Class & Colonialism: A Settlers Reading Group
June 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Running on the last Monday of the month at 7pm. First group on June 26th at The Tower.
Join friends as we read through Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat from Mayflower to Modern. Originally published in the 1980s, it was re-released in 2014 (this will be the copy the facilitator is working off of though the two are almost identical). J Sakai wrote the book after decades of anti-capitalist activism that centered anti-racist struggle. The book became an important text in both socialist and anarchist thought and remains both controversial and respected today. Sakai argues that the racial hierarchies that are essential to the settler-colonial state have a marked effect on class consciousness because the white working class has historically chosen to access power on the backs of workers of colour. Coming up to Canada’s 150th celebration, it is a good time to reflect on the legacies of colonialism and the complicity of our communities in the ongoing oppression of Indigenous and POC folks. Come read up with us. And also there will probably be snacks.
For June 26th – the first group!
Read the Introduction, Chapter I, and Chapter II (up to page 19).
You can find the text online at: http://readsettlers.org/settlers.pdf
The facilitator for this group is Jaydene Lavallie – a two-spirit
Michif-Cree anarchist based in Hamilton. Jaydene uses she/her pronouns. Though this book is based on US history, she will strive to weave in discussion based on parallels to Canadian colonial history. To the extent possible, this group looks to have discussion in accessible and common language.
Along with events, the Tower has open hours at the following times to pick something up from the library, buy books, or hang out and drink coffee: Sundays noon-5pm and Thursdays 5-9pm.