- During these presentations I established a deeper understanding of the problems that we as a nation are facing, and ways that it connects the terrible event of the pandemic going around in our world right now. Most of these issues included fossil fuels from cars and vehicles, climate change, and technology corruption. All of these problems overlap each other and connect to one another in various ways. I learned that there was a russian heatwave a couple years ago that killed thousands of people and was heavily influenced by climate change. Very ramped-up the temperatures are produced during that time and affect many people in the vicinity. I also gained a larger understanding of the fact that many islands are being flooded because of the rising water levels as well.
2. Summer Reading
- The Monk of Mokha is about a man named Mokhtar, who wanted to bring back original Yemeni coffee, but had to do so during a civil war in the country. Throughout reading this book, it was impossible not to see examples of globalization, seeing as the whole premise of the book is about him bringing coffee from Yemen to America. One example of this is when they are talking about the origin of coffee and how it came to be throughout all different countries. Mokhtar talks about how Al-Shadhili, a Sufi monk, married an Ethiopian woman and brought the coffee plant with him, though it hadn’t been cultivated yet.
3. Justice, Identity, and the 2020 Election
- The webinar talked about a lot of issues surrounding the world these days, such as pollution, identity, and environmental racism and poverty. Even though the panel ran through the issues, they also described some actions people can take to help. Some of these actions include finding other people that have the same interests and solving a certain issue together, as well as just picking up a piece of trash.
4. Debating Immigration reflection
- This debate we saw from the CT Forum opened my eyes to the importance of immigration, and how its many laws decide the future of many coming to this country. One of the quotes that resonated with me from this debate was, “We consider immigrants essential workers, but do we consider them essential people?” This quote was from Jose, an undocumented immigrant who has had a rough life, and has dedicated himself to making immigration better and spreading awareness. I feel that some people are afraid to speak out about the issues regarding immigration laws, thus having them continue.
5. Google Meet on Voting and Voter Suppression in CT - The ability to vote is a major right, and a privilege for many. Sadly, some people aren’t able to vote because they are not a U.S. citizen. During this Google Meet conversation, we talked about the process of voting, what is required, that you have to be a registered democrat or republican in order to vote in primaries, and have to be a party member to vote in Connecticut, etc. I think that many people are impacted by the restrictions on voting, especially because they may not know who to vote for, seeing as some information is not backed by facts and is false with zero credentials.
6. From the Quad to the Keyboard: How Hate Has Moved From On Campus To Online
- This livestream hosted by ADL Never is Now talked about racism and hate physically, and how it has moved to be virtual with this new world that we now all live in. During the livestream we talked about the issues, as well as ways to combat them. Everyone participating in the stream agreed that Global participation and monitoring is the only way to combat Anti semitism.
7. First Cathedral Baptist Church Service
- I took part in the First Cathedral Baptist Church service online live stream, and it is the fifteenth oldest historically black church founded in the city of Hartford, Connecticut, and is located in Bloomfield CT. It is a nondenominational Christian ministry with Baptist history. During the sermon, which is the lecture which addresses different topics usually about morals and lessons, the preacher talked about going “all in” with Jesus, and how sometimes one just has to put their full trust in the lord. This shows how much everyone really believes in Jesus.
8. Interfaith Workshop
- I gained much knowledge from this session, the majority being about different religions, and the roles that they play in connecting people on a spiritual level. We talked about God, and all of the different beliefs that religions have. One of the questions that they asked us was, “do you find truths in other religions?” I answered yes, because all religions worship some form of a higher power. This is a common factor that most, if not all religions share. The value of religion in my mind has increased drastically because of this workshop, seeing as I now know how it connects people throughout their lives.