Paul Street will read from and sign copies of his latest book They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy at The Open University of the Left in Chicago, Illinois (Lincoln Park Branch Public Library, 1150 W. Fullerton Ave.) on Saturday, November 15th (2pm)

Paul Street will read from and sign copies of his latest book They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy at Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative in Madison, Wisconsin (426 W. Gilman Street, right off State Street downtown) on Monday, November 17th (6 pm). 

Street will take questions on his book and the issues it raises on the Firedoglake Book Salon on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 at 2pm Pacific time/1 pm Mountain time/12 Noon Central (Chicago) time/11AM Eastern time. 


Paul Street will read from his new book They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014


15 South Dubuque St.

Iowa City, IA


Paul Street, “American Plutocracy and Prospects for Real Democracy”
Democracy for the USA
2014 Democracy Forum
1000 M. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL,
Saturday April 5, 2014, 1:30-2:30 pm

Paul Street, “Racial Blindness in the Age of Obama,” 
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Student Union, Fireside Lounge
February 14, 2014

Paul Street: “Why I am an Eco-socialist”
December 14, 2013, Saturday, 2:30 pm
Open University of the Left
Lincoln Park Public Library
1150 W. Fullerton, Chicago
Corner Racine Ave., across from DePaul University
(Red Line: Fullerton)


Street will speak on three different panels* at The Left Forum at Pace University in New York City’s lower Manhattan  over the course of the weekend of June 8-9, 2013. For Directions to Left Forum see

*The Green-Red New Deal: Capitalism, Climate Catastrophe, and the Alternative

Session 1 Room: W510 The Green-Red New Deal: Capitalism, Climate Catastrophe, and the Alternative Sat June 8, 2013 10:00am

 *The Marginalized Left: Lessons from Past and Recent Histories

Session 4 Room: E316 Sat, June 8, 2013, 05:30pm – 07:10pm

Black Politics at the Tail End of Obama

Session 5 Room: W612 Black Politics at the Tail End of Obama – and Beyond Sun, June 9, 2013, 10:00am


Street will speak in Chicago this coming Saturday, December 1st, 2012.

”Paul Street: Elections 2012 and the Prospects for a Decent Future: A Left Perspective”

December 1, Saturday, 2:30 pm

Open University of the Left

Lincoln Park Public Library

1150 W. Fullerton, Chicago Corner Racine Ave., across from DePaul University (Red Line: Fullerton)



Grinnell, Iowa – Grinnell College

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Joe Rosenfield Center – Grinnell College
Come hear Dr. Paul L. Street speak on campus Tuesday, October 30th at 8pm in JRC 101!Dr. Street will address a question that is on many people’s minds during election season: What is and what isn’t at stake in the 2012 elections. He will speak about corporate influence in politics, what domestic and foreign policy we can expect to see after Election Day, and ways to build social movements independent of electoral politics. Dr. Street’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Anti-Oppression Peer Education Network,…

the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights, and the American Studies Concentration at Grinnell.



Chicago, Illinois – May 18, 2012

Speaking Appearance on 2012 NATO Summit and Mass Media

Paul Street is speaking (along with three others) this Friday (May 18, 2012) in Chicago on corporate-imperial mass media and its coverage of NATO Summit – information belowNational Writers Union Press Advisory
Contact: Kim Scipes, Chapter Chair

 Journalists to Discuss Media Coverage of NATO Meetings in Chicago

The Chicago Chapter of the National Writers Union, UAW #1981, AFL-CIO, is convening a public forum to discuss the media coverage of the NATO Meetings to be held in Chicago on May 20-21, 2012.

The forum, “Journalistic Coverage of the NATO Meetings in Chicago: A Professional Overview,” will take place on Friday, May 18, from 6:30-8:30 pm. The event will take place at Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W. Armitage Avenue (near Kimball) in Chicago.

There will be four panelists speaking, with Q & A to follow. The panelists are:

• Chris Geovanis is co-founder of HammerHard Media Works in Chicago, a worker-run non-profit collective of media professionals and activists committed to media advocacy, skills-sharing and movement-building in partnership with grassroots progressive groups, and she is a long-time activist and leader in the alternative media world of Chicago. Collective members have worked on issues that range from rank-and-file trade union democracy and immigrant rights to Palestinian solidarity and police brutality. Active projects today include tactical and public relations planning in projects revolving around police brutality, anti-war initiatives, and media access issues.

