Human Rights and Relations Club: MHS’ Growing Political Discourse Club

Hibo Ali, Staff Writer

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Human Rights and Relations Club was started just over a year ago by three concerned students who have taken the club to new heights. Maria Plombon, ‘18; Aubrey Salita, ‘18; and Anna Jones, ‘18, started this club just after the 2016 presidential election with the help of their advisor, Mr. Boline. Although this club has been around for little over a year, it started to gain momentum this fall.

         At a typical Human Rights and Relations meeting, one of the leaders introduces a topic, and members in the group add their input. Boline explains that in a normal meeting,  “[the group] talks about current issues, controversial issues, things that matter and oftentimes the conversation goes beyond talking… there’s emotion in people’s voices.”

First semester’s discussions are broken into 3 larger sections: cultural and minority inequalities, refugees and immigrants, and equality between women and men. The group then talks about a topic from that broad section each meeting.

         Aside from discussion, the group hopes to incorporate volunteer activities that correlate with the discussion topic. This semester, they will be going to a women’s shelter to repaint bedrooms. They hope to do more volunteer work in the coming months.

         This club continues to grow every week because of the diverse individuals who show up to every meeting. The club is open to all grade levels and supports discussion from people with differing views.

Plombon believes that these types of discussions are essential because “everybody is educating each other.”

Mr. Boline concludes his interview with a “timeless piece of advice” from Atticus Finch: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

         If you are interested in joining, Human Rights and Relations Club meets every Tuesday at 7:15 in room 2310.

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