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ONNESHA ROYCHOUDHURI discusses her new book THE MARGINALIZED MAJORITY with JENNY YANG

The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America (Melville House)

The Marginalized Majority is an empowering take on living in the United States under the Trump administration, recounting each epic moment in the last year and reworking it to show the power of minority and grassroots organizations—both in our nation’s history and today—despite the clamoring of dissenting pundits. For Roychoudhuri it is evident: to be a true ally, to see true change, we must fight for the rights of our most disenfranchised and never have we been more awake to their needs than now.

Praise for The Marginalized Majority

"The Marginalized Majority is a must-read for anyone who cares about progressive politics. Onnesha Roychoudhuri weaves the personal and the political together expertly; she's written a compelling and brilliant book that will help light the way forward."—Jessica Valenti, author of Sex Object: A Memoir

"We have the numbers, strength, and vision to beat back the resurgent right and set a new people's agenda. But it won't happen until we start telling new stories about change, shedding the tired ones that have silenced and demoralized us. This book is a daring intervention to get us back in the game-- and a witty, delightfully personal meditation on collective power."—Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough and This Changes Everything

“At last, the book we’ve been needing: Onnesha Roychoudhuri elegantly dismantles the myths surrounding identity politics, offering a fresh and clear-eyed vision of democratic renewal. A vital call to action and connection, The Marginalized Majority shows the far-reaching power we can have if we’re bold enough to claim it.”—L.A. Kauffman, author of Direct Action and How to Read a Protest

"For too long, a privileged, pale, male minority have long claimed to speak for America. But as Onnesha Roychoudhuri shows, they are in fact profoundly out of touch with a society that’s increasingly progressive and diverse. This book is a clear-eyed pep talk for those who stand on the brink of despair and a welcome reminder that a new, true majority has the potential to rise up and change the world." —Astra Taylor, author of The People's Platform

"A timely reminder of who shaped American history in its darkest moments-- not the entitled minority, but the marginalized majority. This is a deep meditation on #MeToo, American racism, and the power of truth-tellers, in the company of someone who can shut down a subway bigot by leading a traincar of people in song. Give this book to anyone who could do with a jolt of that kind of creativity, intellect, and joy."—Raj Patel, co-author of A History of the World In Seven Cheap Things

"A powerful discussion about identity politics in an increasingly progressive and diversesociety."—BOOK RIOT

"A stirring defense of ‘identity politics’ and the need to reclaim narratives as well as a powerful account of the transformation of a journalist into an activist ...Combines the reporting chops of an experienced journalist with literary flair and a conversational, common-sense approach that seems far more heartfelt than dogmatic ... persuasive and engaging."—*STARRED* KIRKUS REVIEW

Nominated twice for the legendary Pushcart Prize, Onnesha Roychoudhuri is a writer and educator, who has written for Rolling Stone, n+1, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Boston Review, The Nation, Salon, Mother Jones, and many more. For the majority of her career, Roychoudhuri upheld the idea that true journalistic integrity came from an unfaltering objectivity, with the journalist’s own perspective resolutely outside of the action. But after Trump’s win it became clear that a reporter’s work was needed on the streets, too. The Marginalized Majority is her reckoning with this new way of viewing journalism and activism, together. 

Photo by Edward Menashy

Jenny Yang is a former labor organizer turned standup comedian, writer and actor. She produces the Disoriented Comedy tour and The Comedy Comedy Festival. In 2016, President Obama honored her as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership in Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781612196992
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Published: Melville House - July 10th, 2018