Books CREDO recommends: Summer 2017 edition

The dog days of summer are in full swing, but the attacks on the middle class and the country’s most vulnerable by the Trump administration continue in full force. Here at CREDO, we’re not letting the summer heat keep us from fighting back the attacks — and we hope it won’t stop you, either. Here are two great books of the resistance that we’d like to recommend you add to your summer reading list to help keep up the fight, too.

“This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class” by Senator Elizabeth Warren

While the middle class has been shrinking for decades and income inequality continues to soar, hardworking Americans struggle everyday to make ends meet as they watch as Donald Trump and right-wing politicians in Washington slash our social safety net to hand out massive tax breaks to the country’s richest.

As the poor and middle class are hammered by an unfair system, progressive champion Senator Elizabeth Warren offers hope and practical solutions to reverse the dwindling middle class in her New York Times bestseller, “This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class” Using personal stories as a framework — from her upbringing taking advantage of social programs that grew the once-thriving middle class to the critical battles she has waged in the Senate to protect and strengthen the middle class — Senator Warren takes to task the extreme conservative politicians who began dismantling the middle class 30 years ago with so-called “trickle-down economics” and offers a plan of action to rebuild it in the age of Trump.

Written in her trademark practical, no-nonsense style, this thought-provoking book is a powerful and important insight into Senator Warren’s ideas to protect the economic security of everyday Americans, shrink the gap between the rich and poor and ensure progressives continue fighting no matter what in the face of a corrupt and incompetent administration.

“The Resistance Handbook: 45 Ways to Fight Trump” by Michael Huttner and Markos Moulitsas

When disgruntled Donald Trump supporters spam your Amazon book listing with one-star ratings and angry, incoherent fake reviews, you know you’re doing something right.

The Resistance Handbook: 45 Ways to Fight Trump,” the newest book by Michael Huttner, founder of ProgressNow, and Markos Moulitsas, founder and publisher of the progressive site Daily Kos, lays out specific steps for anyone looking to become actively involved in the resistance to Trump and his dangerous agenda.

With simple, actionable steps, “The Resistance Handbook” provides you with specific and meaningful ways to engage with elected officials and in one’s community to stop the Trump administration’s racist, sexist, homophobic attacks on vulnerable communities while building a strong political movement to get out the vote and defeat Trump and right-wing extremists in the next election.

If you’ve been asking yourself, “What more can I do to stop Trump?”, then this is a helpful guide for you.