Pramila Jayapal with Naomi Ishisaka

As we helped launch her very first book, Pilgrimage, twenty years ago at Elliott Bay’s former Pioneer Square location, so we this evening virtually help launch Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s timely, vital new book, Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman’s Guide to Politics and Political Change (The New Press), into the world this evening, thanks to Town Hall Seattle’s part in this, and to Seattle Times columnist Naomi Ishisaka being on hand for conversation. This book insightfully and in invaluable form, tells Rep. Jayapal’s story, her decades of work on immigrant and refugee rights and issues, her being drawn into electoral politics, and then the working of those politics, both from within and from the outside.

“Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal—activist, legislator, organizer—has written a handbook for anyone who seeks to improve their community and change our nation for the better. Through an honest reflection on her personal journey as an immigrant woman of color to the corridors of power, Pramila shares dynamic lessons on how those who are too often on the margins can become the center of a revolution. Use the Power You Have is an insightful testimony on the capacity for progress and a primer on creating opportunity for all.” —Stacey Abrams.

“Pramila’s story—and the important lessons she’s learned along the way—will inspire anyone who cares deeply about progressive change and how to achieve it. Her book isn’t just a powerful reflection on why running for office matters. It’s the best argument we have for why, with the stakes so high, more progressives—especially women and people of color—must get off the sidelines and into the game.” —Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle Civics series, in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.

Special note: we have copies of Use the Power You Have available for immediate shipping or curbside pickup for orders placed through our website. Also, we expect to have SIGNED copies available after July 12, for those who can wait to have their books shipped/picked up. Pre-orders for those are encouraged.



Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman's Guide to Politics and Political Change Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620971437
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: New Press - June 30th, 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 7:30pm
Town Hall Seattle Livestream