November 1, 2:30 pm Author Talk: Joe Solmonese, The Gift of Anger
Under Joe Solmonese’s leadership, the Human Rights Campaign became the model other organizations look toward to create effective social and political change. Against daunting odds, HRC was instrumental in passing landmark national legislation such as the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act; repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”; and passing marriage equality acts in eight states. How did Solmonese and HRC do it?
What Solmonese reveals in this book is that for him, the key to success was learning to harness his anger. Essentially it’s just a form of energy. Channeled, it can keep you moving forward on a long journey. But uncontrolled, it can blow everything up.
Solmonese is a founding partner of Galvin/Solmonese, a consulting and strategic planning firm in Washington D.C. He will talk about the journey through the legislative process and life as an activist in Washington, D.C