Social Justice Book Group

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: 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. 

Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It Cover Image
ISBN: 9781849352949
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: AK Press - November 28th, 2017

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. 

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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

***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.

Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880 Cover Image
By W. E. B. Du Bois, David Levering Lewis (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780684856575
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Free Press - December 1st, 1999

***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: (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

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? Sunday, September 20, 2020 via Zoom

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: Legacy Lit - 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: We can order this for you!
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 (Legal Expert Series) 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
ISBN: 9780385529990
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: We can order this for you!
Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

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