Dana Fisher, author of “American Resistance: from the Women’s March to the Blue Wave” will be speaking at First Unitarian Church of Des Moines on Saturday, February 22 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm that includes a presentation followed by discussion and book signing.
As professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, she bases her book on hundreds of interviews with demonstrators, civic leaders, and activists from around the country. She also shares her insights into the motivations and strategies of successful movement building that go beyond the demonstrations and into political tools and strategies. Professor Fisher offers a look into new organizing models such as distributed organizing, a model of organizing that focuses on local spontaneous people powered – energy and relationship building. Such a model of political action stands in stark contrast to the top-down methods of organizing currently so common. It is our hope to offer space to build connections with other groups so that we can partner together for change.
Sponsors include American Friends Service Committee, Catholic Peace Ministries, Des Moines Area Ecum Committee for Peace, First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Iowa Federation of Labor, Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, Interfaith Green Coalition, Methodist Federation for Social Action, Middle East Peace Education Coalition, Sierra Club, Iowa Chapter, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – Des Moines Branch.