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The Issue is Power

Essays on Women, Jews, Violence, and Resistance

By Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz


The Issue is Power in this collection of essays, speeches, and reviews spanning 15 years of writing and organizing. Political activist and writer Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz brings an insightful eye and a sharp analytical mind to address a wide range of issues in contemporary America: race, class, anti-Semitism, lesbian culture, war, sexual power, identity politics, Israel, Palestine and the Middle East, international and domestic violence against and by women. Kaye/Kantrowitz is indomitable in the fight against being worn down, hushed up. Her work reminds us of the strength in community.



Here is a book for everyone who dares to want to help make history. Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz is passionate, strategic, pithy, generous, realistic, controversial, unquenchable—like the best of our movements for change. As a writer and a lifelong doer, she gives us reasons to believe in achievable justice, and maps for acting on that belief.

— Adrienne Rich


If we ever needed people like Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz—people who think strategically, whose writing is rooted in activism, and who have the courage to explore ideas in public—it is now…this essay urges activists to write, to speak, to organize, to take a moral stance and to put their talents to turning the tide.

— Women’s Review of Books


Product info:

320 pp  |  Paperback  |  1992  |  6 x 0.7 x 9 inches  |  ISBN 9781879960169

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