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vlwelser
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Obviously this author and I would be besties irl. Already hooked.

#SheSaid @Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Leftcoastzen That‘s awesome! 2d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That is awesome! 2d
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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The next schedule is here #SheSaid!

Again, a reminder to put in your library holds and/or interlibrary loans.

And again… we picked this book months ago, almost a year ago now… and again it pops up at a fitting time as the Jan 6 investigation are being held. You all have excellent taste and apparently premonition abilities 😉

I can‘t wait to dive into this one!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s in tiny type at the bottom of the photo, but just a reminder that next up in August is Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong for anyone planning ahead.
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ravenlee So much of what I‘m reading these days ties in to #SheSaid and current events, whether it‘s other buddy reads or my own picks. I don‘t think I‘m doing it deliberately, but it‘s fascinating and enlightening. 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ravenlee Some of it, I think, is just that we are seeing more connections than we did before. Maybe as we learn more, we see how things interconnect, where before they flew under our notice.🤷‍♀️ 1w
Bookwormjillk My audiobook for this just came in. Looking forward to it! 1w
shanaqui Ooh, I'm really curious about this one. 7d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @shanaqui do you want me to add you to the tag list to join in? 7d
KathyWheeler I read this book last year, but I think I‘ll give it a listen now. 7d
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Hello #SheSaid Sorry for the late post, I was off to dinner and a movie with my mother this Fathers Day. 😂

How did you feel about the end of this book, wrap up well for you? Are you ready for the next? I really appreciated all of it, so much experience learned in a fairly young life, and I‘m so glad she shared it.😉

Bookwormjillk I liked it. The history of the movement was interesting, and I was fascinated by her lessons learned while leading a movement. I feel like she should write a management book next. 1w
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vlwelser I've missed you all. But planning to jump back in for the next book. 1w
MallenNC I liked this one too. I liked that it was a guidebook as well as a memoir. I learned about her and her work, as well as how organizing/activism works. 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Bookwormjillk & @MallenNC yes, I‘m not sure what I was expecting but the guidebook, pros & cons & pitfalls to watch out for while being an organizer and organizing as a job…wasn‘t what I expected at all. And in the end I‘m glad it wasn‘t, I was expecting more a history of that specific moment in time and that organization, but I got so much more out of it. (edited) 1w
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Hello #SheSaid, posting this one a bit earlier today because I‘m headed out to visit my grandmother today and cell coverage will probably be spotty.

This read is wrapping up nicely for me, but I have to say as I watched the beginning of the Jan 6th commission broadcasts, I‘m getting excited? (I‘m sure that‘s not the right word, anticipatory maybe) to start our next read about “Culture Warlords” about the dark side of the web. How about you?

Bookwormjillk I was really interested in the parts where she talked about taking credit for the movement and men taking credit for women‘s work. Also fit well with the footage I saw from yesterday‘s marches and a good companion to my bookclub book 2w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Bookwormjillk It fit well for me with things I‘d read before…. Like Coretta Scott King‘s story. I‘ll definitely check out the one you tagged. 2w
Bookwormjillk @Riveted_Reader_Melissa thanks for the rec! 2w
staci.reads I appreciated the way she compared popular fronts and united fronts and stressed the value of both, but pushed that it's actually the united front that can be more problematic. "I think we are so comfortable with those who agree with us that we fear being challenged." I loved this section: "We need movements that can hold complexity so that we can learn to reach for one another, even when reaching for one another makes us uncomfortable." 2w
staci.reads @Bookwormjillk I also found that part interesting. I like that she talked about how they could have taken "the movement belongs to no one" stance and taken what some would see as the high road, but that move, that unwillingness to call people out on the erasing of women's (especially Black women's) accomplishments, is why it is still common today. I love that they consistently said no, he didn't do that. 2w
MallenNC I thought this was interesting to read at this moment of March for Our Lives and other efforts for gun law reform. Especially when she talked about the mistake of wanting only allies who agree with you 100 % vs working with people who agree on one thing on that greater goal. I hope that will be happening this time. 2w
MallenNC I finished the book because it‘s due back at the library so I‘ll go ahead and say I liked her approach. It was more of a guidebook than just a memoir and she provided a lot to learn from and consider. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @staci.reads Yes, that distinction between popular and united fronts was such an interesting one that I had not heard expressed that way before. And yes @MallenNC wouldn‘t it be great if that could come to the fore this time about that particular topic where so much of the country agrees on the same common sense reforms, but yet can‘t get those passed because of extremes at either end. (edited) 2w
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ravenlee
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Wow. This was amazingly good. It dovetails with a lot of the #SheSaid books I‘ve read, and with Heather Cox Richardson‘s daily news updates. Excuse me while I track down some of her other works and recommend this to everyone I know.

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Hello #SheSaid I hope the beginning of June is treating you well. I‘m finally past the very busy last week in May and caught up in my reading for this book again (yay me 😂, it really is the little things in life).

Lots of good stuff I found in these last few chapters, about the little things from textbooks to what is considered common in “common sense” and how all of that shapes the larger conversation about what is even considered possible.

Smrloomis 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 being caught up on your reading feels good 😊 3w
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MallenNC I got caught up too. Early May is busy in my job and it took a while to recover. I appreciate the real life way she shares how organizing/really becoming involved differs from just donating or following a cause. And what it takes to turn interest into real involvement. 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC Yay for both of us! It‘s amazing how good that feels sometimes 😂 3w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @MallenNC I really liked that too, and about how important the little battles (cultural battles) have become….scary to think about for me when I see the work the other side has done and it coming to fruition now in front of our eyes. 3w
staci.reads Her comments about the importance of building a base that is moved toward action and how social media participation does not equate with a solid base made sense to me. 3w
staci.reads I also found her thoughts on political education interesting. Especially using political education to make people discontent with the status quo. 3w
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Continuing May's reading (highlighted) into June for #bookspinbingo.

Finishing up the tagged book for #pemberlittens and The purpose of power for #shesaid this month too.

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staci.reads
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Finished up the #SheSaid early so I could get my overdue book returned 🙈
Garza mixes her insight into politics of the past couple decades and stories of her own experiences organizing into a book about power structures and change.
This was a good read, with moments of great.
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ravenlee
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I went ahead and finished #SheSaid because it‘s a library book. I learned a lot of Garza‘s account of learning to organize, about what a movement is and isn‘t, dispersed leadership as opposed to leaderless, and so much more. She‘s clear and concise about where BLM has succeeded and where it failed, and has good ideas about where to go from this point. Recommended.