The Peace Center has partnered with the Bucks County Commissioners and local elected leaders to launch “ONE BOOK, ONE BUCKS.” Through reading and discussion across the county, the goal is to help bring about more understanding, compassion, and empathy to counter the rise in fear, bigotry, and intolerance that our community is experiencing.
Over the last two years, The Peace Center has witnessed a rise in bias incidents, hate crimes, and micro-aggressions both across the nation and in Bucks County.
The FBI has reported a 12-17% rise in hate crimes each year for the last four years.
Not all police departments keep statistics classifying hate crimes by bias type, but of those that do, the most common victims were targeted because they were black, Jewish, or LGBT.
With the bulk of the bias incidents and micro-aggressions showing up in schools, The Peace Center has been responding with prevention and intervention programs specifically tailored for students and for educators.
Every quarter the community will read and discuss a new book, with the goal being to deepen our understanding of “the other.”
Discussions will take place at The Peace Center, 102 W. Maple Avenue, Langhorne.
This quarter’s subject is “Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, with a discussion led by Linda Salley, President of the African American Museum of Bucks County, and will be discussed on Wednesday, March 27th at 7:00pm.