About the book

edited by Ru Freeman and Kerri Kennedy

GLOBAL LEADERS AND ACTIVISTS WRITING ABOUT WHAT THEY UNDERSTAND SHARED SECURITY TO BE
A world-renowned cast of writers—from esteemed peacemaker Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the twenty-eight year old UN Secretary General’s Envoy for Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, and award-winning novelist and creator of Narrative 4, Colum McCann—disavow the notion of security as stemming from walls, x-ray machines, armed security forces, and other militarized means of separating one population or group from another, refuse to identify particular groups or demographics as threats to other groups, and redefine security as being inclusive and egalitarian.

Taken together these global citizens articulate a persuasive and powerful argument in favor of a new way of looking at a world where we reframe security as a shared goal. This is an exceptional compilation of voices whose places of origin reflect the world of which they speak, and who, in chorus, become a testament to the fact that we can come together, no matter how far-flung we are, how solitary our endeavors, to shape our common future.

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Indivisible
Freeman elucidates not only the complexities of friendship, but the sanctity of motherhood and the pervasiveness of loss, how political corruption and the violence it breeds affects women uniquely. A heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting novel that celebrates our ability to transcend tragedy.— Rishi Reddi, author of Karma and Other Stories and winner of the 2008 PEN/L.L. Winship Award