nest is destroyed by a bazooka and allied soldiers begin to overrun the trenches. Thomsen is shot as he retreats.

Episode four has Frank’s interviewing Maj. Wright (Mike Buckendorf) who is in charge of the internment camp. Wright informs him that some prisoners have escaped. They take a jeep and some men and set out to recover them. Gefreiter Braun (Jackson Elliott)( recounts his experience fighting Soviet and British forces and tells Frank about the day his war ended. While searching, one escaped POW is killed and the other is eventually found and captured alive. When Frank asks him why he fled, the prisoner explains he feared being turned over to the Russia.

Episode five brings us Gefreiter Braun, an Austrian who joined the German mountain troops and tells Frank how his younger brother died on the Eastern Front and about when he decided to surrender to American forces in 1945. While on the long march north, Braun’s company of weary Germans is ambushed in the woods by Americans. Braun is knocked unconscious by a grenade and awakes to find he is the only survivor. Defeated, he finds a group of Americans and surrenders.

Episode six takes us to Frank meeting a female agent in London who claims to have been a former operative of the Red Orchestra. Code  name Mademoiselle  (Anne Beyer)  shares her deeds with him as well as the eventual destruction of her spy cell in Berlin. She escaped being helped by a German defector. She gives no details of what became of him. In 1942, she infiltrated a Nazi bunker and detonated an explosive. In the ensuing chaos she found where the defector was being held and assassinated him so he could not talk.

I am surprised how much I became wrapped up in this and I did not want it to end. I really hope that we get more seasons of this series. What really stands out is the human element which often falls away during war stories.

“Handbook for a Post-Roe America” by Robin Marty— Understanding and Preparing for Change

Marty, Robin. “Handbook for a Post-Roe America”, Seven Stories Press, 2019.

Understanding and Preparing for Change

Amos Lassen

Robin Marty’s “Handbook for a Post-Roe America is a comprehensive and user-friendly manual for understanding and preparing for the changes to reproductive rights law and how to get the healthcare you need (by whatever means necessary).  We are taken  through various worst-case scenarios of a post-Roe America, and Marty provides us with ways to fight back, including how to gain financial support, how to use existing networks and create new ones, and how to, if necessary, work outside existing legal systems. We see how to prepare for emergencies, how to start organizing now, what to know about self-managed abortion care and how to avoid surveillance. This the theeonly guidebook of its kind and it includes an extensive, detailed resource guide for all pregnant people (whether cis, trans, or non-binary) of clinics, action groups, abortion funds, and practical support groups in each state, so wherever you live, you can get involved.

With a newly right-wing Supreme Court and a Republican Senate, “Roe” is under threat. To say that abortion will be illegal in half the states in the nation is not hypothetical theory, it is looming now on the horizon. We must act now to secure what access remains, strengthen the networks supporting those who need care, and decide what risks we are willing to take to ensure that any person who wants a termination can still end that pregnancy—with or without the government’s permission.
Robin Marty outlines the possibilities of President Trump’s conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court, positing. In chapters such as “Planning For Your Own Emergencies” and “So, You Want to be the Next ‘Jane’,” this is a clear-eyed guide to protecting access and providing support with or without the government’s consent. The information here is accurate and practical but what we really get here is the reassurance that you can do something.