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Gordon Whitman, Stand Up! How to Get Involved, Speak Out and Win in a World on Fire
When: Wednesday, March 21, 7:00pm
Where: The Odyssey Bookshop
Each of us faces a moment of truth when we have a chance to take a risk for something larger than ourselves. At a time of crisis, do we stand up and speak out, or retreat into our private lives? Stand Up!is a book for anyone frustrated by what they see happening in the world, but not sure what they can do about it.
Veteran community organizer Gordon Whitman shows that we have all the power we need to create a racially and economically just society. But it won't happen if we stay on the sidelines sharing social media posts and signing online petitions. We only win if we’re willing to join other people in the kind of face-to-face organizing that has powered every successful social movement in history.
Stand Up! describes five types of conversations that enable people to build organizations that can solve local problems and confront the greatest challenges facing our country -- from gun violence to climate change. The book is a roadmap for standing up to the bullies who’ve hijacked our democracy and divided us against each other.
Gordon Whitman has worked as a community organizer and social change strategist and coach for the past twenty-five years. He first learned to organize in Santiago, Chile and helped found successful grassroots organizing groups in Philadelphia, PA, and Flint, MI.
As the deputy director of Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network), the largest faith-based community organizing network in the U.S., he has coached hundreds of organizers, clergy, and grassroots leaders. He’s helped people build some of the most effective new multi-racial community organizing groups over the past decade. Gordon has also led national organizing campaigns on children’s health coverage, health reform, and stopping of foreclosures.
Before becoming an organizer, he worked as a legal service and civil rights lawyer in Philadelphia, and also served as the associate director of the Temple University Center for Public Policy.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College st.
South Hadley, MA 01075