January 19th, our Socialist Feminism Reading Group will be starting in on Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown (pictured above at a presentation unrelated to our reading group).
Before we tell you about the book, we’d like to tell you a few things about the reading group itself:
- It’s open to the public—you don’t have to be a DSA member or sign up for DSA to attend and participate.
- We take turns reading aloud at the meetings (but no one has to take a turn—we won’t pressure you!). Reading at the meetings means that no one has to spend money on books or make time outside of the meetings to do the reading (though if you want to read ahead of the meetings as well, that’s good too). We’ll have multiple copies of the book at the meeting, so that people can follow along during the reading.
- We stop and discuss what we read as we go along (and, again, no one has to participate in the discussion; if you just want to quietly soak it all in, you can do just that).
- Free hot tea, coffee, cocoa, and cold drinks are on hand on a serve-yourself basis.
- We do have to warn you that our building can be cool in the winter, so wear long sleeves and/or bring a sweater along (and don’t be shy about fixing yourself a hot drink if you need one!)
- Meetings are held the third Saturday of every month at 6:30 pm at The Appalachian Liberation Library, located at 419 W Market St, Johnson City, TN. (There’s a little bit of parking in front of the building, and much more behind it.)
Our Current Reading Selection
We’ll be just starting in on adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds from AK Press, which presents a feminist approach to organizing:
“Emergent Strategy” is a lyrical, explorative, non-linear journey of the book’s title, a concept she defines as “how we intentionally change in ways that grow our capacity to embody the just and liberated worlds we long for.” She explains at the outset that the book is meant to be perused, returned to, and jumped around in more than once. There are essays, poems, exercises, dialogues, assessments, facilitations—even a playlist. It’s a book for people interested in radical social change, who are willing to think expansively about what the future could look like, or are in need of help doing that kind of thinking.
(From “Three Lessons From Adrienne Maree Brown’s ‘Emergent Strategy‘” by Miriam Zoila Pérez at Colorlines)
Dr. Kira Banks from Truth 2 Power on YouTube did a good review & overview of the book:
Previous readings by the Socialist Feminism Reading Group include Feminism Is for Everybody by bell hooks and Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We select materials democratically: members of the group make suggestions and we then vote on the next book. Since we do our reading at the meetings, we don’t read very fast; it can take as long as a year to get through a book. But that’s all right. We’re not in a race!
Looking for our future Socialist Feminism Reading Group meetings? You can find them on the Northeast TN DSA Calendar.
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