New Book Releases Today From Berrett-Koehler Publishers: “Thriving in the Fight: A Survival Manual for Latinas on the Front Lines of Change”

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Social justice work is more crucial than ever, but it can be physically and emotionally draining. Longtime activist Denise Collazo offers three keys to help Hispanic women keep their focus, morale, and energy high.

“Denise is one of the nation’s most experienced community organizers. She’s been in the fight for most of her life. I’m sure her ideas will ignite and inspire many emerging leaders in the movement for change!” —Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth; founder and Chief Strategist, Decolonizi

Berrett-Koehler Publishers is proud to announce this new book.

New Book by Denise Collazo - “Thriving in the Fight: A Survival Manual for Latinas on the Front Lines of Change” - Publishes February 23, 2021

Denise Padín Collazo, longtime activist, nonprofit thought leader, and senior adviser for Faith in Action, will release her first book, "Thriving in the Fight: A Survival Manual for Latinas on the Front Lines of Change.”

At a time when so many in this country are struggling to contend with a new era of racial and gender oppression, we need the power, the wisdom, and the experience of women of color now more than ever, said Rev. Alvin Herring, Faith in Action executive director. Denise's book is a clarion call to Latinas in the movement—and to the rest of us—that they are ready and poised to lead with hope, love, and light.

Drawing on her own experiences of triumph and failure, along with stories from fellow leading Latina activists, Collazo discusses three keys to thriving in the movement for social change: leading into your vision, living into the fullest version of yourself, and loving past negatives that hold you back. She also lays out three signs that you may be surrendering: wishing for a future reality to emerge, wondering where your limits are, and waiting for permission and answers to come from others. As well, she explains how you can integrate family and work, step out of the background and claim your leadership potential, confront anti-Blackness in your own culture, keep focused on your ultimate purpose, and raise the necessary resources to keep fighting for justice.

Collazo is the first Latina, the first woman of color, and the first woman period to raise a family and stay in the work of community organizing at Faith in Action, an international progressive network of 3,000 congregations and 2 million members. A social justice leader and gifted speaker, Collazo’s work has been featured in the Miami Herald, Nonprofit Quarterly and Forbes.com, and she serves on the Forbes Nonprofit Council. She is a graduate of Harvard University, and resides in Puerto Rico. http://www.DeniseCollazo.com

To set up an interview, access an advanced copy of the book, or for more information, contact Katie Sheehan, Sr. Communications Manager - ksheehan@bkpub.com

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