I collapsed into a chair in Libe with my third coffee of the day in hand. It was a typical college experience: running on little to no sleep for the third night in a row, desperately trying to cling on to every single neuron as I tried to finish everything before I lost another night of sleep. As I let out a long sigh, my friend shot daggers at me with her eyes. “What?” I asked, not entirely hiding my exasperation. “This is the second plastic straw you used today,” she replied, angry at my apparent lack of environmentalist fervor.
In Michael Johns ’20’s May 1 column, he suggests that Cornell’s “globalist activist community,” specifically the fossil fuel divestment and BDS-inspired movement, has taken a myopic viewpoint that leads them — or, us, members of Climate Justice Cornell, in this case — to lose sight of true global justice by focusing solely on the issues at hand on campus. There is a common notion that some organizers uphold: “Do the work where you’re at.” While we’re at Cornell, this means that we, the students, can address the issues we see in the way that this institution is run. Here at Cornell, we have the power to petition the University — through literal petitioning, letter writing, rallies and the like — and we may even receive some sort of response. While the chairman of the Board of Trustees or the president of the University may reply to our emails, it’s fair to say that a Cornell student group’s request for Chinese coal plants to be shut down would be swept aside. Furthermore, as people who are not direct stakeholders to China’s energy production, it’s not our place to make suggestions — not to mention the lack of expertise of a Cornell student group in the inner workings of the Chinese energy economy and grid.
Winnie Ho ’19 has been named the recipient of the Campus-Community Leadership Award for her voice and activism in a wide spread of local issues, including mental health, the opioid epidemic and Ithaca’s homelessness crisis.
Educating the Cornell community about the wide pool of dairy-free products was one of the primary purposes of Monday’s “Dairy Alternative Day” — an event organized by the Cornell Vegan Society and Cornell Students for Animal Rights.
Award-winning photographer and peace activist John Noltner embarked on a 40,000 mile road trip in 2009 to photograph the U.S to promote dialogue, resolve conflict and catalyze social change, which he recapped to students on Wednesday evening.
Activist, artist and community organizer Bree Newsome — best known for removing the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina Statehouse — will come to Cornell on Feb. 11 to discuss her efforts. Newsome’s talk is part of a larger annual commemorative event that focuses on “the service, activism and legacy of Dr. King,” according to the event page.
Prof. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, African American studies, Princeton University, joined Prof. Edward E. Baptist, history, in a panel to examine the state of protest politics in the 21st century as a mode of enacting social change.