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Book Talk with Helen Shiller, the Author of “Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win”
November 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
[Helen Shiller, in Conversation with Teresa Córdova at Great Cities Institute]
Helen Shiller will be coming to the Great Cities Institute to talk about her new autobiography book, “Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win.”
Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win tells the fascinating true story of Helen Shiller, a radical organizer turned independent politician, and her 40-year struggle for justice in Chicago. Helen Shiller went from radical anti-war activist in Wisconsin, to a white ally of the Black Panther Party in Chicago, building community coalitions that led her to ultimately win a seat on the city council, while helping to break the back of the racialized opposition to Harold Washington, Chicago’s first Black mayor. Shiller participated, when few others did, in the historic fight against the gentrification of a unique economically and racially mixed Uptown community on Chicago’s Northside. With insight into community organizing and political battles in Chicago from the 1970s through 2010, this book details the many policy fights and conflicts in Chicago during this time, illuminating recurrent political themes and battles that remain relevant to this day. Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win is a compelling, insightful, must-read for all those struggling for a better world today.