• The Role Libraries Play in Racial Justice (RJD: Natick)

    Common Street Spiritual Center

    We will explore the ways that libraries have participated in racial justice as well as look at the ways it can expand its offerings to put forth an agenda for racial justice. Maria will be our guest speaker and discussion leader for this month. She is a librarian and is working on her dissertation for her Ph.D from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. The subject for her dissertation is Democracy and Libraries. Maria is a long time Knapsack organizer. We will start by sharing how we each individually use libraries. And if we do now, or have ever worked for a library. More details will be posted as the meeting is planned. >>> Monthly meeting overview: Please 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 Racial Justice Dialogues (RJD) 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.

  • book discussion: White Trash (History of Class) Ashland

    ...The 400-Year Untold History of Class. "In this landmark book, Nancy Isenberg argues that the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of the American fabric, and reveals how the wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlements to today's hillbillies. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society - where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility - and forces a nation to face the truth about enduring malevolent nature of class." from: https://books.google.com/books/about/White_Trash.html?id=DolRMQAACAAJ&source=kp_book_description Join us to discuss this book. Let's share what stood out for us...what we learned from this book, favorite passage, and more. Come with a question you have for others about the book. - Free parking is close to the restaurant (on street or in a nearby lot). 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. 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

  • book discussion: On the Other Side of Freedom, The Case for Hope (Ashland)

    This book "reveals the mind and motivations of a young man who has risen to the fore of millennial activism through study, discipline, and conviction. His belief in a world that can be made better, one act at a time, powers his narratives and opens up a view on the costs, consequences, and rewards of leading a movement.” – Henry Louis Gates, Jr. About the author, "DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist, community organizer, and the host of Crooked Media’s award-winning podcast, Pod Save the People." see source for above, read more, and order (optionally) here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/586471/on-the-other-side-of-freedom-by-deray-mckesson/9780525560326/ Join us to discuss this book. Let's share what stood out for us...what we learned from this book, favorite passage, and more. Come with a question you have for others about the book. - Free parking is close to the restaurant (on street or in a nearby lot). 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. 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

  • Race and Social Change with author Max Klau (RJD: Natick)

    Common Street Spiritual Center

    Dr. Max Klau wrote the book: Race and Social Change: A Quest, A Study, A Call to Action read about it here: https://www.maxklau.com/read-me/ Dr. Klau will join us for this discussion. More info. will be posted as the meeting is planned. >>> Monthly meeting overview: Please 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 Racial Justice Dialogues (RJD) 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.

  • Systemic/Institutional Racism (RJD: Natick)

    Common Street Spiritual Center

    We will also discuss Critical Race Theory during this meeting. More details will be posted as the meeting is planned. >>> Monthly meeting overview: Please 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 Racial Justice Dialogues (RJD) 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.

  • Reproductive Justice (RJD: Natick)

    Common Street Spiritual Center

    Details will be posted as the meeting is planned. >>> Monthly meeting overview: Please 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 Racial Justice Dialogues (RJD) 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.