David Sirota in Oakland, June 11, 2008

Syndicated columnist and author, David Sirota will be in Oakland on Wednesday, June 11th to introduce us to his new book, “The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington” (more info on this title is available here). Drop by the Rockridge Library, at 5366 College Avenue in Oakland (map). Please note that this visit with our friends from the Oakland Democracy for America Meetup in Rockridge will be held instead of our regular meeting at Luka’s on 6/11/2008.


Following is an excerpt from a review of David’s book which was provided by BuzzFlash.com:

We have known David since he worked as press secretary for then Congressman Bernie Sanders. Sanders, now a U.S. Senator from Vermont, is a big fan of BuzzFlash, and we are big fans of Sanders and David Sirota, who is now a syndicated columnist, author, and populist cheerleader working out of Denver.

Sirota is a youthful Jim Hightower, who chastises the D.C. establishment, whether Republican or Democrat, for caving into the influence of big corporate money on political decisions in the Capitol.

“The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington,” as usual is not influenced by any coziness between the author and the D.C. insiders — as is often the case, even with progressive journalists. Sirota is a true maverick, who isn’t awed by the scepters of power on Capitol Hill or in the White House. He’s cast his lot with the people who make up our democracy and against the corporations who buy our government.

Here, too, is a review of The Uprising from BookClubs.ca:

Job outsourcing. Perpetual busy signals at government agencies. Slashed paychecks. Stolen elections. A war without end, fatally mismanaged. Ordinary Americans on both the Right and Left are tired of being disenfranchised by corrupt politicians of both parties and are organizing to change the status quo. In his invigorating new book, David Sirota investigates whether this uprising can be transformed into a unified, lasting political movement.

Throughout the course of American history, uprisings like the one we are seeing now have given birth to powerful movements to end wars, protect workers, and expand civil rights, so the prospect of today’s uprising turning into a full-fledged populist movement terrifies Wall Street and Washington. In The Uprising, Sirota takes us far from the national media spotlight into the trenches where real change is happening—from the headquarters of the most powerful third party in America to the bowels of the U.S. Senate; from the auditorium of an ExxonMobil shareholder meeting to the quasi-military staging area of a vigilante force on the Mexican border. This is vital, on-the-ground reporting that immerses us in the tumultuous give-and-take of politics at its most personal.

We’ll look for you at the Rockridge Library on June 11th.

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