Jul
24
to Jul 25

Sorry to Bother You Benefit for Cat Brooks

Pre-sale tickets are all sold out.

We are halfway to our goal of $600 raised for #CatBrooksforOakland 's mayoral campaign.
Please give what you can. Anything helps: www.eventbrite.com/e/alameda-for-black-lives-fundraising-for-cat-brooks-for-oakland-donation-only-no-movie-ticket-tickets-48259401168 and then get to www.alamedatheatres.com to get your day-of ticket where Cat Brooks herself will be our honored special guest!

Join friends and neighbors at Alameda Theatre & Cineplex on Tuesday, July 24 at 8pm to watch Sorry to Bother You, the phenominal film debut by Oakland activist-artist-The Coup frontman Boots Riley. Critics are calling Sorry to Bother You the must-see film of the summer, and it all takes place in Oakland!

This event is hosted by Alameda for Black Lives and your ticket price includes a donation to Cat Brooks for Oakland and her campaign to "galvanize the energy of the disenfranchised, the displaced, the tired, the holders-on...a piece of a movement needed to right the wrongs of this city and bring real relief to those who struggle to survive in the place they call home."


This film is rated R.

Tickets will sell fast and we're going to have a great time, so be sure to share this invitation with a friend!

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Apr
15
11:00 AM11:00

Alameda Brake Light Repair Clinic

  • Alameda Point Collaborative Parking Lot (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Brake Light Clinic project:

ABL seeks to help the community protect itself from unnecessary traffic stops by fixing a common problem before it can become a target for the police. Equipment violations, such as a burned-out brake light, are the second-most common justification for stops. Although these minor infractions usually result in fines rather than jail time, they can quickly become a much bigger problem as fees begin to compound, or worse. As we know, the tragic stories of many people, such as Sandra Bland and Philando Castile, began with a questionable traffic stop.

This burden falls inordinately on the poor and communities of color. In Oakland, for example, black motorists make up nearly two-thirds of traffic stops, according to data released by the Oakland Police Department. This is despite black citizens making up only 27 percent of the population, and despite these stops resulting in citation at the lower rate than any other demographic.

Broken brake lights are an all-too-common reason for traffic stops and tickets which put strain on our neighbors who are least able to bear the cost. The idea of a free repair clinic originated in New Orleans, where the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America successfully hosted a free brake light replacement clinic last September.

Alameda Brake Light Repair Clinic Event:

ABL is hosting a repair clinic here in Alameda on April 15. Volunteers should come and be trained on how to change brake lights between 10-11am that day, as well as make signs for use directing traffic. We will then offer free brake light repairs from 11am to 2pm. Please contact us at wendym at gmail dot com if you would like to volunteer for the Brake Light Clinic day. We need help with directing traffic, holding signs, child care and canvassing in addition to changing brake lights.

We are also requesting community help promoting the event to those who may need the service. Please also contact us at wendym at gmail dot com if you would like flyers to distribute. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Alameda Justice Alliance, Stanford Black Alumni Association of Northern California, Stanford/Chicano/Latino Alumni Association of Northern California + Stanford Latino Alumni Association.

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Apr
7
10:30 AM10:30

Book Drive! Supply Nea's 8th Grade with The Hate U Give

The Nea 8th grade English teachers would like to teach this book in their classes in April 2018. They have requested that ABL provide 60 copies of the book, enough for both 8th grade classes, plus a teachers guide.

ABL read this book in 2017 as part of our Racial Justice Study Group. It's only more relevant today! 

We're finishing up a book drive and fundraiser by April 7. If you have a used copy of The Hate U Give to donate, please contact Cami Vance at camivade at gmail dot com and we will pick it up.

We are also gathering financial contributions on Razoo. On March 30, we will place an order for the remainder of the books.

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Mar
31
10:00 AM10:00

March Racial Justice Study Group: When They Call You a Terrorist

  • 1138 Post Street Alameda, CA, 94501 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for our February study group to discuss When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele, with a forward by Angela Davis.

About the book:

In 2013, when Trayvon Martin's killer went free, Patrisse's outrage led her to co-found Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. Condemned as terrorists and as a threat to America, these loving women founded a hashtag that birthed the movement to demand accountability from the authorities who continually turn a blind eye to the injustices inflicted upon people of Black and Brown skin...

When They Call You a Terrorist is Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele's reflection on humanity. It is an empowering account of survival, strength and resilience and a call to action to change the culture that declares innocent Black life expendable.

