May Meetup: The Politics of Restaurant Workers- 4 Article Exploration

May Book Club is a Book Club Twist… 

We are focusing on 4 Published (short) Articles on Restaurant Workers. With the Restaurant Association pushing for a bill that would apply different minimum wage laws to tipped workers, it is worth some thoughtful consideration!

We’re mixing it up a bit this month by reading three articles addressing the politics of workers in restaurants! The reading is short, but the discussion will be rich.

See Below for PDFs of the Articles!

Restaurant Eliminates Tips, Gives Employees $35,000 a Year – Eater

Former Wall Street Trader Solves Restaurants’ Biggest Problem – Business Insider

Ethical Dining and Restaurant Workers Rights _ Food Politic

The Upwardly Mobile Barista – The Atlantic

Why Do All the Black Kids Sit Together in the Cafeteria? Conversations about Race &Antiracism Resources

For February Book club we will be discussing: Why Do All the Black Kids Sit Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel. See below for more on the book, talks with the author, and resources for antiracism work in many contexts!

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This insightful exploration of the varieties of Americans’ experience with race and racism in everyday life would be an excellent starting point for the upcoming national conversations on race that President Clinton and his appointed commission will be conducting this fall. Tatum, a developmental psychologist (Mt. Holyoke Coll.) with a special interest in the emerging field of racial-identity development, is a consultant to school systems and community groups on teaching and learning in a multicultural context. Not only has she studied the distinctive social dynamics faced by black youth educated in predominantly white environments, but since 1980, Tatum has developed a course on the psychology of racism and taught it in a variety of university settings. She is also a black woman and a concerned mother of two, and she draws on all these experiences and bases of knowledge to write a remarkably jargon-free book that is as rigorously analytical as it is refreshingly practical and drives its points home with a range of telling anecdotes. Tatum illuminates “why talking about racism is so hard” and what we can do to make it easier, leaving her readers more confident about facing the difficult terrain on the road to a genuinely color-blind society. — Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Recommended Books

  • The Anti-Racist Cookbook, A Recipe Guide for Conversations About Race That Goes Beyond Covered Dishes and “Kum-Bah-Ya” by Robin Parker and Pamela Smith Chambers (2005)
  • *Black Pioneers in a White Denomination by Mark D. Morrison-Reed (1980)
  • Dismantling Racism, The Continuing Challenge to White America by Joseph Barndt (1991)
  • *Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Regregation by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D (2007)
  • *SOUL WORK, Anti-Racist Theologies in Dialogue edited by Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley and Nancy Palmer-Jones (2003)
  • *Uprooting Racism, How White People Can Work For Racial Justice by Paul Kivel (2002)

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Feel free to add comments with suggestions for more books and resources!