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Looking for support in talking with your kids about issues like immigration, racism, homelessness, and gender identity?
All proceeds from Parenting 4 Social Justice books purchased on this site will be distributed as royalties to the coauthors of the book.
Parenting 4 Social Justice offers you a creative roadmap for raising your kids to be social-justice minded. Issues are presented through the lens of the authors’ personal experiences, both growing up and in their roles as parents. Their honest stories and creative ideas will help you to initiate age-appropriate and engaging conversations with your kids. For each topic there are great ideas for how you might take action with your kids. Stories from diverse parents across the US are woven into the chapters on race, class, gender, disability, and collective liberation. In addition, there is an extensive resource list and book list for kids.
As a way of supporting your parenting role, a website has been created with book reviews, excerpts, bios, book images, resource & book lists, a blog, and press about the book. Go to www.parenting4socialjustice.com. And to assist those of you who might want to partner with one or more other parents to discuss your way through the book, a leader’s guide can be downloaded at the website.
Before her death in September 2021 from breast cancer, author Angela Berkfield taught in a variety of settings over two decades and was co-founder of the Root Social Justice Center, ACT for Social Justice, and Equity Solutions.
Chrissy Colón Bradt serves as an educator and Director of Equity and Inclusion at an independent school and is on the board of The Courage of Care Coalition and the Root Social Justice Center.
Rowan Parker currently works in Early Intervention as a Developmental Specialist and his favorite part of the job is helping parents learn to understand and work with their children.
Abigail Healey is an early childhood educator and she engages her children and the children she works with in asking big questions, justice, and change-making.
Leila Raven served as the Executive Director of DC-based grassroots organization Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), where she used advocacy, education, and arts activism to build community-based, non-criminal solutions to addressing gendered violence and state violence in public spaces.
One of Jaimie Lynn Kessell‘s life goals is to raise her 3 children with the knowledge necessary not only to propel themselves out of poverty but to help create a world in which all people have access to what they need to thrive.
“Parenting 4 Social Justice helped me tackle the difficult conversations I wanted to have with my children but didn’t know how to get started. It made me think on a fundamental level about my own beliefs on race, class, gender, ability, capitalism and so much more. — Stevie, heterosexual, middle-class-raised parent to kids ages 11 and 7
“Parenting for Social Justice is a great tool for parents committed to breaking the silence about “isms” in our society, bringing together a rich collection of resources, real-life examples, and guided opportunities for reflection. Wherever you are in your social justice journey, there is something here for you to learn!”
— Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., author, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race
“As a parent, doing my best to bring social justice values into the heart of my family culture and kids’ lives, reading and applying the wisdom of this book, is vital.” — Chris Crass, author of Towards Collective Liberation and Towards the “Other America” (from the Foreword)
“If we have any hope of changing the world, and earning our right to remain here, we are required to change our parenting. We must be to prepare our children to shape change. I encourage you to read this important and timely book…”
— Autumn Brown, co-host of the podcast How to Survive the End of the World (from the Foreword)
“Parenting 4 Social Justice is an excellent resource for preparing young people to survive, thrive, build community and work for justice. It gives adults the tools they need to combine their love for our children with their love for the world. — Paul Kivel, educator, activist, author of Uprooting Racism and Boys Will Be Men: Raising Our Sons for Courage, Caring and Community
“As a mother and social justice advocate, I’m often asked the ‘hows’ of raising socially conscious children by parents. Parenting 4 Social Justice is an incredible and heartfelt guide to intentional parenting, that teaches individuals how to raise a new generation of young activists.”
— Iliah Grant Altoro, writer, activist, traveler, and mother to three critical thinkers.
“A must-have in the field of anti-bias education. This work gives ideas for having conversations with young people about social justice and putting knowledge into action.”
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