Humanity in Action to Host Book Talk on U.S. Election with Justin Krebs

April 11, 2016

Humanity in Action is delighted to invite you to a special event about the U.S. election on Thursday, April 21 in New York. 

Justin Krebs, a board member and author of Blue in a Red State, will join us for an open conversation about the U.S. election and polarizing politics across our country. This year, as the nation struggles to understand the extremist politics and polarized interests of voters in this election, Justin's analysis of political culture is more compelling than ever. 

The book talk will start at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 21, for wine and discussion at The Endeavor Foundation (1060 Park Avenue at 87th). Be sure to confirm your attendance as soon as possible. 

 


About the Book – Blue in a Red State: The Survival Guide to Life in the Real America

Imagine if you felt out of step with every other member of the parent association at your kid’s school, your quilting circle, or even your workout group. What if casual conversations revolved around Fox News and the decline of American values? How would you feel if you were afraid to put a political bumper sticker on your car or had to think twice about what liberal posts you liked on Facebook? These are just some of the experiences shared by liberals across twenty states and five time zones who tell their stories with honesty, warmth, and humor.

Most of us have to “talk across the aisle” once or twice a year—when we’re seated next to our conservative out-of-town uncle at Thanksgiving, say. But millions of self-identified liberals live in cities and towns—particularly away from the East and West Coasts—where they are regularly outnumbered and outvoted by conservatives.

In this uplifting and completely original book, Justin Krebs, the founder of the national Living Liberally network, speaks with and tells the stories of atheists, vegetarians, environmentalists, pacifists, and old-fashioned liberals—a term he is intent on rehabilitating—from Texas to Idaho, South Carolina to Alaska. Krebs weaves these stories together to create a provocative and rollicking taxonomy of strategies for living in a diverse society, with lessons for every participant in our great democratic experiment.

About the Author – Justin Krebs

Justin Krebs is a political and cultural organizer, entrepreneur, and author. He is a founding director of Living Liberally, a national political organization with more than two hundred chapters that creates hubs of liberal life all around the country—including the Drinking Liberally happy hours and Laughing Liberally comedy shows. He is a former senior fellow at the New Organizing Institute in Washington, D.C., and a former activist fellow with CREDO Action in San Francisco. Justin is currently campaign director at MoveOn Political Action Committee. Justin is the author of 538 Ways to Live, Work and Play Like a Liberal, a book that launched a sixty-five-city tour. He has been a regular contributor to the political website of WNYC, New York’s public radio station. He serves on the board of Humanity in Action. He also wrote Grounds for Play, a history of New York City’s playgrounds. He is a native of Highland Park, New Jersey, and a resident of Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Praise for the Book and Justin Krebs

"It will make you laugh. It will make you angry. And it will leave you feeling optimistic about America. Blue in a Red State is a real gem."

—Bob Herbert, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and former op-ed columnist for the New York Times

"An illuminating view of how real people deal with political differences. Participating in our democracy is not always a smooth journey, but Krebs shows liberals how to maintain their values, their dignity, even their sense of humor in the process."

—Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO

"Politicians want to pick his brain, women want to play with his ponytail; as social movement movers and shakers go, Drinking Liberally co-founder Justin Krebs is a virtual whirling dervish of democratic dynamism."

—Alternet

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