Welcome to the YW4US Book Club!

We're always striving to find ways to connect with each other and opportunities to engage with our community. That's why we started the Young Women for US book club in April 2021.

 

Each month, our programming team selects books from a diverse range of authors and genres that connect back to policy or current events. Our community votes on which book they'd like to read over social media, and at the end of the month, we come together in a virtual meeting to discuss the book's argument, themes, and how it's inspired us to take action or reevaluate our thinking.

 

Our book selections and meetings cater to young women and gender non-conforming people, but everyone is welcome. And even better - you do not have to read our book to attend book club. We'll see you on Zoom!

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying
our Democracy

by Carol Anderson

Discussion Questions: 

  • How are you feeling after the Senate’s inability to reform the filibuster and therefore pass any meaningful legislation on voting rights?

  • What is the most interesting/striking thing you learned from reading “One Person, No Vote”?

  • Do you agree with Senator Dick Durbin when he says that “Republicans clearly believe their future success depends more on constricting rather than convincing the electorate.”? 

  • Why do you think the myth of “voter fraud” persists, even though it has been repeatedly debunked?

  • How does the “Big Lie” perpetuated by Former President Trump and his supporters aggravate the situation?

  • The author discusses the Cold War and how it indirectly accelerated the Civil Rights Movement.  Do you see any parallels today?  

  • The author relates the events on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama: “As peaceful marchers ran into the hailstorm of Alabama state troopers and Dallas County sheriff Jim Clark and his deputies, news cameras captured the horror of tear gas, barbed-wire bullwhips, and police on horseback trampling over the fallen.  A nation sat in stunned silence, almost traumatized by the spectacle.  And then the ensuing bludgeoning death in Selma of a white minister because he had the audacity to believe that black citizens had the right to vote became the tipping point, and now, shaken out of its complacency, a civil rights assembly mobilized.” How has shining the light on inequality forced change?  How can we use these lessons to move forward today?

  • Given the many obstacles Anderson presents in the book, what gives you hope that the American electorate and our government will be able to change course to lift voter restrictions and ease disenfranchisement?

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