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Tamara Draut: Political Sway of The New Working Class

Town Hall Seattle (Directions)

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Tamara Draut's Town Hall Seattle
Book Talk

Join us for an incredibly timely and important book talk with Tamara Draut, author of the new book Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America, on Monday, April 18 at 6:30 PM at Town Hall Seattle. Draut will discuss the struggles, politics, and burgeoning power of the new working class, and how these fearless workers are shifting the political landscape.

In Sleeping Giant, the follow-up to her critically acclaimed book Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead (Doubleday, 2006), Draut details how recent movements like the Fight for $15 have made it clear that today’s working class—who are more female and racially diverse than ever before—will not stay on the margins of the political stage, where they have long been relegated. Instead, these workers are fearlessly fighting to reclaim the moral authority, respect, and economic opportunities past generations enjoyed.

Sleeping Giant, in stores on April 5, 2016, is the first major examination of the new working class and the role it will play in our economic and political future. The stakes are high: restoring the political and economic power of today’s working class, Draut argues, is the best path to securing all of our economic futures.

The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Panel Discussion with Tamara Draut

Busboys and Poets (Directions)

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Join Demos, the Center for Community Change, Color of Change, Common Cause, the Economic Policy Institute, and Jobs with Justice at Busboys and Poets for a rousing conversation about how the new working class–more female and racially diverse than its predecessors–has the potential to transform our economic and political systems.

Tamara Draut, author of the new book Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America, will be joined in conversation by organizers who lift the voices and concerns of working-class Americans, including Ronnie Galvin, Senior Advisor at the Center for Community Change; Tiffany Loftin, Program Coordinator for the Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department at the AFL-CIO; and Enchanta Jackson, Criminal Justice Campaign Manager at Color of Change.​

In Sleeping Giant, the follow-up to her critically acclaimed book Strapped: Why America's 20- and 30-Somethings Can't Get Ahead (Doubleday, 2006), Demos Vice President Tamara Draut details how recent movements like the Fight for 15 and Black Lives Matter are shaking up our politics, and reigniting a debate about economic and racial inequality. And she makes it clear that their fight is our fight. Reviving their political and economic power is essential for addressing the toxic inequality that affects us all.

During the panel discussion, the conversants will share their experiences on the frontline of these movements and their hopes for the future. We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a spirited and inspiring discussion on the movements that are changing the balance of power.

Where: Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th ST NW
             Washington DC, 20001
When: April 14 at 6:15 pm
Hosts: Center for Community Change, Color of Change, Common Cause, Demos, the Economic Policy Institute, and Jobs with Justice

The Rise of the Working Class: With Senator Elizabeth Warren, Tamara Draut, & National Labor Leaders

The National Press Club (Directions)

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Recent movements like the Fight for $15 have made it clear that today’s working class—who are more female and racially diverse than ever before—will not stay on the margins of the political stage, where they have long been relegated. Instead, these workers are fearlessly fighting to reclaim the moral authority, respect and economic opportunities past generations enjoyed.

In Sleeping Giant, in stores on April 5, 2016, Demos Vice President of Policy & Research Tamara Draut provides the first major examination of the new working class and the role it will play in our economic and political future. The stakes are high: restoring the political and economic power of today’s working class, Draut argues, is the best path to securing all of our economic futures.

On April 14, 2016, at 8:45 am ET at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., Demos invites you to a timely discussion of the new working class' struggles, politics, and burgeoning power.

Event Itinerary

  • 8:45 — Breakfast
  • 9:00 — Welcoming Remarks, Heather McGhee, President of Demos
  • 9:15 — Opening Remarks, Senator Elizabeth Warren
  • 9:30 — Author and panel discussion featuring moderator and Washington Post reporter Janell Ross, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, and Jobs with Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta.

7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Sleeping Giant Awakens: An Evening with Tamara Draut & Bob Herbert

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Demos and Strand Books invite you to a timely and lively discussion between Demos’ Tamara Draut, author of the new book Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America, and Distinguished Senior Fellow Bob Herbert.  

Draut and Herbert will discuss the struggles, politics and burgeoning power of the new working class.  With an eye towards our upcoming presidential election, and its impact on America’s working families, Draut and Herbert will explore how these fearless workers are shifting the political landscape.

Sleeping Giant, in stores on April 5, 2016, is the first major examination of the new working class and the role it will play in our economic and political future. The book explores how the new working class — both more female and more racially diverse than its predecessors — faces major obstacles and opportunities in reclaiming the political power that defined the industrial working class. The stakes are high: Restoring the political and economic power of today’s working class, Draut argues, is the best path to securing all of our economic futures.

PRAISE for Sleeping Giant

“A thorough and lively report on the ‘new working class’ that inhabits our ‘bargain basement economy’”

—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

RSVP now with a purchase of Sleeping Giant or a $15 Strand gift card.

Tamara Draut is Vice President of Policy and Research at Demos, a national think tank headquartered in New York City, and the author of Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead.

Bob Herbert is a Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow and the moderator of OPED.TV, a weekly interview program on CUNY-TV. From 1993 until 2011, he was an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, writing twice a week about politics, urban affairs, and social trends.

Media Inquiries

Donte Donald — Associate Director of Communications
DDonald@demos.org, 212-485-6062

Maya Gold — Communications Assistant
MGold@demos.org, 212-485-6056

Publicity

Michael Goldsmith — Doubleday Publicity
MGoldsmith@randomhouse.com, 212-782-8412