Welcome to Read and Resist! A reading group set up in January 2020. This reading group is open to all interested in developing their knowledge, reading, and discussion of selected texts broadly relating to Transformative Justice.
Our sessions will be held monthly through each semester until the vacation period (September-January and February- July). All sessions will be held digitally.
We welcome all people from all experiences and backgrounds to join in with our discussions – all that is required is an interest in learning more about transformative justice!
Please select as many readings as you feel appropriate! Get in touch with us ReadandResist20atgmaildotcom if you have difficulty accessing any of the readings.
READING SESSIONS AND LIST (OCTOBER 2021- January 2022)
14th October 6-8pm
Session: Resistance, Power and Protest: In support of Black History Month
- Gargi Bhattacharyya et al. Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State, Pluto Press, 2021 ch14 (get in touch with us if you have difficulty accessing a copy)
- Erica Meiners and Therese Quinn, What Struggle Teaches: The Pedagogy of Resistance and Community 2016
- Gargi Bhattacharyya, We, the heartbroken, Pluto Press Blog
Sita Balani, Catching History: Vigils, Riots and the Right to Protest, Verso Books Blog
- Adam Elliot-Cooper in conversation with Gus John, Gracie-May Bradley, and Tracey Jackson, Black Resistance to British Policing – Book Launch
18th November 6-8pm (online booking open)
Session: Comradeship, Allyship and The Perils of Mainstream Feminism
- Alison Phipps, Me, Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism (2020) Manchester University Press Introduction (get in touch with us if you have difficulty accessing a copy)
- Molly Ackhurst, Me Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism (2020)
Françoise Vergès, White Women, Feminism and Its Repression of Slavery, Pluto Press Blog
- Françoise Vergès, Decolonial Feminism, Pluto Press (get in touch with us for a discount code)
- A Decolonial Feminism: Timofei Gerber in conversation with Françoise Vergès, Epoché Magazine
- Françoise Vergès, Lola Olufemi, Book Launch
13th January 6-8pm
Session: #Kill the Bill: “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action”
- Audre Lorde (1984) The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action
- Audre Lorde Your Silence Will Not Protect You [audio]
- Flick Adams and Fabienne Emmerich (2021)“Our Silence Will Not Protect Us”: They know that and that’s why we need to #KilltheBill
28th April 6-8pm
Session: In Memoriam bell hooks Love, Community, Interdependence, and “How We Show Up”
- bell hooks, All About Love Chapter 4 & 9
- Kai Cheng Thom, What is Loving Justice? 2021
- Mia Birdsong, Chapter 3: Love is Abundant and Every Relationship Is Unique: The Queering of Friendship, in How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community (2020)
- Mia Birdsong and Prentis Hemphill, Community and Belonging, Finding Our Way podcast
19th May 6-8pm
Abolishing Capitalism and Trans Liberation: The Link Between the Two
- Jules Joanne Gleeson, Elle O’Rourke (eds) Transgender Marxism (Pluto Press, 2021)
- Nim Ralph in conversation with Fergal O’Dwyer Why Trans Liberation is a Class Issue (2021)
- Shon Faye, ‘I feel like it’s quite shaky acceptance’: trans kids and the fight for inclusion
- Shon Faye and Robin Craig in Conversation, Shon Faye: ‘Transphobia is a Direct Product of Capitalism’ The Transgender Issue, Huck Magazine Interview J.rogue, De-essentializing Anarchist Feminism: Lessons from the Transfeminist Movement in C.B. Daring, J.Rogue, Deric Shannon, Abbey Volcano (eds)Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire
16th June 6-8pm
Session: Abolition Feminism: Envisioning Fulfilling Futures, Building Beyond Containment
- Angela Davis, Gina Dent, Erica Meiners and Beth Richie Abolition. Feminism. Now (2022)
- Judith Levine and Erica Meiners, A Better World Is Not a Place, but a Practice: A Conversation with Judith Levine and Erica R. Meiners (2016)
- Emma K Russell, Queer Histories and the Politics of Policing (Routledge, 2020)
- Angela Davis, Abolition Feminism: Theories and Practices for our Time (2020)
17th November 6-8pm
Session: Disability, Incarceration and Abolition
- Moshe Ben, Liat. Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition. (2020)
- ‘Queer-Cripping Anarchism: Intersections and Reflections on Anarchism, Queerness, and Dis-ability’, in Daring, C.B. Rogue, D. Shannon, D. Volcano, A. (ed.) Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire. (2012) P 283-302.
- Jodie S. Cohen. A Teenager Didn’t Do Her Online Schoolwork. So A Judge Sent Her to Juvenile Detention. Pro Publica. 14th July 2020.
- Liat Ben Moshe, Erica Meiners and Dean Spade. Decarcerating Disability (2020)
We are keen for grassroots groups and organisations to host a reading group session centring on their central focuses. If you’re interested, or you fancy recommending some readings to us? Drop us a line: Readandresist20atgmaildotcom
You can view our 2020/21 reading group readings here.
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