Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures

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Learn more about the launch of the new Activist Class Cultures online kit, inspired by Missing Class.

“Brilliant, fascinating, and incredibly readable…”

Thom Hartmann

“Betsy Leondar-Wright can always be counted upon to raise class from the mist of myth in US society. She reaffirms the critical need for a class framework in understanding the fundamental political, economic and social inequities of our time,

Bill Fletcher Jr.

About Missing Class

Compellingly written for both activists and social scientists, Missing Class describes class differences in paths to activism, attitudes towards leadership, methods of conflict resolution, ways of using language, diversity practices, use of humor, methods of recruiting, and group process preferences.

Too often, we miss class. Missing Class makes a persuasive case that seeing class culture differences could enable activists to strengthen their own groups and build more durable cross-class alliances for social justice. More about the Book

“Eye-opening and insightful, this book provides a new way forward.”
-Matthew Rothschild, Senior Editor, The Progressive Magazine

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About the Author

Betsy author headshot colorBetsy Leondar-Wright grew up in an upper-middle-class family in a mixed-class New Jersey suburb. A long-time activist for economic justice, she was the Communications Director for nine years at United for a Fair Economy,where she co-authored “The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the US Racial Wealth Divide” (2006). Since writing the book “Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists” (2005), Betsy has led more than 100 workshops all over the US on classism, cross-class alliance building, and economic inequality. Betsy is the  Chair of the Board at Class Action and is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts.


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Interested in a Missing Class Workshop or Author Talk?

Betsy has been traveling throughout the US to share Missing Class. If you are interested in hosting a workshop or talk, email missingclass@classism.org