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 required for reading are intimidating and we've been tricked into thinking that they're meant only 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 never to be attempted at all. Theory is meant to be read and discussed in community - 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. Yes, theory can be dense and intimidating, but 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 meets virtually the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. We plan to stay virtual to allow more people the opportunity to attend and to practice safety in what seems to be a never ending pandemic. 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 at: firstname.lastname@example.org. All book club purchases are 10% off and 20% off for members.
Monday October 18, 2021 at 7 PM via Zoom
Climate crisis is a white supremacist and capitalist issue. In order to survive it and keep the world from falling into total crisis is by following the leadership and demands of the indigenous who cared for the land before whiteness destroyed it.
Monday November 8, 2021 at 7 PM via Zoom
Fascism is a white supremacy issue. It is a now issue. It is not a far away issue left for our future selves. It's important to know what it looks like now so that we know what to resist, fight, and not allow ourselves to get lost in the mess of it all.
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Monday July 12, 2021 via zoom.
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***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Discussion Monday, August 9, 2021
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For our Black August discussion we read 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.
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** September, 13, 2021 7 PM
Study/Reading tip from Ari: I have a hard time staying focused some days (ADHD brain). So, it helps to read in multiple ways. With thick books like this one, I like to read the physical copy AND listen to audiobook at the same time. You can purchase the audiobook through our store on Libro FM: https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781538521823 (tho you could also probs find it on YouTube for free.99, I don't mind). We'll also have a study guide and jamboard available like always to help you out. Can't wait to disucss this one with y'all! - Ari
***PREVIOUS SELECTION***What Color Is Your Hoodie? Sunday, September 20, 2020 via Zoom
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, August 22, 2020 via Zoom
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, July 19, 2020 via Zoom
***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, June 21, 2020 via Zoom
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***PREVIOUS SELECTION*** Sunday, April 19, 2020 via Zoom
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