Social Justice Spotlight

first_imgKip Tiernan BI ’89, founder of Rosie’s Place and the Greater Boston Food Bank and co-founder of Community Works and the Poor People’s United Fund, gave her papers to the Schlesinger Library in 2006 so that scholars and citizens can learn more about how and why she pursued her passion for social justice. That was just one part of a special connection forged between the social justice pioneer and the Radcliffe Institute library.When she died in 2011, at 85, it was important that her commitment to the downtrodden and disenfranchised live on. One way her legacy continues at Harvard is through the event that took place yesterday hosted by the Schlesinger Library and Community Works, a cooperative of 34 local grassroots organizations devoted to social and economic justice.The executive director of Community Works, Fran Froelich, worked with Tiernan for years to pursue community-based solutions to entrenched challenges, including homelessness, hunger, and violence. She spoke about Tiernan at the event, saying “She told the truth—held it up—and invited us to join her in searching for solutions.”To honor Tiernan’s pursuit of truth and her commitment to improving the quality of life for all people, Froelich presented the organization’s Striving for Justice Award to David Hemenway AB ’66, PhD ’74, professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. The award was given in recognition of his efforts to understand and prevent injury and violence as director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center and as the author of many books, including While We Were Sleeping: Success Stories in Injury and Violence Prevention (University of California Press, 2009).Hemenway, who was honored to accept the award, shared some insights into his work collecting data about homicide and suicides, and how he and his colleagues are learning more about violence and its causes as they analyze the information. His remarks—which included insights into soda drinking, accidental poisonings, and gun ownership—illustrated what Froelich said in her introduction: “David’s field of public health has deep moral connections to broader questions of social justice, poverty, and systematic disadvantage.”His remarks were followed by a discussion with young people searching for solutions to youth violence and active in Alternatives for Community and Environment and the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, two organizations that are part of Community Works.The combination of statistics and the stories was a fitting testament to Kip Tiernan’s commitment to highlighting the power of experts and community groups to raise awareness, tackle difficult issues, make a meaningful difference, and inspire others. The event was also an opportunity to remind people about the mission of Community Works, its participation in the Harvard Community Gifts campaign, and access to Tiernan’s papers at the Schlesinger Library.last_img read more

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Murrell, Vale connect to lift Syracuse to 2nd straight win

first_imgNever before had Jordan Murrell recorded an assist and never before had Jordan Vale scored a goal.Both changed Tuesday.Murrell sent the ball into the box on a corner kick and freshman Vale swooped in and headed it into the goal. The goal propelled Syracuse to a 1-0 win over Binghamton, giving the team its second straight victory to open the season.The win marks the first time since 2006 that SU is 2-0 to start the season.“We’re very happy to secure a win on the road against a good opponent,” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It’s a very tough place to play. We knew that going in.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (2-0) controlled the tempo against Binghamton (0-2) much like it did against Albany in the season-opener. The Orange outshot the Bearcats 15-11 and took nine corner kicks compared to two for the home team.McIntyre said that Syracuse’s play was strong at the beginning of the game but dipped off a bit toward the end of the first half. In the second half, things started to change for the better for McIntyre’s squad.“Second half I think they came out a bit stronger, but we started to grow and really started to see the difference,” he said. “I thought we worked very hard to frustrate them and limit their chances.”Vale capitalized on his opportunity in the 59th minute. Murrell sent SU’s seventh corner kick of the match into the middle and Vale connected, knocking the ball into the right side of the net.Jake Keegan, Binghamton’s all-time leader in career points, took three shots Tuesday night and nearly scored in the 30th minute, but he was not able to place the ball past goalie Alex Bono.The game was closely contested and evenly played, but the Jordan-to-Jordan corner kick pushed SU over the top.“We enjoyed it on the bus ride home, but now we realize we’ve got to go back to work, and we have another big game on Friday,” McIntyre said. Comments Published on August 29, 2012 at 1:18 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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