Joann Short is hosting Progressive Book Club- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian 2021-09-28 07:05:50 -0400
Join our Progressive Caucus Book Club as we read this month's selection, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie
Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
The zoom link for the meeting can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86876119494
Love to see you there!WHENNovember 25, 2021 at 9:00pmWHEREZoom
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Please join our Progressive Book Club as we discuss this month's selection, "Somebody's Daughter" by Ashley C Ford.
A description from GoodReads:
One of the most prominent voices of her generation debuts with an extraordinarily powerful memoir: the story of a childhood defined by the ever looming absence of her incarcerated father and the path we must take to both honor and overcome our origins.
For as long as she could remember, Ashley has put her father on a pedestal. Despite having only vague memories of seeing him face-to-face, she believes he's the only person in the entire world who understands her. She thinks she understands him too. He's sensitive like her, an artist, and maybe even just as afraid of the dark. She's certain that one day they'll be reunited again, and she'll finally feel complete. There are just a few problems: he's in prison, and she doesn't know what he did to end up there.
Through poverty, puberty, and a fraught relationship with her mother, Ashley returns to her image of her father for hope and encouragement. She doesn't know how to deal with the incessant worries that keep her up at night, or how to handle the changes in her body that draw unwanted attention from men. In her search for unconditional love, Ashley begins dating a boy her mother hates; when the relationship turns sour, he assaults her. Still reeling from the rape, which she keeps secret from her family, Ashley finally finds out why her father is in prison. And that's where the story really begins.
Somebody’s Daughter steps into the world of growing up a poor Black girl, exploring how isolating and complex such a childhood can be. As Ashley battles her body and her environment, she provides a poignant coming-of-age recollection that speaks to finding the threads between who you are and what you were born into, and the complicated familial love that often binds them
The link to the zoom room is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86465490609
Love to see you there!WHENOctober 28, 2021 at 9:00pmWHEREZoom
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Secretary and DPCA Voting Representative
This is my second term as Secretary. The first time I ran, I did it primarily as a courtesy to the former Chair. The organization needed a full Executive Committee in order to become a valid country committee again, and no one was currently running for the position. I was pretty clear in my ambivalence towards the position, and party politics in general. My personal political beliefs reside on the far left side of the spectrum. I ran unopposed and so elected figured I should do my best to fulfill my responsibilities. During my term, I was struck by the dedication and passion of the people in the DAROK. These were people who were very much committed to revitalizing this organization and community here. I was inspired by their vision and wanted to continue helping them in whatever way that I could.