Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Contribute to a Progressive-Themed Essay Collection

By Maryann Yin 

What We Do Now Essays (GalleyCat)Melville House announced plans to publish an essay collection entitled What We Do Now: Standing Up For Your Values in Trump’s America. The book will feature manifestos by liberal-minded political figures, famous journalists, and the heads of progressive organizations.

Valerie Merians, the co-publisher of the company, gave this statement in the press release: “Donald Trump ran a campaign based on hate. We know that his vision of the country is not shared by a majority of Americans. Our hope is that this book will galvanize, and provide a roadmap to, the millions of Americans who want to fight back by standing up for their values.”

Both Merians and Dennis Johnson, the co-publisher, served as the editors of this project. Some of the notable contributors include Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, and feminist icon Gloria Steinem. Below, we’ve posted the full list of writers. The publication date has been scheduled for January 17, 2017.

What We Do Now Contributors

  1. Cornell William Brooks, the CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  2. Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club
  3. Rea Carey, the executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force
  4. David Cole, the national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  5. Dave Eggers, an award-winning writer and the founder of McSweeney’s Publishing
  6. Ilyse Hogue, the president of the NARAL Pro-Choice America
  7. Cristina Jimenez, the co-founder of United We Dream
  8. M. Dove Kent, the executive director of Jews For Racial & Economic Justice
  9. Mara Keisling, the founder of the National Center for Transgender Equality
  10. Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, a spiritual leader who serves the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
  11. Paul Krugman, a Nobel Laureate and a columnist for The New York Times
  12. George Lakoff, a cognitive linguist
  13. Allan Lichtman, a historian and professor at American University
  14. John R. MacArthur, the publisher of Harper’s Magazine
  15. Bill McKibben, the co-founder of
  16. Ilhan Omar, a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
  17. Brittany Packnett, the co-founder of Campaign Zero and the vice president of national community alliances for Teach For America
  18. Robert B. Reich, a former Secretary of Labor who served in the cabinet of President Bill Clinton
  19. Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  20. Bernie Sanders, a United States Senator who represents the state of Vermont
  21. George Saunders, an author
  22. Linda Sarsour, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York
  23. Gloria Steinem, an advocate for women’s rights and the founder of Ms. magazine
  24. Trevor Timm, the co-founder of the Freedom of the Press Foundation
  25. Nato Thompson, the chief curator of Creative Time
  26. Katrina vanden Heuvel, the publisher of The Nation
  27. Elizabeth Warren, a United States Senator who represents the state of Massachusetts