I Am Jane Doe

#IAmJaneDoe

On Thursday, February 16, I had the opportunity to take a group of Crefeld students to see I Am Jane Doe, an eye opening documentary about human trafficking, directed by Mary Mazzio. I Am Jane Doe brings some much-needed attention to human trafficking, particularly trafficking of minors, that is happening to children right here in the United States.

Here is a quote from the film website: http://www.iamjanedoefilm.com

“I Am Jane Doe chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex-trafficking on Backpage.com, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the Village Voice.  Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of other mothers, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer.”

Crefeld students left the movie angry, upset, motivated, compelled, and confused on how this could be happening. Once we returned to campus, we talked about our role in society. What is our obligation to make a positive impact on this world? How can we be agents of change? This was the discussion the whole ride home in the van and it continued on campus.

I encourage you to see this amazing documentary. I also challenge you to get involved in causes that are important to you and help make a difference.

Social Justice

I want to share my talk from morning meeting earlier this week. The following was said to all students and staff in attendance.

When people ask me what being a progressive school means, I tell them three things. That Crefeld is committed to developing the whole child, hands on and experiential learning, and that Crefeld prides itself on having a commitment to social justice.

Let me define social justice for you:  Social justice -  The view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.

So, yesterday in morning meeting, I talked about this country being politically charged right now. I am going to ask you to remove the people and political affiliations from what has been happening in our country over the last few days.

As critically engaged citizens, I want you to ask yourself: Do the actions of our government align with what you believe is right?

Let me read the definition for you again: Social justice -  The view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities.

And if the actions of our government do not align with what you believe is right, I ask you as a critically engaged citizen, what is your responsibility to be an agent for change?

You have heard me say this many times, but please make no mistake about it. The safety of this community is my number one priority. I stand by every member.