Peace & Justice


Carlos Madrigal, student
Thursday, November 24, 2011

Some say the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice

I say the darker the flesh and the deeper the roots.....

But right now were going to change it up a little

these 3 roots are going to represent 3 different things


we now have international trade policies that in many ways undermine the developing countries

first you come into our lands--nuestras tierras-- and push us out and destroy it!

The Occupy Movement – from a Woolmanite's eyes

Chlöe Grubbs-Saleem, Student Fall 2010
Sunday, November 20, 2011

About a month ago I went to Wall Street with a friend of mine, not knowing anything about the Occupy movement. I found myself in Zuccotti Park (renamed Liberty Square) with thousands of others who did not agree with the fundamental political and social system to which we have been forced to live in. This is the revolution that the Woolman Semester teaches every day.

I Am The Wall...

Tashi Altman-Berger, Woolman Semester Student Fall 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011

I am the wall that divides 

I split hearts, dreams, and families in two

I am hated, loved, and made to be a monster or an angel


But I did not ask to be here

I did not ask to be the one to bring an imaginary line drawn by previous generations of fools

To life 


I do not want to be the cause of so much pain,

So much death,

and dispair


But my creators watch me 

24 hours a day 

Making sure I do my job


I am designed to say "keep out"

Borders Are Designed To...

Graeme Waring-Crane, Fall 2011 Student
Sunday, November 20, 2011

What or who are borders designed to keep out?

Different types of borders prevent the entry of “unwanted” parties. Generally, those who enforce the border perceive the “unwanted” parties as threats. In the case of the US-Mexico border, the wall and the border patrol officials wish to prevent the entry of illicit substances and persons into the US. In other cases, borders prevent the traveling of various types of plant pests and diseases.

How are volunteerism and activism similar or different?

William C.P. Armstrong, Student
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

If one asks,” How does volunteerism compare and contrast with activism?” it can be suggested that both are services provided for a community, but in terms of appropriating resources into either one, which suits a problem better?

Connections and Reflections

Madeline Artibee, Student Fall 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011


Globalization in communication

Means getting what you want at the expense of other cultures

In Communion with the big business

As they raise the goblet

Western world all agree in comfort and in submission

We pray for our sins to be forgiven  

And continue


Why do they starve while we waste?

We can we tell them how to grow and change

Tradition replaced with television

Farms replaced with maquilas

Lean replaced by fat

Anger replaced with hopelessness


Volunteerism: The Strategy

Madeline Artibee, Student Fall 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011

Community service traditionally means going to some part of society that you may or may not be affected by, and  more or less help. Isolated, this type of helping it is very relative to me. I think that there are many needs that will evoke change in the receiver of the service, therefore, pure community service is not possible. Either way you will be making a change to the persons affected.  For example Louis Rodriguez, a former gang member turned poet that teaches inner city kids how to channel their fears and hate into a poem.