We Protest: Fighting For What We Believe In (Paperback)
A call to action--inspiring citizens to stand up and fight for social justice in our nation.
In the last few years we have seen a wave of activism wash across our nation and inspire unprecedented protest and civic engagement. People came together in record-breaking numbers, outspoken and persistent. With the winds of resistance at their backs, people linked arms and set out to defend our freedoms and each other.
Photojournalist Tish Lampert captures the spirit of the heroes and ordinary citizens on their activist journey to defend their American values during the most conflicted era in our recent history. The book charts the chronology of social-change movements that have dominated the headlines over the past several years: the fight for women's rights and gender equality, immigration rights, civil liberties, gun violence, and the environment. Lampert takes us to the front lines of activism, where she has documented each protest and their respective leaders, as well as the legions of ordinary Americans standing together to protect the values of our great nation.
About the Author
Photojournalist and writer Tish Lampert, based in Los Angeles, focuses her lens on human-rights issues. She freelances for the United Nations, the Conflict Awareness Project, United States Veterans' Artists Alliance, and Border Angels. She has won several awards for her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Congo lowland gorilla. Lampert is a recipient of two Nathan Cummings Foundation Family Grants in 2013 and 2019. She is the host of the podcast America Speaks with Tish Lampert. David K. Shipler, a former New York Times correspondent in New York, Saigon, Moscow, Jerusalem, and Washington, is the author of seven books, including Freedom of Speech: Mightier Than the Sword, and the best sellers Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams, and The Working Poor: Invisible in America. His book Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987.
"We Protest: Fighting For What We Believe In is a powerful reminder that our necessary and continued growth as a people relies on the hope, strength, and courage of a single voice that when echoed and heralded by another and another and another, ignites the spirit of Americanism and creates change." —Producer and Actor, Michael Douglas
"Tish Lampert's images show us the diversity of America, and prove that democracy, like a tree, grows from the bottom up, not the top down. She brings us the faces we may have been missing during our recent period of isolation." --Gloria Steinem
“Tish Lampert’s We Protest inspires. Its subtitle is FIGHTING FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE IN, and the inspiring pictures of caring faces coupled with insightful words express a beautiful spirit behind the "fight.". Enrique Morones statement, "Love is an action, not just a word," captures aptly the message of this unique book which is an invitation to join together for justice, peace, and, for the boldest word of all, for love. “ --Jonathan Granoff, President Global Security Institute
"America was founded on protest. Protest is literally part of our DNA, and in a moment when justice, freedom and democracy themselves are imperiled, remembering “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” seems more important now than at any time in the last 50 years. Tish Lampert has captured what “fighting for what we believe in” in America looks like, in her timeless, yet eminently timely and beautiful book, “We Protest.” --Ali Velshi - MSNBC, Journalist, Anchor and Producer
"We Protest..." shows us the power of community and ensures that those who have been frontline peace and justice builders will inspire us in the present and shape future commitments with their eloquent, multifaceted, and brave truths. There is nothing more important. These insightful and beautiful images tear the apathy away and compel us to stretch upward and be better upstanders. Maya Soetoro- Ng ( Founder and COO of The Peace Studio and Barack Obama's sister )
“One of the things that is great about this book is that it carries you along in a universe of hope and commitment to the highest ideals of the nation. The photographs are so powerful, the faces are so moving. It’s a Remarkable history of this time, something that you will keep forever and show your children and grandchildren down to generations. It really crystalizes the moment.” –Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author David Shipler