Book Discussion: Poor Peoples’ Movements, Part 2

April 21, 2018 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library | 4450 Wisconsin Ave Nw | Washington,

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Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail by Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward asks how poor people have been able to win gains for themselves, and what pitfalls such movements have faced, emphasizing the centrality of mass defiance and protest. They discuss four such movements:

— The mobilization of the unemployed during the Great Depression

— The industrial strikes that resulted in the formation of the CIO

— The Southern Civil Rights Movement

— The Welfare Rights Movement.

This classic of leftist history is newly relevant with the coming Poor People’s Campaign and in Metro DC DSA, where it’s lessons have shaped the Stomp Out Slumlords campaign. Join us for a two part-reading group, led by Metro DC DSA Political Education Committee member David Kaib. The group assumes no prior background. The second and final session will cover chapter 3 to the end. Feel free to join us even if you missed the first meeting.

Meeting is in large meeting room.