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The NASW-NYC CARES Virtual Book Club

The NASW-NYC CARES Virtual Book Club is designed to bring members together and foster an open and collaborative space where members can engage in meaningful discussions about social justice issues as well as practice and policy issues that affect the profession.  The NASW-NYC CARES Virtual Book Club is also a venture to support local, independently owned bookstores in NYC.

 

NASW Members, please click HERE for your Member-Exclusive access, which includes:

  • Access to register for the member-exclusive monthly book discussion
  • Access to a listing of supplemental materials for the monthly book selection
  • Exclusive discounts on that month’s book selection from the featured NYC bookstore of the month
  • Chances to win exclusive quarterly member giveaway contests
  • 40% of your registration fee for the discussion goes to the featured NYC bookstore of the month

 

May 2020 Featured NYC Bookstore of the Month

 

Word Up Community Bookshop

 

Word Up [Community Bookshop] is a multilingual, general-interest community bookshop and arts space in Washington Heights, New York City, committed to preserving and building a neighborhood in which all residents help each other to live better informed and more expressive lives, using books as an instrument of reciprocal education and exchange, empowering not only themselves, but their community.  Word Up is run by volunteers from the uptown community. By hosting readings, concerts, screenings, art exhibitions, talks and workshops, community meetings, and other activities for kids and adults, we do our best to support and fortify the creative spirit unique to our diverse, uptown community.  Word Up is a program of the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Seven Stories Institute, whose mission is to provide necessary books to communities that do not otherwise have access to them, to stimulate discussion of important policy issues within those communities who have the most to lose in the current political and economic crises but have the least access to the terms of the debate.

 

May 2020 Book Selection of the Month

 

 

Title: Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

Author: Mikki Kendall

ISBN-13#:  978-0525560548

 

Description of the Book: 

Today's feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord, and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others? In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, along with incisive commentary on politics, pop culture, the stigma of mental health, and more, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. An unforgettable debut, Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.

 

Please note that the resources and recommendations provided for the purposes of this group are just that and in no way reflect the views or opinions of the NASW-NYC Chapter.

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