Marisa Handler is a writer, activist, singer-songwriter, and teacher. She has worked as an organizer in the global justice and peace movements, both outside of and within institutional frameworks, including the Tikkun Community, Direct Action to Stop the War, and United for Peace and Justice. She speaks about social change all over the country, integrating song and dialogue into her presentations, and has traveled the world writing about sociopolitics and globalization. Her journalism has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Earth Island Journal, Salon.com, Alternet, and Tikkun, Orion, and Bitch magazines. Her first book, Loyal to the Sky is a memoir, moving from Marisa's childhood home in apartheid South Africa to Israel, INdia, Nepal, Ecuador, Peru, and all over the United States. It offers a rare glimpse inside the global justice movement, and describes how she came to advocate an activism grounded in the principles of interconnection and nonviolence as the best means for building the world we wish to see. Loyal to the Sky was recently nominated for the Northern California Book Awards, Nonfiction category. Marisa spent last summer in Central America, where she was writing about the Zapatistas' ongoing struggle, the current situation in Cuba, and the work of human rights defenders in Guatemala. Most recently, she has been active organizing in solidarity with the monks and people of Burma, and working on a new fiction project set in South Africa in 1992. Marisa lives, writes, rabble-rouses and sings in San Francisco.
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