State of Resistance

State of Resistance

What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future

Manuel Pastor


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Nationally known public intellectual: His first trade book on an upbeat story that’s of national interest

Growing platform: 3600 Twitter followers, head of two centers at USC that each have about 1k followers, and Pastor writes a few times each year at HuffPo.

Timeliness: California is increasingly in the news as a trendsetter: governor has vowed to stand up to Trump and protect the state’s residents; author is uniquely positioned to offer insight on a wide range of issues about the state.

Opportunities: Pastor regularly speaks at academic and issue-based (immigration, labor, environment) conferences; the post-election period will provide lots of opportunities for author to develop mainstream audiences around his areas of expertise: demographic shifts, environmental and labor policies, etc.

Affiliations: Book is funded by the Kellogg foundation; author is on the board of PolicyLink, Center for Community Change

Publicity: We will hire a dedicated outside publicist

Materials: Book is expertly researched and includes a number of eye-opening charts and graphs

[[Links to videos of author: 60 Second Seminar; Movement Building for the Next America]]