Massachusetts Peace Action’s (MAPA) Racial Justice & Peace Working Group invites you to join us in reading and discussing An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.
This 2015 winner of the American Book Award is the result of meticulous research and challenges us – particularly those of European descent – to come to grips with the “sins of our fathers – settler-colonialism, the doctrine of discovery, the myth of manifest destiny, white supremacy, theft, and systematic killing – to the contemporary condition of permanent war, invasion and occupation, mass incarceration, and the constant use and threat of state violence.” Dunbar-Ortiz doesn’t leave it there; she points to “discovering our deepest humanity in a project of truth-telling and repair.” (Bill Ayers)
Everyone can benefit from engaging with this work, as it records history unknown to most Americans and many of the accomplishments of indigenous peoples, revealing affirming truths and deep legacies.
We plan to have three sessions to discuss the book, with the first one covering the Introduction through Chapter 4. The first meeting was held Wednesday June 28, 7 – 9 pm, at a location in Cambridge. An alternate session for people who wish to participate but missed the first meeting will be held Wednesday, July 19, 7pm in Roslindale.
The second session, for all study participants, covering chapters 5-7, will be on Thursday, August 3, 7 pm near Central Square, Cambridge.
Please RSVP to the office (617-354-2169, email@example.com) if you are interested in joining us!
— The Racial Justice & Peace Working Group
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