The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear

The Third Reconstruction How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear A modern day civil rights champion tells the stirring story of how he helped start a movement to bridge America s racial divide Over the summer of the Reverend Dr William J Barber II led than a

  • Title: The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear
  • Author: William J. Barber II Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
  • ISBN: 9780807007419
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Paperback
  • A modern day civil rights champion tells the stirring story of how he helped start a movement to bridge America s racial divide.Over the summer of 2013, the Reverend Dr William J Barber II led than a hundred thousand people at rallies across North Carolina to protest restrictions to voting access and an extreme makeover of state government These protests the largesA modern day civil rights champion tells the stirring story of how he helped start a movement to bridge America s racial divide.Over the summer of 2013, the Reverend Dr William J Barber II led than a hundred thousand people at rallies across North Carolina to protest restrictions to voting access and an extreme makeover of state government These protests the largest state government focused civil disobedience campaign in American history came to be known as Moral Mondays and have since blossomed in states as diverse as Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Ohio, and New York.At a time when divide and conquer politics are exacerbating racial strife and economic inequality, Rev Barber offers an impassioned, historically grounded argument that Moral Mondays are hard evidence of an embryonic Third Reconstruction in America.The first Reconstruction briefly flourished after Emancipation, and the second Reconstruction ushered in meaningful progress in the civil rights era But both were met by ferocious reactionary measures that severely curtailed, and in many cases rolled back, racial and economic progress This Third Reconstruction is a profoundly moral awakening of justice loving people united in a fusion coalition powerful enough to reclaim the possibility of democracy even in the face of corporate financed extremism.In this memoir of how Rev Barber and allies as diverse as progressive Christians, union members, and immigration rights activists came together to build a coalition, he offers a trenchant analysis of race based inequality and a hopeful message for a nation grappling with persistent racial and economic injustice Rev Barber writes movingly and pragmatically about how he laid the groundwork for a state by state movement that unites black, white, and brown, rich and poor, employed and unemployed, gay and straight, documented and undocumented, religious and secular Only such a diverse fusion movement, Rev Barber argues, can heal our nation s wounds and produce public policy that is morally defensible, constitutionally consistent, and economically sane The Third Reconstruction is both a blueprint for movement building and an inspiring call to action from the twenty first century s most effective grassroots organizer.

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    1. This is the second book I've read from the Justice and Spirit Unitarian-Universalist Book Club here on . The book club unfortunately seems to have withered away. There was a little discussion of the Rosa Parks biography in January, but last month there were maybe 1 or 2 comments and there was virtually nothing this month on this book at all, except for a thread I started with the subject line, "Anybody There?" This is too bad, because I think this book deserves a wide readership, especially outs [...]

    2. It took me a while to figure out that this book is, in essence, a sermon. Readers looking for a history of the Moral Mondays movement, or a blow-by-blow memoir, or a handbook for successful fusion politics, may be disappointed in this book's relative lack of detail. But consider the book's form - one man's story of his religious and political journey, with frequent and intentional repetition of points of theology, history, and law, and expert code switching to reveal just enough of Rev. Barber's [...]

    3. This was published in January of 2016. I bought it this summer, but didn't read it until after the election. So while the book leaves us a sense of optimism, one knows now how things in fact went. (Also the book was apparently finished before the NC Bathroom Bill.) BUT, this movement is for the long-run and NOT predicated on this or that particular event. So while all the fears of this book came to a head in November (well, the NC Governors race is still a toss-up), that did not somehow disconfi [...]

    4. "The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement" by William J. Barber II, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a comprehensive, well-written book regarding the social movement/current events topic of Moral Mondays. I would recommend this book to any student or anyone who likes to keep apprised of current affairs and wants a better understanding of the movement.I rated this book five stars because it gave me a deeper understanding of this New Justice Move [...]

    5. As I usually read and review science fiction, and sometimes non-fiction science or mainstream fiction, this book is quite outside my normal span. I read it because this is the 2016-2017 Common Read of my religious affiliation (Unitarian Universalism). A group discussion guide is available at the time of this review, from uua/books/read/share. The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, is president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, and pastor at Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro NC. He at [...]

