June 8, 2019
Mueller Report reading groups are popping up everywhere
by Amelia Stymacks
Over the past few weeks, reading groups to get citizens studying the Mueller Report have begun popping up all over the country.
The folks over at muellerbookclub.com launched an initiative (not unlike our Climate Project) to connect readers with each other, and with experts. Their website reads:
Over the course of four weeks, we will read the Mueller Report together, section by section. We will hear from legal and policy experts to explain its contents and address key questions, and we will debate and discuss its findings online. Our ultimate goal is that Mueller Book Club participants not only will understand the implications of the report, but that they will use that understanding to inform their friends, family and communities about what it means to them.
This past week the group discussion was led in a Facebook Live by Eva Paterson, the president and founder of the Equal Justice Society; Neal Katyal, the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States; and Isabella Bronstein, National Grassroots Organizer at Common Cause. (You can watch below.)
This week discussion will be led by Gloria Steinem. You can sign up for the Monday night webinar here. The Monday group is the last of the series, but you can watch past recordings on their website. And never fear, this is hardly the only group you can join.
PolitiFact just launched an online Mueller Report reading group. Angie Drobnic Holan reports:
We’ll introduce you to the report and each week suggest a set amount of reading. As we read the report together, PolitiFact journalists will offer analysis and take your questions. We’ll compile the most insightful reader conversations and post them to our website.
Even the folks over at Republicans for the Rule of Law (we know, not our usual kind of source) are encouraging everyone to read the report. Not only did they hand deliver copies of the report to every Republican senator and representative, they created an online compendium of terms and definitions for readers.
So, if you want to read the report but are feeling a tad overwhelmed by its heft and legalese, try toeing the waters with the guidance of a reading group.
Amelia Stymacks is the former director of digital marketing at Melville House.