Social Justice Committee Meeting, September 27, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

re: http://www.champaignschools.org/news/news_files/2012-09-24_SJC_First_Meeting_Agenda.pdf

 

As stated earlier, Chuck Jackson and I are keeping ears to the ground and eyes open. 🙂 “Why?” you might ask.

 

Whatever images come to your mind when you hear the words “Social Justice”, I can almost guarantee you that we each have a different mental image, but some where in that swirl of subjectivity we have to boil it down to some form of “justice” in the context of something that is “social”. The way I see it, the “have nots” are constantly getting screwed over by the “haves”; sometimes deliberately, but probably more often than not it is subtle, unconscious, maybe even systemic. Note that even when it is systemic, injustice is still not right; just because it is hard to take responsibility at the individual level does not absolve one of taking action.

 

To that latter point, I see something like a social justice committee addressing the ‘systemic’ issue dead on. I am not saying it is a perfect approach, nor that it will solve all our problems. My hope is that it starts to open the door so we can better understand each other and learn to walk in each others’ shoes. “We make the path by walking.” I believe (I could be wrong, and it wouldn’t be the first time) that this is the first step to take towards things advocacy and helping each other have a voice and a place to stand. When you think about it, we don’t need a manual to tell us how to do things – what we really want is someone to walk next to us. This is what I personally see “social justice” doing.

 

Of course, you are free to disagree. As always, I very much welcome different points of view, so let me have it. 🙂

CPL sponsoring afterschool tech projects at Douglass

I have always been drawn to techy things as a kid, and that kid inside me still gets excited when I hear about legos and robots. So when I heard about a new “mentoring” opportunity at the CPL’s Douglass Branch, I read about it and am now sharing.

 

A Free Mentoring Program

 

Registration begins September 24

 

Tuesdays & Thursdays
3:30 to 5:15 pm
October 16 – December 13
(No session November 22)
Douglass Branch Library
504 E. Grove St.

 

Working in small groups with adult mentors, middle school students in Project Next Generation can learn to
use computers, the Internet, digital cameras, and other cool technologies while practicing problem-solving and communication skills.

 

This free program is sponsored by the Illinois State Library. Grab a friend and sign up together! To register, call 403-2090, e-mail png@champaign.org, or talk to us at the Branch.

 

 

In other news, I had the opportunity to meet Ms. Jessica Pitcher of the JMS Science Tech room; cool stuff! Other than legos and robots, they also have a makerBot Replicator! 🙂