Weaves together essays, interviews, poems, and artwork from scholars, activists, and artists about our relationships with children in all areas of our lives.

Product Code: 9040
ISBN: 9781849353854
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: AK Press
Pages: 240
Published Date: 11/01/2022
Availability:In stock
Price: $15.00

The contributors of Trust Kids! write from different backgrounds, genders, ages, and sexualities and combine past lineages with more recent child-rearing ideas to offer a fresh, inspiring perspective.

Many works on parenting and families wind up re-inscribing hierarchies by declaring how kids should be liberated. Trust Kids! insists on youth autonomy, listening to youth, and questioning adult supremacy on every page.

At the heart of the book are conversations about all the ways that children can be included, loved, and cared for in more generative, just, and egalitarian ways. Its essays explore the liberatory potential of consent and autonomy in relationships among children, youth, and the adults in their lives. They also trace how oppressive attitudes toward children, far from being “natural” forms of kinship with the youngest members of our families and communities, have identifiable social and historical roots.

Featuring essays and poems by:
carla joy bergman, Curiousism Cyphers, Noleca Radway, Helen Hughes, Dani Burlison, Enfys Craft, Uilliam Joy Bergman, Yasamin Holland, Tim Holland, Idzie Desmarais, Akilah S. Richards, Meghan Carrico, chris time steele, Antonio Buehler, Sara Zacuto, Rebecca Solnit, Tasnim Nathoo, Jon Pawson, Maya Motoi, Wakaba, Joanna Motoi, Cindy White, kitty sipple, Chris Mercogliano, Lily Mercogliano Easton, Stacey Patton, Toby Rollo, Gustavo Esteva, Madhu S. Prakash, Dana L. Stuchul, Gabriel Zacuto, and Zach Bergman.

Features art by:
ck nosun, Chris Bergman, Anon, Tasnim Nathoo, Gabriel Zacuto, and Grant Hoskins aka Gadzooks Bazooka.

Cover art by: Mona Caron

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Rooting for Love
Out and Open
“A Little More Rainbow: A Conversation About One Transgender Experience”
Hold On To Your Child (Within)
Intuiting Autonomy: An Interview with Yasamin Holland and Tim Holland
Anarchy Begins At Home
Already in My Bones
Solidarities of Resistance
The Power of Unschooling: Why My Daughters Don’t Go to School
Taking Back Your Kids
Changing the Context
Listen to Children
A Fatigue-Wearing Judas: Acknowledging Histories and Breaking Cycles
Abolish High School
He ko-rero
A Place for Every Gift
On the Last Leg of the Journey: An Interview with Helen Hughes
Creating a Web of Intergenerational Trust
Four Qs + a Poem with Cindy White and kitty sipple
On Being a Trusted Adult
Solidarity Begins at Home, or A Landing Pad Without Borders
Childing the World
The Children of Children: Why the Adultification Thesis is a Misguided Trap for Black Children and Families
“Blah Blah Blah” No Longer: Learning to Host, Celebrate, and Follow a New Generation
Fire of Ata: The Raging Voice is a Song of Love
Magneto’s Dreams: A New Symbol for Youth Autonomy
Back to the Beginning/ Outro

"Trust Kids! is wild and playful and challenging and engaging. Like those playground conversations with other parents. Like stories children tell around kitchen tables. Like the exhilarating possibility that the future is, in fact, in good hands if we just trust kids." - Tomas Moniz, author of Big FamiliaTrust Kids! is based on the radical premise that 'solidarity begins at home.' Recognizing that we reproduce the seeds of hierarchy in our everyday relationships, this horizon-expanding book not only offers guidance for youth liberation and intergenerational justice but also prefigures an alternative to adult supremacy. Drawing on and interweaving voices across generations, this collection of essays, interviews, poems, and art centers young folks' perspectives and wisdom. Rather than prescribing a blueprint for revolution, the authors present a diversity of creative approaches to how adults can learn to trust kids more deeply and immediately co-create our futures together." - Eli Meyerhoff, author of Beyond Education: Radical Studying for Another World

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