I caught some of the conversation & demonstration during my lunch break. Very passionate opinions were expressed. Iāve been to a few of these now and Iām fascinated in them from an event planning point of view. The thought, planning, and organization that goes into these rallies is immenseā¦ especially two weeks before finals. (The message is good too.)
Also in the news is the ānooseā down in San Diego. When I first heard this I thought it was connected to the ādeath of the UCā theme that was very visible around these parts last Fall.
Coincidentally we have a āSpeak Up Against Hateā display on the wall right now. It was planned over a month ago, but it is suddenly very timely with all that is going down regarding racism at UCSD, Irvine, and Davis. This project was a partnership with the Office of Student Affairs. They held a week of talks and activities dedicated to spreading awareness, prevention, and actions against hate crimes.
At each of their events they handed out these pledge cards:
People then pinned them to a quilt (sheet) and it was carried to all the supporting events.
Now, as the quarter comes to an end, weāve hung the quilt along with additional pledge cards in a very high traffic area in the library. This serves as a visible reminder of the commitment that people made.
Thanks to Doug Wagoner for his interest and persistence. And to my wife for hanging the quilt while I held the ladder.