BLC Poverty & Justice Book Club has finished its final reading for 2020. The second year of this tradition has been a really important way for us all to stay connected to each other, and also to deeply process the many injustices that exist today. We though we would share our reading list with our whole community. We are still working on how we will build next year’s book club, stay-tuned. All of the links below are to the Seattle Public Library, or an article that is publicly available. Enjoy!
2020 Poverty & Justice Book Club Reading List
Discussion 1: Racialization of Poverty
The Men We Reaped, by Jesmyn Ward
Discussion 2: The Politics of Poverty
Strangers In Their Own Land, by Arlie Russell Hochschild
Discussion 3: Poverty in Classic Literature
Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Discussion 4: Racialization of Poverty and Mass Incarceration
[My Dungeon Shook] A Letter to My Nephew on the Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation, James Baldwin (1962).
[Down at the Cross] Letter from a Region of My Mind, James Baldwin (1962).
The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015).
Discussion 5: Racialization of Poverty and the New Deal
When Affirmative Action Was White, by Ira Katznelson
Discussion 6: Racialization of Poverty on Native Lands
The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich
I have so enjoyed learning from this experience and participating in community with this Book Club.
Alex KF Doolittle