Citizenship 2.0 Book Club
The book club will be a monthly event coordinated with Bookshop Santa Cruz! We are excited to partner with Bookshop and hope that you will purchase your books through them!!
Over the course of many months, we will be using Robert Reich's book The Common Good as our basis, and exploring various topics and suggested reading mentioned in the book as well.
Our first meeting will have a larger crowd and from there we are hoping to create smaller groups. If you are interested in hosting a smaller group, let firstname.lastname@example.org know!
Here is the reading list for 2019:
April 18, 2019 7–9pm: The Common Good by Robert Reich “The Common Good consists of our shared values about what we owe one another as citizens who are bound together in the same society-the norms we voluntarily abide by, and the ideals we seek to achieve.”
May: The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and The Constitution of the United States
August: The Soul of America, by Jon Meacham
July: The Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
July: The Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
September: Democracy’s Discontent, by Michael Sandel
October: State of Water, by Obi Kaufmann
November: The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander
December: Ethics for the New Millennium, by the Dalai Lama
- Princeton Readings in Political Thought, Mitchell Cohen and Nicole Fermon, Editors.
- Robert Reich’s recommended reading list at the back of The Common Good.
What is Citizenship 2.0?
It is a A Civic Engagement Platform. Through which, Santa Cruz Indivisible is exploring the meaning of what it means to be a citizen in today's modern world.
For several thousand years philosophers, political theorists, and individuals have grappled with the question of what it means to be a citizen*. What obligations do citizens have to one another and to the common good? What is the common good and who gets to participate in deciding what it is? What is a just society? What type of government works best and when does a government become illegitimate? What is power and who should wield it? The answers to these questions have varied according to where and when they were asked, and the answers have shaped the experience of the individuals impacted by the responses.
Santa Cruz Indivisible is committed to helping create a space where these questions can be explored and where we all can have a voice in answering them. If as Aristotle believed, humans are political beings, then we are our most human when engaging with one another exploring questions about the common good and our role as citizens within society.
*Citizenship in this context applies to all members of society, not just individuals considered legal residents.
(1) The Promise from the Founders:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness..."
What voices are being heard in our Republic discourse today? What voices have been sidelined?
(2) Money and its role in the Civic Life:
The Founding Fathers had the great wisdom to separate the Civic life from religious life. This was a very radical idea at the time and one that is instrumental in paving the way for the great melting pot that is the United States of America. In today's environment, the role of Money has supplanted the role of the Church in influence on how our Civic society is structured. What do we do about that?
(3) Technology and its role in the Civic Life:
With the power of a supercomputer and communications platform in everyone's hand, how do we bring that to our advantage in executing the responsibilities of our role as a Citizen?
(4) Moving from Rights to Responsibilities:
What are our individual responsibilities that we must fulfill in order to then exercise the great privilege of being able to vote?
What are our responsibilities? How do we earn the privilege to vote? What investments of our time and effort do we make that are beyond ourselves that allow us the opportunity to vote?
(5) Art and Politics:
How art and creativity can influence and bring awareness to issues in our current political climate.
This is the very beginning of a new model of thinking about the nature of us as actors in a civil society where we are bound together for by a common vision:
That all people have equal protection under the law, all people have the inherent right to the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness, and that no one or group will prevent a person from achieving that.
More information coming soon!