About

Billy Wimsatt, author of "Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs." Photo credit: Rosemary Pritzker.

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Biography
Social entrepreneur, philanthropic consultant, journalist, and political organizer, Billy Wimsatt recently released his new book, Please Don’t Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation, and the Future of our Super Movement (Akashic Books).

Wimsatt has written for Vibe, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, The Nation, and published six books with 100,000+ in print including Bomb the Suburbs, and No More Prisons. He is winner of the Firecracker Book Award for Political Non-Fiction, and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Chicago Headline Club Award for Best First-Person Essay. He has spoken on leadership at dozens of universities including: Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Harvard, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, MIT’s graduate school of Architecture and Urban Planning, and was named by Utne Magazine as “Utne Visionary” and to The Source Magazine’s “Power 30.”

As a 2010 Fellow at Movement Strategy Center, Wimsatt runs The Field 3.0 Project, a community dialogue and documentation effort to envision the future and drive innovation in movement building.

Previously, Wimsatt founded and ran the League of Young Voters (2003-2008) which organized 3000+ youth to create 300+ voter guides and impacted 29 state and local elections or pieces of legislation. In 2005, he co-founded Generational Alliance. Over his career as a funder and fundraiser, he has helped move more than eight million dollars to social change. In 2008, he created and ran the Ohio Youth Corps program for the Ohio Democratic Party/Obama For America, which trained and deployed 50 staff throughout Ohio.

Wimsatt has worked with and consulted for dozens of organizations including: Green For All, Rock The Vote, MoveOn.org, the Hull Family Foundation, The DC Project, The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing, Vote Again 2010, Coffee Party USA, TheBallot.org, and has completed Rockwood’s year-long course for executive leaders.

Praise for Bomb The Suburbs and No More Prisons:

“Influential”
–New York Times

“Unique.”
–Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune

“Brutally honest”
–Ronin Ro, The Source

“Hilarious.”
–Publisher’s Weekly

“Underground best-seller.”
–Jim Meyers, City Pages

“Ahead of the curve.”
–Charles Aaron, Spin Magazine

“Underground success.”
–Jennifer Gonnerman, Village Voice

“His charisma stems from his courage.”
–Cornel West, Transition

“A refreshing voice for Generation X.”
–Library Journal

“One of the five best books of the year.”
–Salim Muwakkil, In These Times

“Punchy, lucid, visionary… mastermind.”
–Robert Christgau, Village Voice

“Not only is Upski one of the best writers on hip-hop bar none. He’s also one of the most exciting theorists on racial and cultural identity in quite awhile.”
–Ben Kim, New City

Bomb the Suburbs and No More Prisons are cult classics deftly reflecting the hip-hop generation’s maturation.”
–Mosi Reeves, Miami New Times

“Spiritual heir to Norman Mailer…deeply committed to hip-hop’s transformative powers.”
–Hua Hsu, The Atlantic Monthly

“One of the most unique, daring, visionary critiques of race relations ever published.”
–Carl Upchurch, Columbus Alive (organizer of the first national Gang Peace Summit)

“Every generation has its progressive or radical leaders–its Saul Alinsky, you might say. For today’s rabble rousers, it just might be William “Upski” Wimsatt.”
–Independent Weekly

“Chuck D called Bomb the Suburbs one of the best books on hip-hop. He was wrong. It is the best.”
–Jeff Chang, Bay Guardian (Author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop)

8 responses to “About

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  2. “No More Prisons” was the first book I read when I landed in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn after I uprooted and left home for the first time (with 24 hours notice). It changed my perspective and opened my mind. It opened the door to a different way of thinking for me.
    Thank you, Billy Wimsatt, for carrying a message that has helped me become who I am.

    John P.
    Buffalo, NY

  3. I couldn’t help but find hilarity in the fact that when i showed my friends Bomb the Suburbs, they thought it was written by a racist black man.

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  6. Loved your first 2 books. Would be great to have you come to South Bend / Notre Dame and have you speak on activism & social issues. What would it take? $$$

  7. During a meet up with TSEL WRS he showed an original copy of Bomb the suburbs with the actually hand written title. I’m a believer in if you see something twice maybe you should avoid it or look in to it. I was 19 at the time and bought the book, it really helped put some purpose to what I already knew. Just gotta say that you are a great conversationalist even through ink on the page. I’m 22 now and half way through Please Don’t Bomb The Suburbs it’s a lot more pages than the first one on but still just as invoking.

  8. I was 17 years old in 1995. I waited an incredibley short time after he spoke at Northwestern University about The Cool Rich Kids movement for a chance to talk to the person who had become the most influential writer and philosopher in my life. I had read his books, was profoundly effected by his words and had the exact same veiws on hip hop. I remember he needed a ride downtown and I was lucky enough to get a half hour with him alone. At one point, he looked at me and asked “Have you ever wanted to help people? I mean a whole lot of people?” I understood the expanse of his statement through looking at reaction to his own question. He looked like he was in a trance for a moment, like he was aligning a great future for the people he loved in his country and was so determined to make the world a better place. What got me the most, was that I had never thought on that level. Helping a whole lot of people is just what he has done now that I look him up 13 years laster. I am so grateful of his success in making the world a better place. God Bless Upski.

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