As a life-long resident of La Verne, I have always loved the progressive heart shown by the University of La Verne. On the occasion of the starting of a new school year, I would like to challenge the students and faculty of the University to become involved in two causes:
1. We are trying to start a Veterans’ Center on campus; the way Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are being treated (or not treated) in this country is deplorable. I see lots of “Support the Troops” bumper stickers, but very little activity aimed toward helping them.
2. Become involved in helping voters attain proper identification. With all the racism hidden behind gerrymandering, voter ID laws, and political gamesmanship, it’s obvious that, without an effort by us all, the possibility exists of another election being stolen.
If you don’t know what to do to become involved, use the Internet to contact veterans organizations, voter registration agencies, political action groups, etc. There are numerous faculty at the University who would be more than willing to point you in the right direction.
I’ve many times seen stickers or posters with “Freedom Isn’t Free” as a message; I believe activism is the rent we pay for the possibility of living in a democracy. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The opposite of good is not evil; it’s apathy.”
We all have work to do to make America a better place. We need to symbolically refuse to sit in the back of the bus anymore. (Thank you, Sister Rosa).
Adjunct Professor of Sociology