I missed last week, so we’re double-dipping this week with two outstanding #WCWs.
I am so proud of the students all over the country that are stepping up and driving the national conversation around gun violence and gun culture in the US. I am especially impressed how the affluent kids from Douglas are recognizing and owning that the national stage they have isn’t often afforded to those who have to live with gun violence every day (mostly those that are Persons of Color and from poorer neighborhoods). These kids have chosen to share the stage and raise those voices. Enter Naomi Wadler.
Naomi was the youngest speaker at the March for Our Lives protest in Washington D.C. At 11 years old, Naomi gave a passionate speech about how women of color are disproportionately affected by violence, and yet get little to no media attention.
This years March Madness had a lot of action, a lot of upsets, and a lot of me gloating because I won my groups bracket challenge for the second year in a row. But my favorite story of the tournament was everyone fascination with Sister Jean, the 98 year old Catholic sister who has been chaplain to the Loyola of Chicago Men’s basketball team since 1994. Beloved by the students on campus, Sister Jean was a principal, coach, and teacher at schools in California and Illinois before being hired at Mundelein College, an independent women’s college that eventually merged with Loyola. For 81 years, she’s been a sister in the religious order of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin (BVM).