On December 13th, I travelled with a group of Friends Seminary upper school students and faculty to D.C to attend the “Justice For All” March in light of the recent police killings of unarmed black men, specifically Michael Brown. Along with Al Sharpton, members of Brown’s family, Trayvon Martin’s family, and Tamir Rice’s family all spoke as well. We marched peacefully towards the Capitol Building, and I was specifically surprised with the relaxed state of the few police officers who were there to watch over the march, something I’m not used to living in New York. Overall, I felt that the message of the March was stated in a clear and bold fashion from what I saw as a successful March, which I enjoyed being a part of.
On Tuesday, April 19, my advisory went to the New York Common Pantry. We took the 6 train to the Pantry and almost instantly began working. We were broken up into groups of two, with each group being assigned a different task around the pantry. The jobs included stacking, creating assorted food bags to give out, organizing, and more.
Working at the New York Common Pantry was not only a fun experience, but also was a meaningful one as well. I learned how some single mothers come to the pantry with as many as 14 children to feed, and how this pantry has played such a major role in its area. It’s a job that requires constant effort, and proved to me how willing the people working at the Pantry are to do this everyday.