The Boise Bubble Podcast

Episode 66: The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights

July 6th, 2023

Join us for a conversation with Christina Bruce-Benion who is the Executive Director of local foundation The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights. You Idaho history enthusiasts will recall the Center’s namesake, Bill Wassmuth, was a key player in the battle against the notorious white supremacist group, the Aryan Nation, in the northern Idaho area throughout the 80’s and 90’s, he himself being the target of violence at the hands of this hateful group.

Today the Center’s focus is on protecting and perpetuating human rights and educating the general public about the dangers of hate that, as will come as no surprise to anyone, is more recent and close to home than we’d like to believe. The Center was behind the creation of the Anne Frank Memorial to Human Rights, which sits on the greenbelt in downtown Boise and is a worthwhile destination for all community members. More actively, they’re engaged in providing the public with tools to have constructive conversations with other members of our community who believe differently than ourselves or hold opinions different from our own. As believers and proponents of healthy community dialogue, the Center’s core purpose is one we can get behind.