How can we fight back in this moment? How do we build a better world? What does accountable organizing look like? What is the role for people with privilege in liberation movements? A conversation with journalist and organizer Jordan Flaherty, author of the new AK Press book "No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality."
ABOUT JORDAN FLAHERTY:
Jordan Flaherty is an award-winning journalist, producer, and author. His print journalism has been featured in publications from the New York Times to Colorlines, as well as in seven anthologies. He has been a guest on shows from Anderson Cooper 360 to Democracy Now, and he has produced television documentaries and news reports for Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera English, and The Laura Flanders Show. He was the first journalist to bring the case of the Jena Six to a national audience, he played himself on HBO's television series Treme, and he was a target of the New York City Police Department's spying programs. He is the author of Floodlines: Community and Resistance From Katrina to the Jena Six and the new book No More Heroes: Grassroots Responses to the Savior Mentality. You can see more about his work at jordanflaherty.org.
ABOUT NO MORE HEROES:
No More Heroes is a grassroots history of resistance to the savior mentality. This book weaves the stories of teachers, international volunteers, sex workers, FBI informants, indigenous organizers, and prison abolitionists into a narrative of revolutionary change that travels from Alaska to Palestine, from Karl Marx to Muhammad Ali, and from KONY 2012 to the Red Cross.
No More Heroes brings us real life stories of life-or-death conflict: Riad Hamad, a Lebanese middle school teacher in Texas betrayed by FBI informant Brandon Darby. Monica Jones, a Black transgender sex work activist arrested for "walking while trans" in Phoenix, Arizona. Haidar Eid, a professor resisting colonialism and liberalism in his daily life and work in Gaza City. Sophie Lucido Johnson, a recent college graduate who finds her youthful idealism channeled by others to displace unionized African American teachers in New Orleans.
No More Heroes explores the growing response to these dynamics: grassroots and street-based uprisings like the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter, creating accountable movements focused on real, systemic change.