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George Lakey: How We Win
May 30, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: First Church in JP UU ** Sanctuary
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Join the Jamaica Plain Forum to welcome George Lakey, has been active in direct action campaigns for six decades. Recently retired from Swarthmore College, where he was the Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change, Lakey’s first arrest was at a civil rights demonstration in March 1963, and his most recent was March 29, 2018 in the Power Local Green Jobs Campaign.
Some high points of his movement experience were sailing into Vietnam with medical supplies in defiance of the U.S. war, participating in the first mass sit-down at the Supreme Court as part of his LGBT activism, founding the collective Men Against Patriarchy and the Movement for a New Society, and coordinating a statewide cross-class, cross-race coalition against the Reagan counter-revolution. He led over 1500 training workshops on five continents and co-founded Training for Change.
HOW WE WIN is his tenth book; his ninth was VIKING ECONOMICS: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can, too.
George Lakey’s Manual for Direct Action was literally a life-saver for many during the height of the struggle for Black freedom and dignity in the 1960s. How We Win has arrived to us at another key moment in our human journey. . — Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
Lakey shows us how nonviolent tactics and brilliant organizing win enduring changes.
— Rebecca Solnit, Harper’sContributing Editor, National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism, author of Hope in the Dark.
If you want to be a soldier, you can go to West Point. If you want to be a nonviolent change-maker–well, this is an awfully good place to start. George Lakey has been near the center of American resistance for decades, and so he has both remarkable stories and remarkable insights–not to mention some remarkable colleagues who add their perspective to this necessary manual! — Bill McKibben, co-founder 350.org
Inspirational, practical, readable, with the distilled wisdom of generations. Margaret Mead told us to never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. In How We Win, we can learn how.- Kate Evans, author of Red Rosa and Threads from the Refugee Crisis
I couldn’t wait to read this book! Our movement needs this so desperately – needs to relearn the craft of direct action campaigning, to read stories of our side succeeding, to get serious about what it’s going to take for us to win, and to gather the tools to make that possible. We’re lucky to have mentors like George Lakey, and lucky for the many lessons and insights he shares in this book. Read it! Better yet, use it. — Yotam Marom, Occupy Wall Street leader, co-founder, IfNotNow and Wildfire Project
George is a true elder; one that shows up to support the diverse, youth-led nonviolent direct action campaigns of today. At this work for decades, he arrives to this moment as a mentor but also as an interested learner. — Sarah Nahar, scholar-activist, direct action trainer
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