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Feb
21
Tue
February JEDI Book Club- White Women @ Online Via Zoom
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

For our February JEDI Book Club, we will be reading White Women: Everything You Already Know about Your Own Racism and How to Do Better by Regina Jackson and Saira Rao on Mighty Networks.

White Women: Everything You Already Know About Your Own Racism and How ...

Below is a summary from Goodreads.

A no-holds-barred guidebook aimed at white women who want to stop being nice and start dismantling white supremacy.

It’s no secret that white women are conditioned to be nice, but did you know that the desire to be perfect and to avoid conflict at all costs are characteristics of white supremacy culture?

As the founders of Race2Dinner, an organization which facilitates conversations between white women about racism and white supremacy, Regina Jackson and Saira Rao have noticed white women’s tendency to maintain a veneer of niceness, and strive for perfection, even at the expense of anti-racism work.

In this book, Jackson and Rao pose these urgent questions: how has being nice helped Black women, Indigenous women and other women of color? How has being nice helped you in your quest to end sexism? Has being nice earned you economic parity with white men? Beginning with freeing white women from this oppressive need to be nice, they deconstruct and analyze nine aspects of traditional white woman behavior–from tone-policing to weaponizing tears–that uphold white supremacy society, and hurt all of us who are trying to live a freer, more equitable life.

White Women is a call to action to those of you who are looking to take the next steps in dismantling white supremacy. Your white supremacy. If you are in fact doing real anti-racism work, you will find few reasons to be nice, as other white people want to limit your membership in the club. If you are not ticking white people off on a regular basis, you are not doing it right.

Regina Jackson on LinkedIn: Setting the table for tough talk around racism
(Credit: Saira Rao, Race2Dinner)

 

Register at this link.

Please feel welcome to attend, even if you missed earlier book club meetings. This is an open group, and we understand that our lives are busy and not everyone will be able to attend each month!

The JEDI Book Club is facilitated by Resilient Activists Brenda Bennett-Pike and Anne Melia. We hope you will join us!

Mar
21
Tue
March JEDI Book Club- Braiding Sweetgrass @ Online Via Zoom
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

For the March JEDI Book Club, we will be reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer and discussing it on Mighty Networks.

“I give daily thanks for Robin Wall Kimmerer for being a font of endless knowledge, both mental and spiritual.” —RICHARD POWERS, NEW YORK TIMES

Braiding Sweetgrass (Oct 13, 2020 edition) | Open Library

 

Here is the Goodreads Summary:

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these lenses of knowledge together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings are we capable of understanding the generosity of the earth and learning to give our own gifts in return.

Register at this link.

Please feel welcome to attend, even if you missed earlier book club meetings. This is an open group, and we understand that our lives are busy and not everyone will be able to attend each month!

The JEDI Book Club is facilitated by Resilient Activists Brenda Bennett-Pike and Anne Melia. We hope you will join us!

Robin Wall Kimmerer - The New School at Commonweal


Also, check out Robin Wall Kimmerer exemplifying what she teaches in her book in this beautiful video made by The Commons KU.

GIFTS OF THE LAND | A Guided Nature Tour with Robin Wall Kimmerer | The Commons KU – YouTube