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YWCA Southeast Wisconsin (SEW) presents its inaugural Racial Justice Book Club series, in partnership with the Racine Public Library, on October 17, November 14 and December 12. Racine residents are invited to participate in a community dialogue about the Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond. The series will be held from 6 p.m.– 8 p.m. at the Racine Public Library.

The first twelve community members to register online for the “Evicted” book club series will receive a free copy of the book. Each session will focus on a section of the book. Session one will cover part one of the book, the second discussion will focus on part two and the group will close the series by discussing part three and the epilogue.

The purpose of the series is to bring awareness to YWCA SEW’s current programming initiatives, while also supporting the Racine community’s commitment to racial justice. “Evicted” highlights Desmond’s personal experiences regarding the issue of evictions and its intersection with race and class illustrated his personal encounters with his neighbors.

“This important community dialogue will be a launch pad for Racine activists who are looking to tackle housing issues, poverty, and related issues.” said Paula Penebaker, president and CEO of YWCA SEW. “By partnering with the Racine Public Library to host the conversations, we are doing our part in supporting the Racine community’s progress.”

The Book Club format will allow people to learn the significance of the concerns around poverty, race and class from the viewpoint of the Racine community. YWCA SEW invites everyone to register to participate in the discussion as the group takes a deep dive into the depth of the issues and layers of eviction.

Registration for this event is free and open to the public. Register here:

For more information or to join the Book Club, please contact Micala Queary at (414) 267-3230.

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin (SEW) was incorporated in 1893 (formerly YWCA Greater Milwaukee). YWCA SEW serves more than 12,000 individuals each year through its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. YWCA SEW fulfills this mission by providing resources and employment training to individuals facing poverty and discrimination, helping them to achieve economic success. At the same time, YWCA SEW offers racial justice education that aims to educate the community about systemic racism and ways to address it. The ultimate goal is to equip people to take action against injustice where and when they can. This combination of racial justice and economic empowerment programming is YWCA SEW’s formula for creating a more just and equitable community.