Peace Education and Action Center of Eastern Iowa
Promoting international peace through education, intercultural communication, public witness, citizen involvement, and personal choices
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
PEACE Iowa, the University of Iowa Sociology Department,
and Prairie Lights Bookstore
American Resistance: From the Women's March to the Blue Wave
Dana R. Fisher will talk about her research with activists
and her latest book
Friday February 21
12 to 1 pm
Prairie Lights Bookstore
15 South Dubuque Street
Downtown Iowa City
Since Donald Trump's first day in office, a large and energetic
grassroots "Resistance" has taken to the streets to protest his
administration's plans for the United States. Millions marched in pussy
hats on the day after the inauguration; outraged citizens flocked to
airports to declare that America must be open to immigrants; masses of
demonstrators circled the White House to demand action on climate
change; and that was only the beginning. Who are the millions of people
marching against the Trump administration, how are they connected to the
Blue Wave that washed over the U.S. Congress in 2018—and what does it
all mean for the future of American democracy? American Resistance
traces activists from the streets back to the communities and
congressional districts around the country where they live, work, and
vote. Using innovative data and interviews with key players, Dana R.
Fisher analyzes how Resistance groups have channeled outrage into
activism, using distributed organizing to make activism possible by
anyone from anywhere, whenever and wherever it is needed most. Beginning
with the Women's March and following the movement through the 2018
midterms, Fisher demonstrates how the energy and enthusiasm of the
Resistance paid off in a wave of Democratic victories. She reveals how
the Left rebounded from the devastating 2016 election, the lessons for
turning grassroots passion into electoral gains, and what comes next.
American Resistance explains the organizing that is revitalizing
democracy to counter Trump's presidency.
Dana R. Fisher is professor of sociology at the University of Maryland,
College Park. Her books include Activism, Inc.: How the Outsourcing of
Grassroots Campaigns Is Strangling Progressive Politics in America (2006).
Professor Fisher has appeared on CNN and MSNBC to discuss her work on
activism and protest. She has also published a series of pieces on this
topic in the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post. Her research has been
featured in media outlets such as the The Washington Post, The New York
Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Science
Magazine, various programs on National Public Radio, and on numerous
podcasts, including the Politics Guys podcast, the Pantsuit Politics
Show, and the No Jargon podcast of the Scholars Strategy Network.
Fisher's research on protest was profiled in "The Collectors: Political
Action," a documentary short by FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films.
Fisher received her Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees from the
Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her
undergraduate degree is in East Asian Studies and Environmental Studies
from Princeton University.
Stand up for Peace!
Fridays, New hours: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
at the intersection of
Iowa Avenue and Clinton Street
on the University of Iowa Pentacrest
Are you ready to show up for peace? Join us for an hour, or even just a few minutes, to voice your support for peace. We citizens must stand as a reminder that the military option is an unacceptable option. Come with your friends, your family, your neighbors, or just yourself — all are welcome.
PEACE Iowa volunteers Georgiane and Nancy at our booth at the 2019 Iowa City Soul & Blues Fest.
The first visitors to name 3 countries on an unlabeled map of Africa at our booth at the 2019 Iowa City Soul & Blues Fest.