October 4 – November 22
Wednesdays | Noon – 12:40PM
Are you someone who believes in the transformative power of literature to ignite conversations and drive change in the world? Are you excited to join a community dedicated to addressing pressing social injustices?
In today's world, economic injustice and systemic racism demand immediate attention and action. While it may seem daunting to tackle these challenges alone, every small step forward makes a meaningful contribution. That's why Family Promise Metrowest, a nonprofit organization committed to helping families facing housing insecurity, is offering an exciting opportunity for everyone to get involved. This autumn, we are launching a thought-provoking book club that explores the themes of economic injustice and systemic racism.
Our book club provides a platform for our community members to connect and engage in meaningful discussions. Led by FPM's Outreach Coordinator, Paula Brown, our weekly 40-minute sessions take place online via Zoom and are accessible to anyone with an internet connection. During each session, we delve into a chapter of the book, offering unique insights, sharing perspectives, and sparking thought-provoking dialogues. These conversations aim to shed light on the complexities of our world and challenge us to explore innovative solutions for social change.
Our first selection, starting on October 4th, is "Decolonizing Wealth" by Edgar Villanueva. This book not only provides an insightful read but also promises a transformative experience. Edgar Villanueva, a renowned activist, author, and philanthropy expert, offers a fresh perspective on wealth and philanthropy. As a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Villanueva advises a diverse range of organizations on social impact strategies, working with philanthropic entities, Fortune 500 corporations, and entertainment enterprises. His work empowers communities, giving them control over their own narratives and representations while striving for increased visibility across all sectors of society. Villanueva's insights have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. In "Decolonizing Wealth," he examines the role of colonialism in philanthropy, the wealth gap, and the prevailing power dynamics in modern philanthropic structures.