It’s been a while since my last post; almost six months. One would think given my progressive/social democratic views that a Trump presidency would give me plenty of material on which I could write and that I should have a lot more posts. The bottom line is that I’ve been busy. I felt that while writing was a good way for me to express my ideas, actually doing some work on issues that meant a lot to me might be a better use of my time. That’s not to say writing isn’t useful or worthwhile- I just wanted to take a break and actually do something about the problems we face in this country.
So what have I been up to?
Last year my students and I started VAHSAid, a charity thinking globally, but acting locally, by helping those affected by poverty in Dane County and Wisconsin. We did a lot of great work helping Porchlight and the United Way of Dane County, as well as the UNHCR. Building off that success, we wanted to do even more this year. The past few months we’ve been working tirelessly setting up two events and looking into starting a food pantry at the school at which I teach.
Our first event is the 1st Annual Camp Out to Stamp Out Child Poverty and Food Insecurity. On May 20-21, we’ll be camping out in the parking lot of Miller’s in Verona, to raise awareness of child poverty and food insecurity in Dane County and Wisconsin. We’ll be taking food donations to give to Badger Prairie Needs Network and monetary donations to help the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. We’ll have tables set up to talk to people about those issues, as well as a table to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals and a table for children’s activities.
Our second event is the 1st Annual VAHSAid Read-A-Thon at the Verona Public Library on August 12. In addition to reading books and children’s activities, we’ll be collecting school supplies for students in our district who need help.
As for the food pantry, you’ll have to stay tuned for that.
Finally, I’ve also been busy planning a trip to Brussels for students to learn about the EU and transatlantic relations. Based on the amount of work and coordination that has taken, I think it’s safe to say I will never go into event planning as a career. I am however, very excited about the trip because I’ve put together, what I think, will be a truly memorable experience for the students.
So, now you know why I’ve been silent for the past six months. Hopefully, now that the events and my trip are pretty much settled, I’ll have more time to write in support of progressive/social democratic ideas.
Thanks for reading.