Crossroads Fund invites you to celebrate 30 years of seeding change, growing leaders and building movements with our Reading Change book series.
This year, Crossroads Fund is celebrating our 30th anniversary. We’re taking this opportunity to think critically about some of the social justice movements that Crossroads Fund has supported over the last three decades. Over the next nine months, we will be reading books addressing some of the issues our grantees are organizing around, hosting public gatherings to discuss these books and movements, and publishing reflections and analysis on the Crossroads Fund blog about the series.
Our first book in the series will be We Are Wisconsin, edited by Erica Sagrans. We’ll be discussing the book and new organizing strategies for 21st century workers on October 26th at 6pm at Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 South Halsted Street. Learn more.
We hope you’ll join us in a variety of activities over the next year, as we read and discuss the following books, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events from Crossroads Fund, our grantees and partners.
Reading Change 2011-2012
- Democracy Remixed – Cathy Cohen: Cathy Cohen’s groundbreaking work analyzes the state of black youth and their engagement in the American political system.
- My Desire for History: Essays in Gay, Community, and Labor History – John D’Emilio: This accessible collection of essays by Allan Bérubé spans the history of GBLT communities in the US, probing the evolution of gay identity and its intersection with issues of race, class and gender.
- The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy – Raj Patel: Amidst a deepening economic crisis and growing inequality, Raj Patel argues that the root causes of the crisis are linked to the way that the market assigns value to goods, labor and the environment.
- We Are Wisconsin – Erica Sagrans: This new collection explores the grassroots defense of workers’ rights in Wisconsin through the writings of organizers, journalists, bloggers and tweeters.
- Red Missed Aches – Jennifer Tamayo: Through poetry and artwork Jennifer Tamayo unpacks her identity as an immigrant and a woman, playing with language and questions of status in new and surprising ways.
Buy the Books: All five Reading Change titles will be available in October at Women & Children First in Andersonville, with additional locations to be announced soon. Buy all five and receive a free Reading Change tote bag! Get started reading today!
Come to the Events: Come discuss We Are Wisconsin and hear from Chicago organizations engaged in new worker rights organizing strategies at "Are We Wisconsin? Labor Organizing in the Obama Era" October 26, 2011 at 6pm, at Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 South Halsted Street. Co-sponsored by Chicago Jobs with Justice.
Get Involved: Want to organize a discussion of any of these books? Want to blog about reading and social justice? Contact Rachel@crossroadsfund.org
Read More: It was nearly impossible to choose just five books about social movements! Check out these other books we considered for the series for additional reading options.