With a busy Thanksgiving Day ahead I thought I would post today and wish all of our partners and program participants warm wishes. Not all of us have the luxury of having a thanksgiving celebration, spending it with family, or even having family. However, we would like to think that in some way you are able to recognize the strengths that you do have and hold on to those. Strengths come from times of trial, supporting others, or trying something new. Strengths can be the ability to persevere, and to be resilient. What strengths do you have?
I like this quote by Fancis Bacon (an English philosopher): “It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong; not what we gain but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess but what we practice that gives us integrity.”
Today I had a meeting with a faculty member at SDSU to guest lecture and speak about policy impact and Cansensus Organizing. Some might wonder how this fits together, and others might not. For those of you who are interested, it is all about relationships. Identifying the self-interest in another (in this scenario, a politician/advocate/stakeholder) and moving forward with your purpose. Today, on my way back from the meeting helicopters and police swarmed on campus setting up yellow ‘do not cross’ tape. When I finall found a route back to my office, google told me this:
Bomb squad investigating at SDSU trolley
// By Pauline Repard // , UNION-TRIBUNE
Originally published November 23, 2010 at 1:38 p.m., updated November 23, 2010 at 1:45 p.m. SAN DIEGO — A bomb squad is investigating a suspicious object found at a trolley station at San Diego State University. The item, found at Campanile Drive and Hardy Avenue, was reported to San Diego police and the fire-rescue department about 1 p.m. Tuesday, police spokesman Gary Hassen said. University spokesman Greg Block said he didn’t know what type of item was found. Campus police have closed the entrance to the trolley station, the Aztec Center student union and Adams Humanities classroom building. Block said he would be sending emails to students who have signed up to receive text message alerts, and the closures would be posted on the campus website. sdsu.edu. The Metro Arson Strike Team has a bomb-sniffing dog at the scene, Block said. firstname.lastname@example.org • (619) 293-1865
I wondered what was their purpose in (heaven forbid) placing that object in the transit center? Here in San Diego, we all have the luxury of not having to handle events like this on a daily basis, however, there are people who are used to having bomb squads outside their windows, bomb sniffing dogs, and police cars outside everyday. In a sort of pre-thanksgiving thank you for how fortunate we are.
Our Fall 2010 newsletter is coming out soon, I thought I would give you a some highlights:
Professor Jennifer Martinez… This fall 2010 our very own Jennifer Martinez is co-teaching SW758.1 in San Diego State University, School of Social Work. Social Work 758.1 is a graduate course specifically for social work students obtaining their Pupil Personal Services Credential. “ We compliment one another’s teaching styles and experiences,” states Jennifer.
High School Component: Alex Smith Guardian Scholars . . . Foster youth from all over San Diego County, representing more that 15 high schools have been recruited and enrolled in a college level course while still in high school. The Center supports students by hiring academic coaches and utilizing the Transitions Framework (a method of normalizing and working through change and difficult life situations).
Hervey Family Funs at the San Diego Foundation … part of a letter written from a 2010 scholarship recipient“ … I am writing to thank you for [the Hervey/Step-Up Alumni] scholarship; this was exactly what I needed. It [is] the financial and mental support I need to go on with my sophomore year at UC Santa Cruz as a Biochemistry major. You could not fathom how grateful and elated I am to this day upon receiving notice of this scholarship. Sincerely, Asha Muhiddin, Step-Up Class 2008.”
These and many more articles to come!
As November comes to its midway point, many of us at the Center have projects wrapping up or wrapping up for now (resuming in 2011). Reflecting back on this year proves to be interesting. We have grown in programming and shrunk in staff hours. We have staff teaching in the School of Social Work, and out in the community. Equal time has been spent on raising funds and building relationships with our program participants. We have Community Development Interns in untraditional placements throughout San Diego County. I, by no means feel that the interesting times are over but there has always been light here at the Center. I hesitate to say light ‘at the end’ because work here is never complete. It is always a work in progress.
In honor of our civic responsibility to vote today, I find it very pertinent to reiterate the importance of casting your ballot. Whether you already sent it in via mail or are making your decision in the car on the way to vote, I am confident that participating is the only way to make change. As a Consensus Organizer, we rely on those in the community who are willing to be a part of the process and lead their fellow neighbors to sustainable change. Every neighborhood has a ringleader, that one person who you can count on to make things happen, but often, I find those who have never been asked are often times those with the most creative ideas and strongest roots in the community. Voting is the perfect action for those who do not speak up to share their ‘voice’. We, the voters, are putting our trust in the hands of members of federal, state, and local government that they will hear us. Happy voting everyone!
Your vote - your voice