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October 17, 2022 at 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Haymarket House

Daring to Struggle Daring to Win: Helen Shiller and Laura Washington

Join Helen Shiller and Laura Washington as they discuss Shiller's new autobiography, Daring to Struggle Daring to Win.

Haymarket House

Haymarket House, 800 W. Buena Ave
Chicago, IL 60613 United States


Helen Shiller went from radical anti-war activist in Wisconsin, to a member of a collective of white allies of the Black Panther Party in Chicago, to an elected city council person who helped break the back of the racialized opposition to Harold Washington, Chicago’s first Black mayor.

Shiller participated, when few others did, in the historic fight against the gentrification of a unique economically and racially mixed Chicago community on the Northside. With insight into historic community organizing and political battles in Chicago from the 1970s through 2010, this book details numerous policy fights and conflicts in Chicago during this time, illuminating recurrent political themes and battles that remain relevant to this day.

Join us for a limited-capacity in-person book launch event and discussion with Helen Shiller and Laura Washington about the struggle for justice then and now in Chicago.

Masks and proof of vaccination are required for those attending in person. For those attending in-person doors will open at 6 PM.

The event will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in-person. Closed captioning will be available for the livestream.

Pre-order your copy of Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win here.



Helen Shiller, raised by migrant Jewish parents, was radicalized by the anti-war and civil rights movements. Shiller was in a collective of whites aligned with the Black Panther Party in Chicago. Beginning in 1987, Shiller was a radical Chicago alderperson for 24 years. She is the author of Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win.

Laura S. Washington is a Chicago Tribune contributing columnist and political analyst for ABC 7, Chicago’s ABC-owned station. She is the former editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, served as deputy press secretary to Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Her work and commentary has been widely featured in the national media, including Time Magazine, the Associated Press, New York Times, NBC Nightly News, MNSBC, PBS News Hour and the BBC. Washington is a frequent lecturer and moderator for local and national audiences. Twitter: @MediaDervish