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Standing up to the Madness

May 10, 2008
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Plymouth Congregational Church
4010 Kalamazoo SE
Grand Rapids, MI United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Thanks to the efforts of Media mouse, our local independent news source – we are pleased to welcome award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of the daily, grassroots, global, radio/TV news hour Democracy Now! to Grand Rapids. She’ll be joined by political activist and author Jim Hightower, a co-presenter at the Michigan Policy Summit. Goodman is on a national speaking tour to mark DN!’s 12th anniversary and launch her third book with journalist David Goodman, Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times. Their book explores how grassroots activists have taken politics out of the hands of politicians and tells the stories of everyday citizens who have challenged the government and prevailed.

This event is a fundraiser for the local left and progressive independent news website Mediamouse.org. Mediamouse.org provides news, analysis, and commentary covering Grand Rapids, Michigan and beyond to inspire grassroots activism to transform our community, our lives, and our world.

About Standing Up to the Madness

Standing Up to the Madness not only is a timely, inspiring, and even revolutionary look at who wields the greatest power in America–everyday people who take a chance and stand up for what they believe in–but also offers advice on what you can do to help.

Where are the millions marching in the streets to defend human rights, civil liberties, and racial justice? Where is the mass revulsion against the killing and torture being carried out in our name? Where are the environmentalists? Where is the peace movement?

The answer: They are everywhere.

The award-winning sister-brother team of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, and investigative journalist David Goodman traveled the country to detail the ways in which grassroots activists have taken politics out of the hands of politicians. Standing Up to the Madness tells the stories of everyday citizens who have challenged the government and prevailed.

Doors open at 6:00pm, Goodman speaks at 7:00pm.

Copies of the Standing up to the Madness will be available for purchase at the event. Following the lecture there will be a book signing.

About Amy Goodman

Host and Producer, Democracy Now!

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 650 TV and radio stations in North America. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its “Pick of the Podcasts,” along with NBC’s Meet the Press. Goodman is the co-author with her brother, journalist David Goodman, of Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times, due out in April, 2008, along with two New York Times bestsellers, Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back (2006) and The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them (2004). She writes a weekly column (also produced as an audio podcast) syndicated by King Features, for which she was recognized in 2007 with the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Reporting. Goodman is the winner of the 2007 Gracie Award for Individual Achievement for a Public Broadcasting Host, from the American Women in Radio and Television, and is a 2007 honoree with the Paley Center/Museum of Television and Radio’s She Made It Collection, which “celebrates the achievements and preserves the legacy of great women writers, directors, producers, journalists, sportscasters, and executives.” Her daily reporting and groundbreaking work from Nigeria and East Timor has won numerous awards, including the George Polk Award, Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award. She has also received awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Project Censored.