Books

Take Back the Fight
Organizing Feminism for the Digital Era

In Take Back The Fight, Nora Loreto examines the state of modern feminism in Canada and argues that feminists must organize to take back feminism from politicians, business leaders and journalists who distort and obscure its power. Furthermore, Loreto urges today’s activists to overcome the challenges that sank the movement decades ago, to stop centering whiteness as the quintessential woman’s experience, and to find ways to rebuild the communities that have been obliterated by neoliberal economic policies.

Out on October 25. You can order from the publisher Fernwood or from your favourite local bookstore.

Excerpts from Take Back the Fight

“There’s no question that the role of women in society has changed since the 1970s, especially in politics. Where politicians used to imagine women as less capable beings, useful only for play and raising children, most politicians no longer think this (aloud, at least). Many politicians are feminists, including some who came to politics through feminist organizing. Feminist activists now must confront feminist politicians, which has confused some people about what feminists are even fighting for anymore” – The Walrus

Praise for Take Back the Fight

“In Take Back the Fight, Quebec City writer and podcaster Nora Loreto has crafted a meticulous look at how we can address barriers in contemporary Canadian feminist organizing.”

Quill and Quire (starred review)

“Keenly attuned to our current moment’s ethical timbre, Loreto is unflinchingly committed to presenting feminism’s anti-capitalist, anti-colonial, and anti-racist imperative. She makes the connection between societal struggles and the possibilities of a truly emancipatory feminist movement that gathers all people under its cover in solidarity”

– Montreal Review of Books

“How we did get to a place where feminism is ubiquitous and yet women’s lives don’t seem to be getting any better? Nora Loreto’s new book Take Back the Fight (a play on the name of the annual Take Back The Night march against sexual and domestic violence) examines this apparent contradiction and points out ideas to build a feminist movement that can once again pose a serious challenge to the forces arrayed against women.”

Briarpatch Magazine

“Charting a tumultuous history of mainstream feminism, Nora Loreto’s Take Back the Fight is a clarion call for a large-scale, intersectional and radical feminist movement in Canada”

Harsha Walia, author of Undoing Border Imperialism

“Take Back the Fight is an excellent analysis of the rise and decline of second-wave feminism in Canada and in particular of the extraordinary National Action Committee on the Status of Women. Nora Loreto shows both the strengths and the weaknesses of Canada’s largest feminist organization, giving readers an anti-racist feminist view of that history and persuasively argues that we need a cross-country organization to unite feminist activists today. Thank you to Nora for making this important part of activist history come alive for readers and now be documented for history.”

— Judy Rebick, author of Ten Thousand Roses and former President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women

As an online activist myself, those chapters echoed what I’ve been feeling for years with eerie accuracy — and, honestly, I’m overjoyed at the idea of other young activists being able to read those insights in a book instead of having to experience Twitter for themselves.

Rayne Fisher-Quann, rabble.ca

“As you can probably tell, I loved this book. I’m looking forward to sharing Take Back The Fight with pretty much every woman I know.”
– Ann Douglas, the mother of all parenting writers

Take Back the Fight Interviews

Interview with Dahlia Katz from CFRA 580 in Ottawa: https://omny.fm/shows/580-cfra/justin-trudeau-is-not-what-a-feminist-looks-like

Interview with Allison Brunet from CBC Quebec’s Quebec AM: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-87-quebec-am/clip/15812820-marking-50-years-since-royal-commission-status-women

De la diabolisation à l’organisation, l’emergence du nouveau mouvement syndicale

Traduit en 2015, voici l’extrait, tiré du dernier page : “Dans ce livre, je tente d’expliquer le syndicalisme aux membres de ma génération : à mes amis qui se méfient autant des organisations bien établies de la société civile que du gouvernement; à mes amis chômeurs qui vivent de contrat en contrat et qui feraient n’importe quoi pour obtenir un emploi stable et syndiqué; aux travailleuses et travailleurs qui n’ont jamais eu l’avantage d’être représentés en cas d’injustice au travail; et enfin aux travailleuses et travailleurs qui préfèrent ne pas penser à ce qui leur arriverait s’ils se blessaient au travail.

Ce livre vise également à rappeler aux travailleuses et travailleurs syndiqués qu’un grand nombre des vérités qui sont pour eux évidentes ne le sont pas forcément pour tout le monde, et que, s’il espère croitre, le mouvement syndical devra changer sa façon d’établir le contact avec ses membres, les communautés et les travailleuses et travailleurs non syndiqués. Il se veut un appel à l’action pour inciter les militantes et militants à raconter leur histoire, à démystifier le discours antisyndical de droite, à se réengager dans leur communauté et à bâtir un mouvement capable de faire obstacle aux politiques néolibérales et à leurs adeptes.”

From Demonized to Organized, Building the New Union Movement

From Demonized to Organized is used widely in university and college classes, and within unions to orient new members to their union: why it exists and what role it pays in a democratic system.

From the back cover: This book seeks to explain unionization to my generation; to my friends who distrust civil society organizations as much as they distrust government; to my unemployed friends who are living from contract to contract and who would kill for a stable, unionized job; for the workers who have never had the benefit of being represented when facing injustice at work; for the workers who would rather not think of what would happen if they were injured on the job.

It’s a reminder to unionized folks that many of the truths that they take for granted are not obvious to others and that the labour movement must change how it reaches out to its members, its communities and to non-unionized workers if it hopes to grow. It’s a call to action for activists to share their stories, debunk the existing right-wing, anti-union rhetoric, re-engage in their communities, and build a movement that can defeat neoliberal policies and their political proponents.

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