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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.

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Book club: Overground Railroad: The Green Book... by Candacy Taylor

This book discussion will be on Overground Railroad: The Green Book & Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor, and will be held via Zoom. Duane will host the event and will update us with a link once it's scheduled. Here is a link to the title at Elliot Bay Books. Normally, EBB gives us a 20% discount on our titles, but with current conditions they are not able to do so. You can order from them online, choose curbside pickup, or make a 30-minute appointment to browse in-store, so please consider supporting them with this purchase. https://www.elliottbaybook.com/book/9781419738173 You can also find the book via this web site, which has a list of black-owned bookstores: https://blog.libro.fm/black-owned-bookstores-to-support-right-now-and-always/ Here is a link to the author's website http://www.taylormadeculture.com/the-green-book ABOUT THE AUTHOR & THE GREEN BOOK PROJECT: Candacy Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer and cultural documentarian working on a multidisciplinary project based on the Green Book. Taylor is the author of Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America (Abrams Books). She is also the curator and content specialist for an exhibition based on her book that will be toured by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) starting in June 2020. The exhibition will travel throughout the United States for three years. This project has been awarded fellowships and grants from the Hutchins Center at Harvard University (under the direction of Henry Louis Gates Jr.), The Library of Congress, National Geographic, The National Park Service, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Graham Foundation, The California Humanities, and The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Taylor’s work has been featured in over 50 media outlets including The Atlantic, CBS Sunday Morning, The Guardian UK, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek, PBS Newshour and The Wall St. Journal. Taylor has been researching the Green Book since 2013. She has cataloged nearly 10,000 Green Book listings, scouted over 4,000 Green Book sites in 48 US States, and photographed over 170 Green Book properties. The fact that we have these buildings as physical evidence of racial discrimination is a rich opportunity to re-examine America’s troubled history of segregation, black migration and the rise of the black leisure class. ______________________ We welcome all people to these conversations, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin (ancestry), physical ability, marital status, military status, or any other minoritization. We strive to create a safe place for open, honest, and respectful discussion, when participants are in agreement and when they are not.

Book club: Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson

This book discussion will be on Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, and will cover the first three parts of the book. We will cover parts four through six January 31. The discussion will be held via Zoom; Duane will update us with a link once it's scheduled. Here is a link to the title at Elliot Bay Books. Normally, EBB gives us a 20% discount on our titles, but with current conditions they are not able to do so. https://www.elliottbaybook.com/book/9780593230251. You can also find the book via this web site, which has a list of black-owned bookstores: https://blog.libro.fm/black-owned-bookstores-to-support-right-now-and-always/. Please consider supporting one of these small booksellers with your purchase. Elliot Bay Bookstore's writeup: In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity. Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today. About the Author Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns. Her debut work won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and was named to Time’s 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the 2010s and The New York Times’s list of the Best Nonfiction of All Time. She has taught at Princeton, Emory, and Boston Universities and has lectured at more than two hundred other colleges and universities across the United States and in Europe and Asia. ______________________ We welcome all people to these conversations, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin (ancestry), physical ability, marital status, military status, or any other minoritization. We strive to create a safe place for open, honest, and respectful discussion, when participants are in agreement and when they are not.

Book club: Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson

This book discussion will be on Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, and will cover parts four through six of the book. The discussion will be held via Zoom; Duane will update us with a link once it's scheduled. Here is a link to the title at Elliot Bay Books. Normally, EBB gives us a 20% discount on our titles, but with current conditions they are not able to do so. https://www.elliottbaybook.com/book/9780593230251. You can also find the book via this web site, which has a list of black-owned bookstores: https://blog.libro.fm/black-owned-bookstores-to-support-right-now-and-always/. Please consider supporting one of these small booksellers with your purchase. Elliot Bay Bookstore's writeup: In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity. Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today. About the Author Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns. Her debut work won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and was named to Time’s 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the 2010s and The New York Times’s list of the Best Nonfiction of All Time. She has taught at Princeton, Emory, and Boston Universities and has lectured at more than two hundred other colleges and universities across the United States and in Europe and Asia. ______________________ We welcome all people to these conversations, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin (ancestry), physical ability, marital status, military status, or any other minoritization. We strive to create a safe place for open, honest, and respectful discussion, when participants are in agreement and when they are not.

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