So you want to be an ally help but don’t know where to start? Let’s educate ourselves.
We ALL have a part to play in dismantling the power systems that continue to discriminate and oppress Black people, People of Colour, and people from marginalized communities… And it’s a role that we must actively take. Not just in the U.S., but also in Canada, the Netherlands, and around the world. The first step is to read and learn how you can help.
In the Xenolearn Book Club, we will foster a safe and judgement-free space to learn about Others, and educate ourselves about the lives, experiences and struggles others face every day.
Xenolearn will hold two video-conference calls. One at the beginning of the book, and one at the end of the book. During these conference calls, we will lean into the uncomfortable conversations, engage in thought exercises, and challenge our preconceptions and beliefs.
The cost of participation in the book club is 15 €/$USD/$CAD.
(book not included)
100% of the cost of the participation for this Book Club will go towards Campaign Zero, an organization dedicated to identifying solutions, providing research & data to organizers and policymakers, advocating to end police violence in the United States.
Thank you to everyone who has signed up for the first Xenolearn Book Club in July, 2020.
If you are interested in joining the Book Club in August, please sign up below!
Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller. She’s the author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press. Named one of the The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society, Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian, among other outlets.
To make sure that all of the the information
you’re reading doesn’t go in one ear, out the other, we’ll have stimulating conversations, engage in reflection exercises, and ask special guests how we can make changes in our own lives.
Reading and discussing with peers and in small groups regularly means that you will be more likely to read the book, engage with these new lessons, and practice more inclusive behaviours over time.
We are a nonprofit company because we believe that business can be a form of activism. These are long-standing issues that will require long-term solutions, including regular donations the organizations advocating for the rights and human dignity of those most deeply affected.
The cost of participation in the book club is
Educating ourselves is one step. Donating to organizations and causes that fight for the rights and dignity of humans is a second.
For July, the Book Club’s proceeds will go towards Campaign Zero, an organization dedicated to identifying solutions, providing research & data to organizers and policymakers, advocating to end police violence in the U.S.
In August, a new organization will be chosen to correspond with our next book’s main cause.
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