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Centering BIPOC Voices: Book Discussion

By Robin Gray

At the first Centering BIPOC Voices we broke into small groups for discussion. Participants agreed that “How to Be An Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi was a good foundation for our continued reading.

The next book to be discussed on October 10th (3:30-5:00 PM) is “The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide” by Zerlina Maxwell. The publisher’s introduction states: “After working on two presidential campaigns…Zerlina Maxwell gained first-hand knowledge of everything liberals have been doing right over the past few elections–and everything they are still doing wrong.” “…(Observing that) the Democratic Party’s most historically diverse pool of presidential candidates finally dwindled down to Joe Biden, once again an older white man, Maxwell has posed the ultimate question: what now, liberals?”

In November we’ll be reading and discussing “Heavy: An American Memoir” by Kiese Laymon. Reviewing the book for NPR, Martha Anne Toll says: “Dear white people, please read this memoir. Dear America, please read this book. Kiese Laymon is a star in the American literary firmament, with a voice that is courageous, honest, loving, and singularly beautiful. “Heavy” is at once a paean to the Deep South, a condemnation of our fat-averse culture, and a brilliantly rendered memoir of growing up black, and bookish, and entangled in a family that is as challenging as it is grounding.”

Intrigued? Read the books and join the discussions on the second Saturday of the month, October 10 and November 14.


How About Those 2020 Amendments–Updates

By Susan Fleming

Here is voting Information from the League of Women Voters to share please!

These links will give you so much information on voting:  2020 Vote By Mail Flyer and on the Amendments you will be voting on:  2020 Amendments Flyer.

Additionally, do you know about the informational website www.Vote411.org?  This source will give you individualized information on your slate of seats you will be asked to vote on and much more information.  VOTE411 is committed to ensuring voters have the information they need to successfully participate in every election. Whether it’s local, state or federal, every election is important to ensuring our laws and policies reflect the values and beliefs of our communities. www.vote411.org


Candidate Forums & Children’s Service Council Discussion

By Steve Urse and Susan Fleming

Candidate Forums & Children’s Service Council Discussion sponsored by the Tallahassee Democrat and the League of Women Voters of Tallahassee have begun. If you are not able to watch them live, they will be archived on the Tallahassee Democrat web site. Please click here to view the Forums Flyer with schedules. Also included in the Flyer are important general election dates, information on Vote by Mail and the City’s Campaign Contribution Refund Program.


The Barefoot Buddhist

By Greg Stewart

Speaking on: Forgiveness

Forgiveness is just a convenient concept that has earned religious organizations a great deal of money over thousands of years. You would not believe how much people would pay to absolve their guilt, rather than solving the problems they created. Really, we should always forgive everyone because it is never entirely their fault to begin with. Even worse, the alternative involves you boiling in your own hatred (thus ruining your own life) and accomplishing nothing. No amount of pain you inflict upon another can ever right any wrongs done. But kind acts given might shock them enough to melt their cold hearts a tiny bit and save many other the same hardships. Forgetting is not wise, as your memories are who you are, in part. If we chose to forget every bad thing that ever happened, we’d make the same mistakes every day and live horrible, lives and ruin the lives of everyone far more than a simple mistake we had no experience in before.

The Dalai Lama often states; “Forgive the Actor, not the Action”


Monthly BIPOC Group

By Rosa Morgan and Meagan Chisholm

As a self-identifying person of color, you are welcomed to attend our monthly gathering. We are an informal group coming together to share and support our community.  Our next meeting is Sunday September 27 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  To join our Zoom gathering, click here.