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August 2017 Entries

EXPRESS YOUR SELF

August 30, 2017

"Can you tell I’m anxious? new art coming.  I’m excited.  It’s dark, scary…like the way the future seems sometimes." Vivian, a first-year college student, typed these words into her Instagram post with sketches she had made for a painting.  It was 1:15 a.m., and she had drawn anguished faces as she responded to the pardon of Joe Arpaio and the rumored threats to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

WE STAND (AND WORK) AGAINST RACISM AND THIS IS NOT NEW

August 17, 2017

This is the fourth draft I have written in four days.  Each day, more public pronouncements on race and hate and history find their place in mainstream and social media. Several of you asked me about a Words of Faith posting on the topic of racism. This is not new territory for us. After much reflection, I have concluded that there is no statement to issue. 

How Minimum Wage Matters to Students

August 7, 2017

The image on the left is me, the last time I earned minimum wage. During my college summers I worked two jobs to save for the school year. Minimum wage was $3.35 per hour in 1981. The image on the right is a glimpse of our new front door with temporary signage and a vivid poster we wish we didn’t have to explain.