Everyday Civics: The Fight to Save the Town

by | Oct 29, 2022 | Culture, Education and Learning

Library hosts reflective conversation with author who featured Josephine County

Grants Pass, October 28, 2022— Community members are invited to a virtual lunch-and-learn reflective conversation from 12–1pm on Friday, November 4 hosted by Josephine Community Library and with urban law expert and author of The Fight to Save the Town, Michelle Wilde Anderson, featuring Josephine County.

The Fight to Save the Town dissects how decades of cuts to local government amidst rising concentrations of poverty have wreaked havoc on communities left behind by the modern economy. In the book, Anderson highlights four blue-collar communities facing poverty across America including:

  1. Stockton, California
  2. Josephine County, Oregon
  3. Lawrence, Massachusetts
  4. Detroit, Michigan 

During this program, Anderson will share research and findings from her book surrounding Josephine County. In a discussion facilitated by Grants Pass & Josephine County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Josie Molloy, community leaders will consider how new generations of local leaders are figuring out how to turn poverty traps back into gateway cities.

This program is offered at no charge and open to the public. Registration is not required, and a library card is not necessary to participate. Community member who are interested in watching the reflective conversation can find the Zoom link on the library’s web calendar at josephinelibrary.org/calendar or by emailing [email protected].

Michelle Wilde Anderson is a professor of property, local government, and environmental justice at Stanford Law School. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Yale Law Journal, and other publications.

The Fight to Save the Town is part of the Everyday Civics series. Everyday Civics provides opportunities to engage people in community civic life through simple activities for all ages.

For more information about library programs and services, visit josephinelibrary.org, email [email protected], or call 541-476-0571. 

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