AN ABOLITIONIST’S HANDBOOK: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World

ABOUT THE BOOK

In this book, Cullors charts a framework for how everyday activists can effectively fight for an abolitionist present and future. Filled with relatable insights on the history of abolition, a reimagining of what reparations look like for Black lives and real-life anecdotes from Cullors.

AN ABOLITIONIST’S HANDBOOK offers a bold, innovative, and humanistic approach to how to be a modern-day abolitionist.

Cullors asks us to lead with love, fierce compassion, and precision.

12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World
1. Have Courageous Conversations
2. Commit to Responding vs. Reacting
3. Experiment: Nothing Is Fixed
4. Say “Yes” to Imagination
5. Forgive Actively, Not Passively
6. Allow Yourself to Feel
7. Commit to Not Harming or Abusing Others
8. Practice Accountability
9. Embrace Non-Reformist Reform
10. Build Community
11. Value Interpersonal Relationships
12. Fight the State Rather Than Make It Stronger


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Patrisse Cullors is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist and abolitionist from Los Angeles, CA. Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Patrisse has been on the frontlines of abolitionist organising for 20 years. Since she began the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, it has expanded into a global foundation supporting Black-led movements in the US, UK, and Canada and has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. 

In 2020, Patrisse signed an overall production deal with Warner Brothers, where she intends to continue to uplift Black stories, talent, and creators that will continue to transform the world of art and culture. 


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Sasha Knight by Sean Godfrey

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A coming-of-age tale, portraying the perils of toxic masculinity and the damaging effects of emotional trauma. It also touches on the deep-seated class and colour divide in Jamaican society during the late 70’s and 80’s. A genre-bending mashup that shakes the senses and tears at your heart. 

Alternating between past and present, shifting back and forth from Jamaica and the United States, SASHA KNIGHT picks apart the puzzle left behind when 11- year-old Sasha disappears. Everyone seems convinced that she has simply run away. Sometimes, on the good days, when she isn’t talking to him, her 9-year-old best friend Matthew believes it too…


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sean Godfrey was born in Jamaica and left the island at sixteen to join his mother in America. He has held various jobs including cashier, lab assistant and janitor. When he is not writing he works as a librarian in his home state of Texas, USA.  


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ONE SATURDAY IN 82 ON BROADWAY MARKET – Stuart Goodman

These black and white photos candidly picture the lives of shoppers and shop owners on this East London market in Hackney, which has since become unrecognisable. A SATURDAY IN 82 ON BROADWAY MARKET preserves images of an East London landmark that has changed from desolation row to one of London’s trendiest markets.


Also featuring Stuart Goodman’s account of his and Stephen Selby’s role in setting up a community initiative to save Broadway Market from demolition, Goodman speaks of the London that existed before gentrification. An East London native, brought up on a Hackney council estate, Goodman had lived in the market and been a shop keeper there for 6 months before photographing it for the first time…

…37 years later, OWN IT! are proud to publish his photographs in a new book, at a time when the market has changed beyond belief.

ENDLESS FORTUNE By Ify Adenuga

How do you go from being a penniless student in a foreign country to becoming the mother of four of the most successful creatives working in Great Britain today?

Part historical, part political but most of all hugely inspirational, Endless Fortune tells the life story of Ify Adenuga: a fighter, a thinker, a feminist and a parent. Ify is born in Lagos as one of 11 Igbo children before the family uprooted during the punishing civil war. In 1980, she exchanges the war-torn city of Lagos for the strange streets of London. There, Ify has to start a new life as a working-class immigrant and student in an environment far removed from her own in a city brimming with hostility. A year later, she meets her husband, a Yoruba, at a bingo hall in east London where they are both working as illegal immigrants. After the birth of their first son, the couple return to education before setting up their own businesses. In the tough working-class area of Tottenham, they raise their highly creative children and encourage them to explore their artistic instincts, narrowly avoiding a violent situation that threatens to tear the family apart…

As the first book of its kind from the mother of successful British creatives to examine the experience of the African diaspora and the complications around immigration from a personal perspective, ENDLESS FORTUNE is a timely addition to the ongoing conversation around migration politics and immigration in the UK. With Ify Adenuga at the very heart of the story, it explores the chasm between Lagos and London and how to not only survive but thrive in a new culture and country. For those who are fans of the Adenuga family, the book is also a fascinating insight into their childhood and growing up as part of a new generation of young, black, British people whose voices are still rarely heard.

The formidably impressive Ifeomagwu “Ify” Adenuga is married to Joseph Senior Adenuga and mother of Joseph Junior (Skepta), Jamie (JME), Julie and Jason Adenuga. After moving to London from Lagos in 1980, she went on to receive a BA (Hons) in Education & Film studies. Ify has not only raised her own family but continues to work with organisations across the UK and Nigeria to guide and support young people and help them lead independent lives in safe communities. In 2016, she received recognition as an ICON at C. Hub magazine’s prestigious Creativity and Arts Awards which recognises excellence in creativity, leadership and entrepreneurship.

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How To: Be More Pirate by Sam Conniff and Alex Barker

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The time has come when breaking the rules is the right thing to do. 

Faced with chaotic leadership, growing inequality, business disruption and an impending climate crisis, Sam Conniff’s 2018 bestseller Be More Pirate was the rallying cry so many needed to hear. Now he has handed over the mic to the thousands of people who have turned the book into a movement.

Enter the real life pirates.

From healthcare to education to big business, mutiny in Manchester to the climate pirates of the Caribbean, How to: Be More Pirate captures their applied wisdom. Packed with relatable examples and practical, applicable tactics, it is a blueprint for causing good trouble. 

Whether you want to overcome personal limitations, upend the status quo in your line of work, or find some co-conspirators, this book will help you to be more radical, relentless, and ambitious in your life and work. 

The only certainty is uncertainty, it’s how we respond that matters, so now is the time for pirates. 

Join the movement and reclaim your power, purpose and potential. 

#BeMorePirate.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Sam Conniff is a lifelong advocate of business as unusual, operating at the intersection of brands, policy and social innovation to create positive change in the world. He is co-founder of award-winning youth marketing agency Livity, Don’t Panic, Live Magazine, Dubplate Drama and Digify Africa, and author of the international bestseller Be More Pirate or How to Take on the World and Win. As a consultant, he advises brands such as Tate & Lyle and Rolex on sustainability, accountability and ‘Professional Rule Breaking’.

Alex Barker leads the Be More Pirate community and wears many hats as a freelance writer, facilitator and speaker. Before teaming up with Sam to develop Be More Pirate from a book into a movement, she was communications manager at the RSA (Royal Society of Arts). Alex has also worked freelance for author and adventurer Alastair Humphreys, and with writer and activist Onjali Q. Rauf on domestic violence issues.


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