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Jill Petty
Senior Editor
Editorial Department in Unitarian Universalist Association Beacon Press

Jill Petty has worked in publishing for fifteen years, and joined Beacon in June 2015. She served as an editor-publisher for South End Press—working with Noam Chomsky, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, bell hooks, INCITE: Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Transpeople of Color, Arundhati Roy, and other authors—and as a researcher and editor for The Nation and Ms.

Before joining Beacon, Jill was a writer-editor for Equal Justice Initiative, the Alabama-based legal nonprofit led by Bryan Stevenson. She is currently a member of the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project teaching collective.

Jill lives in Chicago and acquires books in history (with a special interest in social movements and African American history); prisons/criminalization; health/social justice; and education. Her recent acquisitions include:

  • You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones: And 20 Other Myths About Teachers and Teaching by Bill Ayers and Crystal Laura
  • How Chicago Won Reparations by Alice Kim and Joey Mogul
  • The Big Fix: Fighting Charter Schools and the Privatization of Education by Karen Lewis, Terrenda White, Raynard Sanders, and David Stovall
  • Stolen Horizons: Mass Incarceration and the War on Neighborhoods by Ryan Lugalia-Hollon and Dan Cooper
  • Invisible No More: Racial Profiling and Police Violence Against Women of Color by Andrea Ritchie

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