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Valley Salon: The 2012 Election and The Next Progressive Era We Can't See Coming

October 14, 2012 - 10:00am
At a private home in the San Fernando Valley

Guest Speaker: Peter Dreier, Professor of Politics, Occidental College

Many of us are worried that we are heading into very conservative waters either through continuing tea party obstructionism or through liberal overwillingness to compromise. But what if those fears are wrong?

Peter will explore how social movements transformed such radical ideas as women's suffrage, an end to lynching, the right of workers to form unions, a progressive income tax and a federal minimum wage from the periphery of acceptability into the mainstream. What are the burgeoning social movements of today? Who are the key leaders reshaping our country and our history, pushing for progressive change against overwhelming odds?

Join us for a provocative discussion of this important, highly ideological election, and what may lie ahead for progressives. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012
10:00am: Brunch
10:45am: Program

Location:  Valley address upon RSVP
Donation:  $10.00 -- no one turned away for lack of funds

Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and Chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. His new book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, was published by Nation Books in July.  You may have recently heard him on the Patt Morrison and Tavis Smiley Show, or read his articles in The Nation, American Prospect, Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Tikkun, and the Jewish Daily Forward. He is on the board of LAANE and works closely with many unions, community groups, and other activist organizations.

Signed copies of Peter's new book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, will be available for purchase.