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Witness: The Journal of Social Responsibility is proud to announce our new website:

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February 6-10, 2012

Fair trade at BC and beyond
Monday, February 6th 5-8PM

Fair opens at 5PM, program starts at 6PM

Yawkey Murray Function Room

Do you know where your coffee comes from? Or who made the clothing on your back? What about the chocolate you’ll be buying for Valentine’s Day? Most products come at the cost of human suffering and injustices that can and should be prevented. Come join us at the kick-off event of BC’s very first Fair Trade Week as representatives from Equal Exchange and Ben & Jerry’s share how their companies have adopted fair trade business models and leaders from organizations like Student Farm Workers’ Alliance and Not for Sale speak about their own involvements. Student organizations—such as Real Food, R.E.A.C.T., UGBC, and EcoPledge—will also be present to describe ways in which you can get involved with fair trade on campus. There will be a fair trade sale and free fair trade chocolate (even a chocolate fountain!), coffee, free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and a raffle for authentic fair trade items, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about fair trade!

The Truth Behind BC Dining and Coffee
Tuesday, February 7th 7PM

Gasson 305

Why does food at BC cost so much? Where does our coffee come from? Helen Wechsler from BC Dining will do an introduction on BC Dining’s commitment to the fair treatment of workers and fair trade, and representatives from the three major coffee companies served at BC (Equal Exchange, Dean’s Beans, and Peet’s Coffee) will speak on a panel about their own companies’ work. Free fair trade coffee and chocolate will also be provided, and fair trade gift baskets will be raffled off.

:: collaboration by Real Food and BC Dining ::

A Film Screening of “Trade”: a Major Motion Picture on Human Sex Trafficking
Wednesday, February 8th 8PM

Higgins 300

Adriana is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge, to save her. Trapped and terrified by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, Adriana’s only friend and protector throughout her ordeal is Veronica, a young Polish woman tricked into the trade by the same criminal gang. Fighting with courage and hard-tested faith, the characters of Trade negotiate their way through the unspeakable terrain of the sex trade “tunnels” between Mexico and the United States. Although a fictional depiction of the issue, “Trade” captures the heartbreak of human sex trafficking and the urgent need to fight against the industry.

:: collaboration by R.E.A.C.T., ALC, and AC ::

Wear Fair
Thursday, February 9th at 8PM

Lyons the Rat

Most apparel companies we are familiar with today use cheap sweatshop labor to decrease costs and maximize profits. But there are still a select few that do not fall into those trends but actively work to guarantee certain rights and benefits for workers. Come tie-dye a free fair trade t-shirt provided by Alta Gracia, a fair trade clothing manufacturer, and learn about their and our very own BC Bookstore’s involvement with fair trade. There will also be BC Alta Gracia apparel available for sale.

:: sponsored by VSLC and NOTH ::

Student Brainstorm Session for Fair Trade
Friday, February 10th at 4PM

Lower 2nd Floor

If you are interested in continuing the Fair Trade movement on campus, come to this brainstorm session to meet other student leaders and discuss ways in which we can work together to make lasting impressions at BC and beyond.

:: Boston College Fair Trade ::

Wednesdays 4 PM

Timothy Jenkel, 2012

“I’ma kill that nigga if I eva see ‘im again,” one tattooed black man said and spat in the face of another. A third black man stepped in front of the affronting man and pushed him backwards. At their feet, a middle-aged white man lay asleep in his urine. Earlier today the shelter workers found the plastic vodka pint he had hidden in his coat. A month ago I had helped pick him up off the asphalt and set him in a wheelchair and with his nose still bleeding he had cried, “Why you helpin’ me? Why you tryin’ to make me do this?”

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Witness is proud to announce the launch of its second issue. For two years now, the students of Witness have been working to establish an online and hard journal, to create a forum at Boston College for social justice issues. With this, our second issue, we continue to broaden the conversation on global responsibility, social justice, and citizenship.

The new issue contains everything from paintings to poetry, in-depth research to interviews and reflections on service.

You’ll find here pieces about violence and hope in Africa, the struggles of a broken educational system, single motherhood, and the failings of the drug rehabilitation system – and much more.

Join us to at our launch during ArtsFest, on Saturday, April 30th at 3 p.m. in Devlin 101.

And pick up a copy of Witness around campus!


Inside this online issue: 

Encounter, Wednesdays 4 PM (Timothy Jenkel)
A moment of personal courage triggers a coming to terms with the complex dynamics of service.

Interview, Hockey Humanitarian: An Interview with Brooks Dyroff (Tommy Belton)
Boston College Hockey Player, Brooks Dyroff helped spearhead CEO4Teens,a community program focusing on global education. Tommy Belton sat down with Dyroff to discuss his recent success with the program.

Opinion, Blood Bananas Don’t Belong at Boston College (Andrew Sexton)
BC was quick to adopt Fair Trade coffee, but is dragging its heels at providing a Free Trade option for bananas.  The author urges the University to get on board this world-wide justice initiative.

Satire, BC Green Month: The Only Real Time To Recycle (Colleen Vecchione)
March: the thirty-one days when UGBC tells us it’s time to recycle and conserve. Take a look at the other ingenious events that took place during Green Month.

Art, TED: A Virtual Choir 2,000 Voices Strong
Eric Whitacre leads a global video project that unites over 2,000 people worldwide through music.

Service Trips, Boston College Summer Trips (Paulina Garcia)
Witness takes a look at the 2011 Arrupe International Summer Trips to Cuernavaca, Mexico, and Annotto Bay, Jamaica. By exploring cultural sites and interacting with the people, participating students hope to return with a greater awareness of the social justice issues that these two countries experience.

Tommy Belton, 2013

In 2007, Brooks Dyroff and friend Kenny Haisfield, both students from Boulder, Colorado, started CEO 4 Teens, a non-profit organization focused on global education. They raised enough money to sponsor an Integrated English and Computer Skills class of 10 students in Indonesia. The duo continued sponsoring classes, and by the time they graduated high-school, they had graduated two more classes of identical size.

Brooks Dyroff is now a sophomore on the Boston College hockey team. He has just returned from Minnesota, where he received the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award, an award given  annually to a collegiate hockey player who serves the community. Dyroff won the award not only for his work abroad, but also for his cooperative work with the local St. Columbkille Elementary School in Brighton. Dyroff has organized a “Race to Educate,” a 5K race around Boston College on April 16th at 10 a.m. Registration can take place on race day or at http://www.bcracetoeducate.com.  He and his teammates have also been selling hats and donating all profits to St. Columbkille. I sat down with Brooks and interviewed him on the recent success of CEO 4 Teens and its future.

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Andrew Sexton, 2011

Our university takes considerable pride in its commitment to social justice. One of the school’s mottos reads “Men and women for others”. On the Boston College website, Father Leahy, the President of the University, writes “Boston College endeavors to educate a new generation of leaders for the new millennium—men and women who will be capable of shaping a new century with vision, justice, and charity—with a sense of calling, with concern for all of the human family.”[1] However, Boston College’s position on fair trade calls these elegant sentiments into question.

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Colleen Vecchione, 2012

Last month UGBC ran its exclusive once-a-year only environmental movement called Green-Month. Green Month festivities were available throughout campus and students were invited to participate in a host of truly thrilling activities. Online, UGBC offered students the chance to fill out a Green Pledge and become Environmental VIPs for the entire month. The pledge made participating students eligible for such exclusive, limited-time activities as recycling, conserving water with shorter showers, and turning off unused lights.

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