We Own the Future: A Virtual Discussion with Kate Aronoff, Sarah Leonard, and Bill Fletcher Jr.

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

8:00 PM EDT / 7:00 PM CDT / 6:00 PM MDT / 5:00 PM PDT

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Please join The New Press, Democratic Socialists of America, Dissent magazine, and DSA Fund for a virtual discussion on the new book We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style.

Kate Aronoff, a co-editor of the volume, will be joined by contributors Sarah Leonard and Bill Fletcher Jr. 

Amidst an unprecedented pandemic and the imminent failure of the capitalist system to address it adequately and equitably, we must chart a new course. In We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style,  leading socialist thinkers and activists come together to examine the United States’ own democratic socialist history and how we might achieve a world where every human being is guaranteed a life of safety, health, dignity, and even joy, free from the commodification of basic necessities. The chapters of this timely and urgent volume tackle climate change, foreign policy, gender and the family, healthcare, election reform, socialist governance, and more. 

Journalist Kate Aronoff is a staff writer at The New Republic. Her writing has appeared in Dissent, The Guardian, The Nation, Jacobin, and the New York Times. A co-editor (with Peter Dreier and Michael Kazin) of We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism—American Style (The New Press), she lives in Brooklyn. 

Sarah Leonard is a contributing editor to The Nation and an editor-at-large at Dissent.

Bill Fletcher Jr has been a senior staff person in the national AFL-CIO; the former president of TransAfrica Forum; a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies; an editorial board member of; and in the leadership of several other projects. Fletcher is the co-author (with Peter Agard) of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941; the co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice; and the author of 'They’re Bankrupting Us’ – And Twenty Other Myths about Unions. 

This event could go as late at 9:30pm Eastern.