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Author Event: Becoming A Citizen Activist
February 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Join us for an intimate brown bag forum moderated by IPS Fellow Karen Dolan in discussion with Nick Licata, author of Becoming A Citizen Activist – Stories, Strategies and Advice for Changing Our World.
While this is a self-help book is for citizens wanting to gain political power in general, the theme of Licata’s discussion will be focusing on how citizens who want to become politically active or are already, can use local strategies for stopping Trumpism (i.e. the spread of white nationalism, voter suppression, sex discrimination and the corporatization of democratic institutions) through effective strategies that provide alternatives to white and minority working families.
Attend to find out what Nick and his book offers on the matter! Books will be available for sale at the forum and to be signed by the author.
Nick Licata is from a working class family where neither parent graduated from high school and was the first of his relatives to attend college. He led the local chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Bowling Green State University and subsequently was elected student body president.
He became a Seattle city councilmember despite being significantly outspent and the majority of the council, the mayor, and both daily newspapers supported his opponent. Elected to five terms, despite the police guild and the Chamber of Commerce recruiting candidates to run against him. In 2012 he was named by the Nation as Progressive Municipal Official of the Year.
“Becoming a Citizen Activist is filled with uncanny insight, and the right combination of realism and optimism, Licata has produced a book that should be mandatory reading for those seeking justice in this world. He shows that we can hold the power to make social change in our hands, if we use it and use it effectively.” – Robert W. McChesney co-author, People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy.
“Nick Licata has provided us practical tips for fighting for your cause, and compelling insights into power, politics and the medley of strategies that make change happen.” – Pramila Jayapal –Congresswoman and founder and former Executive Director of OneAmerica.