Author Onnesha Roychoudhuri in discussion with Philly organizers Hannah Sassaman and Malcolm Harris
"This book is a daring intervention to get us back in the game — and a witty, delightfully personal meditation on collective power.”
-Naomi Klein, author of No is Not Enough and This Changes Everything
Ever since the 2016 election, pundits have been saying our country has never been more divided — that if progressives want to reclaim power, we need to be “pragmatic,” reach across the aisle, and look past identity politics.
But what if we’re getting the story all wrong?
In The Marginalized Majority, Onnesha Roychoudhuri makes the galvanizing case that our voices are already the majority — and that our plurality of identities is not only our greatest strength, but is also at the indisputable core of successful progressive change throughout history.
From the Civil Rights Movement to the Women’s March, Saturday Night Live to the mainstream media, Roychoudhuri holds the myths about our disenfranchisement up to the light, illuminating narratives from history that reveal we have far more power than we’re often led to believe. With both clear-eyed hope and electrifying power, she examines our ideas about what’s possible, and what’s necessary — opening up space for action, new realities, and, ultimately, survival.
Now, Roychoudhuri urges us, is the time to fight like the majority we already are.
Onnesha Roychoudhuri is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and educator. Her work has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, n+1, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Boston Review, The Nation, The American Prospect, Salon, and Mother Jones. She is the co-founder of Speech/Act, and organization working at the intersection of storytelling and social justice.
Hannah Sassaman is a nationally recognized organizer for media justice and Policy Director at Media Mobilizing Project. As the Campaign Director at the Prometheus Radio Project, Hannah helped lead the grassroots organizing and legislative strategy that resulted in the passage of the Local Community Radio Act – a bill that opened up the FM dial to thousands more community radio stations nationwide. Hannah leads the CAP Comcast campaign – focused on holding Comcast accountable to poor and working people in Philadelphia and beyond. Hannah is also a member of the Board of Directors of Allied Media Projects and at Fight for the Future.
Malcolm Harris is the author of Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials. He is a freelance writer and an editor at The New Inquiry. His work has appeared in the New Republic, Pacific Standard, Bookforum, the Village Voice, n+1, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Philadelphia.