Welcome to the Class of 2022! We enjoyed speaking to over one hundred of you to register you to vote and provide other resources. Every Wednesday starting next week, feel free to stop by Shane Lounge for free postage for election materials and other information!
See our picture on the Swarthmore Bulletin’s Instagram page here.
A quick note.
First, Organizing for Survivors is continuing to hold a sit in on the first floor of Parrish. This action comes in light of recent communications from administration, and has been supported by alumni, faculty members, many students, and others.
Second, professors continue to fast in preparation for the Board of Managers’ May meeting to emphasize the importance of climate change and socially engaged financial policy. This builds on the work of Sunrise Swarthmore and, previously, Mountain Justice.
Third, Students for Justice in Palestine have erected a wall in Kohlberg courtyard to push for the elimination of Sabra hummus on campus. Sabra, as a corporation, holds ties to actors and institutions which directly support violence against the Palestinian people.
Fourth, students are working to encourage a meeting between the administration of our school and other organizations to prevent the closure of the College Access Center of Delaware County. This is an incredible organization which has provided services, opportunities, and spaces to Chester students free of charge.
SPAN’s mission has always been to increase engagement in the political and electoral processes, at all levels. In seeing my classmates act with such courage in the face of uncertain consequences across a variety of issues connected by the common thread of institutional change and discussing/participating in various actions with others, I realized that encouraging people to be more active in politics cannot possibly be distinguished from a broader understanding of political action. Voting is certainly one of the most essential modes of political engagement, but is by no means the only.
Being a Medical Anthropology student, this should have been clearer to me initially: upsetting the institutional structures of power for a good reason (as all of these movements are) can more effectively be accomplished through diverse actions performed by a coalition of actors. Voting is necessary…and so is direct action.
I support the actions of O4S, Sunrise, SJP, and the many others who are fighting for social justice on this campus.
I do not wish to force anyone to participate in these movements, but would propose that, if political engagement is our aim, we all consider the strengths and potential impacts of the exemplary, multiple, and coalition-led forms of nonviolent struggle on our campus during the past weeks (and years).
– Jacob Demree ’19
Thank you to everyone who came to yesterday’s March for Our Lives! It was a great event and I am excited about working to further the cause of sensible reforms of gun legislation in Pennsylvania and in the federal government.
I just wanted to take the time to thank a few people who made the trip to the March possible.
In light of the continuous and constant threat of school shooting, the upcoming national protest March for Our Lives will deliver this message directly to Congress this Saturday, March 24th—in Washington, DC and throughout the United States. Many Swatties will be participating in nearby marches. Transportation is available to travel to Washington. In chorus with hundreds of thousands of protesters, I and others will be demanding more for our communities.
While my grief has a limit, my hope does not. We are protesting for our lives.
This is a fragile moment for the nation. The integrity of democratic institutions is under assault from without and within, and basic standards of honesty and decency in public life are corroding. If you are horrified at what is happening in Washington and in many states, you can march in the streets, you can go to town halls and demand more from your representatives, you can share the latest outrageous news on your social media feed — all worthwhile activities. But none of it matters if you don’t go out and vote.
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