Monday, January 18, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
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The City of Keene Human Rights Committee will host Dr. Jim Waller, Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, from Keene State College who will explore through presentation a “Democracy’s Role in Promoting and Protecting Civil and Human Rights.”
The Committee annually hosts a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast for the public, however this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will take place virtually on Monday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. Dr. Waller will discuss how the United States is at a crossroads in its history. The escalating level of political violence raises serious red flags about the erosion of democratic norms and the growing distrust of peaceful political processes. Had risk analysts noticed these same trends anywhere else in the world, the approaching storm would be clear and alarms would be raised by a range of international governmental and non-governmental voices. While the United States is not a failed or failing state, it is a fragile and flailing one; closer to breakdown than a breakthrough. The risk of mass violence is progressively accumulating in a rising tide, and resilience is rapidly receding. There is a mountain of hard work to be done to restore trust in America’s democratic institutions, develop more inclusive narratives of memory, rebuild social cohesion, and nurture economic inclusivity.
The Human Rights Committee exists to promote the principles of social justice, non-violence, equity, diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism through educational programs, community service and public events. The Committee meets on the first Monday of every month at 5:00.