Madeline Island Racial Justice Study Group

Please join members of the extended Madeline Island community as we continue to use Zoom to meet, discuss, and learn about ways to promote racial justice:

7:00-8:00 p.m. (Central time)

First Wednesday of the month

Zoom Meeting ID: 867 4134 0213

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86741340213

This is a community-sponsored activity and all are welcome! For more information or to be added to the email distribution list, contact Robin Roderick at robinrest@aol.com

Background

This group was started in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the protests which followed. Many of us have and do feel a need to be part of a culture of change, and believe that such change can take many forms. We have chosen to further and deepen our own knowledge of the history, culture and practice of racism and efforts to dismantle racism in this country. 

Upcoming Calendar of Topics

May and June – Treuer, Anton “ The Cultural Toolbox: Traditional Ojibwe Living in the Modern World”

July – Grann, David, “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI”

August and September – TBD

October – LaDuke, Winona “To Be a Water Protector: The Rise of the Wiindigoo Slayers” The MI Bookclub is also reading this in October and we hope to do a joint meeting.

November – Erdrich, Louise “ The Sentence”

December – TBD


Some of the books, articles, podcasts and films we have discussed in the past:

November 2020 (Wednesday, November 4th)

December 2020 (Wednesday, December 2nd)

January 2021 (Wednesday, January 6th)

  • James Baldwin – I Am Not Your Negro  Available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix
  • James Baldwin – The Fire Next Time  Book.

February 2021 (Wednesday, February 3rd)

  • Ava DuVernay – Thirteenth  Available for streaming from Netflix
  • Michelle Alexander – The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Book

March 2021

  • Louise Erdrich, The Round House

St John’s Social Justice Book Club to Discuss “How to Be an Antiracist”

First and Third Wednesdays of the month (August 5 and 19) 5– 6pm via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83486283738

The first meeting of the St. John’s Social Justice BookClub took place on July 1 and we discussed Ibram X. Kendi’s book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. There was extreme interest in this topic, and the group decided to meet a second time in mid-July to further explore the ideas in this book. A third meeting, at the end of July, transitioned from the discussion of Stamped to an exploration of a second book by Dr. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist.

Meetings are the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 5 pm. The meeting will take place on Zoom. See the St. John’s calendar on Events page for full details of the plans for the August 5 and 19 meetings.