The event in honor of International Human Rights day was inspiring. In addition to the reading of titles of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, there were short presentations by an advocate for juvenile prisoners rights, a transgendered person and a Muslim woman. There was also poetry and song. We intended to stay for no more than an hour but had a hard time dragging ourselves away. About 70 people showed up. We stood with candles in front of the grange hall for the reading of excerpts of the Human Rights Declaration and then went inside for hot drinks and the presentations. We signed cards to be sent the New Haven mosque that has recently received hateful verbal attacks. I felt nurtured by the strength of simple community.

-Claire Matthews