We rounded out December with our annual holiday book exchange and potluck and made time for a little bit of discussion about the book Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit. Some of us found the book indeed hopeful, as it outlined examples throughout history of regular people engaging in activism with goals met along the way. However, not all of us in the discussion felt the book was as fruitful as it could be: I for one thought the book was a bit sweeping in it’s historical generalizations and it at times ran saccharine which I didn’t find all that uplifting. However, most of us did find the book very useful in reminding us how so many people have engaged in political activism in so many different struggles and made a difference in their communities – this fact was emboldening and enlightening.
For January we delved into the book, Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (The Politics of Intersectionality) by Ange-Marie Hancock. Most of our discussions centered around exploring the meaning of intersectionality and how this concept applies to individuals as well as social groups. We also discussed how instersectionality can be used as an analytical tool for understanding oppression and how power is centered in society from a public policy perspective. This month during February we will finish up the discussion on this book and then start on our next book which will be, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs.
Please join us for our next discussion! We have a public page on Facebook where we post happenings of the group and various links and articles relevant to feminist literature. You can RSVP for our next group on Facebook as well.