When: Thursday, Feb 8, 2018, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Contra Costa College, 2600 Mission Bell Dr, San Pablo, CA

This country is experiencing a rise in right-wing authoritarianism. Simultaneously, there has been a rise in resistance to the political right in a variety of forms including greater Black activism and the Women’s Marches. The tendency to channel much of this energy into the electoral arena raises the question: Is this the best way to fight right-wing authoritarianism? Fletcher, a long-time social activist, will present provocative answers to this question.

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About the speaker:

Bill Fletcher Jr has been an activist since his teen years. Upon graduating from college he went to work as a welder in a shipyard, thereby entering the labor movement. Over the years he has been active in workplace and community struggles as well as electoral campaigns. He has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staffperson in the national AFL-CIO.

Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum; a senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies; an editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com; and in the leadership of several other projects. Fletcher is the co-author (with Peter Agard) of “The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941”; the co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of “Solidarity Divided: The crisis in organized labor and a new path toward social justice“; and the author of “‘They’re Bankrupting Us’ – And Twenty other Myths about Unions.” Fletcher is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator on television, radio and the web.

Event co-sponsors: Contra Costa AFL-CIO Labor Council, Bay Area Black Worker Center, Contra Costa College, Northern California Chapter - Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Safe Returns Project