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Reading & Discussing
The War on California: Defeating Oil, Oligarchs and the New Tyranny
Thursday, September 7th at 7 p.m.
One of the most important conflicts of the twenty-first century is fought daily within the California Legislature: the ultra-hazards of fossil fuels. As one of the world's largest economies, the outcome is crucial for the role of democracy and the future of the planet. For more than two decades as a senior adviser to the Legislature, Bruce Jennings has gained firsthand experience in this trench warfare between public and private interests.
The arc of these stories centers on a diverse group of advocates and whether they can overcome an entrenched corporate lobby to address the disasters of a changing climate before it is too late. Make no mistake-these accounts describe dark money, covertly fashioned laws, sudden betrayals, and surprising victories. Weaving together a history spanning decades, Jennings takes the reader on a political tour inaccessible to most readers.
About the Author:
Bruce H. Jennings is the author The War on California: Defeating Oil, Oligarchs and the New Tyranny, a narrative non-fiction based on his many years of service in the California Legislature. He is also a candidate to become a board member for one of the worldʻs largest public pension funds, the California Public Employeesʻ Retirement System (CalPERS). His episodic blogging can be found at Calpolitico (calpolitico.blogspot.com).
Bruce H. Jennings was born in Oakland, California. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley and received his doctorate in Political Science at the University of Hawai’i. Bruce is a former member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers.
Bruce has taught at several institutions, including the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Montana, and the Evergreen State College. He has delivered lectures at the Universidad Autonoma de Chapingo (Mexico) and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Bruce’s research includes several appointments as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley and as a Fulbright Scholar conducting research on the North American Free Trade Agreement in Mexico.
Bruce retired in 2009 as staff to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee after having served as one of the senior advisers to the California Legislature on environmental policy over the course of two decades. He began his career as a Senate Fellow in 1984 and has served as a senior consultant to the Senate Office of Research as well as the chief of staff to the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials.
This event is FREE and everyone is invited.