LEARNING ABOUT CLASS
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OF IMMEDIATE INTEREST — one of the proposed Study/Action Issues that may be selected by delegates at the June 2014 UUA General Assembly includes class – Escalating Inequality
Books by UU Authors
Rosemary Bray, Unafraid of the Dark: A Memoir (1999). Available from many online sources. UU minister writes about growing up in poverty and on welfare.
Mark Harris, Elite: Uncovering Classism in Unitarian and Universalist History (2011). Available at www.uuabookstore.org. Purchase $10 paperback. Access the discussion guide.
UU World articles
Mark Harris, “A Faith of the Few?” UU World Spring 2011 http://www.uuworld.org/ideas/articles/175332.shtml
Doug Muder, “Not My Father’s Religion,” UU World Fall 2007 http://uuworld.org/ideas/articles/36467.shtml
Other UU Resources
Classism Workshop, by Judith Frediani (1996) Originally published as Session 7 in Weaving the Fabric of Diversity: An Anti-Bias Program for Adults, www.uua.org/documents/lfd/classism_workshop.pdf
Conversations on Race, Class and Theology, Notes from the third UU Urban Church Conference, held in Chicago, March 2001 http://www.uua.org/multiculturalism/history/urbanministries/20522.shtml
Resources available from our partner Class Action, www.classism.org
Created Equal, curriculum for high school and middle school on class and classism, also useful for adults
Enough, DVD and curriculum, with a conversation-provoking 11-minute video by 13-year-old Zoe Greenberg
Talking Across the Class Divide: a Manual for Cross-Class Dialogue and Learning (2007) Class Action’s founders guide others to replicate their transformative experience
Barbara Jensen, Reading Classes: On Culture and Classism in America (2012)
Betsy Leondar-Wright, Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle Class Activists (2005)
Betsy Leondar-Wright, Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures (2014) Describes activist class culture differences and how to solve common group problems by tapping the gifts of all classes.
Meizhu Lui, Barbara Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Rose Brewer, and Rebecca Adamson, The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide (2006)
Related Websites and Videos
The Classroom Project, www.theclassroomproject.com
Resource Generation, www.resourcegeneration.org
United for a Fair Economy, www.faireconomy.org
Robert Reich’s blog, www.robertreich.org
More Recommended Books
Chuck Collins, 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It (2012)
Paul Fussell, Class (1983) One of the classics
bell hooks, Where We Stand: Class Matters (2000)
Selma James, Sex, Race and Class – The Perspective of Winning: A Selection of Writings 1952-2011 (2012)
Al Lubrano, Limbo: Blue Collar Roots, White Collar Dreams (2003)
Julia Penelope, editor, Out of the Class Closet: Lesbians Speak (1994)
Linda Stout, Bridging the Class Divide and other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing (1996)