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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Artists reach out to Guatemalan children

- July 14th, 2008
Area artists are lending their talents to help provide hope and opportunity to children of families who work and live at the Guatemala City garbage dump.
The dump is Central America’s largest land fill. The size of several football fields, the dump is in a deep ravine filled with everything from household trash to medical waste from Guatemala City’s two million residents. It oozes with toxic chemicals and methane gas. Vultures circle overhead creating a surreal scene of unimaginable poverty.
Last April, a number of local artists visited a virtual dump constructed at Higher Grounds Trading Company in Traverse City and viewed, “Recycled Life,” a documentary chronicling the lives of thousands of people who make their living scavenging at the dump.
Inspired by what they saw, Glenn Wolff, Melodee Rupert, Bill Allen, Delbert Michel, Janet Reed, Elizabeth Price, Ryan Greiner, Jessica Leggett, Tom Krueger, and Sherry Correl created original artwork for an auction at the third annual Fiesta of the Great Lakes Friends of Safe Passage to benefit the children of Guatemala.
The auction will also feature two tickets to see Madonna presenting her new film “I Am Because We Are” at the Traverse Film Festival, cooking classes with Chef Guilliuame Hazael-Massieux of LaBecasse Restaurant, as well as handcrafted Guatemalan goods, and much more.
All proceeds from the artwork and other sales at the Fiesta will support programs that provide over 500 children, preschool through high school. Donations help the kids attend school, obtain stable jobs, be self-sufficient, and lead their families out of poverty in a dignified way.
Safe Passage was founded in 1999 by Hanley Denning, a young educator from the U.S. who traveled to Guatemala to learn Spanish. She witnessed the devastating poverty endured by families at the garbage dump and started a drop-in program for the children. Her initial efforts with 40 children rapidly expanded and she was soon raising funds to build new facilities and involving hundreds of volunteers from all over the world.
After Hanley visited Traverse City in 2005, two local residents, Paul Sutherland and Sharon Workman, joined the Safe Passage Board of Directors and organized Great Lakes Friends to actively support the non-profit organization’s work here in Michigan. Since then, several local groups have traveled to Guatemala to visit and volunteer, including members of the Traverse City Rotary, Leelanau School, Northwestern Michigan College, and others.
Tragically, on January 18, 2007, Hanley Denning was killed in a car accident in Guatemala.
“In the wake of this unimaginable loss, thousands of people stepped forward to ensure Hanley’s dream lived on,” said board chair Sharon Workman. “Today Safe Passage is stronger than ever.”
Now under the leadership of executive director Barbara Nijhuis, who will be a special guest at this year’s Fiesta, Safe Passage draws volunteers and donors from 29 nations and has become internationally recognized for its use of education as a tool for combating poverty.
Fiesta 2008, A World United for the Children of Safe Passage, is set for July 16, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Hagerty Center in TC. Admission is $30 at the door. To make reservations, call (231) 590-6072 or email swworkman@centurytel.net. For more information about Safe Passage visit www.safepassage.org.



 
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