Activist Alphabet

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Donna Sinclair

175 | 5.5" x 8"
ISBN: 978-1-77343-154-3


Activist Alphabet is a Primer on How, and Why, to Act on Our Love For This Planet. 

“How does it happen that a rather shy and not-terribly-brave individual finds herself getting arrested on Parliament Hill? Why does a woman who prefers to commune with pole beans all summer end up laboriously writing speeches to present at City Hall? There is no need for this. I am 74 years old, elderly. It would be more suitable for me to spend my remaining days quietly reading novels than singing protest songs. What happened?”

These are the questions that sometimes plague Donna Sinclair. A widely-travelled, award-winning journalist for more than 27 years, now retired, Sinclair could easily sit back and simply enjoy her garden, her grandkids, and her remaining years with her husband.

Yet that is not what she has chosen to do. Sinclair, like an ever increasing number of her peers, as well as younger people the world over, has chosen the path of activism. But why?

“I am not alone with these questions. Most activists, I am convinced, do not wake up one morning and say to themselves, ‘I think I will spend today, and perhaps the rest of my life, antagonizing large corporate bodies – with untold amounts of money to spend – and even some of my neighbours, so that I don’t get enough sleep and am constantly making anguished trade-offs about how I will spend my time.’

“This book is an effort to figure out why and how environmental activists fall passionately in love with a lake, a river, or a planet and its people. It’s a primer, or an alphabet, on how to stay strong enough to keep putting that love into action, over and over.  

Donna Sinclair, Author

A journalist for more than 30 years, Donna Sinclair is an award-winning writer who has traveled widely in Canada, Africa, Central America, Britain, and Eastern Europe. She is the author of The Spirituality of Bread, The Spirituality of Gardening, A Woman's Book of Days, A Woman's Book of Days 2, The Long View and numerous other titles. Donna lives with her husband Jim in North Bay, Ontario.

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Carolyn Pogue

Activist, anam cara, Author (After the Beginning and World of Faith)

"With the authority of elder, grandmother, gardener, journalist, practicing pagan-Christian and dream-keeper, Donna Sinclair shows us how resistance is an act of faith.  Fierce and tender, inspiring and real, Activist Alphabet is the encouragement we need now."

Jennifer Henry

Executive Director of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

“Touching on diverse issues from local to global, Sinclair befriends the reader with her wisdom and experience, inviting our own reflection, and  our commitment to a faith consistently embodied in action.”

Marianna Couchie

Former chief of Nipissing First Nation

"This should become a standard textbook for any course in Social Justice, social services, Indigenous studies, and psychology courses. For the everyday person who is upset with the world that we are living in today, this is a must-read.

I say Bravo to Donna Sinclair for taking the thoughtful approach to Activism. The notes at the end of some chapters are excellent tips. The tips on Reconciliation I found extremely helpful to get people involved in this most important step in our collective history."