August Book Group Meeting

“Gentrifier: A Memoir”
by Elizabeth Anne Moore

Currently meeting on the Zoom platform from 7-8:30 p.m.

Zoom Link for Social Justice Book Group:

Wednesday, August 24

Note: Meetings are now on the fourth Wednesday of the month

(Photo courtesy of Catapult)


WE ARE LIVING in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together and find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done?

In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, churches, and parks where crucial connections are formed. Interweaving his own research with examples from around the globe, Klinenberg shows how “social infrastructure” is helping to solve some of our most pressing societal challenges. Richly reported and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People offers a blueprint for bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides.

Here are some resources for the discussion; you don’t have to read the book!

An excerpt of the book (6-minute read

Interview of Anne Elizabeth Moore with Stephen Henderson on Detroit Public Radio (15-minute listen)

Anne Elizabeth Moore in conversation with Mattilda Berstein Sycamore from Third Place Books (57-minute watch) Content Warning: mentions of physical violence in book excerpt read by Moore.

Review from NPR (4-minute read)

Video definition of gentrification (7.5-minute watch) from Urban Displacement Project

History of gentrification in Seattle with links to further explanations (3-minute read)

Broad overview of gentrification and zoning policies (5-minute read)

Join us! Reading the book is not required.

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