See: Action Five for the official Women's March Action Five web site.
Action five is designed to educate some, and refresh others, through study, reflection, and courageous conversations, so that we can all be empowered by, and learn from, the work of activists who came before us, while being mindful not to perpetuate the mistakes of the past. Community is key to activism, so bring your huddles, neighbors, and your march partners back together, collectively choose a book or article to read, or film to watch. Take time to reflect and, together, discuss the topics that they highlight and the issues that women experiencing multiple forms of oppression have faced and continue to face. Below, we've selected five titles from each category to help you get started. We encourage you to choose a resource you feel will challenge you most. During these reflections and conversations, we ask that you not assume shared knowledge. Highlight and celebrate the fact that those in the room may come from a wide array of political and activist backgrounds. Some of you have been doing this longer than others - and that's okay! Start by sharing your knowledge in order for everyone to gain a deeper understanding and perspective of what we are up against. We are preparing ourselves to organize in accordance with the lessons of the past and the principles we hold.
We all have much to learn and will benefit from a wide variety of perspectives and ideas.
As we read, please jot down interesting ideas as you come across them and then share when we have a discussion and/or on our Facebook page Charleston Women's Huddle Actions.
The livelier the exchange of ideas, the better, and the more we all learn.
In addition to the suggested material that is listed in the discussion reports below we have quite a few interesting references on the Learn page of the ACT web site at https://www.charlestonhuddle.com/act/learn.
March 29, 2017
The Reflect and Resist discussion group will continue meeting every two weeks. The list that the Women's March gave us was a good starting point, but to facilitate a focus for the group, we decided that we would take turns choosing the topic for the next meeting and post links to relevant media sources – articles, books, videos, podcasts.
April 12, 2017
Jane Wilson has chosen the idea of studying poverty and has provided the very interesting list of resources in the report below. Please read any or all of these articles and join us for our discussion on Wednesday April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rotary room at the Charleston Carniege Public Library.
April 24, 2017
The reading list is included in the report below.
May 9, 2017See
https://www.womensmarch.com/webelongtogether for the description and the reading list. For this meeting we are focusing on the first section of the reading list titled, IMMIGRATION AND DEPORTATION.
Read one or all of these articles and join us for a discussion on Tuesday May 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Charleston Carnegie Public Library Rotary Room B.
This event is listed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/680504072137954/
6:00-7:00 p.m., May 21, 2017
At the County Market Meeting Room (upstairs)
Get started reading George Lakoff's book, Don't Think of an Elephant.
Our goal is to improve our abilities to frame issues and ideas and not fall into the trap of using our opposition's framing. One of Lakoff's examples is the phrase "Tax relief". In two words taxes are being framed as an affliction or burden. We need to reframe taxes as a wise investment.
Join us in helping us learn to find the right words to reframe our ideas and our future.
A useful power point slide presentation created by a member of an indivisible group in Pennsylvania: https://www.charlestonhuddle.com/act/pdf/Framing_the_Progressive_Picture.ppt
This event is listed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/720279464810254/