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We the people Will not be silenced Our voices are important. We the people Will not be pushed aside We will be seen Our numbers are more than you know. We the people Will make a difference We will hold the government accountable Our empathy is not a weakness. In these turbulent times we the people will stand together in the face of hate knowing we are all equal, and every life mat We the people Will not be silenced Our voices are important. We the people Will not be pushed aside We will be seen Our numbers are more than you know. We the people Will make a difference We will hold the government accountable Our empathy is not a weakness. In these turbulent times we the people will stand together in the face of hate knowing we are all equal, and every life matters. We the people are The Resistance, United in Love Authors coming together to write a collection of poems and essays that reflect our views on what has happened and our hopes for the future. This work is not affiliated with any political party.


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We the people Will not be silenced Our voices are important. We the people Will not be pushed aside We will be seen Our numbers are more than you know. We the people Will make a difference We will hold the government accountable Our empathy is not a weakness. In these turbulent times we the people will stand together in the face of hate knowing we are all equal, and every life mat We the people Will not be silenced Our voices are important. We the people Will not be pushed aside We will be seen Our numbers are more than you know. We the people Will make a difference We will hold the government accountable Our empathy is not a weakness. In these turbulent times we the people will stand together in the face of hate knowing we are all equal, and every life matters. We the people are The Resistance, United in Love Authors coming together to write a collection of poems and essays that reflect our views on what has happened and our hopes for the future. This work is not affiliated with any political party.

50 review for The Resistance: United in Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Book-Bosomed blog

    Over two dozen romance authors have come together to present this collection of short essays, poems, and letters detailing their reactions to and experiences of the events surrounding the US's current political climate. They do not represent a political party; they are speaking as individuals, documenting history in a turbulent time as many have done before. "At this point, we are beyond politics. What's happening right now is about equal rights, human rights, social justice, and civil liberties Over two dozen romance authors have come together to present this collection of short essays, poems, and letters detailing their reactions to and experiences of the events surrounding the US's current political climate. They do not represent a political party; they are speaking as individuals, documenting history in a turbulent time as many have done before. "At this point, we are beyond politics. What's happening right now is about equal rights, human rights, social justice, and civil liberties." — Danielle Allen I previously gave a shout-out to this book in a blog post a few weeks ago upon hearing about it in an article from the Huffington Post. At the time, I hadn't even read it beyond the foreword by M. Stratton in the Amazon sample before 1-clicking it, but I was attracted to its cause. On that note, it bears repeating that 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). I've now read it and continue to recommend it. I say everyone should read this book and read it with an open mind and an open heart. Not everyone will experience the same reactions. That’s okay. That’s what makes literature great and people different. Some will benefit from this book by gaining better understanding and others will benefit by having someone to relate to. "We’re better than this or at least we could be If you’d open your eyes, maybe you’d see.” I personally was most moved by Danielle Allen’s eloquently written pieces, “Do You See Me? Because I See You” and “For Who?” In “For Who?” she breaches the campaign rhetoric and gets to the heart of the matter, exposing the racism, sexism, elitism, xenophobia, and homophobia in one campaign slogan. Every time in 2016 that I passed a campaign sign with that catchphrase and in 2017 every time I've heard it echoed in the context of it being a positive thing, I've shuddered. Shuddered, because I too saw the underlying context. I wish more had thought about those words as Danielle Allen did in her contributions. Maybe now they will after reading this publication. Other noteworthy pieces include Ella Dominquez’s “Legacy” where she poses the question of what will the US leave behind. “Will it be a legacy of love and acceptance, or of fear and intolerance?” Now there's a question every citizen should be considering. “I thought I lived in a world that was becoming better; in a world that was learning, albeit slowly, to accept everyone and all of their differences. Where has all of that change gone? Yet, I know there is hope,” she laments. I've had that very same reaction, and it's comforting to know I'm not alone. Robin Lee's reaction to November 8, 2016 was also the same as mine. In “The Decimation of Democracy” and “Clueless” she paints a disturbing but very true portrait of the new POTUS. Harper Miller ponders the hypocrisy parents must face when espousing one message to their children but voting for a completely different message in her piece, "The Day Reality Set In.” And in the final piece, Zoe York closes with an important reminder in “My Immigrant Blood” — “We are all refuges waiting to happen.” There are many more contributions. I've merely touched on the few that spoke the most to me. But other writings may resonate with other readers; hence why I recommend this anthology.

