Students walk for the homeless
A team of GW students will take to the streets Saturday to raise money for the homeless. The 14th annual Help the Homeless Walk-a-thon will converge on the National Mall. The GW team is coordinated by the Program Board and GW Board of Chaplains.
The event raises money for D.C. services and non-profit organizations that provide special-need housing. The program emphasizes assisting the homeless in their return to independent living. GW students will meet at J Street at 7:30 a.m.
Oxfam fast benefits Afghanistan
College students nationwide will join Oxfam America in fasting for world hunger this Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event, co-sponsored by the Oxfam CHANGE Initiative, the GW International Affairs Society and the Office of Community Service, will raise support for those facing hunger in Afghanistan. Students can raise money through sponsors and donations.
Oxfam America is a privately funded organization that invests in local organizations worldwide whose efforts help move poor people out of poverty. They have been campaigning against poverty since 1974.
Student “change leaders” from numerous colleges in the United States were trained at Oxfam’s headquarters in Boston this summer to execute the Fast For A World Harvest on their campuses.
Sophomore Tessa Moehlmann represented GW in Boston and is eager to help coordinate this year’s fast, she said
“Afghanistan has a long history of conflict and manipulation. They are the direct victims of their own and of foreign governments,” she said. “They were basically powerless under the Taliban.”
Moehlmann said students can fast however they want, by eliminating all food, one meal, candy, television, etc.
She also said she was encouraged by the large number of Arab students who showed interest in the fast. She was excited to see students unite “across the spectrum.”
It is important to get aide to Afghanistan before the winter sets in, when weather will make it impossible to do so, she said.
Students can pick up sponsorship forms in the Office of Community Service in Marvin Center 436. All proceeds benefit Humanitarian relief efforts in Afghanistan.
Amnesty International sponsors human rights panel
GW Amnesty International will assist Adams Morgan Amnesty International to host a panel discussion on human rights Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Marvin Center 307. Speakers will discuss the changes in the human rights movement in response to the attacks of Sept. 11, especially civil liberties.
Jennifer Hare of GW Amnesty International said that the panel will educate students and community members about how to get the human rights movement “back on track.”
“After everything that has happened, people are questioning what will happen to human rights,” Hare said. “Everything has changed now.”
Sam Smith, editor of the Progressive Review, will moderate three panels in the discussion. The topics will include discussion on hate crimes and foreign policy. Each topic will be debated by a panel of several speakers who work in related fields.
Speakers include Kit Cage of the National Coalition Against Repressive Legislation, Hussein Ibbish of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Council and Joe Zogby of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Students ‘make someone’s day special’
The Western Presbyterian Church sponsored an effort to “make someone’s day special” on campus Wednesday. Students made cards for friends and family members as part of Religion Week.
The cards will be mailed Thursday, with off-campus greetings paid for by the church. The event has been held for the past two years, and coordinators hope to continue the tradition.
Junior Ellen Safran, a member of the Presbyterian Church, co-chaired the organization of the event with freshman Katie Esmark and Pastor Lorraine Smith. Both students are members of the Campus Ministry, an outreach program at Western Presbyterian.
Recess performs all-video show
GW’s comedy improv acting group Recess will hold its first all-video show this Friday night. Typically, the show includes live sketches and video clips. This week’s show will include both old and new material. There will be two shows in the Marvin Center third floor amphitheater at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. The cost for students is $3.