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Social Justice Book Club

Following the lead of the teachers and staff, now there is a Social Justice Book Club for the Giddens community. The teachers and staff created a book list over the summer, five of which they are reading and discussing now in small groups.

Please feel welcome to come to any or all of these gatherings, no matter how much of the book you have read. Our primary intention is to create a space in which we can gather and socialize outside of school, as well as discuss the books and thoughts that come from it. Laura Silverton, will be hosting at her home in Capitol Hill and will provide light snacks and wine. There is not currently plan for child care, however it could be coordinated if that might be helpful.

We will read three books by the end of the school year - one in January/February, one in March to mid-April, and the third from May to June. We will start gathering ideas for a second book in January and vote as a community.

We're going to start with The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, from the staff's book list. To support this reading, we will also watch Ava DuVernay's 13th. By Netflix distributing this documentary, it has allowed easier and more immediate access to important ideas around mass incarceration and its impact on black communities in the United States.

Gathering dates for The New Jim Crow:

  • Monday January 9 - 6:30-9:00 pm, discuss the first chapter or use as a reminder to start reading
  • Monday January 30 - 6:30-10:00 pm, watch the 13th (100 minutes) and discussion
  • Monday February 13 - 6:30-9:00 pm

What do we do now?

You can also be added to the Book Club list, whether you can make these meetings or are interested in joining for a future book. If you would like to help coordinate the book club, please contact Laura Silverton directly.