Friday, June 1st, 2018 4:59 pm

Homeboy Came to Orange launches in Orange

The people’s University of Orange celebrated the new edition of Homeboy Came to Orange at their Placemaking 10 launch event (see recap videos!) that featured talks from urban activists and a dance performance choreographed by Artist/Urbanist in Residence, Havanna Fisher.

And what a wow launch it was! Standing room only. Fabulous jazz combo with Mindy’s brother Josh, Havanna’s dancers in gossamer and cotton performing their original Birth of a Workforce, rapper Ray Sykes, and heartfelt stories and commentary from people in the Orange community whose parents had worked with Ernie Thompson, or who knew The People’s struggle in some intimate way. Most moving was Mindy herself, last of the presenters, telling us, with pauses to regain her voice, what it had been like as a spoiled (her word) 19-year-old in 1971 helping her father put his experiences as a community activist into words. A six-month ordeal. She didn’t then understand her dad’s work or the importance of coalition building. His health was on the verge of collapse, and, in fact, he died the day after the manuscript was completed. It was five years before Mindy and her mother Maggie Thompson could bring themselves to publish the original edition.

Now, explained Mindy, her father’s message is needed more than ever to help people find their own power. She is grateful to be holding this new edition, not only personally, but for everyone who is organizing for freedom and equality.

Cake was cut, but this was not just a book party, this was real community building.

New Release! Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People’s PowerhomeboyCover

Personal narrative of a union organizer who helped a Jim Crow city become a more equitable place.

This lively, illustrated memoir of Ernest “Home” Thompson (1906-1971) shows the great contribution that people’s coalitions can make to building equality and freedom. Thompson’s attention to ending racial gerrymandering that segregated schools in Orange, New Jersey, also helped shape a more vibrant and accepting community and contributed to the civil rights movement nationwide.

Only the people can be entrusted with their own future.
~ Ernie Thompson, 1971

Praise for Homeboy

A Stirring Story of Building Grassroots Power

Randy Shaw, editor in chief of Beyond Chron: The Voice of the Restpraises Homeboy Came to Orange and Ernest Thompson’s work as a social justice organizer. Shaw notes the necessity of books that emphasize the importance of African Americans overcoming urban racism in the current political climate: “At a time where cynicism about government prevails, the tale of Homeboy will leave you even more inspired to work for social change.”

Mindy Fullilove Across America

A Leader for Better Health

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, was recently featured in the “Meet the Leaders for Better Health” of the 2018 Annual Message by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. One of the foundation’s guiding principles is speaking out to guide change. Mindy was selected for her commitment to lead the change she hopes to see in the world.

By realizing our interconnectedness we can really create a nation of healthy people.
~ Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Rx for Healthy Communities

Mindy Fullilove delivered a lecture at the University of Missouri, Kansas City on April 19 which honored the late Father Norman F. Rotert. She discussed community themes from her previous two books, Urban Alchemy and Root Shock, and noted that, in order for cities to thrive, they must first stop “compulsive self mutilation.”

Word Up Book Talk

On April 21, Mindy visited the Word Up Community Bookshop in New York to discuss the effects of displacement in communities. As explained in her book, Root Shock, the disruption of black communities ruins economic health and strips away displaced residents’ sense of place.


At a YWCA event in New Britain, Connecticut, on April 26, to discuss issues and barriers important to communities of color, Dr. Mindy Fullilove challenged her millennial audience to provide their perspective on the intersection of health disparities and urban development. Her talk inspired attendees to think about healing “the trauma of urban renewal.”

Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel

Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture
Carl Anthony, author of The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race presented the 2018 Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture at the University of Washington, Tacoma, on April 26. Here is a video of his entire talk!The day following his talk, he visited Professor Fern Tiger’s classroom and captivated students with discussions about the early days of the Black Panthers and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee.

Random Kindness Community Resilience Project

Paloma Pavel, coauthor of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, visited YES! Magazine with Carl Anthony to present the 4th annual Random Kindness Community Resilience Leadership Award to the staff and founders of Yes!The award is part of project to inspire community engagement and honor leaders who embody the principles of Random Kindness.


Releasing in June! Conversations with Diego Rivera: The Monster in his Labyrinth

A year of weekly interviews, 1949-1950 by Alfredo Cardona-Peña.

For the first time, this extraordinary and rare exchange has been translated into English. These weekly intimate Sunday dialogues with what is surely the most influential Mexican artist of the twentieth century depict the free-flowing mind of a man who was a legend in his own time. In his San Angelín studio, Diego Rivera discloses his feelings about the elitist aspect of paintings in museums, his motivations to create public art for the people, and his memorable, unedited expositions on the art, culture, and politics of Mexico.

Darkness and lightning bolts inhabited [Rivera’s] soul, larger than life passions, thick as jungle vines, tenderness, unconformities and revelations.
~ Alfredo Cardona-Peña, 1949

New Village Press Book Tables

Left Forum

June 1–3: New Village Press will share a book table at the Left Forum Conference in New York City with Urban Research Books, founded by Michael Sorkin. The Left Forum “challenges society to build a process for collaborative and emancipatory leadership.” This year’s conference aims to develop a winning strategy for the left by building a strong and unified force.

Association for Community Design

June 8–9: We will be attending and bookselling at the Association for Community Design Conference in Baltimore, Reverberations, which aims to examine “the roots and relevance of community design” as well as ways to break down the structures that facilitate inequality.

Upcoming Author Events

The Chasm and the Prism

June 9: Along with colleagues Molly Rose Kaufman and Aubrey Murdock, Mindy Fullilove will be examining the urban divides at Yale University Art Gallery. The discussion will present new ways to restore the urban ecosystem.

Openings Reading at SOMOS

June 15: Sabra Moore, New Village artist and author will be reading selected works from Openings: A Memoir from the Women’s Art Movement, New York City 1970-1992, at SOMOS, The Literary Society of Taos who strongly believe in encouraging the literary arts “because words can change worlds.” Moore will feature stories about her and other artists’ residency experiences at the Wurlitzer Foundation based in Taos, New Mexico, while showcasing images from the Women’s Art Movement.

The issues in my book–visibility of women artists, equity, reproductive rights, the need for multiple voices–continue to reverberate and are once again current. These issues haven’t gone away. 
~Sabra Moore

International Big History Association

July 26–29: New Village Press authors Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel will present at the 2018 IBHA conference in Villanova, PA. The International Big History Association strives to understand the interconnectedness of humanity and the earth. This fourth biennial conference will present on the theme: “Big History, Big Future: A Cosmic Perspective.”

Conversations with Diego Rivera Book Launch in Dallas

July 9The Wild Detectives Bookstore and Bar (!) will be hosting a tertulia for the launch of Conversations with Diego Rivera. The event will include dramatic readings from the book, music, and a specialty “Rivera” cocktail.

Teach Art for Social Change

Mat Schwarzman, coauthor of Beginner’s Guide to Community Based Arts has designed an online program for middle and high school teachers on how to implement art in the classroom to use as a force for social change. Hosted by Xavier University.

Register now!

New Village Backlist Now Available in eBook Format

We are excited to announce that the following titles are newly available in digital ebook format through our distributor NYU Press.

  • Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, Volumes I and II
  • American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice
  • Art and Upheaval: Artists on the World’s Frontlines
  • Beginner’s Guide to Community-Based Arts, 2nd Edition
  • Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty
  • Undoing the Silence
  • What We See