December 14, 2017

In response to “Unite the Right,” NJC teams up with Maxient and Big Brothers/Big Sisters

December 13, 2017, Sterling, CO –August was a busy month this year. Amidst the return of students to college campuses across the nation, there was also the hype of a total solar eclipse. Then, on August 11-12, there was a fatal rally in Charlottesville, North Carolina in which 3 deaths and 38 non-fatalities occurred. The aftermath of this rally, however, was drowned out by the destruction of Hurricane Harvey.

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“Unite the Right” was a rally that protested the Charlottesville City Council’s decision to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park. Organized by Jason Kessler, the rally was deemed an “unlawful assembly” by the Virginia State Police a few hours before a man drove his car into a crowd of counter protestors and killed one civilian. On Aug. 12, a helicopter on its way to the rally to assist with security and public safety crashed, killing two state troopers onboard.

In response to the violence and as an attempt to encourage Charlottesville in its healing, Maxient (a campus safety software used by more than 800 colleges and universities across the nation to monitor student distress and well-being) and Big Brothers/Big Sisters asked college students to write handwritten postcards of hope and encouragement for the children in Charlottesville. The theme of Maxient and Big Brothers/Big Sisters’ campaign was to inspire children and let them know that, despite the violence around them, they could “Change the World.”

Throughout the Fall 2017 semester, Northeastern Junior College sent 199 handwritten postcards to survivors in Charlottesville. Students from various classes, small groups, and the men’s basketball team all wrote personal messages to the future of Charlottesville. The postcards were collected and mailed at the beginning of November.