Book Discussion: Strangers In Their Own Land

September 27, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Saegmuller Room

What does it mean to cross the “empathy wall” in a divided America?  How may we hear the voices of those in the Tea Party and beyond who feel that America has left them behind, and that government doesn’t have the answer for them? Join Laura for either session to discuss Strangers In Their Own Land. Books are available for purchase in the Saegmuller Room for a suggested donation of $20; all are welcome to a book regardless of ability to pay. The book is also available through bookstores and e-readers.


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by Laura Martin

The reality is that I too have

Authored your pain.

I laid a blank piece of paper down

When you needed me to respond.

I chose the shortcut.

I learned complicity,

Learned to move quietly in my privilege,

Learned to let the doors open for me

Before walked inside.

I inherited fear

And did not unlearn it.

In fight or flight, I flew.

I confess all this.

And I commit to hearing

The raw stories,

To letting your vulnerability

Chafe me.