So what is a Social Justice Club and how does it work?
The Whippet Lab is engaging in an experiment to find ways to do social justice work differently. The Social Justice Club is their way of turning the tradition of members-only, private gentlemen’s “social clubs” on its head. While Whippet Lab will always remain open to everyone, like those “old boys’ clubs,” Whippet Lab has a membership and members-only events. These events are co-sponsored with local and international organizations dedicated to fighting for social justice. These can include, for example, organizations fighting against racism, homophobia, sexism, classism, climate change, or who support animal rescue, the arts, economic equality, immigration, feminism, and refugees. Once or twice a month, during the days the restaurant/ bar is closed (Mondays), and they donate the space for a benefit event in conjunction with an organization. Social Justice Club members are invited and a small donation at the door. This gives members a chance to meet and socialize with people from organizations with which they might not otherwise be involved, creating a broad-spectrum social justice network, and finding ways for activists and organizers to work together on overlapping issues and projects. You can call it a Social Club for the resistance.