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ESJ Book Group Meeting

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
12:00 pm1:30 pm

CASA Equity and Social Justice Book Group

Wednesday, May 5, 2021
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Via Zoom
***1.5 hours of ESJ training credit for attendance (and 1.5 for reading the book)
Questions? Contact ESJ Group facilitator Janet Horton (janet.horton@kingcounty.gov)

BOOK FOR MAY:
“There, There” by Tommy Orange
One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering bestselling novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle’s death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There, There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable.

FILM RECOMMENDATION:
“Indian Horse” (Netflix)
A film adaptation of Ojibwe author Richard Wagamese’s 2012 novel which centers on a Canadian First Nations boy torn from his family and forced into a residential school.

Supplemental Resources:
• Documentary “Native American Boarding Schools” (narrated by Peter Coyote, YouTube)
• Documentary “Truth & Reconciliation” (Amazon Prime)

Our Impact This Year

  • Children Served

    1300

  • CASA Volunteers

    321

  • Volunteer Hours Estimated

    1,920

  • Additional Volunteers Needed

    250

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