    6. I remember the first time I heard the Reverend William Barber II speak. It was right after the Trayvon Martin verdict came in. George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder. I was in Orlando for the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which was meeting in the same venue as the NAACP national convention. Rev. Barber came over to speak to us as a representative of the NAACP. His message that evening was powerful, calling for us to embrace the cause of racial justice. [...]

    7. This is the story of the disenfranchised of North Carolina and how they rose up to create a grass roots movement called "Moral Mondays." The people who have populated the Moral Mondays movement are a societal extension of the anti-Wall Street protests, the #BlackLivesMatter surge, the slipping middle class angst, and other expressions of Americans who have been forgotten by their government.Like so many others of color, in poverty, women, gays, immigrants, laborers, and other groups cast aside b [...]

    8. We live in a time and a world of tremendous tensions in the human community. No place is that more evident than within the United States (which hardly seems united at all), especially in the American South. I have been living through these tensions, as we all have, and I haven't been coping very well with it all. In fact, it has been outright depressing as one new murder of an innocent black man after another shows up on our news' feed.Happily, for those who have been in a similar place, we have [...]

    9. This is a must read not only for all North Carolinians, but for all those interested in progressive change in America. The Rev. Dr. Barber describes his upbringing, his calling to preach and the connection to social justice. His bravery to travel roads I never asked my African-American secretary to travel because I knew the Klan controlled them, yet holding my own breath as a Jew. The book described the history of fusion politics, beginning in the late 1800's, and his ability to form coalitions [...]

    10. This book is a quick read, but the impact is enormous and inspiring. I am an atheist and Rev Barber refers to us as "those that struggle with faith". Not necessarily true, but the very fact that we are included is what this movement is all about. The book essentially recounts the fusion coalition that was built in North Carolina that took the stance that all actions of the legislature must be looked at from the point of view regarding their morality in the largest sense of the word (not the narr [...]

    11. My rating is less a reflection of the book's literary merit and more the regard in which I hold its author. Barber possesses tremendous moral clarity and is truly dedicated to working for the "least of these". I have had the privilege of hearing him speak on three occasions, including at the Unfinished Dream conference t Montreat in 2015 and when he gave the National Sermon on Race last month. He always rocks the house. Despite Franklin Graham's pretensions, Barber is the conscience and spiritua [...]

    12. "The Third Reconstruction" is a good, important book about the need to build moral coalitions to alleviate extremist legislative measures taking place in American politics today.Anyone interested in social activism should read this book. Anyone who is working on behalf of any kind of moral movement, whether it's fair wages for all, women's rights, Black Lives Matter, etc. -- should definitely read this book.

    13. Though deeply rooted in faith, this book is not preachy. Rather, it combines social justice work with faith, historical analysis, a call to action, and a vision for the future that has left in me a sense of calm hope that I have not felt in a while. Maybe all is not lost.

    14. “It’s a Heart Problem”: Reverend Dr. Barber’s Long SummerReverend Barber’s North Carolina “Moral Monday” movement, which inspires duplication as he travels the nation, has become a force in many lives in a very short time. Reverend Barber spoke all over the land this summer including at the Democratic National Convention.“It’s a Heart Problem,” he repeated convincingly all summer long while calling attention to how extremists expect to remake America by defunding state govern [...]

    15. The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear discusses how the powerful Moral Monday movement developed and how it binds a multiracial, multi-issue coalition together for a common liberation agenda.The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber may be a familiar face to activists or watchers of the ineffable Joy Reid’s AM Joy news show, but most people were introduced to him when he spoke at the Democratic National Convention with an electrifying speech, e [...]

    16. I have been waiting for something like this book for a long long time. For over twenty, thirty years, I knew there was something wrong with Christianity and religion with the way it was being shown on TV and in politics, the way religion was being used to hate the other, the weak, and the powerless. What Reverend Barber writes and says has brought me to tears. At long last it feels like there is an awakening, an acknowledgment that we are not alone, not crazy. Our status as the other is not a ju [...]

    17. If you like books about organizing, then this is a good book for you. It does a good job of weaving Rev. Barber's personal story with the "Story of Us" for their movement in North Carolina. I have worked to organize people and organizations and this accurately reflects many of the challenges bringing groups of people together. Organizing is a grind. Read or listen through to the end. The Appendix for Organizers is a great addition. I don't agree with everything the appendix says and it's still a [...]

