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An Update on Venezuela and Necessary Trouble: America’s Contemporary Social Movements

with Miguel Tinker-Salas, Professor of Latin American History and Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies at Pomona College. He is the author of several books including, The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society in Venezuela and Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know.

and Sarah Jaffe, an accomplished journalist, Nation Institute Fellow and author of the new book, Necessary Trouble: Americans In Revolt.

About the book:

51iwmlf0vzl-_sx327_bo1204203200_Necessary Trouble is the definitive book on the movements that are poised to permanently remake American politics. We are witnessing a moment of unprecedented political turmoil and social activism. Over the last few years, we’ve seen the growth of the Tea Party, a twenty-first-century black freedom struggle with BlackLivesMatter, Occupy Wall Street, and the grassroots networks supporting presidential candidates in defiance of the traditional party elites.
Sarah Jaffe leads readers into the heart of these movements, explaining what has made ordinary Americans become activists. As Jaffe argues, the financial crisis in 2008 was the spark, the moment that crystallized that something was wrong. For years, Jaffe crisscrossed the country, asking people what they were angry about, and what they were doing to take power back. She attended a people’s assembly in a church gymnasium in Ferguson, Missouri; walked a picket line at an Atlanta Burger King; rode a bus from New York to Ohio with student organizers; and went door-to-door in Queens days after Hurricane Sandy.

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