Democracy & Dissent Book Group

This group, facilitated by Gisela Jernigan, discusses non-fiction books on many topics, most with a  political-sociological bent. They've discussed books about education, politics, food, urban planning, border issues, economics, and issues of race and culture.
This group meets on the first Sunday of the month at 2:00pm.
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Books for the group are 10% off the month prior to the discussion.


Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security (City Lights Open Media) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872867154
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: City Lights Books - September 12th, 2017

Discussion on Sunday, March 4 at 2:00pm.

Local author and journalist Todd Miller has been writing about border issues for over 15 years. In Storming the Wall, Miller explores the impact of the environmental crisis on the developed world’s borders and resources. According to U.S. military planners, climate change now poses the #1 national security threat to the U.S. Droughts, fires, and floods are driving ever-larger numbers of people to cross national borders, and legions of highly militarized border armies are being deployed to stop them. Miller’s research has taken him to hot spots around the globe, allowing him to share with us a few of the countless stories of people engaged in creative defiance of the armies and border patrols being deployed to fight those in flight.

Men Explain Things to Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608464661
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Haymarket Books - September 1st, 2015

Discussion on Sunday, April 1 at 2:00pm.

The scathing title essay is the inspiration behind the term “mansplaining:” a word used to describe men who wrongly assume they know things and women don’t. In this insightful collection, writer, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit discusses the ways in which power is wielded in today’s societies and brings awareness to the staggering inequalities that we wrestle with on a daily basis. Of the many vital topics explored in Men Explain Things to Me, including a highly original inquiry into marriage equality and a terrifying survey of the scope of contemporary violence against women, the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say.

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544947108
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Published: Mariner Books - April 18th, 2017

Discussion on Sunday, May 6 at 2:00pm.

The enslavement of communities from North America and the Caribbean broke down entire nations and irreparably erased cultural and political ecosystems. American schoolchildren are taught that smallpox was the epidemic that gutted Native American populations after exposure to Europeans. In this award-winning book, Reséndez suggests that the epidemic was actually the Europeans themselves.

Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation Cover Image
By John Freeman (Editor)
ISBN: 9780143131038
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Published: Penguin Books - September 5th, 2017

Discussion on Sunday, June 3 at 2:00pm.