Several Power Quakers joined the Lasers in a discussion with Joyful Freeman. Joyful is in town visiting the Clarkberg’s for the Light in Winter festival. Joyful works with Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transexual (GLBT) teens in her job with the Amercian Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Seattle office. Since we are studying Quaker activism in regard to GLBT civil rights, we thought it would be a good idea to invite Joyful to tell us what she does. She gave us a brief history of the AFSC and described a program she created in which GLBT teens tell their stories at various schools in the Seattle area. At first schools prevented them from performing. Now schools ask them to come!
Archive: January, 2009
The Lasers and Flames once again combined forces. Given the proximity to Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday celebration, we thought it opportune to read his famous “I have a dream” speech aloud. We then watched a portion of the documentary “Brother Outsider.” In this movie Quaker civil rights leader Bayard Rustin organizes the glorious 1963 March on Washington in which King gave his speech. Popcorn was included.
Today the Lasers and Flames once again combined forces in order to perform feats of sledding on Libe slope. We especially enjoyed piling in together on Rini’s large toboggan. After many runs, an officer approached us and suggested that we sled in an un-restricted area instead. We returned to room 314 and held a discussion about what lessons we could learn from the act of sledding.
We combined the Lasers and Flames first day school classes and sat around the big table in room 314 to play Scruples. Scruples is a card game in which players publically respond to various ethical questions. A typical Scruples question might be “You mail order a widget and the widget company accidentally sends you two widgets. Do you return the extra widget?”