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Read This To Learn About The October Series

OCTOBER 2020, 4 Saturdays.  October 3, 10, 17, and 24.

Election season is coming up, and the political environment is going to become even more charged and difficult than it already is. Some 15 GNI men had four lovely weeks together in August, and we are carrying on, incorporating lessons learned during those first four weeks. We are going to get closer to each other, notice how much we like each other, and have a good time in the process. I really hope you’ll join us. 
This is for all men of GNI, men of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. We will be reading various authors together, and use those authors' thoughts as jumping off points for deeper discussion. It will be 4 consecutive Saturdays again, and I am thrilled to be organizing this effort, ably and valiantly assisted by Peter E. and Dave B.
Email me at jon.poupore@gmail.com to be included in the invite.  Also look here again for Zoom links. 
In the meantime, if you haven’t started reading Ibrahim X Kendi’s How To Be An Antiraci…

What We Want You To Know About The August Series

As I write this summary, the Democratic Convention is in its second night. The excitement over Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris is palpable; AOC is slated for a brief speaking slot. Our U.S. President has wittingly (and perhaps unwittingly) provoked a historical struggle against decades, no, centuries of inaction against measures to fight inequality, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia...the list goes on. I believe it's valuable to look at the ways he's actually united the fight against the injustices perpetrated on a significant number of our fellow humans.
It is in this context that some 15 men of GNI met over 4 weeks to look at racism and inequality and sought to gain a greater understanding of what anti-racism can look like. To say that coming together like this was significant for everyone is a huge understatement. I was never sure what each week would look like, but a safe space was created to give the men a chance to feel a little closer in this time of quarantine, …

What Organizing Looks Like

I’ve had very White ideas of what it looks like to “successfully” organize for social change. This ideas still infiltrate my thinking. Please read this amazing article about an amazing group right here in my amazing town of Minneapolis. And check out the author’s podcast.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/25/magazine/black-visions-collective.html?referringSource=articleShare

Meacham on Reconstruction

Right now I’m reading Meacham’s larger examination of “our better angels,” and the truths and untruths surrounding that idea, but....please try this more brief article from the NYTs. I’m finding I need to hear this historical correction over and over, and from many different mouths, to really have it sink in. 
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/23/books/review/lost-cause-meacham.html?referringSource=articleShare

Words From John Lewis

If you haven’t read this yet, please take a few minutes to hear Congressman/Activist/Earth Shaker John Lewis’ final written words. 
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/john-lewis-civil-rights-america.amp.html

Why Capitalize White?

VENT with CONSENT

These are some of the ground rules we’ll use when we go in to small groups. The practice involves listening to each other in a safe environment. Here are some parameters for LISTENING and VENTING with CONSENT. 
We take turns
We all get equal time
You can choose your listener
We begin and end with care (intros to start, and appreciations are the end)
Let it FLOW. Whatever feelings come up are great. There are no “bad” feelings
Sobriety is important in work like this; please refrain from drugs and alcohol before 
Refrain from blame, advice, or interruptions
Everything said is 100% confidential. Never repeat anything you hear someone say
Be DELIGHTED in each other, especially in the Listener role