Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has been a long-time supporter of Witnesses to Hunger, a project of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities through which low-income women educate the public and policymakers about hunger and poverty. This year, the Senator invited Witness Tianna Gaines-Turner to the State of the Union Address as his guest.
In preparation for Tuesday, Senator Casey held a press conference on Monday at 30th Street Station, where he and Tianna each spoke about changes the country needs to make in order to address poverty in our country.
See Tianna in a clip from Monday here: http://mms.tveyes.com/PlaybackPortal.aspx?SavedEditID=ad1a2b23-96ac-46a0-8a91-4a182b17794a
The Passyunk Post just published this article about the MLK day clean-up at Southwark School! Mike, Philly fellow Annie, and I were all there painting the auditorium as mentioned in the article. I’m still finding yellow paint on my clothes, but it was a fun way to spend the Monday off!
Here’s the article: http://www.passyunkpost.com/2014/01/30/school-talk-southwark-elementary-working-to-reboot-library/
This past weekend, with the support of the CPGC, I was able to attend the American Library Association Midwinter Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The conference afforded a chance for the Association’s impressive membership to convene and discuss myriad topics relating to the library industry.
For my Haverford House project, I’ve been learning about and taking part in different digital literacy education outreaches in the city. A major topic at the talks was how libraries can most effectively continue in their role as information providers, especially against the backdrop of ever-changing technology. This was a great opportunity for me to gather a better context for how digital literacy education initiatives are supported by libraries and other partners in the public sector.
The Digital Library Project of America is an incredible (and relatively new) effort to source American visual artifacts and present them in hyper-regional groupings.
Much to our excitement at Puentes, this article about Puentes was on the front page of the New York Times this morning. I feel so lucky to work with such visionary, dedicated people.
On Tuesdays, Miguel’s radio 1680 AM goes live from 11 am to 12 pm. This local radio show is in Spanish for Spanish-speaking residents in NJ & PA areas. It covers a variety of topics on health.
This week, my co-worker Lindsay Carlson, Certified Application Counselor and I were invited as guests to speak on the radio about Project HOPE and upcoming National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.
It was my first time being on a radio so I was very excited to go on live. I had so much fun with the radio hosts Miguel and Margarita. They invited me to come back in the future – is this my ticket to Hollywood?
This morning, Sumin and I took a trip out to Media for a “Courageous Conversation” at Providence Friends Meeting. Parker Snowe, Executive Director of the CPGC and a member of Providence Friends Meeting, moderated the panel discussion. Sumin and I gave an overview of Haverford House and of our placements and Haverford House projects. The event was well-attended, and audience members asked a lot of good questions about ways of addressing homelessness and hunger, and about communal living and the “gap year” experience. Overall, it was great to share our thoughts and stories about Haverford House with a group of people who clearly care deeply about these issues and who were ready to learn from our experiences.
An announcement of the event was featured in the local newspaper, Town Talk.
On a beautiful Sunday morning, October 13, Community Legal Services had it’s 4th annual Justice for All 5K fundraiser. Mike and I participated along with a bunch of our coworkers and fellow community members. It was a great show of support for the work that CLS does, and an awesome effort to raise awareness about all of the amazing services that CLS provides to the Philly Community.