About the study group:

Please read When They Call You a Terrorist and then join us at a private home to discuss. We'll talk about the themes of the book as well as how to shift our learnings into action in Alameda. Snacks will be provided.

Kindly RSVP at wendym at gmail dot com or on the Facebook event.

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Mar
10
1:30 PM13:30

Houseparty to fund Brake Light Clinic

  • 1037 Regent Street lower level Alameda, CA, 94501 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for conversation, education, snacks, drinks, and FUNdraising! We are raising funds to hold a Free Brake Light Repair Clinic here in Alameda. This family-friendly event is free. At the houseparty, a speaker will share details about racial justice and how the brake light clinic aims to help. Then we'll ask you to chip in some cash to help us make it happen!

Kindly RSVP on the Facebook event here. Or, if you are unable to attend, contact wendym at gmail dot com to learn more about how to contribute.

The Brake Light Clinic project:

ABL seeks to help the community protect itself from unnecessary traffic stops by fixing a common problem before it can become a target for the police. Equipment violations, such as a burned-out brake light, are the second-most common justification for stops. Although these minor infractions usually result in fines rather than jail time, they can quickly become a much bigger problem as fees begin to compound, or worse. As we know, the tragic stories of many people, such as Sandra Bland and Philando Castile, began with a questionable traffic stop.

This burden falls inordinately on the poor and communities of color. In Oakland, for example, black motorists make up nearly two-thirds of traffic stops, according to data released by the Oakland Police Department. This is despite black citizens making up only 27 percent of the population, and despite these stops resulting in citation at the lower rate than any other demographic.

Broken brake lights are an all-too-common reason for traffic stops and tickets which put strain on our neighbors who are least able to bear the cost. The idea of a free repair clinic originated in New Orleans, where the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America successfully hosted a free brake light replacement clinic last September.

Alameda Brake Light Repair Clinic Event:

ABL is hosting a Brake Light Repair Clinic at Alameda Point Collaborative from 11-2 on April 15. At this point, the key task is to identify sufficient numbers of volunteers to proceed with the project, and raise sufficient funds. We anticipate a need for approximately 30 volunteers and $1000 to make the event a success. Please contact us at wendym at gmail dot com if you would like to volunteer for the Brake Light Clinic day.

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Feb
1
7:30 PM19:30

January/February ABL General Meeting

  • Alameda Point Collaborative conference room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us for a general meeting to discuss the following upcoming projects in service of racial justice:

Potential event to replace broken brake lights in Alameda
ABL's participation in the Alameda Justice Alliance
Equity efforts with Alameda Schools

Please RSVP on the Facebook event here or email wendym at gmail dot com if you do not use Facebook. 

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Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

November ABL General Meeting

Join us for our monthly general meeting to learn more about ABL, get involved in upcoming events, and help organize future activities.

Meeting location is Alameda Point Collaborative conference room. 

Please join us! You may RSVP to the Facebook event, or via email to wendym at gmail dot com. You may also contact us with your interests and questions by clicking on the Get Involved button at top right.

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Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

October Racial Justice Study Group Meeting

Our October meeting will address the theme "Living within the violence of white supremacy."

Please read Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me (176 pages) prior to attending.

Kindly RSVP to the Facebook Event or to wendym at gmail dot com if you do not use Facebook so we can prepare for the meeting. 

The ABL Racial Justice Study Group typically meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday at Books, Inc in Alameda. 

For months where we are discussing a reading, books can be purchased at Books, Inc. for a 15% discount for attendees of the ABL meeting group. Please identify yourself as part of this group when you order. If Books, Inc. is out of a certain title, they will special order it.

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Sep
23
11:00 AM11:00

2nd Annual Unity Picnic

Alameda For Black Lives joins the Black Achievers Alliance in inviting you to attend Alameda's 2nd Annual Unity Picnic.

This event connects the Alameda Community and features lunch, games, music, drummers, a bounce house, and other activities. Come to the Crab Cover Picnic Area at Central & Webster anytime from 11am-4pm.

View the official Facebook invite here.

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Sep
17
1:00 PM13:00

Houseparty for Housing Justice

Join us for a house party to support Alameda Renters Coalition. An ARC leader will join us for a brief talk about their fight for Just Cause rental protections in Alameda. 

Read our statement in solidarity with ARC to learn more about how Alameda For Black Lives connects our mission to dismantle white supremacy in Alameda with ARC's fight for fair protection for our neighbors.

