Helen Shiller - "Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win" - Bill Ayers

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Helen Shiller

Helen Shiller will discuss Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win. She will be joined in conversation by Bill Ayers.

This event will be held in person at 57th Street Books. At this time, masks are required for in-store events.

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About the book: In Daring to Struggle, Daring to WinHelen Shiller recounts her independent path of resistance: from the student anti-war movement of the 1960s to a Black Panther Party alliance to Mayor Harold Washington’s 26th vote to lonely voice against Mayor Richard M. Daley on a myriad of issues. Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win tells the fascinating true story of an individual radical organizer turned independent Chicago city council member, and her forty year struggle for justice in Chicago. Helen Shiller went from radical anti-war activist in Wisconsin, to a member of a collective of white allies of the Black Panther Party in Chicago, to an elected city council person who helped break the back of the racialized opposition to Harold Washington, Chicago’s first Black mayor. Shiller participated, when few others did, in the historic fight against the gentrification of a unique economically and racially mixed Chicago community on the Northside. With insight into historic community organizing and political battles in Chicago from the 1970s through 2010, this book details numerous policy fights and conflicts in Chicago during this time, illuminating recurrent political themes and battles that remain relevant to this day.  Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win is a compelling, insightful, must-read for all those struggling for a better world today.

About the author: Helen Shiller, raised by migrant Jewish parents, was radicalized by the anti-war and civil rights movements. Shiller was in a collective of whites aligned with the Black Panther Party in Chicago. Beginning in 1987, Shiller was a radical Chicago alderperson for 24 years.

About the interlocutor: William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (retired), founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, taught courses in interpretive and qualitative research, oral history, creative non-fiction, urban school change, and teaching and the modern predicament. Ayers is the author of numerous books and articles. He lives in Hyde Park, Chicago with Bernardine Dohrn, partner, comrade, friend, co-parent and grand-parent, inspiration, co-author, lover, and soul-mate for close to half a century.

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