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Knapsack is a multiracial group committed to challenging the system of racism in the United States and the world. We engage in dialogue, build community, and support the efforts of racial justice leaders and organizations. We are dedicated to the struggle for shared liberation.

Upcoming events (5+)

Race and Migration Policy in the U.S

Community Change Inc

There is a long history of the intersection between immigration, race and civil rights in the United States. Immigration laws have often operated in a manner to maintain homogeneity to the exclusion of immigrants of color. We will discuss in what ways race has been a factor in U.S immigration policy both in the past and today. We will also touch on how U.S foreign policy and intervention has factored into current day immigration problems. Finally, we will share what we know about current efforts to address immigration issues and how we can be allies to immigrant folks. Here are some questions we will consider: 1. How is race influencing current immigration policy? How has it influenced policy throughout U.S history? 2. What are the ways the the current immigration system is a form of oppression? 3. What would a more just immigration system look like?

Attend "The Watering Hole": How to Be an Antiracist

Community Change Inc

We'll participate in this event of Community Change, Inc., our parent organization. This is a time to be in community with others who are fiercely committed to anti-racism work and the dismantling of white supremacy. This month the conversation will focus on the book "How to Be an Antiracist." Please fill out this form to RSVP: https://forms.gle/1PgG6Vr93vJ1V1A26 Accessibility Information: Community Change, Inc. (http://www.communitychangeinc.org/) is located in an office building. It is wheelchair accessible by using elevator #5 (furthest to the right as you approach the elevators). If it isn't there, keep pressing the button until it comes. The bathrooms are designated "Men" and "Women" and have stalls. Please let us know your needs so we can help make the event accessible for you.

book discussion: Unraveling the "Model Minority" Stereotype (Framingham)

"This book set in motion much-needed interest in the model minority myth as a topic vital to understanding the educational achievement of Asian American youth. In this update to her groundbreaking work, Stacey Lee explores the continuing significance of the model minority stereotype in the wake of legislation that has dramatically altered the landscape of education. In an expanded introduction and conclusion, Lee looks at recent research to uncover the ways in which the larger structures of race and class play out in the lives of Asian American high school students. The text presents the experiences of these students in their own words, providing a uniquely authentic inside perspective on identity and interethnic relations in an American community. This second edition is essential reading for anyone interested in Asian American youth and their experience in U.S. schools." Source: https://books.google.com/books/about/Unraveling_the_model_Minority_Stereotype.html?id=sIDuAAAAMAAJ Join us to discuss this book. We will meet at Pho Dakao in Framingham. Come prepared to order at least one thing. Some of us will be eating dinner during the discussion. Let's share what stood out for us...what challenged us, what we learned, favorite passage, and more. Come with a question you have for others about the book. - Parking (free) is available on the street and in a lot behind the restaurant. Let us know your needs so we can help make the event accessible for you. Meeting location suggestions welcome. - Please RSVP if you can come to this meeting, and change it if your plans change. This group is a part of Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group. Our book discussions so far: - "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo - "Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color" by Andrea J. Ritchie - "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas - "You Have the Right to Remain Innocent" by James Duane - "Neither Wolf Nor Dog, On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder" by Kent Nerburn For Feb.: "White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class" by Nancy Isenberg "On the Other Side of Freedom, The Case for Hope" by DeRay Mckesson "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo, PhD.

Islamophobia 101 (RJD: Natick)

Common Street Spiritual Center

This month we will address the problem of Islamophobia with the leadership of Salman Banday, an educator in the local Muslim community. Salman will help us to define and understand Islamophobia, or fear of Islam, which has been on the rise in the U.S. since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Salman's presentation will cover prominent features of Islamophobia, including major stereotypes that fuel widespread fear, hatred, prejudice and violence towards Islam and Muslims. Our discussion of the topic will help raise awareness about this problem and also empower us as individuals and a community to speak out against Islamophobia, and to instead promote acceptance and sympathetic understanding of Islam and Muslims. Ian and Paul will be co-facilitating this meeting with our special guest Salman Banday. >>> Monthly meeting overview: We are committed to challenging the system of racism in the United States and the world. We are dedicated to the struggle for shared liberation. Join in the conversation as we continue to get real about the problem of racism in our world, and move toward personal and collaborative action. Our dialogues are opportunities to talk openly about racism and other forms of oppression in our society. Please join us to continue sharing our experiences, hopes and dreams about living in community beyond race. All are welcome. - This group meets the first Saturday of each month...now in the Moon Room on the 2nd floor. Come in the side door off of School Street. The meeting topics come from votes done at meetings. - Parking is available, and the Worcester Line of the commuter rail stops in Natick, walking distance away. - Please let us know your needs so we can help make the event accessible for you. Note: there is a ramp near the main entrance, and an elevator available. The elevator is tricky so please arrange to meet one of us five minutes or so before the meeting so we can help. - Please RSVP if you can come to this meeting, and change it if your plans change. Deb will add +#s to her RSVP to show folks signing up on other sites for this meeting.

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