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Public Forum: Obama and the Left

April 18, 2009 @ 10:00 pm - April 19, 2009 @ 1:00 am

After Barack Obama’s historic election victory, will the new administration deliver change we can believe in or business as usual? How do we organize and fight for the change we want with a Democrat in the White House?

Join this discussion, featuring a stellar panel of experts:

  • John Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers. Nichols is the author of the best-selling biography of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President (The New Press), which has recently been published in French and Arabic. He also edited Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire (Nation Books).
  • Laila Al-Arian is the daughter of Palestinian political prisoner Dr. Sami al-Arian. Laila has been a tireless advocate for the case of her father, who was politically targeted by the U.S. government in its post-9/11 domestic witch-hunt; he has been imprisoned since February 2003 on baseless, trumped-up federal charges. Laila is also a writer and producer for Al-Jazeera English and a contributor to The Nation magazine. She has written extensively on the Middle East and Palestinian resistance to occupation. She is the coauthor of the recent book, Collateral Damage: America’s War Against Iraqi Civilians. See for more information.
  • Dedrick Muhammad of the Institute for Policy Studies, is the Senior Organizer and Research Associate for the Program on Inequality and the Common Good. Dedrick’s special area of focus is the domestic racial wealth divide particularly between African-Americans and white Americans. He authored 40 Years Later: The Unrealized American Dream and co-authored a chapter to the recently published Mandate for Change. He was the former National Field Director for Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. Dedrick Muhammad writes regular op-eds found on and many other publications.
  • Dave Zirin is a prominent political sportswriter for The Nation and author of A People’s History of Sports in the United States (the New Press) and What’s My Name Fool?: Sports and Resistance (Haymarket Books). Dave is an author with Haymarket Books and a contributor to the International Socialist Review. Analyzing the convergence of sports and politics, Dave is also a columnist for SLAM Magazine, The Progressive and is an op-ed writer for the Los Angeles Times.

This event is cosponsored by The Nation and endorsed by Global Justice Action, the ISO, and the Washington Peace Center. For more information, email haymarketbooksdc(at)gmail(dot)com or call (202)903-6906.


April 18, 2009 @ 10:00 pm
April 19, 2009 @ 1:00 am
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