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Book Club - Rolling Warrior by Judith Heumann

Join us Semptember 27th at 6:00 p.m. for our book club as we start a discussion on disability. Each participant will receive a copy of the book Rolling Warrior by Judith Heumann. 

“If I didn’t fight, who would?”

Judy Heumann was only 5 years old when she was first denied her right to attend school. Paralyzed from polio and raised by her Holocaust-surviving parents in New York City, Judy had a drive for equality that was instilled early in life.

Judy shares her journey of battling for equal access in an unequal world—from fighting to attend grade school after being described as a “fire hazard” because of her wheelchair, to suing the New York City school system for denying her a teacher’s license because of her disability. Judy went on to lead 150 disabled people in the longest sit-in protest in US history at the San Francisco Federal Building. Cut off from the outside world, the group slept on office floors, faced down bomb threats, and risked their lives to win the world’s attention and the first civil rights legislation for disabled people.

Judy’s bravery, persistence, and signature rebellious streak will speak to every person fighting to belong and fighting for social justice.

While written for children in middle and high school, this book can help a person of any age understand life as a person with a disability. Thanks to the generosity of the Pulte Family Charitable Foundation, your book will be provided at no cost.

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If you will need the book in an alternate format as an accommodation other than a standard text-size printed book, please make your request to Tom Laign through email at tom.laign@thearcofelpaso.org by September 13th.