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Taking Action

Taking Action

ADU-TAK | ISBN 978-1-933147-85-7 | Softcover |
270 pages

$24.95

Taking Action is designed for discussion groups and staff development programs in a wide range of service-oriented organizations. Fifty-five short readings—essays, stories, and poetry—and six visual images provide the perfect material for group sessions of educators, social workers, community organizers, medical and law enforcement personnel, and book discussion groups of all kinds. Discussion questions are provided for each selection and there is an appendix with guidelines for conducting successful discussions.

NEED AND CARE

Photograph for discussion
Okay
Lowell Jaeger
Let’s Beat Up the Poor!
Charles Baudelaire
The Glass of Milk
Manuel Rojas
The Shopping-Bag Lady
Linda Gregg
Poverty Medicine
David Hilfiker
The Bath
Laura Gilpin
Admission, Children’s Unit
Theodore Deppe
please, thank you
Dagoberto Gilb
Giving
Anne Lamott

DIFFERENCE AND CONNECTION

Photograph for discussion
The Same Inside
Anna Swir
A Wasp Woman Visits a Black Junkie in Prison
Etheridge Knight
Bilingual/Bilingüe
Rhina Espaillat
Nikki-Rosa
Nikki Giovanni
Say Yes
Tobias Wolff
How to Watch Your Brother Die
Michael Lassell
Gate A-4
Naomi Shihab Nye
You Will Forget
Chenjerai Hove
Death of a Doorman
Catherine Tufariello
Told in the Drooling Ward
Jack London

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Photograph for discussion
Learning the Trees
Howard Nemerov
The Boy Who Was Sacrificed
Pawnee folktale as told by George Bird Grinnell
What I Learned from My Mother
Julia Kasdorf
Hands
Sherwood Anderson
On Children
Kahlil Gibran
Islands of Decency
Myles Horton
Significant Other
Rhina Espaillat
What These Children Are Like
Ralph Ellison
Doctor Jack-o’-Lantern
Richard Yates
The Gift
Li-Young Lee

SERVING AND PROTECTING

Photograph for discussion
The Veteran
Stephen Crane
Letter to the Local Police
June Jordan
Summer Solstice, New York City
Sharon Olds
Wewiibitaan
Jim Northrup
Memorial Day
Gregory Orr
Facing It
Yusef Komunyakaa
On Some Streets
Sarah Cortez
What Every Soldier Should Know
Brian Turner
Singapore
Mary Oliver

ACTION AND OUTCOMES

Photograph for discussion
Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander*
Thomas Merton
A Journey
Edward Field
In Search of a Majority
James Baldwin
My Optimism
Shao Yanxiang
Sunrise
Mary Oliver
It Is Dangerous to Read Newspapers
Margaret Atwood
Decisions
Boris A. Novak
Imagine the Angels of Bread
Martín Espada
What I Didn’t Know Then
Kelli Covey

HERE AND NOW

Photograph for discussion
The City
Constantine Cavafy
I’m Explaining a Few Things
Pablo Neruda
kitchenette building
Gwendolyn Brooks
What Kind of Times Are These
Adrienne Rich
Don’t Think
Ahmad Faraz
Trying to Name What Doesn’t Change
Naomi Shihab Nye
America
Tony Hoagland
Try to Praise the Mutilated World
Adam Zagajewski

*Indicates a selection from a longer work