In Standing Up, Ellen Bravo and Larry Miller take inspiration from five decades of organizing to craft a novel about the people who clean bloody hospital sheets, forge parts for sewer pipes, arrange flights or process checks, all while caring for kids, holding relationships together, and wrestling with multiple forms of oppression.
Ellen Bravo has spent more than five decades as an activist. The founder of the Milwaukee Chapter of 9 to 5 in 1982 (part of the National Association of Working Women), Bravo moved on in 2004 to direct Family Values @ Work. She has participated in numerous campaigns for gender equality and economic self-sufficiency.
Larry Miller worked in laundries, steel mills and for the last 20 years as a teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools. After retirement he served on the Milwaukee School Board for 12 years. He is currently an editor of Re-Thinking Schools.