    18. The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement by The Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is part biography, part history and part manual for social change. The three reconstructions are the historic Reconstruction of the nation after the Civil War, the Civil Rights Era of the Sixties and today’s present focus on people politics. Barber’s political career is centered on a quote from The Bible, Micah, 6:8: “He ha [...]

    19. This was an interesting book. It gave a lot of insight into the fight in Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II's life, and the more recent struggle for equality in North Carolina, but there was not much in regard to the larger struggle in the country. A lot of that is due to the idea Mr. Barber espouses, that this fight can only happen in each state and we do not need the helicopter saviors like during the Civil Rights era, but every day people building coalitions in each state. The biggest struggle [...]

    20. Over the summer of 2013, the Rev Dr William Barber II led more than 100,000 people at rallies across North Carolina that became known as "Moral Mondays." This is the story of a movement that brings together a diverse coalition to work for racial and economic justice for all Americans. This short book combines elements of memoir and sermon in weaving together the historical background from the First Reconstruction after the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, fear-based backlash, and the beginn [...]

    21. This is a great, easy read to understand the history of fusion politics in North Carolina, as well as what has been happening in the statewide politics in the past eight years. It's also going to help fire you up to join the movement! Even if you are a North Carolinian, you'll learn stuff you didn't know. The book would also be very informative for people in other states interested in using NC as a blueprint for building a moral movement for justice in your own state. If you find Reverend Barber [...]

    22. It reads like a sermon, and even though I'm not of the same religion the theological sections were beautiful (It was appropriate reading during the ten days of awe!). I really appreciated reading why he feels he can work with Planned Parenthood and work in a coalition with those fighting for LGBTQ rights. I hadn't realized that is was more than a few years back that the organizations began their fusion movement. One phrase in the book was quite shocking to read, I unfortunately had taken a sip o [...]

    23. I loved this book for the historical context and its relevance to our current social and political issues. If you are troubled by the fragmentation of our current political and social movements, the Fusion politics of the Moral Mondays movement in NC has a blueprint for working together for change. There is section at the end that gives advice on how to do this in your local area. Weaving Dr. Barber's personal story with biblical story and current events makes a compelling read.

    24. I found this to be a great book. There are many passages which serve as stunning quotes.The author is an exemplary Christian one can admire. His passion is social justice. As the head of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP as well as a church minister, Barber has lived his life in the trenches serving humankind. He is the leader of the Moral Mondays movement in his home state. This movement is spreading to other states.

    25. Very interesting guy, and a good book if you want to hear his story about how he is bringing together disparate progressive organizations in North Carolina that became the "Moral Monday" protests. The problem is I have seen/heard him before and this book is basically his stump speech on paper. I was thinking it was a deeper dive, and I was wrong. If you don't know him, I'd suggest this easy read, but if you've seen him speak or heard his story, know this will be old news.

    26. Reverend Barber is a facilitator of the movement Moral Mondays, begun in North Carolina to reclaim the word 'moral' from the so-called 'moral majority'. His movement has built bridges among people in many communities in North Carolina. In this book, he explains the idea of 'reconstruction' and why he believes we are in the 3rd one and he writes this to inspire us to make sure we get to where reconstruction is trying to take us: to full respect and humanity, equality for all.

    27. This book is an excellent introduction to the Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina (and beyond). Beyond the ideas alone, this book captures the voice and spirit of Rev. Barber much better than the previously released book Forward Together.

    28. 5 stars. An amazing testament by an amazing man. I am blessed to have heard him speak, blessed to be a constituent of a North Carolina for which Rev. Barber dreams better things. A must-read for North Carolinians, clergy, and community organizers everywhere!

    29. Despair Not!Reverend Dr. Barber II, doesn't bring good news per se, but he does show us that vision, courage, voice and inclusiveness can and will bring positive change. This is a message so very welcomed right now.

    30. A powerfully written and moving story of prophetic moral witness and politics in recent history, with clear explanations of how this moment in our history is connected to the longer story of justice and injustice and racial inequality in our nation.

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