South Brooklyn Racial Justice and Abolition Reading Group

Start: Friday, July 31, 2020 6:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

End: Friday, July 31, 2020 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

The South Brooklyn Branch is hosting a three part study group on racism and abolition in the United States. This is open to anyone who wants to discuss these topics in light of the Black uprising against police brutality and systemic racism. The history of slavery, Jim Crow, and the 'war on drugs' has shaped this country as much as slave rebellions, the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and BLM. The history and dynamics are alive and well. Time to discuss and draw inspiration from the Black struggle, then and now, alongside the ongoing protests.

Friday, July 3rd, 6pm
Week 1: Abolition

Readings:
Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete? https://collectiveliberation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Are_Prisons_Obsolete_Angela_Davis.pdf
Audio:
Interview with Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Part 1): https://theintercept.com/2020/06/10/ruth-wilson-gilmore-makes-the-case-for-abolition/

Friday, July 17th, 6pm
Week 2: The Roots of US Racism

Readings:
Slavery, Race and Ideology in the United States
https://www.solidarity-us.org/pdfs/cadreschool/fields.pdf
The Legacy of Black Reconstruction
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/08/web-du-bois-black-reconstruction-civil-rights
Audio:
Black Reconstruction in America
https://wearemany.org/a/2011/07/black-reconstruction-in-america
Slavery and the Origins of Racism
https://wearemany.org/a/2015/07/slavery-and-origins-of-racism

Friday, July 31st, 6pm
Week 3: From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter

Readings:
From #BLM to Black Liberation by Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor, Chapters 2 and 3
https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/778-from-blacklivesmatter-to-black-liberation
-Chapter 2: From Civil Rights to Colorblind
-Chapter 3: Black Faces in High Places
The Combahee River Collective Statement: http://circuitous.org/scraps/combahee.html
Audio:
From Civil Rights to Black Power -
https://wearemany.org/a/2016/07/from-civil-rights-to-black-power
From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter - https://wearemany.org/v/from-civil-rights-to-blacklivesmatter

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