The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America

By Sarah van Gelder
Foreword by Danny Glover

Published by Berrett Koehler, January 2017
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Discover the Real Revolution Unfolding across America

America faces huge challenges—climate change, social injustice, racist violence, economic insecurity. Journalist Sarah van Gelder suspected that there were solutions, and she went looking for them, not in the centers of power, where people are richly rewarded for their allegiance to the status quo, but off the beaten track, in rural communities, small towns, and neglected urban neighborhoods.

She bought a used pickup truck and camper and set off on a 12,000-mile journey through eighteen states, dozens of cities and towns, and five Indian reservations.

From the ranches of Montana to the coalfields of Kentucky to the urban cores of Chicago and Detroit, van Gelder discovered people and communities who are remaking America from the ground up.

Join her as she meets the quirky and the committed, the local heroes and the healers who, under the mass media’s radar, are getting stuff done.


The common thread running through their work was best summed up by a phrase she saw on a mural in Newark: “We the People LOVE This Place.”

That connection we each have to our physical and ecological place, and to our human community, is where we find our power and our best hopes for a new America.

Advanced praise …

“Like the inspiring efforts that she chronicles, Sarah van Gelder’s writing is ‘ordinary and extraordinary.’ In sharp contrast to mass media blather and clichés of condescension, this book offers hope grounded in real human experience.”
Norman Solomon, Executive Director, Institute for Public Accuracy, and author of War Made Easy

“Jump into Sarah van Gelder’s camper, and you’ll see our country anew . . . just the book Americans need right now.”
Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet

“Looking for hope? Here’s where to find it. An inspiring account of the grassroots leaders throughout the United States who are confronting racism, the climate crisis, and poverty.”
Van Jones, CNN cohost, author, and activist

“Journalist Sarah van Gelder says we can build the political revolution Bernie Sanders talks about from the bottom up, away from the iron grip of Wall Street and wealthy corporate interests. That’s a future we can all believe in.”
RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director, National Nurses United, and Vice President, AFL-CIO

“I love that this book documents the incredibly powerful and dynamic movements that are taking root around the country. Read it!”
Mark Ruffalo, actor, director, and film producer

more …

Table of Contents

Foreword by Danny Glover

Introduction: We the People Love This Place


1: Fire, Coal, and Climate in Montana

2: Another Way of Ranching

3: The Ranchers and Native People Resisting the Otter Creek Mine

4: A North Dakota Reservation Where Fracking Rules

5: No Fracking Way Turtle Mountain


6: The Making of the Rust Belt

7: Chicago: Growing Power

8: New Era Windows: “We Work with Passion.”

9: Detroit’s Rebirth: Redefining Prosperity

10: Dr. Garcia, Gunshot Wounds, and a Plea for Jobs in Cincinnati

11: The Union Movement’s Hail Mary Pass

12: La Minga: Community Work for Community Good


13: Appalachia’s Coalfields Extraction

14: Greensboro’s Battle over Story

15: Restorative Justice and the Harrisonburg Police

16: Newark and the People Who Love It

17: Ithaca: One Town’s Stories of Race


18: Dallas at Christmas and a Syrian family

19: Childbirth and Transcendence

20: Moab—A Bridge

Conclusion: The Power of Connection

101 Ways to Reclaim Local Power


About the Author: Sarah van Gelder

Contact Sarah van Gelder

About the “Edge of Change” Road Trip

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2 thoughts on “The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America

  1. sounds good but- how does this author deal w capitalism? “Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system”- Dorothy Day- response requested
    you don ‘t need to go to what ted cruz calls fly over country (that elected trump)
    u can go to VIVA Catholic Worker House on Mount St.

    what ted cruz calls “fly over” country elected trump


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