  2. 4 out of 5

    YaYa

    "We will NOT be silenced." "We will NOT be silenced."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    The words I feel. The words I speak. The words I say every single day. This book gripped me from the very first passage. I almost wanted to cry because this book is me. It put beautifully into words everything I feel and talk to my husband about on a daily basis. It put into words some things that I didn't know how too. My fears and worries for my children and this country I have to raise them in. This book gives me hope because there are people out there who feel like me and have the same fears The words I feel. The words I speak. The words I say every single day. This book gripped me from the very first passage. I almost wanted to cry because this book is me. It put beautifully into words everything I feel and talk to my husband about on a daily basis. It put into words some things that I didn't know how too. My fears and worries for my children and this country I have to raise them in. This book gives me hope because there are people out there who feel like me and have the same fears, worries, hopes and dreams. This book is inspiring and although it's really deep and reaches a place some people want to ignore, it put a smile on my face because it proves that I am not alone in my feelings. I always enjoy reading or hearing anyone's opinion whether I agree with it or not. I feel I learn more that way. I will know more that way. The current political climate has proven how divided our country is and as much as I dislike this, I also feel like I am learning more than I ever have about myself and other people as well. This past year has made me take more time to reflect on myself and take more time to read and learn. Not just run with whatever someone is saying. Knowledge is definitely power. Thank you so much to all of the authors who contributed a piece to amazing piece of work! Thank you for your courage to speak your feelings in a positive way. I wish people would realize that it's all in the way you speak that determines whether others will really "hear" you. No matter what your opinion is.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather Young

    Powerful, passionate & firm beliefs I loved this book for many reasons. The main one was the beauty of freedom of speech. I may have not agreed with every story in the book but I respect everyone one of them for writing their part in it. And their concerns are valid ones, again just because I may not agree doesn't give me the right to say they are not valid. For everyone having strong beliefs-if the outcome was different, this could have been written by others for one reason or another. We live i Powerful, passionate & firm beliefs I loved this book for many reasons. The main one was the beauty of freedom of speech. I may have not agreed with every story in the book but I respect everyone one of them for writing their part in it. And their concerns are valid ones, again just because I may not agree doesn't give me the right to say they are not valid. For everyone having strong beliefs-if the outcome was different, this could have been written by others for one reason or another. We live in the greatest country-and we the right of free speech should NEVER be silenced. I applaud every author involved in this book and I hope others give the book a chance.

  5. 4 out of 5

    G.P. Ching

    Refreshing I enjoyed this collection of essays. With everything going on in the world, nice to read essays that focus on compassion and empathy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Harker

