Amy Siskind "The List" Reading & Book Signing July 19th @6:30pm
East End Books Ptown welcomes Amy Siskind to Provincetown for an engaging conversation & book signing on Thursday July 19th at 6 pm. Amy's important new book, The List" takes a close look at the damage Donald Trump is causing to our Democracy and gives us the tools to fight back.
In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump’s election as president, Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street executive and President and Co-founder of The New Agenda, began compiling a list of actions taken by the Trump regime that pose a threat to our democratic norms. Under the headline “Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember” Siskind’s “Weekly List” began as a project she shared with friends, containing less than ten items, but it soon went viral, and now has more than half a million viewers and upwards of one hundred entries each week.
Even as the The Weekly List grew in size, the themes remained consistent: Trump fanned the flames of hate, worked to silence dissent and intimidate the opposition, and alienated our world allies and cozied up to authoritarians. “The Weekly List” is now being archived by the Library of Congress.
Compiled in one volume for the first time, The List is a first draft history and a comprehensive accounting of Donald Trump’s first year. Beginning with Trump’s acceptance of white supremacists the week after the election and concluding a year to the day later, we watch as Trump and his regime chips away at the rights and protections of marginalized communities, of women, of us all, via Twitter storms, unchecked executive action, and shifting rules and standards. The List chronicles not only the scandals that made headlines, but, just as important, the myriad smaller but still consequential unprecedented acts that otherwise fall through cracks. It is this granular detail that makes The List such a powerful and important book.
Two days after Trump’s inauguration the term “alternative facts” was used on national television. The List is the very opposite of “fake news;” it is a must-have guide to what we as a country have lost in the wake of Trump’s election, and will help us trace our way back to normal when the Trump regime is over.
Amy Siskind is a national spokesperson, writer and expert on helping women and girls advance and succeed. A former Wall Street executive, she’s President and Co-founder of The New Agenda, a national organization working on issues including economic independence and advancement, gender representation and bias, and campus sexual assault. She is a frequent source for the national press, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
"Amy Siskind's The List is a document of how, millimeter by millimeter, truth, democracy, and the rule of law, WERE beaten down. Not a few fought back—including Siskind. The act of remembering, of not losing one's bearings, is itself a form of resistance that matters, and this book is a testament to that strategy." —Rebecca Solnit, author of The Mother of All Questions
“Someday The List will be used as a high school history text book and those students are going to think "What the F@#$." Honestly, I think that too”—Samantha Bee
“The List reminds us Trump is not normal, and he’s imposing incalculable harm on America. Not only must he be resisted, but we must never again allow our democracy to be imperiled by a demagogue. Our first line of defense is knowledge of what he's doing to America and the world. Here it is.” —Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor