December 21, 2016

Getting to know people who know what we do now: David Cole, Dave Eggers, Ilyse Hogue


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.

#4: David Cole

Cole140x150David Cole is the national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He teaches law at Georgetown, and was one of the attorneys who argued United States v. Eichman, the Supreme Court case that defined flag-burning as political speech protected by the First Amendment.

Background intel:
Read Marsha Zeesman’s piece on Cole acceding to his current position last summer.

A quote:
“If history teaches us anything, it is that invoking unnecessary emergency powers, sweeping up thousands of innocents, and calling for ethnic or religious registration and profiling is not only mismanagement of the worst kind but politics at its most base.”

What to look at:
Check out David’s recent article in the New York Review of Books on FBI director James Comey’s outsize role in the election. And do of course follow him on Twitter!


#5: Dave Eggers

1024px-Dave_Eggers_by_David_ShankboneDave Eggers is the author of numerous novels, the publisher of McSweeney’s, and an education activist whose organizing includes cofounding the 826 Valencia literacy project.

Background intel:
Read one of Dave’s many books (like A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering GeniusZeitoun, or A Hologram for the King). You should probably also start getting excited for the forthcoming film adaptation of his novel The Circle.

A quote:
“The word surreal is overused and often wrongly used, but in the case of the Washington Post Election Night Live party, the word was apt.”

What to look at:
Dave’s got enough books out that you probably haven’t read them all. And if you have, you may still have missed this music video:


#6: Ilyse Hogue

ilyse-hogue-bioIlyse Hogue is the president of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) Pro-Choice America.

Background intel:
Daniel Strauss’s recent Politico article about Hogue’s candidacy for DNC chair.

A quote:
“Fighting Wall Street greed and protecting women’s fundamental rights aren’t at odds, they’re intertwined. Recognizing these intersections will be critical to build momentum from the outset for the hard policy fights and for electoral accountability come mid-terms. Diversity is our strength and must be our aspiration and our future.”

What to look at:
Now that you’re following her on Twitter, maybe you’d also like to watch Ilyse speak at the DNC convention last summer? We got you: