WCCW Members Friendsgiving

Happy Friendsgiving! WCCW members and a guest of their choice are invited to join together and eat good food. Please bring a dish to share, beverages will be provided. 

While we recognize that by celebrating this holiday without acknowledging its history* we unintentionally re-perpetuate a white-washed colonial narrative, we also recognize that for many people Thanksgiving has shifted from the “Pilgrims & Indians narrative” and come to mean something else: a celebration of togetherness, generosity, and gratitude with friends and family. 

This holiday season, we invite our members to come together for a vegan potluck, to find solace & celebrate in a community working towards a reparative and transformative world through connection and support.

And in the spirit of subverting / critiquing pervasive capitalist & colonial ways of being, we’ll share ideas for decolonizing future Thanksgiving celebrations!

In the spirit of giving, we’ll also be using this space to collect donations for Alexandria House, a transitional residence and house of hospitality that provides safe and supportive housing for women and children in the process of moving from emergency shelter to economic stability and permanent housing. When residents move out of Alexandria House and into their new homes, they try to equip them with as much as possible but can’t do it all by themselves. You can help by donating a HopeBox full of household essentials. See a full list of items needed below. To donate a HopeBox, you can buy from their Amazon Wish List or buy the items elsewhere and drop them off at 426 S. Alexandria Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90020, or at WCCW and we’ll bring them over for you.

* For more info on Thanksgiving’s troubling origin story, see these resources:

Everything You Learned About Thanksgiving is Wrong

8 Ways to Decolonize and Honor Native Peoples on Thanksgiving

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Popular Decolonization Books

Accessibility information for this event: WCCW has a 36” wide ramp at our front entrance and a stairway with 8 steps and a rail. There are 2 gender neutral restrooms. One restroom is wheelchair accessible, with a handrail. We provide scent free soaps and encourage guests to attend our events scent free. If you require ASL interpretation, CART, interpretation for a language other than English, supervised childcare, or have any other access needs or questions, please contact info@wccw.us at least two weeks in advance. It is our practice to do everything we can to create a safe and accessible space.

Childcare for this event: We do our best to provide low-cost, on-site childcare for our events when requested at least a week in advance. If you are interested in childcare for this event, please fill out this form.