Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Women's History Month Events & TEDx

Fitchburg Mayor Wong Encourages Students to Make a Change

On Wednesday March 16, Mayor Lisa Wong of Fitchburg spoke at an event hosted by the Groton-Dunstable Women’s History Month Committee and sponsored by the Groton-Dunstable Education Foundation. As both the first Asian American and youngest female mayor in Massachusetts, she recounted about the many adventures that have been a part of her life and the many women who have influenced her, including her grandmother and mother. She spoke about how the decision these women made to emphasize education and compassion have greatly impacted her and helped her become who she is. 

“Everyone in this room is here because … at some point… one of our ancestors took a profound risk.”Wong also mentioned the many places around the world that she has traveled to and how these journeys have helped her see problems in her community and find ways to fix them.  Asked about Fitchburg Wong stated that she wanted to “be a champion” for a city that “fell on hard times and had lost its confidence.”   Asked if she had a magic wand and could only pass one law or change one aspect of American Policy Wong said she would “Overturn Citizens United...”  With the explanation that corporations run by a tiny minority of Americans should not be able to unduly influence policy through massive campaign contributions.

She ended the night by encouraging the young women present to try and identify the problems that exist in our culture and community and have the courage to speak out against them and endeavor to make a change.

Written by Sarah Latario, class of 2017. Photo credit: Mr. Jon O’Connor, Digital Arts teacher.

RAD as part of Women's History Month
By Rachel Mead

I just wanted to let all of you know that on March 23 I am hosting an Introduction to RAD as part of Women's History Month.  So if you weren't sure about RAD when we had classes this fall but would like to come and check it out, come on by the Black Box at 7 PM!

This class is for ladies only (sorry gentlemen, but feel free to pass the information on to the women in your lives). Students must be at least 13 years old to attend.  This is a great way for women to learn ways to be more aware of their surroundings and have some tools in their tool belt if they are ever in an unsafe situation. And for those interested in continuing their self-defense education, we will have a sign-up sheet for the full class, which will start the Wednesday after April vacation. I hope to see some of you there :)

We have a really cool TEDx event at GD this Friday.  Great work by Kelly McManus, Leah Mitchell, and other members organizing and planning this event.  It would be great to sell the event out.  Providing an incentive for students to attend would be great.  

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