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Anti-Racist Book Club

Meeting Schedule & Current Book

Note: These meetings are free to join, but you must register to get the Zoom meeting link. Generally, future meetings will generally take place on the last Monday of the month at 7:30pm.

A Mind Spread Out on the Ground - Upcoming Meetings:

  • Mon, Apr 26, 7:30-8:45pm covering up to the end of chapter "Sontag, In Snapshots" - register here
  • Mon, May 31, 7:30-8:45pm covering the self-reflections and journaling prompts in the final chapter "Extraction Mentalities" - register here

Embracing Yoga's Roots - Upcoming Meetings:

Why are we doing this?


Silence and inaction are not options. The non-stop occurrence of horrific injustices enacted on BIPOC, but lately especially the Black and Indigenous communities, have us feeling exasperated and sorrowful. We’re asking ourselves, what does it look like, not simply to welcome diversity in our community of practice, but to actively do the anti-racist work of dismantling white supremacy?⁠ It's clear that injustice and violence won’t magically disappear without the vocal and active outrage and allyship and accompliceship of the White community.

(Note: while we have two POC on our management team (one of whom also teaches), one Black teacher and one South Asian teacher on our teaching faculty, the majority of the QSY operation at this time is white, so, we’re trying to figure out how to lead as a mostly-but-not-all-white organization.)

This work can take many forms, and expressing our disgust and outrage online is perhaps better than silence. Our YTT program has on-going thread of anti-oppression learning, but why would we stop with only our teacher trainees?⁠ Last summer, we attended the impressive march organized by the Anti-Racism Community Collective. We recognize that the work is never done. And we're ready to do more. We’re calling on our community to join us in a deeper commitment.

One idea we would like to explore with you is an anti-racist bookclub.⁠ The intention of this book-club is to educate ourselves in a community learning space. It’s important to us that participants pay for the learning resources from BIPOC. We’re imagining taking turns hosting, gathering (online as needed) in real time to share in conversation, and buying books from a local independent book retailer.⁠

UPCOMING BOOKS

  • Embracing Yoga's Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your Yoga Practice by Susanna Barkataki - meeting June through September
  • The Body Is Not an Apology: the Power of Radical Self-Love by Sonya Renee Taylor - meeting October through December

PREVIOUS BOOKS

  • The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Canadian activist and journalist Desmond Cole
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robing D'Angelo. We started with this book because it came highly recommended by some in our community as a starting point for white folks who are engaging with anti-racist work.