VASHON READS

 ~ an ongoing community building initiative of Sustainable Vashon ~ 

 

(5/8/17) Newly Recommended:  "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide" by Carol Anderson, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. See interview: https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/5/emory_professor_carol_anderson_on_white (5/4/17)

 

  Additional Resource Links::  

How_to_be_an_Interruptor.pdf

http://globemed.org/about/anti-oppression/

https://www.compasspoint.org/blog/15-tools-frameworks-and-resources-challenge-racism

http://cjjc.org/contact-us/

 

An excellent resource for Talking with Kids about Race & Racism

http://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/talking-with-kids-about-racism-oakland-public-library.html

Anyone interested in starting something similar on Vashon? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Under Our Skin ~ What Do We Mean When We Talk About Race? http://projects.seattletimes.com/2016/under-our-skin/?utm_source=The+Seattle+Times&utm_campaign=00f6c33d48-Morning_Brief_6_21_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5beb38b61e-00f6c33d48-120304969#

Follow up to the above Under our Skin video project:Readers share their reactions to The Times’ ‘Under Our Skin’ project

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/readers-share-their-reactions-to-the-times-under-our-skin-project/

 

To all of you who participated in our launch of Vashon Reads on Thursday, thank you for being part of this initiative.
To those of you who weren’t able to come but who have expressed interest in staying involved, there are many ways to participate.

Share our extensive resource list: Vashon_Reads_-_6.19.16.pdf
Please send us additons, particularly for our latest section entitled "Projects & Programs".

 

We held two facilitated community conversations following the kick-off.  Our focus included the topics of racism and white privilege, and those who participated expressed both appreciation and a desire for more. We are available to facilitate future conversations for book groups as well as any other group interested in tackling these topics. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.

Keep the conversation going by reading our selected books as well as other books on racism & white privilege.

You can purchase many of them at Vashon Bookshop or check them out at the Vashon Library.

Picture Books:

Happy in our Skin, Golden Domes & Silver Lanterns, These Hands,

Abuela (English and Spanish)

Young Readers:  

Migrant, Mr. Lincoln’s Way 

Teen – Adult:  

All American Boys

Adult:  

Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

 

If you want to get involved with Parents and Friends for Racial Equity, Spring Hecht is the contact person and her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Watch this youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpUouaQeUwA
White American’s as catalysts for racial justice | Carmen Henne-Ochoa | TEDxBucknellUniversity


Keep us posted on the discussions you have, and the initiatives you take. We will post them here
to inspire others. Contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Check out the Beachcomber's article on Vashon Reads, May 25th edition, Arts Section: http://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/entertainment/380766681.html?utm_source=Vashon+Beachcomber&utm_campaign=5ac0e11516-Newsletter_Daily_Update_AM&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a8c18f9382-5ac0e11516-228978733

You can listen to Janie Starr's interview on Voice of Vashon, from Wednesday, May 25th, check it out here: http://www.voiceofvashon.org/user-content/morning-scramble05-25-2016-starr

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All Islanders are invited to attend the launch of

Vashon Reads about Racism, Culture, and White Privilege

at the Vashon Bookshop, June 2nd, from 6-8pm.

Lois Watkins ~ author of What It Was Like  &

Janie Starr ~ contributor to What Does It Mean To Be White In America?

will offer an interactive reading from their works.

Watkins, black, and Starr, white, are both islanders who grew up in the southeast, living in completely different worlds.

They have come to their activism from flip sides of the race coin.

Come meet your neighbors, join the conversation, buy books, and explore ways to make Vashon a welcoming place for all.

Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vashon_Reads_-_6.19.16.pdf
 

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In order to involve all islanders in Vashon Reads, books have been selected to appeal to all age groups.

Copies will be available at the Bookshop, and at the Vashon Library. 

An overview of these books will include the reasoning behind the choices,
a brief discussion of white privilege & allies, and the team's vision for on-going action.

Picture Books:

Happy in our Skin, Golden Domes & Silver Lanterns, These Hands,

Abuela (English and Spanish)

Young Readers:  

Migrant, Mr. Lincoln’s Way 

Teen – Adult:  

All American Boys

Adult:  

Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race

In addition, an extensive reading list is posted on this site & available through request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or you can access it here:

Vashon_Reads_-_6.19.16.pdf

 

Vashon Reads is part of an island-wide movement to acknowledge and address racism on Vashon and beyond. It emerged from outrage over the murders of innumerable people-of-color nationwide, racist events locally, and confusion about the role white people, in particular, have to play in advocating for racial equity.

Ann Braden, a newspaper journalist, who lived from 1924-2006, wrote,   

"The battle is and always has been a battle for the hearts and minds of white people in this country. The fight against racism is our issue. It’s not something that we’re called on to help People of Color with. We need to become involved with it as if our lives depended on it because really, in truth, they do.”       

Come meet your neighbors, join the conversation, buy books, and explore ways to make Vashon a welcoming place for all.

Questions?  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vashon Reads Team: Mary Marin, Cindy O'Brien, Merrilee Runyan, & Janie Starr 

 
 

Vashon Reads is a community building initiative of Sustainable Vashon ~ www.sustainablevashon.org