Friday, February 23, 7p-9p: Nonfiction Reading Group: Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, & Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times
Wegmans, 11620 Monument Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030
For February, we’ll be reading the second chapter of “Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, & Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times” by Amy Sonnie & James Tracy.
From the publisher: “James Tracy and Amy Sonnie, who have been interviewing activists from the [1960s-70s] for nearly ten years…. show that poor and working-class radicals, inspired by the Civil Rights movement, the Black Panthers, and progressive populism, started to organize significant political struggles against racism….”
Among the groups included in this “deeply sourced narrative history” are JOIN Community Union, the Young Patriots Organization and Rising Up Angry of the original “Rainbow Coalition,” the October 4th Organization, and White Lightning.
Even if you have not yet read the chapter, please join us for discussion. Feel free to buy food and beverages downstairs if you would like.
Sunday, February 25, 7p-9p: Monthly Chapter Meeting: Digital Security for Activists
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22124
Surveillance of activist groups has a long history in the U.S., from COINTELPRO to the new label “Black Identity Extremists.” We’ll discuss some of the historical and present context of surveillance to understand why we should protect ourselves and identify principles of digital security for activists.
Please note this is not a workshop but we hope you leave with security hygiene tips. We won’t be working on individual computers or devices in the meeting, but providing some resources for following through on that technical work at home.
Free childcare is available and provided by background-checked caregivers through UUCF. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the names and ages of the children you would like to attend.
**NEEDED: Hospitality coordinator for this meeting. Help coordinate and lead others willing to bring snacks? Contact us email@example.com to volunteer to lead our hospitality effort or to participate by bringing something to share. UUCF is a nut-free environment, so please do not bring food that contains nuts. Help us keep the movement fed and ready!