What a wonderful day it was yesterday here in the Justice Office as we welcomed Nuns On The Bus to St. Paul, MN! S. Simone Campbell, SSS and sisters from various religious orders have journeyed from Des Moines, IA and continue their journey so that “We The People” can stand up against big money in the 2014 midterm elections.
Yesterday the traveling nuns made their way to St. Catherine University to engage with students, encouraging them to raise their voices by voting in the upcoming elections. S. Simone, the seven sisters who accompanied her on the bus to St. Paul, and a few members of the NETWORK staff sat among the students during the lunch hour to hear their stories and to promote their “We The People, We The Voters” campaign.
At 2p.m. the infamous traveling bus representing the 100% pulled up the Derham Hall driveway. This is the first bus that I ever got to sign! A crowd filled with students, sisters from various religious orders, faculty and staff of SCU, and community members gathered and cheered as the Nuns On The Bus made their way to Coeur de Catherine for the Town Hall for the 100%. Each person got to sign the bus, declaring their commitment to vote in the upcoming election! The event was great as the crowd got to hear from S. Simone and the sisters traveling with her on the bus. “We the people have the power to make a change.” -S. Simone Campbell, SSS
The discussion was very interactive as questions from the sisters were given to the audience to discuss in small groups. From these small group discussions came sharing points for everyone else to discuss together towards the end of the event. Some of the questions asked were:
~Who or what gives you hope?
~What do you fear most about our nation?
~Who first inspired you to vote?
~What can we do to help the system?
~Who inspires you to work for justice?
S. Simone left the audience answering the question of “why?” Why she is doing the work she is doing…
“I’m doing it for us and for our posterity,” says S. Simone Campbell, the Nun On The Bus who continues to work for the 100% in our country!
Enjoy the pictures of these amazing women and their campaign for “We The People, We The Voters!”
Jackie Salas, SJW Justice Program Assistant