After the Protests Are Heard
Enacting Civic Engagement and Social Transformation
“Welch offers actionable responses to systemic injustice in this . . . expansive guide to “the third wave of social justice... building what is right. Filled with innumerable examples of effective social action, this . . . important work will give the guidance social justice–minded readers are seeking.”
"Stresses progress and process rather than pie-in-the-sky goals that see protests dissipate when they are unrealized. . . More of a call to reason than a call to arms, the book offers hope in the face of great challenges."
"After the Protests Are Heard makes a luminous case for Sharon Welch's later-career emphasis on enacting a hopeful, constructive, and inclusive feminist progressivism. Like her, the book brims with good-spirited intelligence and a hard-won conviction that progressives must take ethical responsibility for the concrete consequences of their rhetoric and action."
—Gary Dorrien, author of Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit and Imagining Democratic Socialism
"After the Protests are Heard goes beyond the reasons why social change is necessary right now and speaks to how it can be done. Dr. Welch’s book covers the practicalities and pitfalls of affecting change and dispels the notion that saving the world is easy. It show us creative and innovative solutions and encourages us to improve upon and spread the good ideas."
—Tamra Ryan, CEO, Women’s Bean Project and author of The Third Law
"This book addresses those with institutional power and influence, helping navigate obligations and opportunities to build communities that promote equality and respect. With Sharon Welch as our guide, we learn the nature of the challenges we confront, including the forces that distort our identities and values. But Welch also explores the specific strategies that are available and, indeed, already being pursued by creative activists to realize a better world. The book is extraordinary: a clear-eyed, theoretically informed, and engaging antidote and response to the authoritarian turn in contemporary politics."
—George F. DeMartino, Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
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