What is Woke Book Wednesday?
#WokeBookWednesday is a FREE radical book club that seeks to educate and empower folx on various social justice topics through critical pedagogy, community and discussion. Liberation cannot be achieved without reading! Throughout history and the present, we can see that self-education has been a critical part of revolutionaries like Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Emma Goldman and Angela Davis. For these reasons, I have decided to start this book club.
I want to make this accessible to everyone–so each book will be given out completely FREE! To receive them, all you have to do is follow the 3 steps below. Please note that no more books will be given out after the book has been discussed.
How it Works
First Wednesday for the Month:
The book will be revealed on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and given out to everyone for FREE that very same day before 12 AM PST—as long as all three steps below are followed.
Last Wednesday of the Month:
The discussion will be held at 6:OO PM PST on Zoom. The link to the zoom call will be emailed out the day before to everyone who filled out the form and followed the rest of the steps. Once you attend a discussion you will automatically be eligible to enter our group chat where we discuss future books, share learning material and vote for future books.
How to Join Book Club
1. Follow me on social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @wokevegana
2. Share this book club on your social media with the hashtag #WokeBookWednesday
3. Fill out this google form with your correctly spelled email. ONLY DO THIS IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE BOOK CLUB!
The book stresses the importance of self-education for liberation and redefines teaching and learning. The methodology of the late Paulo Freire has helped to empower countless impoverished and illiterate people throughout the world. Freire’s work has taken on especial urgency in the United States and Western Europe, where the creation of a permanent underclass among the underprivileged and minorities in cities and urban centers is increasingly accepted as the norm.
This book is a collection of essays, written by activists, journalists, community organizers and survivors of state violence, urgently confronts the criminalization, police violence and anti-Black racism that is plaguing urban communities.
In this book, Kuhn continues his reconnaissance of straight edge culture and how it overlaps with radical politics. Extensively illustrated and combining original interviews and essays with manifestos and reprints from zines and pamphlets, X is a vital portrait of the wide spectrum of people who define straight edge culture today. X takes a piercing look at religion, identity, feminism, aesthetics, harm reduction, and much more. It is both a call to action and an elaborate redefinition of straight edge and radical sobriety.
In Revolting Prostitutes, sex workers Juno Mac and Molly Smith bring a fresh perspective to questions that have long been contentious. Speaking from a growing global sex worker rights movement, and situating their argument firmly within wider questions of migration, work, feminism, and resistance to white supremacy, they make clear that anyone committed to working towards justice and freedom should be in support of the sex worker rights movement.
This book lays out a case for how all of the things we want to see government do are possible, and the limitation isn’t money, it’s political will. It also dispels six key myths that have shaped the conventional understanding of deficits as inherently bad, instead arguing that deficits can strengthen economies and lead to faster growth.
Historian David E. Stannard argues that, the European destruction of the native peoples of the Americas was the most massive act of genocide in the history of the world. Stannard begins with a portrait of the enormous richness and diversity of life in the Americas prior to Columbus’s fateful voyage in 1492. He then follows the path of genocide from the Indies to Mexico and Central and South America, then north to Florida, Virginia, and New England, and finally out across the Great Plains and Southwest to California and the North Pacific Coast. Stannard reveals that wherever Europeans went, the native people were caught between imported plagues and barbarous atrocities, typically resulting in the annihilation of 95 percent of their populations. What kind of people, he asks, do such horrendous things to others? His highly provocative answer: Christians!
Today’s feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord, and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?