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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:
–New York Times
–Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune
–Ronin Ro, The Source
–Jim Meyers, City Pages
“Ahead of the curve.”
–Charles Aaron, Spin Magazine
–Jennifer Gonnerman, Village Voice
“His charisma stems from his courage.”
–Cornel West, Transition
“A refreshing voice for Generation X.”
“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.”
“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)