Let's support the student-led movement for gun control in the US. On this day, students will be marching to put pressure on Congress to implement real gun control legistlation - raising the minimum age, closing private sale loopholes, banning assalt rifles!
We will have signs (or you can come make your own) and post pictures on social media to voice our solidarity with the students on this day.
We will also show a film to learn more about the issue (to be announced).
Habitation Turpin kindly provides us this space for free and will provide a welcome cocktail as well. Plus, of course, we will be equiped to help you register to vote and request your absentee ballot.
Come out and support this powerful student movement and show our solidarity for gun control in the US.
Reading is fundamental! Come and join our group as we read to keep ourselves informed of current events and gather to discuss challenging issues in US politics. This month we are reading Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family & Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance (review below).
We will meet up to discuss the book (and choose the next book) on Tuesday, April 24th at 7pm at Press Cafe in Petion-ville.
You can buy the electronic book or hardcover via Amazon.com or we can try to have someone bring back a copy for you from the US if you send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of Hillbilly Elegy (from goodreads.com):
From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate, a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town, that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class. Part memoir, part historical and social analysis, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy is a fascinating consideration of class, culture, and the American dream.
Vance’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love.” They got married and moved north from Kentucky to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. Their grandchild (the author) graduated from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving upward mobility for their family. But Vance cautions that is only the short version. The slightly longer version is that his grandparents, aunt, uncle, and mother struggled to varying degrees with the demands of their new middle class life and they, and Vance himself, still carry around the demons of their chaotic family history.
Delving into his own personal story and drawing on a wide array of sociological studies, Vance takes us deep into working class life in the Appalachian region. This demographic of our country has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, and Vance provides a searching and clear-eyed attempt to understand when and how “hillbillies” lost faith in any hope of upward mobility, and in opportunities to come.
At times funny, disturbing, and deeply moving, this is a family history that is also a troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large portion of this country.