“Some of the 20th century’s most vibrant activist thinkers have been American women—Margaret Mead, Jeanette Rankin, Barbara Ward, Dorothy Day—who took it upon themselves to pump life into basic truths. Frances Moore Lappé is among them.” —The Washington Post
For folks who are fed up with the politics as usual (That would include those folks who will protest Karl Rove's $40,000 spew-a-thon at the University of Iowa), do yourself a favor and pick up Frances Moore Lappe's latest called "Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity and Courage in a World Gone Mad" whose birthday was yesterday. If you are looking for inspiration, this book will rock you to the core!
I will talk more about this in future blog entries, as I am in the middle of it and finding it hard to put down. But here is some video that she has put together that spells it out. Also visit the Small Planet Institute and learn more about her work there.
If you don't know her, she's best known for her book "Diet for a Small Planet", which argued that global famine is caused not by overpopulation but by a failure of democracy to reach the people who need it most.
To the University of Iowa Lecture Committee, put her on your short list of speakers--she's actually worth listening to!