Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones

Power Concedes Nothing One Woman s Quest for Social Justice in America from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones From one of the nation s most influential civil rights attorneys second cousin of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a noble hard hitting memoir chronicling the life of a fiercely powerful wo

  • Title: Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones
  • Author: Connie Rice
  • ISBN: 9781416575009
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From one of the nation s most influential civil rights attorneys second cousin of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a noble, hard hitting memoir chronicling the life of a fiercely powerful woman dedicated to public service.Connie Rice has taken on the bus system, the school system, the death penalty, the LAPD and won She has been at the forefront of dozens of majFrom one of the nation s most influential civil rights attorneys second cousin of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a noble, hard hitting memoir chronicling the life of a fiercely powerful woman dedicated to public service.Connie Rice has taken on the bus system, the school system, the death penalty, the LAPD and won She has been at the forefront of dozens of major civil rights cases In 1998, the Los Angeles Times designated Connie Rice one of the most experienced, civic minded, and thoughtful people on the subject of Los Angeles Rice literally wrote the report that has revolutionized the city s law enforcement and outreach to gangs Now, one of America s most prominent and successful civil rights litigators, Rice illuminates the origins and inspiration for her life s work in this extraordinary memoir.In her electrifying voice, Rice writes of being descended from a proud and erudite clan of former slaves and slaveowners who prized the aggressive pursuit of knowledge and voracious accomplishment The Rice family s quest for excellence was the defining feature of Connie s youth, a childhood that would see her family move seventeen times across three continents, at the behest of the U.S Air Force, for which her father was a racial barrier breaking major The eldest of three children, Connie was inspired by influential women like Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Frank, and Rep Barbara Jordan the first black woman elected to U.S Congress from a Southern State whose eloquence and composure during the televised Watergate hearings so mesmerized a teenage Rice that she burned a hole ironing her father s shirt Provocative and passionate, studded with dramatic stories of a life in the trenches of civil rights law, Power Concedes Nothing reveals the inspiring life of an indomitable woman who knows that power concedes nothing without a demand.

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    1. I would highly recommend this book! I was impressed with the ability of Ms Rice to effect change. I think that this book shows how we, as a society, are not successful in addressing the problems we face. This book helped me to face some of my own personal fears and biases. I hope I can prove to have the same courage displayed in the biography. There is an especially interesting section talking about a Military Professionals insight into the work Ms Rice did with the Gangs in L.A. I found it to b [...]

    2. This is a must read for anyone seeking to gain a deeper understanding of one of America's greatest social ills -- gain violence. Ms. Rice's determination, commitment, courage, curiosity, and strength lead her to accomplish what few have been able to do. Read the book to find out what she accomplished. You will not be disappointed.

    3. Spectacular, must-read book. Connie Rice (NOT Condi) writes her autobiography. She has been a civil rights lawyer in LA for 20 years. She sues, but she becomes a community activist and eventually gets inside LAPD to try to transform predators into protectors. Readable, riveting, moving.

    4. This is a difficult book for me to review. I loved it so much that I want everyone to read it. At least everyone who has ever lived in Los Angeles who has thought about gangs, been afraid of gangs, avoided moving somewhere because there were gangs or just want to understand gangs more! Connie Rice (not Condoleezza Rice, they are second cousins) is courageous, intelligent and inspired Civil Rights Attorney. She grew up as a military brat, moving many times and places when she was young.When her f [...]

    5. Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman's Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones (Hardcover) by Connie Rice

    6. I received the book through First Reads. Very interesting and inspiring read. The author writes incredibly well, starting from her very beginnings, her journey to law school, working on death penalty and civil rights cases, to how she became an advocate to reduce gang violence in Los Angeles. The book starts a bit slow, but once you get to her law school years and when she starts to talk about some of the cases she worked on and the people she collaborated with, it definitely picks up. Not havi [...]

    7. "Above all else, I've learned to reject false choices. There is no choice among fixing individuals, institutions, or ecosystems; we have to fix them all. There is no choice between the work of charities or harnessing the public sector; the whole spectrum is required, because a thousand points of light can reduce the dark but cannot replace the sun. There is no choice between instilling righteous values and individual responsibility, on the one hand, and the systemic solutions we seek, on the oth [...]

    8. Once I got passed the first third of the book (which gave us her background and upbringing) and got into the meat of her work at LDF and the advancement project, I was hooked. This book was especially interesting to me because I was able to witness some of her work from the other side. It's a story that needed to be put on paper. The story of "LA's kill zones", battling LAPD to actually complete their mission of "to protect and serve", and change from a mentality of search and destroy. She goes [...]

    9. Note: no spoilersbut my reviews are usually more light-hearted than this. I find it hard to talk about PCO without resorting to grandeur.I would characterize this book as brutal but necessary--kinda like watching "The Wire," but with fewer funny bits. I will never hear another story of gang violence, or see the kids standing on the street corner, in the same way. By straddling races (40% African American, 40% white, 20% Native American), the author is able to take us from Harvard classrooms to b [...]

    10. Great personal journey into transforming the relations of old paradigm mindset of the LAPD and the citizens. Loved how Connie built the foundation of the book by starting with initial insight to discovery her true purpose and how that has evolved over the past 20 years. She stayed true to herself, kept the focus on the mission of picking up where Martin Luther King Jr. left off. The work continues, its about the journey and not so much the destination. Her experiences has led to the Advancement [...]

    11. Yes, Connie Rice is second cousin to Condoleezza, but thank God she is nothing like her except for a driven personality and a lot of brains. When I first started the book, I wasn't sure I'd like it because she seemed rather full of herself. However, I quickly fell in love with her and the book. Her life -- the way she walks her talk -- should be a model for us all. She cares about the poorest of the poor and DOES something about it. It is inspiring and also a very interesting read.

    12. I won this as a advance copy.This book started out slow, but when I finally was able to get into it, I was impressed. Connie Rice was raised in the military and moved quite a bit. From there,she went to Harvard where she became involved in the working on the discrimination of the the death penalty. She winds up in Los Angeles continuing her work as a civil rights attorney, affecting change and reform.

    13. Ms. Rice is advising the Mayor on police reform, so I thought I'd better learn a bit about her history and work. This is a worthwhile read if you're interested in police reforms in Los Angeles and death penalty cases in America, but more so for the story of Ms. Rice's motivations, energy and commitment to justice.

    14. I just finished reading this book a few days ago. Connie Rice (Condeleeza Rice's second cousin) Harvard-Radcliff (undergrad), New York University (law school), federal court clerkship with Judge Damon Keith, NAACP Legal Defense Fund civil rights lawyer, social justice activiste is my SheRo! :-)

    15. I won this in the First Read Giveaway. This is a book that I would really like to read because social justice really interests me. However, I haven't received it yet and am starting to doubt that I will.

    16. I just won this on First Reads!This was a really interesting book. I lived in LA for about 3 years and while I knew about the gang problems I was pretty oblivious to just how bad it really was. This book was fascinating. The author is extremely brave and her work is inspiring.

    17. Fascinating auto biography by a bright, compassionate woman who bravely lives a life of callenges while honoring her principles. A must for Angelenos who need to know about all of their city. And she likes cats. Thank you, Connie.

    18. I saw and heard Connie Rice speak on a panel at the LA Times Festival of Books, today (4/22/12) and she is eloquent and brilliant. If she writes half as good as she speaks, this book will be a most compelling read.

    19. It was interesting to learn about the behind the scenes dynamics of the justice system through the eyes of a legal advocate and former civil rights lawyer.

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