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Laura Flanders: Blue Grit: True Democrats Take Back Politics From the Politicians

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type:
Ken Preston-Pile
Location Details:
First Congregational Church in Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way (at Durant), Berkeley

Democrats are now in control of Congress thanks to a combination of strong Democratic candidates and disenchantment with President Bush and Republican policies. Right? Superb radio host and author Laura Flanders tends to disagree. In her new book, BLUE GRIT: True Democrats Take Back Politics from the Politicians. Flanders argues that the Democrats are back in power due to the hard work of well-organized grassroots groups who have been building effective collations and engaging uninspired voters through new technology, new media, and new fundraising strategies - all of which the national Democratic Party has failed to do. Laura Flanders hosts her own radio show RadioNation on Air America Radio. She is the author of Bushwomen: How They Won the White House for Their Man; Real Majority, Media Minority: The Costs of Sidelining Women in Reporting, and is the editor of The W Effect: Sexual Politics in the Bush Years and Beyond.

"BLUE GRIT is pure political tonic, a stirring call-to-arms for progressives who feel they've been left out in the cold by their alleged allies. Laura Flanders offers a galvanizing vision of political democracy as it was meant to thrive: in the lives and stories of ordinary Americans."
-Michael Eric Dyson

"With her usual daring, flair and down-home investigative style, Laura Flanders travels America and finds the progressive grassroots movement alive and kicking. Her book, BLUE GRIT, asks who owns the Democratic Party, 'the people in the suites or the people in the streets?' It is a crucial question, and this book is crucial reading."
-Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monlogues

"Laura Flanders is a star burst of optimism-people need that-and BLUE GRIT is the perfect vehicle for spreading her message. Politics can be fun again AND progressive goals can succeed. There is a new crowd moving in on tired old politicians and they are stirring up a hopeful new politics. -William Greider

“Laura Flanders ‘Blue Grit’ gives hope even to those of us who don’t ordinarily go in for that sort of thing.” — Fran Lebowitz

tickets $5 available at Analog Books, Black Oak, Cody’s, Diesel a Bookstore,
Global Exchange, Moe’s, Pegasus, Pendragon, Walden Pond.
S.F. – Cody’s, Modern Times
more information: 510-848-6767 X609

Added to the calendar on Sat, Apr 7, 2007 6:56AM
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