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Amy Siskind and Sarah Kendzior in Conversation
Jun 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:00

Join two heroines of the resistance: activist AMY SISKIND and journalist SARAH KENDZIOR for a discussion of their new books, The List: A Week-by- Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year and The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America, and a frank talk about how we got to where we are now and how our country can find its way back to normal. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the SPLC.

This event will be moderated by Courtenay Hameister, who is a columnist, teacher and writer. She hosted Live Wire, Portland’s syndicated public radio variety show, for a decade. Her memoir, Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things will be released from Little, Brown on July 31.

$10 General Admission
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Amy Siskind | 7:00 PM
In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump’s election as president, Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street executive and President and Co-founder of The New Agenda, began compiling a list of actions taken by the Trump regime that pose a threat to our democratic norms. Under the headline “Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember” Siskind’s “Weekly List” began as a project she shared with friends, containing less than ten items, but it soon went viral, and now has more than half a million viewers and upwards of one hundred entries each week. Even as the The Weekly List grew in size, the themes remained consistent: Trump fanned the flames of hate, worked to silence dissent and intimidate the opposition, and alienated our world allies and cozied up to authoritarians. “The Weekly List” is now being archived by the Library of Congress.

Compiled in one volume for the first time, The List is a first draft history and a comprehensive accounting of Donald Trump’s first year. Beginning with Trump’s acceptance of white supremacists the week after the election and concluding a year to the day later, we watch as Trump and his regime chips away at the rights and protections of marginalized communities, of women, of us all, via Twitter storms, unchecked executive action, and shifting rules and standards. The List chronicles not only the scandals that made headlines, but, just as important, the myriad smaller but still consequential unprecedented acts that otherwise fall through cracks. It is this granular detail that makes The List such a powerful and important book.

Two days after Trump’s inauguration the term “alternative facts” was used on national television. The List is the very opposite of “fake news;” it is a must-have guide to what we as a country have lost in the wake of Trump’s election, and will help us trace our way back to normal when the Trump regime is over.

Amy Siskind is a national spokesperson, writer and expert on helping women and girls advance and succeed. A former Wall Street executive, she’s President and Co-founder of The New Agenda, a national organization working on issues including economic independence and advancement, gender representation and bias, and campus sexual assault. She is a frequent source for the national press, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. more >>>
Sarah Kendzior | 7:00 PM
The results of the 2016 election left many wondering, how did our nation get here? But there was at least one person who was not at all surprised by the outcome: Sarah Kendzior. The St. Louis-based journalist spent years reporting on the Midwest and conducting academic research on authoritarian states, and what she uncovered led her to be one of the first to predict Donald Trump’s presidential victory. Now, her penetrating essays are collected for the first time in print in THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY: Dispatches from the Forgotten America

These essays peel back the promises of the American Dream—upward mobility, equality, freedom of speech, and access to education—to reveal the rotten realities hiding underneath. With an unflinching gaze, Sarah tackles everything from the economic repercussions of unpaid internships to the links between unemployment and violence to the dangers of judging entire immigrant groups on the actions of individuals.
Sarah’s perspective on the devastating events of the past five years—the murders of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, the Boston Marathon bombing, the rapid growth of income inequality, and the skyrocketing costs of college—shows that many of our fundamental problems long preceded the Trump presidency. Yet in offering up a clear-eyed diagnosis of these problems, Sarah takes the first step toward finding solutions, and reaching justice.

Originally published between 2012 and 2014 by Al Jazeera, these essays were first collected as an e-book that became a bestseller and was recommended by Hillary Clinton at the annual American Library Association conference in 2017. Now updated with an introduction and epilogue that reflect on the connections between her reporting and the Trump presidency, THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY is necessary reading for anyone who wants to understand our nation’s problems in order to help mend them. more >>>
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They strive to listen, learn, and take the lead from people within marginalized and targeted groups.
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