Social Justice Book Group

This group is scheduled to return from its hiatus on July 12, 2021 at 7 p.m. 

When things get rough we turn to books for the lessons our ancestors and elders left for future generations. We study where to begin, where to pick up from, and how to keep from repeating past mistakes. But many of the books that required for reading are intimidating and we've been tricked into thinking that they're meant for academics, that one must be incredibly well-read and highly educated to understand theory. So these crucial books sit on our shelves waiting for us to get inspired enough to tackle them or we never attempt them at all. Theory is meant to be read and discussed in community with many - so different perspectives are shared, so language can be better understood (or evolve) and to imagine together how we can grow and build and fight together. Yes, theory can be dense and intimidating, but that's only when we try to take on the task alone. The purpose of this book group is to tackle some of these books together. The topics are decolonization, radical Black feminisms, Black liberation, Indigenous liberation, PIC abolition, anti-imperialism, and anti-capitalism. With each book we'll share study guides, glossaries, communal notes and related articles to help us grapple with what we're learning.

This is a book group, a study group, and a call to action.

This group will meet the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. If you want to be a part of this book club but cannot afford to purchase the book OR if you would like to purchase a copy for someone else, email us: All book club purchases are 10% off and 20% off for members.

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The Wretched of the Earth Cover Image
By Frantz Fanon, Richard Philcox (Translator), Homi K. Bhabha (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780802141323
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Grove Press - March 1st, 2005

Book Group discussion taking place Monday July 12, 2021 at 7 PM via zoom. Be on the lookout for a study guide and notes doc.

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Discussion Monday, August 9, 2021 7 PM via Zoom

For our August discussion we'll be reading and discussing Still Black, Still Strong: Survivors of the War Against Black Revolutionaries by Black Revolutionaries who survived counter insurgent tactics and shared the lessons for us to learn - Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Assata Shakur, and Mumia Abu-Jamal. As predicted, Biden and his administration have escalated the campaign against leftists to silence the uprising. We fear that we'll soon see a return of McCarthyism and the practices of COINTEL-PRO. As such, it feels urgent and necessary to share and discuss the work of survivors of these types of wars against revolution. If we have a solid understanding of the tactics that governments take to quell rebellions, we'll better know how to fight against it together.

What Color Is Your Hoodie? Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937627225
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Chelsea Station Editions - September 10th, 2015

***PREVIOUS SELECTION***What Color Is Your Hoodie? discussion meeting: Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. 

An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804170918
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Anchor - March 31st, 2020

***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, August 22, 2020 via Zoom

The Black and the Blue: A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316440097
Availability: We can order this for you!
Published: Hachette Books - August 6th, 2019

***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, July 19, 2020 via Zoom

Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226526164
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: University of Chicago Press - April 10th, 2020

***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, June 21, 2020 via Zoom

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393355550
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 10th, 2018

***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, May 17, 2020

Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631523205
Availability: We can order this for you!
Published: She Writes Press - April 3rd, 2018

***PREVIOUS SELECTION***  Sunday, April 19, 2020 via Zoom

How to Read the Constitution--and Why Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062896308
Availability: We can order this for you!
Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 25th, 2019

***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

Kindred Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807083697
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, October 20, 2019 


Sick: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062428738
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Harper Perennial - June 5th, 2018

***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, September 15, 2019 

Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608465767
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Haymarket Books - March 15th, 2016

***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, August 18, 2019 

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America Cover Image
Unavailable from our sources
ISBN: 9780385529990
Availability: Unavailable
Published: One World - October 27th, 2015

***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, July 21, 2019

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250094728
Availability: We can order this for you!
Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2016

***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, June 23, 2019

An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143110859
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Penguin Books - March 13th, 2018

***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, May 19, 2019 

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568585987
Availability: We can order this for you!
Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, February 17, 2019

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807047415
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, January 20, 2019