Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights Hosting ‘HumRights Bar Debate’ on November 30th
This is a press release from the Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights:
Arcata, California – The Humboldt Center for Constitutional Rights will host its first-ever “HumRights Bar Debate” to help foster civil dialogue in public spaces on Friday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Rita’s Margaritas and Mexican Grill, 855 8th St., in Arcata. The free event aims to bring the community together and build awareness that open dialogue is possible, especially on divisive issues.
The topic for the inaugural event will be housing development in Arcata. Community members Chante’ Catt (pro-development) and Joshua Sales, (a seasoned HSU student debater) will argue the reasons for and against building more housing. The conversation will be moderated by Paul Pitino, Arcata City Council member.
HumRights board chair, Marcy Burstiner, says the project is important because public dialogue and communication has broken down in recent years.
“People have stopped talking and listening to each other,” Burstiner said. “The Bar Debates are HumRights’ attempt to demonstrate that we can dialogue. So that we can be less polarized and find some middle ground.”
This housing topic is important and timely because Humboldt County has a high percentage rate of homeless people, and unfortunately that includes some of our friends, students, colleagues, coworkers, and professors.
HumRights will present this event in a comfortable space at a local venue, where people can have fun and be a part of discussion. Towards the end of the debate the floor will open up to allow the people to have a chance to participate with questions, concerns, or even voice their opinions.
The HumRights Bar Debate is free and open to the public. RSVP on HumRight’s FaceBook event page. The topics are hot, but the drinks will be ice cold. Arrive early to purchase happy hour food/drinks.
HumRights is an Arcata-based nonprofit committed to bringing positive social justice to Humboldt County through civil liberties advocacy and education.