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Club plans Justice Week
By Julie Ooms
From April 17 to 21, Dordt College’s Justice Matters Club organized and held “Justice Matters Week.” The variety of events planned were designed to increase public awareness and understanding of injustices taking place in the world today. Each evening of the week, a different event focused on such things as domestic issues like the use of torture in war and environmental concerns, and global issues like genocide in Sudan and suicide bombers in Palestine.
In Monday’s Forum on Torture, four Dordt students presented position papers they wrote on the topic. On Tuesday, environmentalist Ginny Vrobleski spoke on “Earth Day, Christians and Vocation,” and on Wednesday Calvin graduate and photographer Ryan Reed talked about his poignant photographs taken in Darfur and Chad. The documentary Invisible Children, featuring Ugandan children who live in fear of abduction by rebel soldiers, was shown on Thursday, and on Friday the film Paradise Now explored the selection of suicide bombers.
Justice Matters Club organizers staffed a tent set up to encourage students to write their legislators about situations such as that in Darfur.
Throughout the week, students, faculty, and staff could also stop by a tent in front of the classroom building to pick up a free donut and write a letter to their senator, representative, the President, or their Prime Minister. According to Sara Gerritsma, one of the members of the Justice Matters Club, almost eighty letters were sent by the end of the week.
“It was a busy week, and right at the end of the semester, so the student response wasn’t overwhelming,” Gerritsma says. But we hope the week made students think about what’s going on in the rest of the world and about what our task as Christians is in the face of injustice.”