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We the Resistance: A Conversation About Nonviolent Protest in the US
Wednesday, July 22 @ 6:00 pm
Join us for a conversation presented by Grace Cathedral and City Lights, with Michael G. Long, editor of We the Resistance: Documenting a History of Nonviolent Protest and Miguel Bustos, Senior Director of the GLIDE Center for Social Justice, moderated by Patrick Thompson, veteran antitrust litigator.
As worldwide protests against racial injustice continue, a historical perspective on social justice activism is crucial for strategizing long-term goals.
While historical accounts of the United States typically focus on the nation’s military past, a rich and vibrant counter narrative remains basically unknown to most Americans. This alternate history of the formation of our nation—and its character—is one in which courageous individuals and movements have wielded the tools of nonviolence to resist unjust, unfair, and immoral policies and practices.
Join the conversation to gain perspective on the ingredients of a successful nonviolent protest, what problems arise for the movement when protests turn violent, the roots of today’s protests and the answers to the questions: Have violent protests ever worked, how have earlier presidents responded to nonviolent protests, and what are the most important lessons we can learn from the past?
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About the guests
Michael G. Long is the author or editor of numerous books on civil rights, religion, and politics, including We the Resistance: Documenting A History of Nonviolent Protest in the United States; Race Man: Selected Works of Julian Bond; I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters; Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall; and First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson. Long has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, ESPN’s The Undefeated, and USA Today, and his work has been featured or reviewed in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Mother Jones, and many others. Long has spoken at Fenway Park, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives, and he has appeared on MSNBC, PBS, C-Span, and National Public Radio.
Miguel Bustos is the Senior Director of the GLIDE Center for Social Justice. Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District, Miguel grew up steeped in community activism and has dedicated himself to public policy at both the local and national levels for many years. He was the first person in his large family to attend college, and he continued on to pursue two graduate degrees. Before coming to GLIDE, Miguel served as policy adviser for President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore; Deputy District Director for Congresswoman Barbara Lee; Director of Boards and Commissions for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom; and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Oakland Mayor Ronald V. Dellums. At GLIDE, he oversees GLIDE’s advocacy and policy-related efforts, Community Engagement and Volunteer program, drop-in legal clinic, community leaders and internship programming, and more. He also served on GLIDE’s Board of Trustees for five years before accepting his current role.
About the host
Patrick Thompson is a partner at Perkins Coie. His vast litigation background includes arbitrations, trials and numerous summary judgment victories for a range of sector-leading clients. His experience includes advising clients in such industries as food and beverage, technology, energy, banking and financial services, hospitality and telecommunications. A respected leader in the legal community at the national, state and local levels, Thompson is a presidential appointee to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight. He is a former chair of the board of trustees of Grace Cathedral, former chair of the board of directors of California Pacific Medical Center, serves on the board of the American Conservatory Theater, and chairs the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.
About The Forum
The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.
About City Lights
Founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, City Lights is one of the few truly great independent bookstores in the United States, a place where booklovers from across the country and around the world come to browse, read, and just soak in the ambiance of alternative culture’s only “Literary Landmark.” In 1955, Ferlinghetti launched City Lights Publishers with the now-famous Pocket Poets Series; today, City Lights has well over two hundred titles in print, with a dozen new titles being published each year. The press is known and respected for its commitment to innovative and progressive ideas, and its resistance to forces of conservatism and censorship. With this bookstore-publisher combination, “it is as if,” says Ferlinghetti, “the public were being invited, in person and in books, to participate in that ‘great conversation’ between authors of all ages, ancient and modern.”