We’ve Got People!

We’ve Got People!

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“Just a quick word on why the Patriotic Millionaires decided to have a super fun party in the summer at a great venue – which is reason enough to celebrate journalists like Ryan who is doing such important work everyday,” said Erica Payne at a book party in honor of Ryan Grim for  We’ve Got People at Gaslight Tavern in Washington, DC.   “In this specific book, he talks about the tension between the people who are driving an agenda and the corporate piece of our American political system as brought to life in the Democratic Party in some unfortunate ways.”

Erica Payne

Erica is President of Patriotic Millionaires: “Proud ‘traitors to their class,’ members of the Patriotic Millionaires are high-net worth Americans, business leaders and investors who are united in their concern about the destabilizing concentration of wealth and power in America. The mission of The Patriotic Millionaires organization is to build a more stable, prosperous, and inclusive nation by promoting public policies based on the “first principles” of equal political representation, a guaranteed living wage for all working citizens, and a fair tax system.”  “Having Ryan write a book like this helps bring to life what the real energy behind progress in this country is – just a great, amazing gift to our work  into the work of so many people in this room,” added Payne.

Osita Nwanevu, a staff writer at The New Yorker, says that Grim’s We’ve Got People is a splendid and long-overdue history of the modern Democratic Party offering vital context for this pivotal moment in liberal and left politics.” Author Naomi Klein adds: “If you’ve been reading Ryan Grim’s consistently groundbreaking reporting over the past decade, the recent monumental shift in our politics came as little surprise. For anybody who wants to understand where we’ve been and where we’re going, We’ve Got People is an essential read.” Grim is The Intercept’s Washington bureau chief. He previously headed the DC bureau for The Huffington Post, leading a team that was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, winning once. The author of This Is Your Country On Drugs, this is his second book.

Ryan Grim

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“Thank you to everybody here for coming out because I think at least half of you have been on the receiving end of negative stories. At least half of those people have deserved it. You’re out here anyway and I greatly appreciate it and I appreciate everybody who’s in the fight.”

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