In addition to spreading awareness of ARC's work, our goal is to raise $1000 for the fight for Just Cause at this event. We encourage you to bring your checkbook. Even if you are only capable of giving $5 or $10, your presence and solidarity will be meaningful and appreciated.

Everyone is welcome, including children. There will be a play area for kids.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and coffee and get to know other islanders committed to the fight for racial justice and Just Cause protections.

This event will be held in a private home, and location information will be shared when you RSVP to the Facebook event or RSVP to wendym at gmail dot com.

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Aug
27
10:30 AM10:30

Bay Area Rally Against Hate

Alameda For Black Lives joins many other groups in endorsing the Bay Area Rally Against Hate.

Official event language is as follows:
We're residents of the Bay Area -- people of color, working class people, immigrants, queer, lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people, liberals, leftists, and others. We think it's time to get together, to celebrate our differences in solidarity, and peacefully speak out against the hateful currents in American society.

Fascists and white supremacists are meeting in Berkeley to try to intimidate us and incite violence. We're meeting near UC Berkeley campus, blocks away and on the other side of the downtown, for a peaceful rally to speak to each other about the world we want. Join us, bring snacks, bring signs!

Visit the official Facebook event and RSVP here.

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Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

August Racial Justice Study Group Meeting

  • Alameda Point Collaborative, Mural Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our August meeting will address the theme "James Baldwin on American Racism."

We will screen and then discuss the film I Am Not Your Negro . Join us from 6-7:30pm to watch the film together. We will provide pizza! Then, we will discuss the film from 7:30-9pm.

If you watched the film prior to attending, we invite you to join us at 7:30 for discussion. 

Kindly RSVP to the Facebook Event or to wendym at gmail dot com if you do not use Facebook so we can prepare for the meeting and provide enough food for all. 

The ABL Racial Justice Study Group typically meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday at Books, Inc in Alameda. Learn more and see the full list of books here.

For months where we are discussing a reading, books can be purchased at Books, Inc. for a 15% discount for attendees of the ABL meeting group. Please identify yourself as part of this group when you order. If Books, Inc. is out of a certain title, they will special order it.

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Jul
27
7:30 PM19:30

July Racial Justice Study Group Meeting

The July meeting will address the theme "The Creation of Race as a Tool of Oppression."

This month's work to read before attending is two chapters of Barbara Fields' book Racecraft. Please read chapters 1 and 4 prior to the meeting. 

This month's meeting will take place in a private home and is on a Thursday. Please RSVP on the Facebook event or contact wendym at gmail dot com for the address. 

The ABL Racial Justice Study Group typically meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday at Books, Inc. on Park Street. Learn more and see the full list of books here.

 

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Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

June Racial Justice Study Group Meeting

The ABL Racial Justice Study Group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday. Learn more and see the full list of books here.

The June meeting will address the theme "Living Under White Supremacy."

This month's book to read before attending is the YA novel The Hate U Give.

This meeting will take place at Books, Inc. on Park Street. Kindly RSVP to wendym at gmail dot com or on our Facebook event so we can prepare.

For months where we are discussing a reading, books can be purchased at Books, Inc. for a 15% discount for attendees of the ABL meeting group. Please identify yourself as part of this group when you order. If Books, Inc. is out of a certain title, they will special order it

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Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

June ABL General Meeting with Police Chief Rolleri

  • American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for our monthly general meeting. At this month's meeting, we will hold a Q&A with Police Chief Paul Rolleri. 

A discussion of questions the group would like to discuss is available in the Alameda for Black Lives Facebook group. 

Meeting location is American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, 451 Sardust Pl, at Alameda Point. RSVP on our Facebook event  or via email to wendym at gmail dot com if you do not use Facebook. 

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Jun
16
5:30 PM17:30

Remembering the Charleston Church Nine

Join Alameda for Black Lives and community and faith leaders as we honor the two-year anniversary of the white supremacist terror attack that claimed the lives of nine people as they attended a church service in Charleston, SC.

We will meet at the southwest corner of Webster Street and Atlantic Avenue. Speakers will include Rab'ia Keeble of Qual'bu Maryam Women's Mosque and Robbie Wilson of Alameda Black Achievers Alliance.

All are welcome to this free event. Please share widely.

RSVP on the Facebook event here.

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Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

Climate, Race, and Housing: A discussion on gentrification, our homes, and the environment

Climate Justice is Housing Justice. Come learn about environmental justice and how it relates to race, gentrification, and our homes in this engaging, free talk presented by Rasheed Shabazz, Jeanne Nader, and members of Alameda Renters Coalition and hosted by Alameda for Black Lives. 

