History of Voter Suppression & On Tyranny

October 11, 2017

This month, we focused on the history of voter suppression and had a discussion of the book On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder.

Starting off with a few updates on SB 562 by one of our members and a short presentation on the newly-named Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly Columbus Day), we then had a member present an educational piece on the history of voter suppression in the US.

This was followed by a passionate discussion of the book, On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder. We started by going around and sharing our first impressions and favorite quotes including lines such as “Power wants your body softening in your chair and your emotions dissipating on the screen (pg. 83).” The group felt strongly about revisiting the book, perhaps focusing on specific chapters or concepts. Driven by the reading, we chose our meeting action to be to “Make Eye Contact,” in the form of outreach for PAN. Everyone was encouraged to speak about our group to a friend or stranger and invite them to a meeting or event.