December 20, 2016

Getting to know people who know what we do now: Cornell William Brooks, Michael Brune, Rea Carey


What-We-Do-Now-white-235x300As you might have heard, in time for Inauguration Day we’re putting out What We Do Now, a collection of short, powerful essays on what we can do now to cope with Trump’s election, and how, moving forward, we can protect our values, our politics, and our country. The book’s twenty-seven contributors are prominent progressives, writers and activists.

For the rest of the year, we’ll be sharing info on a few of our contributors every day — just a way to help you get acquainted with who’s on that list, and to help all of us remember that now’s the time to be preparing ourselves for the difficult and vitally important struggle ahead.


#1: Cornell William Brooks

aDkInVbS_400x400Cornell William Brooks is the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Background intel:
Dig this terrific profile by Krissah Thompson for the Washington Post.

A quote:
“When I think about our history, it represents a floor, not a ceiling on our greatness, on our aspirations.”

What to read:
Check out this piece Brooks wrote for the Huffington Post commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of 1965’s John Lewis-led march from Selma to Montgomery. And of course, this being the digital age, you can follow him on Twitter!


#2: Michael Brune

mbruneMichael Brune is the executive director of the Sierra Club.

Background intel:
Read Michael’s own account of his coming into ecological and activist conscience at the Sierra Club site!

A quote:
“A love of nature helps inspire us to do what we must to save it.”

What to read:
Watch this interview with Tavis Smiley. And don’t forget to follow him on Twitter!


#3: Rea Carey

UnknownRea Carey is the executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Background intel:
Check out this article on Rea’s arrest, with 104 others, for civil disobedience aimed at pressuring the US House of Representatives to take action on immigration reform. Then listen to this 2014 interview.

A quote:
“We progressives value all the pieces that make up a person’s identity and the liberating feeling of being you in all its glory — without the fear of discrimination, persecution and violence.”

What to look at:
Read Rea’s recent piece in the Advocate on the continuing importance of the Creating Change Conference. And then check her out on Twitter!