• Jon Hilkevitch: the Chicago Tribune’s transportation reporter since 1997. He is a 33-year Tribune veteran, and previously worked for the newspaper as a local reporter and an editor on the National and Foreign desks, as well as in Washington. In 2001, a team of Tribune reporters co-led by Hilkevitch was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism for their series “Gateway to Gridlock,” which chronicled the capacity crisis confronting the airline industry and the nation’s commercial airports.

• Paul Street, Ph.D.: Author of six books—including two acclaimed books on Barack Obama, and co-author with Dr. Anthony DiMaggio of a 2011 book on the Tea Party—Dr. Street is a widely-published journalist on urban and political affairs. Street has a doctorate in U.S. History at Binghamton University and has taught at numerous colleges and universities in and around Chicago. Street was the Director of Research and Vice President for Research and Planning at The Chicago Urban League from 2000 to 2005. Street is currently an independent policy researcher, historian, journalist, activist, political commentator, and speaker based in Chicago, Illinois and Iowa City, Iowa.

• Stan West is a former foreign correspondent for the San Francisco-based Pacific News Service, and remains a working journalist, reporting for the Wednesday Journal. A documentarian who co-coordinates the Oak Park International Film Festival, West has written and co-authored several nonfiction books. He also teaches writing, television and first-year seminar at Columbia College Chicago.

Moderator is Karen Ford, Third Vice President of the National Writers Union, and Treasurer, Chicago Chapter.

The entrance fee of $10.00 includes both the panel discussion and admission to hear the slated live music that night, Nick and the Ovorols. Light snacks will be provided.

Rosa’s Lounge is considered “The Friendliest Blues Lounge in Chicago.” Check it out at There is street parking in the vicinity, with no charges after 9:00 pm

Rosa’s Lounge is a family owned and operated blues club, since 1984, on Chicago’s Near Northwest Side.


Paul Street will speak against class injustice and eco-cide on Tuesday May 1, 2012 at College Green Park in Iowa City, IA at 11 AM.  College Green Park address and directions:

Speech in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street movement on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at

Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics (2011) Book Tour: 

September 17, 2011: Chicago, IL, Open University of the Left (Lincoln Park Library, 230 pm)

September 18, 2011: Madison, WI (Rainbow Books), 2 pm,

September 27, 2011: Bloomington, IN (Boxcar Books), 7pm

September 29, 2011, Milwaukee, WI (People’s Book Cooperative), 7pm

October 4, 2011: New York City (Bluestockings Books), 7 pm

November 2, 2011: Chicago, IL (57th Street Books), 6pm

November 6, 2011: Third Unitarian Church, West Side of Chicago, 10 AM (

November 7, 2011: Iowa City, IA (Prairie Lights Books), 7 pm


Sunday, Setember 18, 2 pm, Madison, Wisconsin. Book talk and signing for Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics (co-authored with Anthony DiMaggio). Rainbow Book Cooperative,  426 W. Gilman St. just off state:

Saturday, September 17, 2011, 2:30 pm, Chicago, Illinois  Book Talk and SigningPaul Street & Anthony DiMaggio—Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics. Open University of the Left/Lincoln Park Public Library/1150 W. Fullerton, Chicago,
Corner Racine Ave., across from DePaul University/(Red Line: Fullerton)

April 4, 2011, Iowa City, IA Ped Mall, 5:30 PM:  Paul Street speaks on the 43rd anniversary of the assassination/execution of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the struggle for for workers’ rights and social justice today

Marh 19, 2011: Paul Street is speaking alongside panelists Lance Selfa (of and International Socialist Review), Glen Ford (Executive Director Black Agenda Report), and Pam Chamberlain of Political Research Associates in a Left Forum panel on “Understanding and Responding to the Tea Party Threat” at Pace University in lower Manhattan (NYC) at 10 AM, Room E308. Here is a brief description of key panel questions from the Left Forum Web site:   Popular Resentment Abhors a Left Vacuum: Understanding and Responding to the Tea Party Threat” will examine a number of interrelated questions: * How do we explain the resurgence of the US Right, reflected in the rise and triumph of the Tea Party phenomenon in 2009 and 2010 and in the 2010 mid-term elections? * How should we understand “the Tea Party” as a social and political phenomenon? Is it really a grassroots, independent and anti-establishment popular movement (as it has been portrayed in dominant mass media)? Is it a racist development? Militarist? Proto-fascist? * What role have corporate and political elites and corporate media played in the rise of the Tea Party phenomenon? * How severe is the threat to democracy, social justice, and livable ecology posed by the Tea Party? What are the future prospects of the Tea Party? * How should left progressives respond to the Tea Party phenomenon and the broader threat posed by the resurgent right in the Age of Obama?” I will draw many of my comments from my new book (co-authored with Anthony DiMaggio): Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics

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