George Lakey - "How We Win"

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
George Lakey

"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.”—Bill McKibben

Join us for a reading and discussion with George Lakey, author of How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigns. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At 57th Street Books

RSVP HERE (Please note that your RSVP is requested but not required.)

About the book: George Lakey draws lessons from a century of successful direct action campaigns by civic groups, women, labor, civil rights, LGBTQ, immigrants, environmentalists, religious groups, and students. With a new generation of activists looking to take action – from the Women’s March to Black Lives Matter, to the students of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School – the time is ripe for a guide on campaigning today. Through vivid stories, the reader learns a variety of activist tools and how they built powerful movements that won victories despite sometimes-violent opposition. In addition to strategy and tactics, the author reveals best practices for fostering cooperative, inclusive leadership and unity with diversity. He explains how campaigns can become building blocks for a movement of movements that transforms an unjust society.

About the author: 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. Lakey also held teaching posts at Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania. He has led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents, and founded and for fifteen years directed Training for Change. 

He has supported a number of movements, co-leading a sailing ship with medical aid to Vietnam in defiance of the U.S. war, campaigning with others in the LGBTQ community, organizing Men Against Patriarchy, and leading a statewide cross-race, cross-class coalition for Jobs with Peace. He received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Award and the Giraffe Award for “Sticking his Neck out for the Common Good.”

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637