The Little Book of Racial Healing: Coming to the Table for Truth-Telling, Liberation, and Transformation (Justice and Peacebuilding) (Paperback)

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This book introduces Coming to the Table’s approach to a continuously evolving set of purposeful theories, ideas, experiments, guidelines, and intentions, all dedicated to facilitating racial healing and transformation.

People of color, relative to white people, fall on the negative side of virtually all measurable social indicators. The “living wound” is seen in the significant disparities in average household wealth, unemployment and poverty rates, infant mortality rates, access to healthcare and life expectancy, education, housing, and treatment within, and by, the criminal justice system.

Coming to the Table (CTTT) was born in 2006 when two dozen descendants from both sides of the system of enslavement gathered together at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), in collaboration with the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding (CJP). Stories were shared and friendships began. The participants began to envision a more connected and truthful world that would address the unresolved and persistent effects of the historic institution of slavery. This Little Book shares Coming to the Table’s vision for the United States—a vision of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past. Readers will learn practical skills for better listening; discover tips for building authentic, accountable relationships; and will find specific and varied ideas for taking action. The table of contents includes:
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Trauma Awareness and Resilience
  • Chapter 3: Restorative Justice
  • Chapter 4: Uncovering History
  • Chapter 5: Making Connections
  • Chapter 6: Circles, Touchstones, and Values
  • Chapter 7: Working Toward Healing
  • Chapter 8: Taking Action
  • Chapter 9: Liberation and Transformation

And subject include Unresolved Trauma, Brown v. Board of Education, Lynching, Connecting with Your Own Story, Wht Healing Looks Like, Engage Your Community, and much more.

About the Author


Thomas Norman DeWolf serves as Executive Director for Coming to the Table and is the author of Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History, the story of his experiences participating in the making of the Emmy-nominated documentary Traces of the Trade, in which he is featured. Tom is co-author of Gather at the Table, winner of the Phillis Wheatley Award for Best Nonfiction. The African American Jazz Caucus awarded him the 2012 Spirit of Freedom Award for Social Justice. Tom is a certified STAR Practitioner (Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience). He lives in Bend, Oregon.

Jodie Geddes is the Community Organizing Coordinator at Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). Jodie serves as Vice President of the Board of Managers of Coming to the Table. She received her M.A in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, where she recently co-taught “Restorative Justice Organizing for Communities” at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute. She lives in Oakland, California.

Praise For…


“Drawing upon history, lived experience, and the conceptual frameworks of trauma healing and restorative justice, the authors provide concrete suggestions for how individuals and groups can undertake this healing journey. What a timely, much needed and practical book!” —Howard Zehr, author of The Little Book of Restorative Justice and Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice; Director Emeritus, Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice

“Unhealed historical harms embedded in the founding of this nation continue to splinter communities across the United States. Tackling a big topic in a little book, Jodie Geddes and Tom DeWolf offer no easy answers on the difficult topic of racism. But they create a pathway for healing justice that is rooted in the decade-long experience of Coming to the Table—uncovering history (truth-telling), making connections across racial lines, working together to heal, and taking action for justice that restores. For a deeply divided nation, The Little Book of Racial Healing offers a timely and hopeful framework for conversation and action.” —J. Daryl Byler, executive director, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

“This rare jewel of practical wisdom shows us how to embody racial healing in truth and kinship. It reads with such ease and affinity that you will want to treasure it and share it with everyone you know.” —Ruth King, author of Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

“That the authors have created clarity and coherency about so diffuse yet tangled a subject is amazing—and to do that in a Little Book is doubly amazing! This book speaks truth without condemning, offers hope without denying reality, and honors the core dignity in everyone. They have lived in their writing the path they describe.” —Kay Pranis, author of The Little Book of Circle Processes and co-author of Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community

