by Christy Hargesheimer–
In January, 2016, a new book club was launched at Indigo Bridge, featuring works based on human rights. This Human Rights Book Club was a project of Amnesty International USA’s Local Group 173. Amnesty International, an NGO based in London, England with chapters in over 70 countries, was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977. Members focus on educating about the rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), often writing letters to international heads of government on behalf of prisoners of conscience and others whose rights have been abused.
Meeting bimonthly in its first year, the Human Rights Book Club read books on various topics, ranging from women’s rights, US Native American history, the death penalty, racial biases in the criminal justice system, immigration issues, Jim Crow laws, and Cuban prisoners in the U.S. Books are selected based on recommendations by club members, and can be purchased at a discount at Indigo Bridge.
At this year’s first meeting in January, 2017, the group decided to meet monthly on the fourth Thursday at 7:00 p.m., except for November. Our selection for February 23 is The Revolution Where You Live by Sarah van Gelder, available for purchase now at Indigo Bridge. Rather than focus on human rights abuses, this book offers examples of how communities across the nation have sought creative ways to address inequality and injustice. In our discussion, we will explore how some of these ideas can be applied in Lincoln. In March, we will consider this further with Is Socialist Revolution in the US Possible? by Mary Alice-Walters. Any readers interested in learning more about human rights are invited to join us.