AZC WAKING UP – Fall Modules

WAKING UP Study Modules for Fall 2020

Update: Module 2 has been added, beginning November 8th. Please register below if you participated in Module 1 and would like to continue with Module 2. We also welcome newcomers to register who did not previously participate!


AZC invites you to join our WAKING UP – Uprooting Racism & White Supremacy group.  All are invited to join this continuing group in a peer-led study of personal & structural racism and bias through the lens of Dharma.  This group has grown out of the WAIC Up! (White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege) Group that began meeting together this spring.  Our intention and hope is to continue this important work and self-study, and to widen the circle to include more of the community who wish to participate.  We have found it highly supportive to go through this process with one another, and to cultivate trusting relationships in which to share and explore these critical issues with. 

This group will maintain the meditative container and clear guidelines used during our WAIC-UP conversations, but with updated readings and some longer works for us to take a deeper dive together.  This curriculum will be composed of a series of 2-month self-contained study modules focused on particular themes concerning the experience of racism in this country.  While long-term commitment to the group is not required, we ask that participants sign up for and commit to each 2-month module that interests you.  

The first 2-month curriculum and discussion module focused on the black experience by studying two seminal essay/memoirs by two well-known black writers:

Fall 2020 MODULE 1  (Meets on alternate Sundays from 1-3pm: Sept 13, Sept 27, Oct 11, Oct 25):

 Meetings will follow the WAIC-UP! format of following a script of mindful discussion in breakout groups of 3-5 people. In order to participate in the discussion, please complete the reading assignments prior to each meeting.  The reading assignment for the first meeting (Sept 13) is the first chapter of Between the World and Me.

Here is a Reading Guide put out by the Fetzer Institute.

FALL 2020 MODULE 2 (Meets on alternate Sundays from 1-3pm: Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 6, & Dec. 20):

 In this 2nd FALL 2020 module we will be studying The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness, by Michelle Alexander.  At its core, America’s journey from slavery to Jim Crow to mass incarceration raises profound moral and spiritual questions about who we are, individually and collectively, who we aim to become, and what we are willing to do now. Join us as we explore these and other questions. ALL are WELCOME!

The assignment for the 1st meeting will be the following audio and video pieces which will give context for the book.  In addition, please read the Introduction to The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.   

  • “Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow” New Yorker Interview of Michelle Alexander, January 17, 2020. Audio interview (14 min):

  • How Did Angela Davis Inspire a Movement? (2:51 min)


  • “An Open Letter to My Sister, Miss Angela Davis” by James Baldwin, New York Review, January 7, 1971, (12 min)

Text: (12 min, 15:20-27:42)

  • Angela Davis, “The Shifting Concept of the Prison Industrial Complex” (3:50 min)


  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

Part 1:

Introduction (20 print pages).


Register below for MODULE 2 to receive a Zoom link and additional information about the class. All are welcome!

About the formation of AZC’s WAKING UP Group: This group was designed by 10 sangha members who participated together in WAIC-UP! (White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege) – a peer-led study curriculum developed at Spirit Rock.  We wish to enlarge our group and to continue the momentum created by our WAIC-UP! experience by investigating a variety of important works.  Future modules will delve into works like The New Jim Crow, Radical Dharma, The Way of Tenderness, My Grandmother’s Hands, and Me and White Supremacy.  We intend to offer these various study and discussion sessions in 2-month ‘modules’.  Each module requires sign-up.  We hope you will sign up for the literature that interests you. All are welcome!