Work Won't Love You Back: Sarah Jaffe, Kenzo Shibata and Micah Uetricht
Wednesday January 27 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Join us as we welcome Sarah Jaffe, Kenzo Shibata and Micah Uetricht for a discussion of Sarah's new book Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone.
You're told that if you "do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life." Whether it's working for "exposure" and "experience," or enduring poor treatment in the name of "being part of the family," all employees are pushed to make sacrifices for the privilege of being able to do what we love.
In Work Won't Love You Back, Sarah Jaffe, a preeminent voice on labor, inequality, and social movements, examines this "labor of love" myth -- the idea that certain work is not really work, and therefore should be done out of passion instead of pay. Told through the lives and experiences of workers in various industries -- from the unpaid intern, to the overworked teacher, to the nonprofit worker and even the professional athlete -- Jaffe reveals how all of us have been tricked into buying into a new tyranny of work.
As Jaffe argues, understanding the trap of the labor of love will empower us to work less and demand what our work is worth. And once freed from those binds, we can finally figure out what actually gives us joy, pleasure, and satisfaction.
You can purchase Work Won't Love You Back and support Pilsen Community Books, Chicago's only worker owned and operated independent bookstore, here. Thanks for helping make excellent free programming like this possible!
Sarah Jaffe is a Type Media Center Fellow and an independent journalist covering the politics of power, from the workplace to the streets. She is the author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, The Guardian, the Washington Post, The New Republic, The American Prospect and many other publications. She is the cohost, with Michelle Chen, of Dissent magazine's Belabored podcast, as well as a columnist at The Progressive and New Labor Forum.
Kenzo Shibata is an educator and socialist labor organizer in Chicago. He's a founding member of the Caucus of Rank-and-file Educators, a High School Vice President of the Chicago Teachers Union, and President of the Illinois Chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. He's host of the Class Time podcast and stream.
Micah Uetricht is the deputy editor of Jacobin magazine. He is the author of Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity, coauthor of Bigger than Bernie: How We Go From the Sanders Campaign to Democratic Socialism, and co-editor of a collection of oral histories with New Left radicals who took jobs in industries like steel and auto with the intention of organizing after the 1960s, out in 2022 from Verso. He hosts the Jacobin Radio podcast The Vast Majority and is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Club de lectura #2
Thursday January 28 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
El Club de Lectura se centra en literatura latinoamericana contemporánea. Cada dos meses, leeremos ficción de distintos países hispanoparlantes del continente. La charla será en español también. ¡Los esperamos!
En enero, leeremos Temporada de huracanes. Charlaremos del libro por Zoom el día jueves 28 de enero a las 7PM. ¡Quedan todos invitados! Para suscribirte, envía un correo a email@example.com para pedir el link.
Julian Bond's Time to Teach with Jeanne Theoharis, Pam Horowitz, and Judy Richardson
Tuesday February 09 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Join Pilsen Community Books and 1977 Books as we welcome Judy Richardson, Pam Horowitz and Jeanne Theoharis for a discussion to celebrate the publication of Julian Bond's Time to Teach: A History of the Southern Civil Rights Movement.
This event will be streamed on the Pilsen Community Books YouTube Channel via YouTube Live. Register here for a link to view the event to be sent to you the day of the event.
Compiled from his original lecture notes, Julian Bond’s Time to Teach brings his invaluable teachings to a new generation of readers and provides a necessary toolkit for today’s activists in the era of Black Lives Matter and #MeToo. Julian Bond sought to dismantle the perception of the civil rights movement as a peaceful and respectable protest that quickly garnered widespread support. Through his lectures, Bond detailed the ground-shaking disruption the movement caused, its immense unpopularity at the time, and the bravery of activists (some very young) who chose to disturb order to pursue justice.
Beginning with the movement’s origins in the early twentieth century, Bond tackles key events such as the Montgomery bus boycott, the Little Rock Nine, Freedom Rides, sit-ins, Mississippi voter registration, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing, the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act, Freedom Summer, and Selma. He explains the youth activism, community ties, and strategizing required to build strenuous and successful movements. With these firsthand accounts of the civil rights movement and original photos from Danny Lyon, Julian Bond’s Time to Teach makes history come alive.
This event is co-hosted by 1977 Books and Pilsen Community Books. You can purchase Julian Bond's Time to Teach from 1977 Books here and Pilsen Community Books here. Thanks for supporting radical independent bookstores and excellent free programming like this event.
Pamela Horowitz (Foreword) was one of the first lawyers hired at the Southern Poverty Law Center. She worked in partnership with her late husband, Julian Bond, in multiple public, private, and academic projects and is involved in several activities honoring his legacy.
Jeanne Theoharis (Introduction) is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She is the author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (NAACP Image Award winner 2014) and A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History (Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for Nonfiction 2018). Jeanne was Julian Bond's student, teaching assistant, and mentee.
Judy Richardson’s Civil Rights Movement experiences have influenced her throughout her life. She was on SNCC staff from 1963-66, in SNCC’s Atlanta National Office, and in Mississippi during 1964 Freedom Summer, and Lowndes County, Alabama; then ran the office for Julian Bond’s successful first campaign for the Georgia House of Representatives. She co-founded Drum & Spear Bookstore (Washington, DC), once the largest African American bookstore in the country and was children’s editor of its publishing house. She was communications director for the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice. Her film work includes numerous documentaries, among them: the 14-hour PBS series Eyes on the Prize (for which she also served as education director); PBS’ Malcolm X: Make It Plain and Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre, History Channel documentaries on slavery, and, orientation films for the National Park Service Visitor Centers: the “Little Rock 9” (AK), and the Selma (AL) sites. With 5 other SNCC women, she co-edited Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, which includes the memoirs of 52 SNCC women (University of Illinois Press). She is also on the Board of the SNCC Legacy Project, and the editorial board of the SNCC/ Duke University website: SNCCdigital.org. She lectures nationally about the Movement, its history and values. In 2021 she will again co-direct an NEH 3-week teacher institute, focused on grassroots organizing. She was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brown University and received an honorary doctorate from Swarthmore College.