JONATHAN ROSENBLUM & STEVE EARLY with LYNN DODSON at Town Hall
Co-presented with TOWN HALL CIVICS.
Good, engaged, activist-informed talk and the books behind this particular talking are in store tonight as Jonathan Rosenblum discusses his very germane book, Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement (Beacon Press), while Steve Early presents his new book, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City (Beacon Press).
Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant voices enthusiasm for Beyond $15, which uses the campaigns in SeaTac as the impetus for things, thus: “Beyond $15 is a compelling and vital read for any social justice activist. In the vivid detail of a committed participant in the struggle, Rosenblum tells how ordinary airport workers took on the corporate powers and both Democratic and Republican Party elites, and won. Their victory helped set the stage for the national fight for $15.” —Kshama Sawant.
And again, this on a book using Richmond, California as a case study: “In a political system of Republicans and Democrats beholden to corporate cash, Refinery Town demonstrates there is an alternative in working people and community activists taking independent political action based on their own interests. From Seattle to Richmond, an emerging grass roots movement is developing for whom this book is an important read.” —Kshama Sawant.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. Hedrick Smith, Robert Reich, Annie Leonard, Mike Davis, and Senator Bernie Sanders (with the foreword to Refinery Town) are among the many other early champions of these books. Lynne Dodson, Secretary Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, moderates tonight’s discussion.