An event every month that begins at 8:00pm on day Last of the month, repeating until November 27, 2020
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Educating ourselves and providing a forum for discussion and reflection is a key part of our ongoing commitment to our community and increasing our role as activists. Girl Gang’s Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds are pleased to launch our monthly Anti Racism Book Group, taking place online (for now!) on the last Thursday of the month.
It is long overdue that the focus and responsibility of anti-racist work was shifted away from black labour and onto white people. With this in mind, the purpose of this space is for white people, (who often view themselves as raceless, or exempt from the structures of white supremacy), to discuss and explore racism, white supremacy and actively anti racist work, honestly and openly- starting with themselves.
Whilst this is an inclusive space for all who want to attend, the goal is to remove black labour and minimise exposure to white people “catching up or expressing anxieties in their own personal journey. This group is open to all who wish to be there or feel the space would be beneficial to them, we just want to be open about what that might entail in terms of emotional labour for people as colour as we are aware some attendees may well be doing this work for the first time.
A book that reflects this for our first month is Reni Eddo-Lodge’s best selling “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race”.
We mentioned Reni Eddo Lodge’s brilliant podcast in our newsletter’s Keeping Informed Index above, which, like the book explores themes of history, politics and societal structures and is a must listen as a starting point if you’re waiting to get your hands on a copy of the book. Please also see Reni’s Tweet advising people to buy from independent bookstores/borrow from friends and donate the money to black justice charities instead where possible too!.
The facilitator for this session will be Aileen Quinn. Sessions are discussion based led by people on their own educative journeys too rather than experts.
Book club is free to attend with an optional £2.50 donation (to support the work of Girl Gang (paying overheads and facilitators) and optional charity donation of your choosing.
Each month we will use the event to raise money for a different racial justice charity in line with the content of the book. This months charity is the Minnesota Freedom Fund, as suggested by the author, donations are optional so don’t worry if you’re in a tight spot right now financially.
Please book your tickets either way so we can send you the Zoom log in! The charity donation button allows you to select how much you would like to donate as we realise everyone will have different means.
Open to people of all genders/races/sexualities/classes/disability inclusive – please let us know if you have any specific needs so we can try and make this space as positive as possible for all who wish to attend.
July’s book (if you want to get a head start!) will be White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.
Image from Ideal Bookshelf’s Instagram whilst we wait for our poster to be finalised.