Abolitionist Futures - Book Club (Mutual Aid by Dean Spade)

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Join us for our first Bookclub where we will be reading Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) by Dean Spade.

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About Bookclub:

Attendees are encouraged to pre-read the materials prior to the session. However, we recognise that this may not be possible. The more important thing is turning up and gathering together. Each session will begin with a reading of a section of the book, to allow everyone to engage with discussions. Find summaries of each session, a discussion guide and further details of Bookclub on our website.

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Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) by Dean Spade

This book is about mutual aid: why it is so important, what it looks like, and how to do it. It provides a grassroots theory of mutual aid, describes how mutual aid is a crucial part of powerful movements for social justice, and offers concrete tools for organizing, such as how to work in groups, how to foster a collective decision-making process, how to prevent and address conflict, and how to deal with burnout.

Mutual aid is the radical act of caring for each other while working to change the world.

Around the globe, people are faced with a spiralling succession of crises, from the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change-induced fires, floods, and storms to the ongoing horrors of mass incarceration, racist policing, brutal immigration enforcement, endemic gender violence, and severe wealth inequality. As governments fail to respond to—or actively engineer—each crisis, ordinary people are finding bold and innovative ways to share resources and support the vulnerable.Survival work, when done alongside social movement demands for transformative change, is called mutual aid.

About the author:

Dean Spade is an Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law. Spade has spent over two decades working in social movements to end prisons, borders, poverty and war and to support people struggling to survive. Spade’s first book is Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of the Law

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Session One: Tuesday 23rd March, 6:30pm -8pm

Introduction to Mutual Aid [Chapter 1 – 3 (42 pages) + video (7 mins)]

Session Two: Tuesday 27th April , 6:30pm -8pm

Pitfalls and how to avoid them [Chapter 4 – half of chapter 5 (pages 43-104)]

Session Three: Tuesday 25th May, 6:30pm -8pm

End of Chapter 5(pages 104-148)

To access the book:

You can purchase the book at Verso at a discounted price of £5.39 for the e-book and £6.29 for the paperback (plus free ebook).

If cost is a barrier for you, please get in touch with us.

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