The East Anchorage Book Club is a bipartisan discussion group and community seminar for all Anchorage residents who have a desire to be more connected to local politics and community issues. Our group is meant for sharing ideas and engaging in meaningful discussion with our neighbors and local leaders, and we follow a structured format around themed meetings. This includes a speaker series where we welcome local experts and community leaders to share on certain topics. Please see below for a list of past speakers and future scheduled events.
All East Anchorage Book Club meetings are held virtually on Zoom from 6-7 p.m. on Monday evenings. Meetings are not recorded. Interested in tuning in? Sign up below.
Executive Director of Alaskans for Better Elections and former member of the Alaska House of Representatives, Jason Grenn, joins us to discuss ranked choice voting.
Author of "Politics is for Power" and Tufts University Political Science Professor Eitan Hersh discusses the importance of being politically active on a local level and how to be most effective.
Anchorage School District Board President Margo Bellamy discusses ASD issues with a focus on racial equity; joined by Assembly Member Meg Zaletel
Co-founders of local organization Growing Alaska Leaders (GALs) Kim King Jones and Sara Dykstra discuss the dos and don't of creating and running a local political organization.
Former Assembly Member, AFL-CIO President, and "Defend our Constitution" co-chair Joelle Hall discusses how to support unions in Alaska and why she opposes a constitutional convention; joined by Assembly Member Felix Rivera.
State House Rep. Ivy Spohnholz discusses the 2022 Legislative Session and how to influence the legislative process; joined by Assembly Member Suzanne LaFrance
Rev. Matt Schultz and Rabbi Abram Goodstein, local faith leaders and co-hosts of the 'What Divines Us' podcast, discuss the secularization of the American Left and its political consequences.
Jonathan Pistotnik of Anchorage Reentry Coalition discusses the prison system in Alaska & the struggles of the recently incarcerated; joined by Assembly Member Christopher Constant.
Former Anchorage City Manager Bill Falsey discusses political strategy and how to change tactics when winning vs. losing; joined by Assembly Member Pete Petersen
State House Rep. Andy Josephson discusses how to be an active citizen in Anchorage and have your voice make a meaningful difference; joined by Assembly Member Kameron Perez-Verdia
State Sen. Elvi Gray-Jackson discusses the state's struggles vs. municipal struggles and how to prioritize our efforts; joined by Assembly Member Austin Quinn-Davidson
Assembly Member John Weddleton discuss how to participate in your local government and effectively influence the Anchorage Assembly
Jasmine Boyle, executive director of Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, discusses the homelessness crisis in Anchorage; joined by Assembly Member Crystal Kennedy
Alaskan lawyer & blogger Libby Bakalar discusses how to wield social media for political influence and generate important community dialogue; joined by Assembly Member Forrest Dunbar
State Sen. Berta Gardner discusses the importance of state politics and how to make change at the state level; joined by Assembly Member John Weddleton
Former Haines Assembly Member Heather Lende discusses her experience in local government and dealing with a recall attempt; joined by Anchorage Assembly Member Meg Zaletel