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Reading: Premilla Nadasen’s Care: The Highest Stage of Capitalism


Join historian and activist Premilla Nadasen in conversation with Linda Oalican and Riya Ortiz from Damayan Migrant Workers Association.

Premilla Nadasen’s new book Care: The Highest Stage of Capitalism, is a fiery critique of capitalist care relations and the economic profit extracted from care.

Care traces the history of the care economy and calls for radical alternatives to our exploitative, profit-driven system. By highlighting the activism of low-wage workers, immigrants, and women of color in movements from Wages for Housework, welfare rights, and the Movement for Black Lives, Nadasen uplifts the fight to practice collective care and to envision a more caring, equitable future.

A brilliant interrogation of the exploitative and profit-driven care system in the United States. To fully understand racial capitalism in the 21st century, you have to read this book.

–Barbara Ransby, author of Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 50 max attendees. Please register in advance. 

In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees are encouraged to stay masked at all times.

Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, is located at 876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 157th St., A/C train to 163rd St., and the M4 and M5 to Broadway and 159/160th.


Premilla Nadasen is a professor of history at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she is co-director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women. She is the author of Welfare Warriors and Household Workers Unite.

Linda Oalican is Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Damayan Migrant Workers Association and Riya Ortiz is Executive Director of Damayan Migrant Workers Association.


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Oct 10 2023


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



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Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop
876 Riverside Drive, New York, NY, USA
Word Up Community Bookshop / Librería Comunitaria


Word Up Community Bookshop / Librería Comunitaria
(347) 688-4456

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