Leah Hunt-Hendrix & Astra Taylor In Store For Their New Book "Solidarity"


Join us on Tuesday, April 16th at 6pm when LEAH HUNT-HENDRIX (left) and ASTRA TAYLOR (right) come to the store to discuss, and sign copies of their new book Solidarity: The Past, Present, and Future of a World-Changing Idea - which examines solidarity not just as a rallying cry, but as a potent political movement with potential to effect lasting change. Leah and Astra will be joined in conversation by author IAN HANEY LÓPEZ. (Leah's photo by Emily Lambert; Astra's photo by Nye Taylor)

This is a free event, but you must preregister on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating.  Click Here to preorder a copy of Solidarity.

Solidarity is often invoked, but it is rarely analyzed and poorly understood. Here, two leading activists and thinkers survey the past, present, and future of the concept across borders of nation, identity, and class to ask: how can we build solidarity in an era of staggering inequality, polarization, violence, and ecological catastrophe? Offering a lively and lucid history of the idea—from Ancient Rome through the first European and American socialists and labor organizers, to twenty-first century social movements like Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter—Hunt-Hendrix and Taylor trace the philosophical debates and political struggles that have shaped the modern world.

Looking forward, they argue that a clear understanding of how solidarity is built and sustained, and an awareness of how it has been suppressed, is essential to warding off the many crises of our present: right-wing backlash, irreversible climate damage, widespread alienation, loneliness, and despair. Hunt-Hendrix and Taylor insist that solidarity is both a principle and a practice, one that must be cultivated and institutionalized, so that care for the common good becomes the central aim of politics and social life.

LEAH HUNT-HENDRIX was born and raised in New York City. She has a PhD in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Princeton University where she wrote her dissertation on the Ethics of Solidarity. Leah has founded multiple organizations that have impacted the American political landscape. In 2012, she co-founded Solidaire, a national network of philanthropists dedicated to funding progressive movements, and in 2017, she co-founded Way to Win, a network with a similar structure, this time dedicated to electoral strategy. Both organizations are grounded in building solidarity between major donors and grassroots organizing.

ASTRA TAYLOR is cofounder of the Debt Collective, a union of debtors. She is the director of numerous documentaries and the author of The Age of Insecurity: Coming Together as Things Fall Apart, Democracy May Not Exist But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, and The People’s Platform (winner of an American Book Award), among other works. Her writing has appeared in periodicals including The New Yorker, The New York Times, n+1, and The Baffler. She is an advisor to Lux Magazine and is on the editorial board of Hammer & Hope. She was the 2023 CBC Massey Lecturer.

IAN HANEY LÓPEZ teaches and writes about race and law (a.k.a. "critical race theory") at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law as well as a Distinguished Professor, the institution's highest academic rank. He currently focuses on strategic racism in electoral politics and its connection to surging economic inequality. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post, among other places, and his most recent books are Dog Whistle Politics (2014) and also Merge Left: Fusing Race and Class, Winning Elections, and Saving America (2019).


THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:00 pm on April 16th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 5:45 and 6:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Solidarity: The Past, Present, and Future of a World-Changing Idea By Leah Hunt-Hendrix, Astra Taylor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593701249
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Pantheon - March 12th, 2024