Social Justice Syllabus vol V

Founded in 2017, the Social Justice Syllabus Book Club invites community members to read together on themes related to equality and justice. During our first series, Kaepernick’s Reading List, we read and discussed books the New York Times described as being inspirational to quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s activism. In the second part of this series, Borders, we read fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about immigration, asylum, and borders. Our third series, Pages Against the Patriarchy, explored what patriarchy is, how it affects us, and looked at other ways of living. Series four, Policing & Protest, explored the role of policing in the Unitied States and looked at how protest movements can be used to build a more just future for all.

In our fifth series, Native Lands, Native Lives, we will spend the year reading histories, novels, and poetry by and about Native Americans, with a particular focus on some of the Native stories from the Seattle region.

Writer and pro bono immigration attorney C. Hudak is the founder of the Social Justice Syllabus Book Club. She collaborates with Third Place Books to develop the SJS reading lists and hosts the monthly discussions.

The Social Justice Syllabus Book Club meets on the last Thursday of every month. All are welcome and no purchase is required.

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Past reads include:

Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth By The Red Nation Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781942173434
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Common Notions - April 20th, 2021

When the Red Nation released their call for a Red Deal, it generated coverage in places from Teen Vogue to Jacobin to the New Republic, was endorsed by the DSA, and has galvanized organizing and action. Now, in response to popular demand, the Red Nation expands their original statement filling in the histories and ideas that formed it and forwarding a


Haboo: Native American Stories from Puget Sound By VI Hilbert (Translator), Jill La Pointe (Foreword by), Thom Hess (Introduction by) Cover Image
By VI Hilbert (Translator), Jill La Pointe (Foreword by), Thom Hess (Introduction by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9780295746968
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: University of Washington Press - June 30th, 2020

Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place (Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books) By Coll Thrush, William Cronon (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Coll Thrush, William Cronon (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780295741345
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: University of Washington Press - March 1st, 2017

This updated edition of Native Seattle brings the indigenous story to the present day and puts the movement of recognizing Seattle's Native past into a broader context.


Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name: The Change of Worlds for the Native People and Settlers on Puget Sound By David M. Buerge Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781632173454
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Sasquatch Books - August 3rd, 2021

This is the first thorough historical account of Chief Seattle and his times--the story of a half-century of tremendous flux, turmoil, and violence, during which a native American war leader became an advocate for peace and strove to create a successful hybrid racial community.


The Bitter Waters of  Medicine Creek: A Tragic Clash Between White and Native America By Richard Kluger Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307388964
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Kluger brings to life a bloody clash between Native Americans and white settlers in the 1850s Pacific Northwest.


The Night Watchman: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780062671196
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harper Perennial - March 23rd, 2021

WINNER OF THE 2021 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

WASHINGTON POST, AMAZON, NPR, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, KIRKUS, CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY, AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST BOOK OF 2020