Amnesty Coffeehouse: the evolution of a club and cultural event
The librarians are often involved in school activities beyond the library walls. Here's an example of a cause near and dear to my heart:
It was the year 2000 and I was approached by two sophomore boys, asking if I would be the advisor for an Amnesty club. These were committed young men looking to make a difference in the world and, moved by their passion and vision for what the club could accomplish, I signed on. Petitions were signed, articles from domestic and foreign publications read at meetings, workshops, and bake sales helped raise money & awareness. One highlight was a speaker from East Timor, along with a representative from the East Timor Action Network. East Timor, after being under Indonesian domination, was seeking to become an independent country, and we had donated funds to ETAN to support their cause. We invited students and teachers to the talk during lunch. Over 140 people packed into the Miller Theatre and we had to turn people away, as our speaker talked about being assaulted and beaten by soldiers and her country beaten down by years of genocide and intimidation. It was silent in the crowded room and students and teachers alike were stunned about a part of the world few knew existed. How exciting that, several months after our program, East Timor became an independent nation!
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often performed at Coffeehouse!
Postscript: Friday’s Amnesty Coffeehouse was a great success! Congratulations to the Amnesty members and thanks to the talented participants for a fantastic evening!