“The contents of this little book are big, very big indeed. At this current political moment, we by necessity must struggle. That struggle is often organic. Jodie Geddes’s and Tom DeWolf's well researched and practiced approach to racial healing asks us to stop and do more than reflect. Their book compels us to, in the words of Alice Walker, start "Healing . . . where the wound was made."  . . . The truth-telling that emerges from these pages brings into view a kind of praxis grounded in decolonial love. Given that restorative justice practitioners often leave out racial justice and racial justice activists often miss the healing parts of the work, this book brings the two together and acknowledges that one cannot exist without the other—meaning, without a racial justice lens, you are not doing restorative justice. In short, liberation requires healing—in particular, racial healing that makes it possible for us to continue the struggle and make steps toward reconciliation.” —Dr. David Ragland, co-founder of the Truth-Telling Project of Ferguson and Senior Bayard Fellow at the Fellowship of Reconciliation

“So often, we think of activism as requiring the work of marching and protesting, sending letters and participating in boycotts, and those are worthy, good things. But sometimes, the work of action and healing is much more personal, more communal, more internal. The Little Book of Racial Healing by Jodie Geddes and Thomas Norman DeWolf recognizes the importance of this personal and interpersonal work of healing the wounds of racism in our nation. This book encourages us all to do the hard work of seeing our own wounds and of holding space for the wounds of others even as we struggle together toward the hope of healing. Highly recommended for individuals and groups who seek a place to begin to recognize, take responsibility for, and seek reparation for the wounds of racism.” —Andi Cumbo-Floyd, writer and historian

"This is a little book with a profound and magnanimous message: America is living in and out of unresolved racial trauma that ultimately must be confronted through processes of truth telling, reparatory justice, and transformative healing. The Little Book of Racial Healing is truly a companion for the journey." —Iva E. Carruthers, general secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

“Drawing upon history, lived experience, and the conceptual frameworks of trauma healing and restorative justice, the authors provide concrete suggestions for how individuals and groups can undertake this healing journey. What a timely, much needed and practical book!” —Howard Zehr, author of The Little Book of Restorative Justice and Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice; Director Emeritus, Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice

“Unhealed historical harms embedded in the founding of this nation continue to splinter communities across the United States. Tackling a big topic in a little book, Jodie Geddes and Tom DeWolf offer no easy answers on the difficult topic of racism. But they create a pathway for healing justice that is rooted in the decade-long experience of Coming to the Table—uncovering history (truth-telling), making connections across racial lines, working together to heal, and taking action for justice that restores. For a deeply divided nation, The Little Book of Racial Healing offers a timely and hopeful framework for conversation and action.” —J. Daryl Byler, Executive Director, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

“This rare jewel of practical wisdom shows us how to embody racial healing in truth and kinship. It reads with such ease and affinity that you will want to treasure it and share it with everyone you know.” —Ruth King, author of Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

“That the authors have created clarity and coherency about so diffuse yet tangled a subject is amazing—and to do that in a Little Book is doubly amazing! This book speaks truth without condemning, offers hope without denying reality, and honors the core dignity in everyone. They have lived in their writing the path they describe.” —Kay Pranis, author of The Little Book of Circle Processes and co-author of Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community

“The contents of this little book are big, very big indeed. At this current political moment, we by necessity must struggle. That struggle is often organic. Jodie Geddes’s and Tom DeWolf's well researched and practiced approach to racial healing asks us to stop and do more than reflect. Their book compels us to, in the words of Alice Walker, start "Healing . . . where the wound was made."  . . . The truth-telling that emerges from these pages brings into view a kind of praxis grounded in decolonial love. Given that restorative justice practitioners often leave out racial justice and racial justice activists often miss the healing parts of the work, this book brings the two together and acknowledges that one cannot exist without the other—meaning, without a racial justice lens, you are not doing restorative justice. In short, liberation requires healing—in particular, racial healing that makes it possible for us to continue the struggle and make steps toward reconciliation.” —Dr. David Ragland, co-founder of the Truth-Telling Project of Ferguson and Senior Bayard Fellow at the Fellowship of Reconciliation
Product Details
ISBN: 9781680993622
ISBN-10: 1680993623
Publisher: Good Books
Publication Date: January 1st, 2019
Pages: 120
Language: English
Series: Justice and Peacebuilding

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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