What we're about

Be positive. The goal is to facilitate discussion. Have a discussion and hear something you won't hear anywhere else, because you're LISTENING. Positivity will lead to openness, which will lead to your hearing amazing things. You aren't hearing anything new if you agree with the person you're talking to.

Stay positive. By being open to hearing someone out, you may hear some novel ideas ... at least I did when I began to honestly try to engage with my (ahem, Trump supporter) friend. I wanted to keep it going!

I believe we'll find that if we can stop trying to prove a point, we can listen ... and if we can listen, we can learn ... and we may learn that we even agree sometimes (horrors! ... what then?!). Yeah really ... what then?

I created this group because I believe we can't get anywhere if we can't listen to the other side, and we can't listen if we can't stay positive ... but if we do both, we can learn, and if we can learn, we have a chance. I wanted to see if a group of people could do both.

"Learning from Discussions with Someone I Disagree With"

"Staying Positive When We Disagree"

"Just Seeing What They Have to Say"

"Listening When We Want to Object"

All alternate names for this group. If you can't stay positive, this is not the place for you. If you don't want to just listen sometimes, this is not the place for you. If you want to convince someone or object, this is not the place for you.

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Book Discussion: The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls, by Mona Eltahawy

Let's discuss this fabulous book! It's an important book, and I can't wait to talk with you about it. Cheers~~

The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls, by Mona Eltahawy

https://www.powells.com/book/seven-necessary-sins-for-women-girls-9780807002582

Synopsis
A bold and uncompromising feminist manifesto that shows women and girls how to defy, disrupt, and destroy the patriarchy by embracing the qualities they've been trained to avoid.
Seizing upon the energy of the #MeToo movement, feminist activist Mona Eltahawy advocates a muscular, out-loud approach to teaching women and girls to harness their power through what she calls the "seven necessary sins" that women and girls are not supposed to commit: to be angry, ambitious, profane, violent, attention-seeking, lustful, and powerful. All the necessary "sins" that women and girls require to erupt.

Eltahawy knows that the patriarchy is alive and well, and she is fed the hell up: Sexually assaulted during hajj at the age of fifteen. Groped on the dance floor of a night club in Montreal at fifty. Countless other injustices in the years between. Illuminating her call to action are stories of activists and ordinary women around the world--from South Africa to China, Nigeria to India, Bosnia to Egypt--who are tapping into their inner fury and crossing the lines of race, class, faith, and gender that make it so hard for marginalized women to be heard. Rather than teaching women and girls to survive the poisonous system they have found themselves in, Eltahawy arms them to dismantle it.

Brilliant, bold, and energetic, The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls is a manifesto for all feminists in the fight against patriarchy.

Book Discussion on Two Books (For and Against) "Housing First"

This discussion comes directly from a thread on Nextdoor, and both these books were mentioned. I have no idea if this is a good thing or not, but let's read about it and see what we think, then discuss. You can take off in December, read one in January, and read one in February. Reach out to me if there are resources you want to see included. Can't wait to see you there!

Please buy locally. Here are the Powell's links. Reach out to me if you want to borrow either book. Cheers~~

"San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities" by Michael Shellenberger

https://www.powells.com/book/san-fransicko-why-progressives-ruin-cities-9780063093621

"Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems, and Changing Lives" by Deborah Padgett and Benjamin Henwood and Sam Tsemberis

https://www.powells.com/book/housing-first-9780199989805

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Book Discussion: The Turnaway Study

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