Renown DC activist/blogger (afterdowningstreet.com) and author David Swanson will be at Powell's/Burnside (W. Burnside & 10th) Wednesday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m. to talk about his new book on how Americans can wrest imperial power from presidents like George Bush and Barack Obama and build some spine in those serving in Congress to take back their Constitutional responsibilities.
It's called "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He is on a 50-city national book tour.
Daybreak details the powers stripped from Congress by the White House under the Bush Administration, now followed by the Obama Administration and what it will take for a permanent return of those powers. The main thrust is how Americans can embellish our rights, create democratic representation in Congress, and make presidents into executives rather than emperors.
Swanson is co-founder of the Afterdowningstreet.org website, creator of ProsecuteBushCheney.org, as well as the Washington director of Democrats.com, and a board member of the Progressive Democrats for America. He served as press secretary for Dennis Kucinich's 2004 presidential campaign and has been a leading voice for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney and their prosecution for war crimes.
He's also been an enthusiastic supporter of Portland activism, carrying posts about what progressives have done since the co-founding of his popular national website. That includes the work of two local spot-news videographers: Jim Lockhart's YouTube of the December 2 downtown evening rush-hour demonstration against the Afghanistan escalation and against Obama; Joe Anybody's regular coverage these past two years of activists led by Joe Walsh in picketing Rep. Earl Blumenauer's Portland office and, currently, the 9th Court of Appeals to impeach its judge Jay Bybee for his memo approving torture by the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Swanson's always-current news website is at: http://www.afterdowningstreet.org .
He has been a newspaper reporter and communications director, media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association, and for three years was the communications coordinator for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).
He's also served in such organizations as the Backbone Campaign, Voters for Peace, the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution, and was a convenor of the legislative working group of United for Peace and Justice, chair of its working group on Accountability and Prosecution, and member of the Robert Jackson Steering Committee.
He holds a MA in philosophy from the University of Virginia.
Swanson's book tour also includes Newport's Canyon Way Bookstore, 1216 Canyon Way, on January 7, 5:30 p.m. and Corvallis's Unitarian Universalist hall, 2945 NW Circle, January 8, 7 p.m.
Info: Powell's, 503-228-4651. Or contact: www.davidswanson.org.Or www.sevenstgories.com.