Join us for a presentation and discussion on the ground-breaking new book Social Change and Intersectional Activism, the Spirit of Social Movements with author Sharon Doetsch-Kidder. This presentation will take place as part of the 2012 OutWrite LGBT Book Fair. Friday August 3rd at 6:00 PM, the DC Center for the LGBT Community, 1318 U Street NW. Sharon Doetsch-Kidder will read from and comment on her book. This will be followed by a panel discussing featuring several of the activists referenced in the book.
Social Change and Intersectional Activism: The Spirit of Social Movement finds in oral histories of 'intersectional activism' - activism that addresses multiple forms of oppression or discrimination (racism, classism, sexism, etc.) - narratives of love, faith, and joy that drive, guide, and sustain the practice of social change. Reading these texts in relation to feminist, queer, and race theory and Buddhist philosophy, Doetsch-Kidder argues that an understanding of spirit is crucial to explaining the power that social movements have to change hearts, minds, and social structures and to understanding the ways in which leaders of social change organizations influence others. Focusing on the best of what activists do, this project draws from their stories lessons and reminders about the pleasures and wonders of social change and the power of kindness and principled action in the face of injustice.
The OutWrite Book Fair will include several book readings, poetry readings, and literary discussions. Several book publishers will display and sell recently published LGBT books, and the DC Center will have over 1,000 used LGBT themed books for sale at the event (many at only $1 each). Find out more at www.outwritedc.org.