In high school, my English teacher had a clock in his classroom, like most classrooms. His was different, however. The clock didn’t display the time. It had a piece of looseleaf paper covering the face of the clock with “The Time is NOW” scribbled on it in black sharpie. He wanted us to be present, instead of wondering what the time was. He wanted us to act. On the Salem Sate campus, many students are feeling a similar sentiment. The time is NOW to act!
We’ve been signing petitions emailed to us, checking validity of articles on Facebook and sharing them, cramping our hand over lengthy, passionate Facebook statuses, and gluing ourselves to the TV watching debate, inauguration and election coverage. It’s all been said, and is being done. The time to act is now.
Letting others know your side of the story is an important part of the activist and political process. It’s all talk, however, if nothing comes from it. We’ve talked, and now it’s time to act.
Here are a few examples of students taking acton:
On Saturday, January 21st student from Salem State University marched at the Boston Women’s March in solidarity with the march in Washington, D.C. They were a group out of the 150,00+ marchers there. Dominique Resendes, President of the Florence Luscomb Women’s Center, was quoted in the Salem News.
Dominique Resendes, 21, who participated in the march with a group of about 40 students and faculty from Salem State University, said Trump’s rhetoric has young people concerned.
“Students are really galvanized,” said Resendes, a political science major who heads the university’s women’s center. “For many of them, this is the first time they’re participating in a protest.”
The Black Brown and Proud group on campus recently got recognized through an award at the 2017 MLK convocation for their hard work in bringing increased diversity and awareness to SSU. Member and junior student here at SSU Jesse Fermin said that the opportunity to speak at the convocation was an honor. Read more about them in our blog post from last year.
Now, more than ever is the time to be a social justice advocate about the things for which you feel passionately. Join many budding and established advocates at Salem State on “Advocacy Day” on Monday, February 27th. Hear from Keynote Speaker Nazda Alam, SSU alumna and immigration and voting rights activist. Enjoy lunch and an activist panel, then breakout sessions to follow.
Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RXX3TVS