Free. Kindly RSVP at our Facebook Event, or email wendym at gmail dot com.

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May
25
7:30 PM19:30

May ABL General Meeting

Join us for our monthly general meeting to learn more about ABL, get involved in upcoming events, and help organize future activities.

Meeting location is the Peet's Coffee on Park in Alameda. 

Please join us! You may RSVP via email to wendym at gmail dot com. You may also contact us with your interests and questions by clicking on the Get Involved button at top right.

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May
23
7:30 PM19:30

May Racial Justice Study Group Meeting

The ABL Racial Justice Study Group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday. Learn more and see the full list of books here.

The May meeting will address the theme "From Slavery to the Prison Industrial Complex."

Watch before attending (available to all for free on Netflix):
Thirteenth

This meeting will take place at Books, Inc. on Park Street. Kindly RSVP to wendym at gmail dot com or on our Facebook event so we can prepare.

For months where we are discussing a reading, books can be purchased at Books, Inc. for a 15% discount for attendees of the ABL meeting group. Please identify yourself as part of this group when you order. If Books, Inc. is out of a certain title, they will special order it.

 

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May
21
11:00 AM11:00

Climate Emergency Movement Training - May 21 is sold out

ABL is pleased to co-present this all-day, free training, because we believe that climate change is having unequal effects on people of color. 

This movement organizer training will help you learn everything you need to:
- communicate the whole truth about the scale and urgency of the climate crisis and what we need to do to solve it
-engage your unique skills and social networks to scale the movement
-work on your own or with a team to escalate and win

This date is sold out, but we are holding an additional training on May 20. 

Want to know more? Check out The Climate Mobilization's "Blueprint for a Climate Emergency Movement", a plan for how we can escalate and win the fight for the emergency transition we need: theclimatemobilization.org/blueprint

More details about The Climate Mobilization's trainings here: http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/movement-training

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May
20
11:00 AM11:00

Climate Emergency Movement Training - May 20 group

ABL is pleased to co-present this all-day, free training, because we believe that climate change is having unequal effects on people of color. 

This movement organizer training will help you learn everything you need to:
- communicate the whole truth about the scale and urgency of the climate crisis and what we need to do to solve it
-engage your unique skills and social networks to scale the movement
-work on your own or with a team to escalate and win

Please RSVP on our Facebook Event and reserve tickets here.

Want to know more? Check out The Climate Mobilization's "Blueprint for a Climate Emergency Movement", a plan for how we can escalate and win the fight for the emergency transition we need: theclimatemobilization.org/blueprint

More details about The Climate Mobilization's trainings here: http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/movement-training

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May
13
12:00 PM12:00

May "Everyone Belongs Here" Human Billboard Vigil

  • Corner of Park Street and Santa Clara Ave Alameda, CA 94501 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join friends and neighbors to hold signs and make our work for racial justice visible. This vigil takes place on all four corners of the intersection of Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue. Bring a sign! 

Weekly Everyone Belongs Here vigils are presented by Alameda Progressives. Alameda For Black Lives joins as a group in solidarity on a monthly basis.

In the East Bay and around the country, organizations have held "human billboard" vigil events on prominent street corners and freeway overpasses, holding signs to make our support for Black communities visible. These vigils have been a simple yet effective way of channeling anger and sadness over injustice into collective action and solidarity.

Just show up, or RSVP on Facebook here! All are welcome. Remember this month's vigil is concurrent with the Park Street festival, and you may need to allot extra time to reach the vigil location.

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Apr
29
10:30 AM10:30

ABL at People's Climate March, Lake Merritt

Meet at Peet's Coffee to go as a group to the People's Climate March at Lake Merritt Amphitheater. March, demonstrate, dance, learn, and link arms around Lake Merritt. Climate change is real and it is an emergency. Environmental justice is racial justice. Join us!

RSVP on our Facebook event so we know whether to wait for you at Peet's or meet you at the march.

 

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Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

April ABL General Meeting

Join us for our monthly general meeting to learn more about ABL, get involved in upcoming events, and help organize future activities.

Meeting location is the Peet's Coffee on Park in Alameda. 

Please join us! You may RSVP via email to wendym at gmail dot com. You may also contact us with your interests and questions by clicking on the Get Involved button at top right.

