Common Read discussion: Daring Democracy

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Date(s) - 02/11/2018
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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The discussion of the first Common Read book for the year, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 11 at 12:30 PM. Books will be on sale between services on Sundays or you can purchase a Kindle version on line at Amazon for $14.99. With our democracy in crisis, many Americans are frightened and uncertain. So, the legendary activist Frances Moore Lappé, and organizer-scholar Adam Eichen teamed up to tell the under-reported story of a “movement of movements” arising to tackle the roots of the crisis.

The authors view the Trump presidency as a symptom of a shocking anti-democracy movement and expose the events that drove us to this crisis. But their focus is on solutions: how people from all backgrounds, committed to an array of social-justice causes, are creating a canopy of hope, what Lappé and Eichen call the “democracy movement.”

To save the democracy we thought we had, argue the authors, we must take our civic life to a place it’s never been. The arising democracy movement’s innovative and inspiring strategies are enabling millions of Americans to feel part of something big, historic, and positive. Democracy is not only possible but essential to meet the most basic human needs for power, meaning, and connection; joining the democracy movement is thus a daring and noble undertaking calling each of us.

For more information contact Carol Larson.