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Book Launch and Forum:  "Why Don't The Poor Rise Up? Organizing the 21st Century Resistance"

Fresh Ground Café

256A King St. East, Kitchener  

Join WPIRG, LSPIRG and the KW branch of the Industrial Workers of the World in hosting Ajamu Nangwaya, co-editor of the book Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up? Organizing the Twenty-First Century Resistance for a book launch and forum to discuss organizing strategies! 

The book brings together a collection of voices to examine “that explores the question of revolution, its objective and subjective prerequisites, and its increasing likelihood in our time”. The authors note that “[e]ven mainstream media like the New York Times and The Economist have recently posed the question: Why don't the poor rise up?, uneasily amazed that capitalism hasn't met with greater resistance. In the context of unparalleled global wealth disparity, ecological catastrophe, and myriad forms of structural oppression, this vibrant collection offers a reassessment of contemporary obstacles to mass mobilization, as well as examples from around the world of poor people overcoming those obstacles in inspiring and instructive new ways”.

Ajamu Nangwaya, Ph.D., is a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. He has over 25 years of experience in community organizing and advocacy. He is a former provincial Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Ontario, and was a member of the executive committee of CUPE Local 3907 for six years. He was an active member of the CUPE Local 3902 at the University of Toronto, and served as a Vice-President of CUPE Toronto District Council. He was an organizer with the Toronto-based organization Network for the Elimination of Police Violence. His writings have appeared in publications such as the Toronto Star, CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, Huffington Post, Global Research,, Pride newspaper, Briarpatch magazine, the Black Agenda Report, Truthout, NOW Magazine and Pambazuka News. He is a former columnist of the weekly Share newspaper that serves Toronto's African Canadian community.

The book is available for purchase from AK Press.