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April 27, 2023 at

Haymarket House

Saving Our Own Lives: Chicago Reading Group Discussion

Join us at Haymarket House for a three part in-person conversation about Shira Hassan's amazing new book, Saving Our Own Lives.

Haymarket House

Haymarket House, 800 West Buena Avenue
Chicago, 60613 United States


Liberatory Harm Reduction is one of the most important interventions of the 20th century, and yet a compilation of its critical stories and voices was, until now, seemingly nowhere to be found. Saving Our Own Lives, an anthology of essays from long-time organizer Shira Hassan, fills this gap by telling the stories of how sex workers, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, queer folks, trans, gender non-conforming, and two-spirit people are – and have been - building systems of change and support outside the societal frameworks of oppression and exploitation.

Haymarket is hosting a three part conversation about Saving Our Own Lives on Thursday evenings, March 2nd, March 30th and April 27th. We will share some discussion questions for each session ahead of time but this is a space where participants will guide the conversation and are asked to actively read with us and bring ideas to the group. While it is not required that folks attend all sessions we hope that you can join us for the whole series as we build a community of readers around this invaluable text. Here are the details for each session:

Thursday, March 2nd: We will focus on pages 1-105.

Thursday, March 30th: We will focus on pages 106-219.

Thursday, April 27th: We will focus on pages 220-330.

We ask that all participants are masked during the discussion and we will provide light refreshments afterwards. Weather permitting, we hope to hold the later events outside.

You can get a copy of Saving Our Own Lives for 30% off here.