Can We Defeat Dog Whistle Politics?

A discussion with Ian Haney López on the evolution of dog whistle politics and his latest book, Merge Left. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka introduced the event and Nakisha M. Lewis and Fred Redmond moderated the discussion.
September 25, 2019

815 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20006



Richard L. Trumka, @RichardTrumka
President, AFL-CIO


Ian Haney López, @IanHaneyLopez
Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, University of California, Berkeley

Fred Redmond, @steelworkers
International Vice President, United Steelworkers (USW)

Nakisha M. Lewis, @NakLew
Director of Civil, Human and Women's Rights, AFL-CIO 


For the last half-century, Big Business has bankrolled politicians who use racist dog whistles to break worker solidarity, demonize communities of color and poison democracy. Now, with the most consequential election in modern American history looming, there’s some good news. Extensive research suggests it’s possible to defang the dog whistles and to build popular support for bold progressive agendas. Drawing on the race-class narrative research project he co-founded, Haney López explains how dog whistling has evolved under President Trump, as well as how to beat it. President Trumka says of this new book, “Read Merge Left. The unity that makes the labor movement unbeatable requires genuine cross-racial solidarity.”

An #IdeasAtWork event. 
Space is extremely limited. RSVP required.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed.