December 23, 2016

Getting to know people who know what we do now: Sharon Kleinbaum, Paul Krugman, George Lakoff


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.

Sharon Kleinbaum

RabbiSharon-1Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum is the spiritual leader of NYC’s Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s largest LGBT synagogue. She has served as a commissioner on New York City’s Commission on Human Rights, and on the US State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group’s Sub-Working Group on Social Justice.

Background intel:
Read Allison Hoffman’s profile of her in Tablet!

“I think politically and spiritually it’s important for me to say and to be out there saying God loves queer people. This isn’t a mistake that God’s embarrassed by and is tolerant of but this is essentially part of God’s plan. So that’s the first thing.”

What to look at:
Read her from this past summer on Hillary Clinton over at Ha’aretz, follow her on Twitter,  and then watch this video of her speaking out against Stop and Frisk:


Paul Krugman

220px-Paul_Krugman-press_conference_Dec_07th,_2008-8Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and columnist for the New York Times.

Background intel:
Run wild through the Timesarchive of his columns. Check out an unofficial, and shockingly complete, archive of all his writing here.

“Many people voted for Donald Trump because they believed his promises that he would restore what they imagine were the good old days — the days when America had lots of traditional jobs mining coal and producing manufactured goods. They’re going to be deeply disappointed.”

What to look at:
Definitely follow him on Twitter. Definitely read his recent column on “How Republics End,” and then check out his recent talk on low global growth:


George Lakoff

George_LakoffGeorge Lakoff is a cognitive linguist and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books about the political uses of metaphor, including Don’t Think of an Elephant.

Background intel:
Check him out talking presciently on C-SPAN in 2006 about what the future held for Democrats and Republicans:

“We can no longer conduct 21st century politics with a 17th century understanding of the mind. The political issues in this country and the world are just too important.”

What to look at:
Get on his Twitter. Read his recent blog post on “How to Help Trump.”