    Rating: 3.5 Stars A collection of varying pieces, from essays to poems to free form works, The Resistance utilizes personal experience to detail feelings of hope, of fear, of worry. There are pieces that may mean more to some people than to others, but the collection as a whole showed a solidarity among these authors to lend their voices to a collection that, I feel, needs to be shared. For Who? by Danielle Allen was the piece that stood out the most to me as the one that summed up the collection Rating: 3.5 Stars A collection of varying pieces, from essays to poems to free form works, The Resistance utilizes personal experience to detail feelings of hope, of fear, of worry. There are pieces that may mean more to some people than to others, but the collection as a whole showed a solidarity among these authors to lend their voices to a collection that, I feel, needs to be shared. For Who? by Danielle Allen was the piece that stood out the most to me as the one that summed up the collection best, the one that needs to be shared the most. It spoke about how the current administration (45) preaches about "make America great again", but asks the important question: for who? The Natives who've been murdered, whose descendants were/are forced off their land? Those of African descent who were seen as 3/5 of a person? For women, told that sexual assault is their fault, paid less because of their gender regardless of their abilities? For Who? is best summed up by this excerpt: Instead of the current administration holding on to the reigns of discrimination and oppression to “make America great again” for only one very specific group (wealthy, heterosexual, Christian, white men), all of us, regardless of race, class , gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc., need to step up so we can make America great (for all of us) for the first time. The poem that felt the most personal to my person was Do You See Me? Because I See You by Danielle Allen. It spoke to the hypocrisy of people that proclaim to support their friends and family of targeted genders/sexualities/etc., but at the same time shout out their support for the oppositional administration. When you say that we’re friends and that you love me Do you not think of that when you blindly agree With the hateful words and derogatory tone Of an administration whose intentions were known? I have family and friends that I simply cannot understand that would benefit from reading this collection, especially Danielle Allen's poem. A position such as this is not only hypocritical, but it's dangerous because it makes them blind to not only what happens to their friends & family, but to the millions of other citizens in this country. I was saddened when I read Your Son by Amalie Silver and it was almost more personal than Do You See Me? because while that poem spoke to me, this essay spoke to my experience with my son. He's a special needs child and I recognized him in this story. He was born as a child that I loved, but that others recognized needed help. Because of them, he's been learning things I could never have taught him on my own because I'm too close to him. This essay understood that, but it also made me realize how very real the fear is that the programs that help him could and very well may disappear with the current Secretary of Education. A woman who doesn't believe that children like my son deserves help, that money is more important than helping him and children like him. How horrifying, that reality. As a whole, this collection had an 85-90% rate of success with the content. There were some pieces that I thought either didn't fit or were not edited as well as I would have liked, regardless of content. Regardless of the minimal disappointments, this collection was important. While the pieces did lean toward a certain liberal mindedness, there were many authors that reminded us that we should be there for each other. We have to protect one another and work toward a safe environment despite what the current administration is trying to do to us, to our friends and families. Remember, that for all our differences, we still have in common our humanity. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    The collection of essays focuses on the state of affairs in the US in 2017. It’s….fine. The essays are well written and cover a variety of important topics related to life and the aftermath of the election and the poor policies quickly rammed through thus far under the new administration. I tend to be very plugged into politics and the subsequent fallout, so I’m not sure I was the ideal reader for this. Most of the essays accurately tap into the frustration of many of Americans voters today, but The collection of essays focuses on the state of affairs in the US in 2017. It’s….fine. The essays are well written and cover a variety of important topics related to life and the aftermath of the election and the poor policies quickly rammed through thus far under the new administration. I tend to be very plugged into politics and the subsequent fallout, so I’m not sure I was the ideal reader for this. Most of the essays accurately tap into the frustration of many of Americans voters today, but I’m not sure there’s anything new here. If you’re someone that doesn’t follow politics or its backlash closely, or even somewhat closely, you may find this more gripping that I personally did. If you’re regularly tapped into politics and political commentary, particular opinion pieces, you probably won’t much new here. It’s a solid collection and one worth reading, especially if you’re newish to the world of political action or activism. It's not bad by any means, but it could've been a little better.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Thanks to netgalley for letting me read this book. A powerful, passionate and heartfelt book. It is clearly evident from reading this book that emotions are high and people are not just going sit down and let it happen. The voices are powerful, they are strong, they are united by hope and love.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Thanks to Book Enthusiast Promotions for the ARC via NetGalley! This book is a great material for those who want to understand how americans feel now, only a few months after Donald Trump's election. Each author talks a bit about their families and experiences. They also share opinions and real facts, showing how scary it is to live in a world where this kind of behavior is still accepted, where history repeats itself and the mistakes keep coming. People are sad and scared. They can't even under Thanks to Book Enthusiast Promotions for the ARC via NetGalley! This book is a great material for those who want to understand how americans feel now, only a few months after Donald Trump's election. Each author talks a bit about their families and experiences. They also share opinions and real facts, showing how scary it is to live in a world where this kind of behavior is still accepted, where history repeats itself and the mistakes keep coming. People are sad and scared. They can't even understand how this nightmare is happening in real life. In times like these, we always ask ourselves what we can do to help. These authors said, "We can write. We can send a message out there. We can find more people who are willing to do something too." I hope lots of people read this book and reflect on it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This book needs to be read by all Americans! My heart hurts with all the turmoil going on in this country. We all need to wake up!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aisling

