Occupy Intersectionality: Race, Class, & Gender – Politically Inspired Book Club (Mountain View, CA) – Meetup

Occupy Intersectionality: Race, Class, & Gender

Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 7:30 PM

301 Castro St, Mountain View, CA

Intersectionality:  Intersectionality is a methodology of studying “the relationships among multiple dimensions and modalities of social relationships and subject formations” (McCall 2005).  Intersectionality holds that the classical conceptualizations of oppression within society, such as racism,sexismhomophobia, and religion-based bigotry, do not act independently of one another; instead, these forms of oppression interrelate, creating a system of oppression that reflects the “intersection” of multiple forms of discrimination.

Questions We Will Address:

How can the Occupy movement address issues of race, class, and gender?

Who is missing from the Occupy movement?

Discussion Articles:

Occupying Society: How the Movement Hashes Out Race, Class and Privilege in Real Time




Bonus Links:

MTV’s “True Life” Zuccotti Park


So Real It Hurts: Notes on Occupy Wall Street


On State Violence, White Male Privilege and “Occupy”


Intersections: Race, Class, Gender and the Occupy Movement


Occupy Salon

From the ancient Greek symposia to Gertrude Stein’s famous Paris gatherings, salons have always been the incubators of provocative-at times even dangerous-ideas: the frontiers of cultural change. People who might elsewhere have been socially ostracized were included in salons, welcomed for their wit, intelligence, charm, and insight. And passionate conversation often led to passionate action.

This salon is ongoing on a weekly basis, Tuesdays at 7:30pm. This will be a space for all community members, Politically Inspired book clubbers, and Occupiers to come together to get to know one another, engage in meaningful dialogue, learn collaboratively, and create a shared vision for the future. Each week may have a different theme, question, or reading that we wish to discuss together.

What is a salon?

A salon is a gathering of people from living rooms to bookstores, they ar held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine taste and increase knowledge through conversation.

These gatherings often consciously followed Horace’s definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (“aut delectare aut prodesse est”). Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, were carried on until quite recently, in urban settings, among like-minded people.

Salons were at ‘the very heart of the philosophic community’ and thus integral to the process of Enlightenment. In the past, present, and future!

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