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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Manhunt for 4 Bacolod jail escapees launched

first_imgStaff Sergeant Eric Olverio and CorporalOrwayne Jade discovered the incident around 12:45 a.m. The BCPO was still conducting an investigationon the incident./PN Pico said Capa and Lorence are residents of Barangay Banago while Penosois from Barangay 2. All were charged for drug-related crimes except Elangos, whohas been charged for child abuse. According to initial investigation, thefugitives made their escape by cutting the steel bar of their detention cellusing a saw dust. center_img LieutenantColonel Ariel Pico, spokesperson of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO),identified the escapees as Sunny Capa, Ely Lorence, Michael Peñoso, and JeffreyElangos. BACOLOD City – Authorities here launched hot pursuit operations against four detaineeswho bolted the detention facility of Police Station 3 in Barangay Mandalaganshortly after midnight yesterday. last_img read more

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9th annual Veterans Cruise on Clear Lake held Wednesday

first_img(Video — flyover by pilot Mark Holt honoring veterans participating in the cruise) CLEAR LAKE — About 200 people boarded the Lady of the Lake in Clear Lake on Wednesday afternoon for the annual Veterans Cruise. The event started nine years ago as a way to honor veterans at a time around the Flag Day holiday.Clear Lake VFW Post 4868 commander Mike Nelson says that idea has grown over the last nine years.  “From year one, it was kind of a learning process. About three years ago, we got some good sponsors that we could actually make it free. The first few years we charge $10 a couple, and by the time that the sponsors came on board last few years, we were able to make it free. It really expanded the program.”Nelson says they’ve hosted veterans from a number of different generations that live around the area, many of them who never have been on the Lady of the Lake or ventured out on Clear Lake.  “We’ve had anybody from World War II through Afghanistan and Iraq. Everybody that comes on board, a lot of them have never been on the Lady of the Lake, but they all seem to walk away with a pretty good experience.”Nelson says it’s a rewarding experience for both those attending and those who help sponsor the event. “It just does me good to see when we get everybody on board and we hand out the door prizes, and everybody just has a good time. That’s what I like to see, to see the veterans young and old, it’s just like a giant subdued party.”Lady of the Lake owner Scott Monson says a free cruise is a great way to honor the area’s veterans. “It’s a great way to give back and let them have an experience that not normally they would do. We had some new people this year. It’s something we can give back and let them have just a just a break a nice ride on the water.”Monson says it’s good to interact with veterans who may never have had an opportunity to be on a boat on the lake.  “We hear it every year that ‘I didn’t even know this boat was here’ or ‘I didn’t know you did rides like this’. We get them out, and they see it, and they come back to Clear Lake, and they just really enjoy it.”There were two different cruises yesterday afternoon that each handled about 100 veterans and their families.last_img read more

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