Author Talk: Cedar Monroe

sat30mar4:00 pmsat6:00 pmAuthor Talk: Cedar MonroeFREE! Orca Books Co-op, 315 5th Ave SE, Olympia

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Cedar Monroe, author of Trash: A Poor White Journey, will be at the Orca Books Co-op in Olympia Saturday, March 30th, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. for a reading, Q&A, and signing. Copies will be available on-site or available for pre-order beforehand.

Every day across the U.S., 66 million poor white people pay the price for failing whiteness. In this sweeping debut, activist and chaplain Cedar Monroe introduces us to the poor and unhoused of a small town in Washington who grapple with desperation, a collapsing economy, and their own racism. Trash asks us to see anew the peril in which poor white people live. Can those deemed “trash” join the resistance to the system that is killing us all?

Monroe is an author, activist, and chaplain. They worked for over a decade as an interfaith chaplain to people experiencing homelessness, incarceration, and addiction. Raised in a rural community in a poor white family, they had a front row seat to the fall of extractive industries and the rise of white Christian nationalism.

Monroe has invested much of their work into understanding those communities, the dangers of white nationalism, and paths toward cross racial organizing for change. They are committed to finding paths of solidarity across race to end poverty and the systems that create it. They are also committed to finding paths of real healing for their people, in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, and in supporting the ultimate sovereignty of Indigenous people on this continent.

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