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Tom Wetzel @ Green Arcade (In-Person Event)

July 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

ID: Graphic features the front cover of Overcoming Capitalism: Strategy for the Working Class in the 21st Century by Tom Wetzel. Text reads, "Author Event Overcoming Capitalism: Strategy for the Working Class in the 21st Century in conversation with Tom Wetzel, James Tracy, and Leslie Leyba. Sun. July 10 | 5PM Green Arcade 1680 Market Street @ Gough San Francisco, CA 94102"
Sunday, July 10th @ 5PM | Green Arcade 1680 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

On Sunday, July 10th at 5PM, join author Tom Wetzel in conversation with James Tracy and Leslie Leyba where they will discuss Overcoming Capitalism: Strategy for the Working Class in the 21st Century at Green Arcade in San Francisco! Registration is not required, and we hope to see you there!

Overcoming Capitalism
 is a book about strategy, particularly how the powerless can get the upper hand. And it’s written for everyone—not a specialized, self-selected audience. Tom Wetzel carefully explains how capitalism works and how the structure is stacked against us with an eye toward where power lies and how we can tip the scales.

The book is a twenty-first century reworking of the approach to unionism. The United States has a dramatic history of workers organizing on the job. In the last seventy odd years labor organizations have made peace with owners, and wages, various protections, and safety has diminished. All during an era that, despite its ups and downs, has been extremely profitable for the ownership class. Wetzel provides a solution to that failure by showing how a democratic outcome can be built into the method of struggle for social change, giving working people the means to ensure they will end up in control of the labor process and will build a from-the-bottom-up ecosocialism. But this isn’t the old white-guy-in-a-hard-hat unionism of the previous century. The working class has changed. Life under capitalism has changed. How we think about unionism must also change. While the political and capitalist class wring their hands over the environmental crisis and economic inequality we can see the immediate appeal of a union movement with an expanded mission to wrest control from the wealthy and powerful before they cost-shift us into extinction.

Tom Wetzel has written on labor history, worker struggles, libertarian socialist ideas, and housing struggles since the 1970s. He has been published by ZNet and ROAR Magazine and is a former editor of the anarcho-syndicalist magazine ideas & action, where many of his essays were published. He resides in Hayward, CA.

James Tracy is a well-respected community organizer in the Bay Area. He is co-founder of the San Francisco Community Land Trust (which uses public and private money to buy up housing stock and take it out of the real estate market), as well as a poet and co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power.

Leslie Leyba is a worker-owner of Rainbow Grocery Co-op and member of USFWC Speakers Bureau.


Green Arcade
1680 Market Street @ Gough
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
(415) 431-6800


Green Arcade
(415) 431-6800