Reviews of Nick’s Books

  • “Nick Licata is a rare combination of things: a thinker who knows grassroots activism, an idealist who can pragmatically wield power, and a politician who knows how to change culture.”
    Eric Liu, Author and Founder/ CEO of Citizen University History News Network – October 2, 2016
  • “Nick Licata doesn’t speak from a throne of expertise. He imparts from the muddy trenches of experience. The longtime Seattle city council member, who in 2012 was dubbed America’s “Most Valuable Local Official” by The Nation, has helped to write the manual on urban progressive activism.” 
    Cory Zurowski, Minneapolis City Pages Minneapolis City Pages – Sept. 13, 2016
  • During his time on council, Licata sponsored and passed legislation like paid sick leave and supported a plan to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, two social-justice objectives sought by activists around the country. At the end of last year, the veteran Seattle city councilor retired after 18 years in office.
    , Pittsburgh City Paper – July 6, 2016
  • “Becoming A Citizen Activist is full of useful tips about how activists and allied politicians can collaborate on issue-oriented campaigns. His book makes clear that “going local” is different from backing a presidential campaign focused on national and international questions. According to Licata, progressives must develop the ability to “see the small things that generate the big things,” linking voter concerns about global threats like climate change to concrete and achievable steps that city government can take to address local manifestations of the larger problem.”
    Steve Early, In These Times – June 7, 2016
  • “What has fueled Seattle’s progressive victories, then, isn’t some mystery potion or innate Northwestern goodness, but the same hard work that has forced progress in other cities: grassroots organizing, tenacity, and political allies like Nick Licata. For 18 years, Licata has been one of the most reliable forces inside City Hall pushing and prodding Seattle to be a more humane city.”
    .- Josh Cohen, The Nation – May 19, 2016
  • Booklist Online – May 18, 2016
  • Street Roots – Portland – May 12, 2016
  • Dissent – NYC – May 12, 2016
  • Nuvo- Indy’s Alternative Voice – March 16, 2016
  • Seattle Times – Jan 24 2016
  • Crosscut – January 22, 2016
  • City Arts – January 18, 2016
  • Epoch Times – December 9, 2015