    The collection has a broad variety of American voices and features a mixture of poetry and prose in clever formats to express the emotions following the 2016 US Presidential Election. Many of the featured voices are the voices of black or Muslim Americans and former or current migrants. Many of the submissions begin on November 8th and contemplate the future as a world in total chaos and pain. Most of the submissions end on some note of hope or aspiration. On the whole, I didn't gain much inspira The collection has a broad variety of American voices and features a mixture of poetry and prose in clever formats to express the emotions following the 2016 US Presidential Election. Many of the featured voices are the voices of black or Muslim Americans and former or current migrants. Many of the submissions begin on November 8th and contemplate the future as a world in total chaos and pain. Most of the submissions end on some note of hope or aspiration. On the whole, I didn't gain much inspiration or even much insight from this; I did not learn a single thing I didn't know before. The collection felt a little too homogenous in its considerations, despite the breadth of voices included. I think the contributors became too caught up in the drama of the Trump win, ruminating too much on the tears and sadness of that moment, and neglecting (aside from a few really great essays) to go deeper and contemplate more. It's worth a flick through or perhaps would suit as a coffee table style book to dip in and out of, but the expression of love and hope that I expected simply didn't materialise.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Diehl

    Short but emotionally powerful collection of stories reflecting the fear, anger, and hurt experienced by many Americans after the apparent election results in the US in November 2016. There are poems, short essays, longer essays, rants, and more thoughtful explorations of feelings and realities. If you've been struggling with what you want to say, you may find one of these authors has already said it for you. All proceeds are being donated to the ACLU. Short but emotionally powerful collection of stories reflecting the fear, anger, and hurt experienced by many Americans after the apparent election results in the US in November 2016. There are poems, short essays, longer essays, rants, and more thoughtful explorations of feelings and realities. If you've been struggling with what you want to say, you may find one of these authors has already said it for you. All proceeds are being donated to the ACLU.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    This is a collection of essays and poems and stories about political resistance. It is about resisting bigotry and racism and the patriarchy and the current repressive political environment.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ela The Queer Bookish

    I feel so bad for typing this review but I will always review honestly, so... I expected lots of powerful, sad, emotional, moving (you name it) poetry and interesting essays with this. I didn't get what I expected. I wasn't really moved, but that may be a personal thing. And it's not like everything in this book is bad, it's just... I can get a lot of texts like this for free on the internet. A lot of those texts will be even way better. So... why pay for it? Don't lynch me now! I'm just speaking f I feel so bad for typing this review but I will always review honestly, so... I expected lots of powerful, sad, emotional, moving (you name it) poetry and interesting essays with this. I didn't get what I expected. I wasn't really moved, but that may be a personal thing. And it's not like everything in this book is bad, it's just... I can get a lot of texts like this for free on the internet. A lot of those texts will be even way better. So... why pay for it? Don't lynch me now! I'm just speaking from a not rich reader's pov. The Resistance is currently on German Amazon for 2,99€ for the e-book and 8,05€ for the paperback. According to Goodreads it's under 160 pages. Like I said, I can get better stuff for my money. And yes, I do know that the description on NG says, that "100% of proceeds are being donated to ACLU". I don't know anything about that organisation, but... I could give them my money directly and read stuff online for free. I have dreaded writing this review so much. But like I said in the beginning, I'm all for honest reviews. Had I bought this book I would have been really, really disappointed, so...At first I had the feeling like I needed to be all positive about this book because it's about social things and the like, but... no. I won't give a good rating to something I did not like simply because it's theme is important. Disclaimer: I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pfiggy

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  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Marcella

  20. 4 out of 5

    Neepa Shah-Chittur

  21. 4 out of 5

    T. Coyle

  22. 4 out of 5

    Parchment And Pulp

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cassidy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  25. 4 out of 5

    M.L. Preston

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bayli

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marion Hamilton

  28. 4 out of 5

    Missy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Valentina

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melannie

  31. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  32. 5 out of 5

    M.L. Preston

  33. 5 out of 5

    Megan Benjamin-Evans

  34. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  35. 4 out of 5

    Martha Boss

  36. 5 out of 5

    Megan Baxter

  37. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Diehl

  38. 4 out of 5

    YaYa

  39. 5 out of 5

    Nicole White

  40. 4 out of 5

    QAQ

  41. 5 out of 5

    T Van

  42. 5 out of 5

    Diamond Jones-Cox

  43. 5 out of 5

    Alice Arnold

  44. 4 out of 5

    Musings of A Romance Junkie

  45. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

  46. 4 out of 5

    Rosa

  47. 4 out of 5

    R.E. Camden

  48. 5 out of 5

    Nazrina

  49. 5 out of 5

    M.C. Cerny

  50. 5 out of 5

    Em

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