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Expert Warns: Don't Take Biden Victory for Granted

For Release: Tuesday, September 1, 2020                                     

Contact: Su-Yin Bickner,


In 2016, most experts were predicting that Hillary Clinton would win the presidential election by a wide margin. Today, many polls show that Democrat Joe Biden is leading Republican Donald Trump. But a respected public policy expert warns voters not to take those forecasts for granted.


Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, will explain his concerns at a special virtual event hosted by Ashby Village on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 pm PDT. (Zoom link is  The event is free and open to the public.


Reich, who teaches graduate students at UC’s Goldman School, along with 800 undergraduates each year, certainly has the perspective and expertise to address the upcoming election. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton Administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He served as an advisor to President Barack Obama and also worked for Presidents Carter and Ford.


“We are delighted that Secretary Reich will give us this extraordinary insight into what we can expect in less than three months,” says Marcia Freedman, co-chair of Ashby Village’s ELDER ACTION social justice interest group.  Ashby Village, a non-profit organization serving Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, North Oakland and Richmond, is creating online programming to support older adults to remain engaged and connected while continuing to shelter in place.


Reich’s weekly column appears in Newsweek, The Guardian, The San Francisco Chronicle, and 160 other newspapers around the country.  He has written 17 books, most recently, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It. His books have been published in over 20 languages. He is a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is co-creator of two full-length documentaries, “Inequality for All,” which won the special feature award at the Sundance Film Festival, and Emmy nominated, “Saving Capitalism,” both now streaming on Netflix. He is the cofounder of Inequality Media, a nonprofit digital media organization aimed at debunking the right’s lies, educating the public about economics, inequality and imbalance of power, and breaking down solutions to the structural issues plaguing our country.


Those interested in attending should RSVP to or 510-204-9200.

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