Book Club

Our quarterly book club is composed of a small community of socially engaged, advocacy-minded folks who gather to examine the new ideas and real-world applications of our read. All are welcome to join!

 

Book club discussions are 1.5-2 hour moderated conversations with a maximum of 10 participants per session. 

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Currently Reading

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All About Love

By bell hooks

From the publisher: “The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet we would all love better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, renowned scholar, cultural critic and feminist bell hooks offers a proactive new ethic for a society bereft with lovelessness - not the lack of romance, but the lack of care, compassion, and unity. People are divided, she declares, by society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love. 

Last Quarter's Read

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The $16 Taco

By Pascale Joassart-Marcelli

Having “discovered” the flavors of barbacoa, bibimbap, bánh mi, sambusas, and pupusas, white middle-class eaters are increasingly venturing into historically segregated neighborhoods in search of “authentic” eateries run by—and for—immigrants and people of color. This interest in “ethnic” food and places, fueled by media attention and capitalized on by developers, contributes to gentrification, and the very people who produced these vibrant foodscapes are increasingly excluded from them.

Geographer Pascale Joassart-Marcelli traces the transformation of three urban San Diego neighborhoods whose foodscapes are shifting from serving the needs of longtime minoritized residents who face limited food access to pleasing the tastes of wealthier and whiter newcomers. The $16 Taco illustrates how food can both emplace and displace immigrants, shedding light on the larger process of gentrification and the emotional, cultural, economic, and physical displacement it produces.

Additional Past Readings

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Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (And the Next)

By Dean Spade

Book cover of Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation by David L. Eng & Shinhee Han

Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation

By David L. Eng &

Shinhee Han

Book cover of The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

The Color of Law

By Richard Rothstein

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Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

By Marcia Chatelain

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As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice

By Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Book cover of Ants Among Elephants by Sujatha Gidla

Ants Among Elephants

By Sujatha Gidla

Book cover of How to Kill A City by PE Moskowitz

How to Kill A City

By P.E. Moskowitz

Book cover of Disability Visibility edited by Alice Wong

Disability Visibility

Edited by Alice Wong

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