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Disability Justice Book Club Nov 2023
Disability Justice Book Club Nov 2023

Wed, Nov 15


Under the Umbrella Bookstore

Disability Justice Book Club Nov 2023

Lessons from HIV/AIDS and disability justice

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Time & Location

Nov 15, 2023, 6:30 PM

Under the Umbrella Bookstore, 511 W 200 S Suite 120, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


About the Event

About the Pandemic Political Education / Disability Justice Book Club

The Pandemic Political Education book club meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has falsely been declared over, health and disability justice remain and urgent need, especially as more pandemics are expected in our age of climate crisis.

While many forms of community care are needed, this book club aims to provide a space for deepening our historical and political analysis of queer-informed health justice to empower communities in ongoing and future pandemics, while grounding in queer and disabled histories and wisdom.

the reading list will include histories, memoirs, and analysis of the HIV-AIDS pandemic, foundational texts by queer disabled authors, and lenses on queer health justice.

This book club is open to all, with the goal of centering queer and disabled experiences. You don't need to consider yourself an "activist" to join, though much of the discussion of the books will focus on specific lessons we can apply to today.

Please consider bringing a contribution (sliding scale $1-5) for the meeting room reservation at Under the Umbrella. If this is a barrier for you, you are still welcome to attend!

Contact Amelia Diehl at with any questions.

Claiming a Free Book

Thanks to a generous donation, we are able to proviede three free copies of the book of the month EACH MONTH! If you are interested in receiving a free copy, fill out this form. We are prioritizing BIPOC, disabled, and trans readers for these free copies. You may apply for free books each month, but we will prioritize new individuals. 

COVID Precautions

It is a requirement for both the bookstore and the book club to wear a mask. An air purifier will be running in the room throughout the duration of the book club meeting.

About How to Survive a Plague by David France

A definitive history of the successful battle to halt the AIDS epidemic, here is the incredible story of the grassroots activists whose work turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Almost universally ignored, these men and women learned to become their own researchers, lobbyists, and drug smugglers, established their own newspapers and research journals, and went on to force reform in the nation’s disease-fighting agencies. From the creator of, and inspired by, the seminal documentary of the same name, How to Survive a Plague is an unparalleled insider’s account of a pivotal moment in the history of American civil rights.

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When possible, please support the store and the authors by purchasing a copy here! Most books should also be available at local libraries.

This book is also available as an audiobook from!


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