This group is for anyone who wants to learn more about equity and social justice. We will meet approximately monthly and want to read and discuss books by all types of people, keeping the subject primarily to various -isms in the United States: racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, sizeism, etc. We have put together a beginning syllabus, and we are open to more suggestions. If you have a book you would like to suggest, by all means do.
In the wake of violence and tragedies, people are often left in search of ways to feel safe again. That almost inevitably to conversations about the role of police. Sociologist Alex Vitale argues that many spaces in U.S. society over-rely on the police to prevent problems that are better addressed through other means. Doing so, he says, can prevent us from properly investing in resources and programs that could make the country safer in the long run.