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Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

April Racial Justice Study Group Meeting

The ABL Racial Justice Study Group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday. Learn more and see the full list of books here.

The April meeting will address the theme "Black Liberation in Global Context."

Reading:
Angela Davis, Freedom is a Constant Struggle

Books can be purchased at Books, Inc. for a 15% discount for attendees of the ABL meeting group. Please identify yourself as part of this group when you order. If Books, Inc. is out of a certain title, they will special order it.

This meeting will take place at Books, Inc. on Park Street. Kindly RSVP on the Facebook event (or to wendym at gmail dot com if you do not use Facebook) so we can prepare.

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Apr
15
12:00 PM12:00

April "Everyone Belongs Here" Human Billboard Vigil

  • Corner of Park Street & Santa Clara Avenue Alameda, CA 94501 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join friends and neighbors to hold signs and make our work for racial justice visible. This vigil takes place on all four corners of the intersection of Park Street and Santa Clara Avenue. Bring a sign! 

Weekly Everyone Belongs Here vigils are presented by Alameda Progressives. Alameda For Black Lives joins as a group in solidarity on a monthly basis.

In the East Bay and around the country, organizations have held "human billboard" vigil events on prominent street corners and freeway overpasses, holding signs to make our support for Black communities visible. These vigils have been a simple yet effective way of channeling anger and sadness over injustice into collective action and solidarity.

RSVP on the Facebook Event - or just show up! All are welcome.

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Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

Peaceful Vigil for Black Lives - now April 14th

NOTE: The vigil has been postponed one week so that ABL can stand in solidarity with Alameda Renters Coalition's push to end no-cause eviction on April 7. More information about how to join that effort is on ARC's Facebook page. Please also read our statement on rent control made to City Council on April 4.

ABL Peaceful Vigil:
Join your neighbors for a peaceful reading of the names of Black men and women killed in the US this year by police.

None of these killings have taken place in Alameda; we perform this vigil once a quarter to remember those lives lost and to affirm Alameda's commitment to the rights of Black people: for safety and justice and equality. Our Police have been invited to stand in solidarity.

Everyone is welcome to this peaceful demonstration. Bring signs, candles, kids, friends, reverence, outrage, optimism, peaceful intention, respect for all people, and resolve as we come together and say that Alameda stands for Peace, Equality, and Justice for all.

This event is preceded by Racial Justice Storytime at 6pm. Bring the family to listen to stories about creating community and being an upstander in solidarity with people of color.  

RSVP not necessary, but you may to so at the Facebook Event (you will need to join our open Facebook group to RSVP). Separate RSVP for Racial Justice Storytime here.

 

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Apr
4
5:30 PM17:30

ABL at April 4 City Council Meeting

ABL is asking our members to attend this meeting so City Council sees there is a groundswell of support in Alameda for solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives.

For this meeting we will also be supporting Alameda Renters Coalition's call for inclusiveness in housing policy, as it significantly impacts people of color.

Wear Alameda for Black Lives/BLM-related t shirts and bring signs if you have them. Press conference and media/demonstration at 530pm, followed by the meeting.

See you there! Further details/updates/RSVP at the Facebook event (join the group in order to RSVP). 

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Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

Bake Sale to Send a Kid to Summer Camp

Help Alameda for Black Lives raise money to send two kids in our community to ARPD enrichment camp this summer!

Come on down and get your hands on some delicious gluten-full and gluten-free treats like Rice Krispie bars, Double-fudge brownies, Chocolate chip cookies, and Peet's Coffee.

We'll be selling outside La Penca Azul from 10-12 and taking a break to observe the Human Billboard for Racial Justice from 12-1, then selling again until 2pm or until we run out of cookies!

Free stickers, shirts for sale, and a delicious way to help a couple of kids get to camp this summer! See you there, rain or shine. More information, updates & RSVP on the Facebook event.

If you aren't able to attend, you can still help by donating here!

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Mar
28
7:30 PM19:30

March Racial Justice Study Group Meeting

The A4BL Racial Justice Reading Group meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday. Learn more and see the full list of books here.

The March meeting will address the theme "The Struggle for Liberation."

Readings:
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (219 pages)

Books can be purchased at Books, Inc. for a 15% discount for attendees of the A4BL meeting group. If Books, Inc. is out of a certain title, they will special order it.

This meeting will take place at Books, Inc. on Park Street. Kindly RSVP to the Facebook event (join the ABL group to RSVP) or to wendym at gmail dot com so we can prepare.

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