“The Art of Organizing & Resistance” Book Talk at City Lights | SF
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City Lights Books | 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA
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Discussing the subject of her new book “How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance,” by L.A. Kauffman, published by University of California Press.
“How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing & Resistance”
Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 7:00 pm
City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
When millions of people took to the streets for the 2017 women’s marches, there was an unmistakable air of uprising, a sense that these marches were launching a movement. But the enduring work that protests do often can’t be seen in the moment. It feels powerful to march, but when and how does marching matter?
In this original and richly illustrated account, activist and organizer L.A. Kauffman delves into the history of America’s major demonstrations, beginning with the legendary 1963 March on Washington, to reveal what protests accomplish and how their character has shifted over time. Using the signs that demonstrators carry as clues to how protests are organized, Kauffman explores the nuanced relationship between the way movements are made and the impact they have. How to Read a Protest sheds new light on the catalytic power of collective action and the bottom-up, women-led model for organizing that’s transforming what movements look like and what they can win.
L.A. Kauffman has been a grassroots organizer for more than thirty years and was the mobilizing coordinator for the massive Iraq antiwar protests of 2003–2004. She has covered social movement history and activism for The Guardian, n+1, and numerous other publications and is the author of Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism.
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