Tonight we’ll help Seattle’s Eric Liu, founder of Citizens University celebrate the publication of his inspiring and much needed new book, You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen (PublicAffairs).
This is an age of epic political turbulence in America. Old hierarchies and institutions are collapsing. All the "givens" of civic life are no longer given. From the fracturing of the major political parties, to the spread of bottom-up movements like Black Lives Matter and $15 Now, citizens across the country and across the political spectrum are reclaiming power. It is no longer the exclusive domain of CEOs, political elites, and insiders from either political party. And the question that today's rising citizens have to face is: Are you ready? Do you understand power? And if you want to make change in the world, do you know how? Eric Liu lays out the elements and the strategies of citizen power, showing when to create a hashtag, when to call your Congressman, and when to take to the streets. (When you go, don't forget your camera.) Above all, he reminds us that *someone* always has power, which means if you're not participating, you're surrendering. Join us tonight and then let’s get to work.