2013 Spring Join us for the Vatican II @ 50 Event on the Doheny Campus, cosponsored with Loyola Marymount University.
RST 1/45 students show off the $200 they raised to donate to the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking in Los Angeles. Students held a yard sale and bake sale to raise money. They also increased the Mount Community’s awareness of contemporary human slavery by creating and distributing various brochures about human trafficking. Students hosted a viewing of the documentary film “The Dark Side of Chocolate” which tells the truth about how the cocoa industry trafficks children to harvest cocoa pods on the cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast. According to one student, “I knew nothing about human trafficking before I took this course. Once I began to learn that slavery is everywhere, even here in Los Angeles, I wanted to let other people know.”
Students in Dr. Laurie Wright Garry's RST 45/145 Class: Contemporary Issues in Christian Ethics - Human Trafficking listened to the riveting story of a Human Trafficking survivor on Sunday, Sept. 12 at the Museum of Tolerance. The survivor, a member of the survivor caucus of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST). Each second Sunday of the month from 2-3 p.m. a member of CAST's survivor caucus shares their story at the Museum of Tolerance, as part of their Survivor Speaker Series. To learn more about CAST, lo website www.castla.org
For more information on the Museum of Tolerance, see their website www.museumoftolerance.com
Ms. Granados and Ms. Soler graduated as double majors in both Religious Studies and Psychology.
Ms. Granados is earning her advanced degree in Psychology from Alliant University while Ms. Soler is earning her advanced degree in Psychology from Chicago University. We wish them well in their advanced studies.
Students from Professor Rodman’s and Professor Garry’s classes participated in the celebration of Dia De Los Muertos at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Our last altar remembered the men, women and children who cross the border of Southern Arizona and California on their way North to find employment in the United States and die on the desert because of heat exposure and violence.
The altar brought to life the 321+ individuals who died on the Sonoran Desert between the months of July and October of 2009. Since 1994, with the construction of the 800 mile wall along the southern border of the United States, an estimated 5,600 human beings have died. In response to these deaths, many organizations have set up watering stations, desert medical camps and humanitarian aid patrols in an effort to save lives. Students researched the effects and consequences that this wall has had on environmental as well as human survival. They represented those 321+ with a plastic milk jug, commonly used to store water for desert crossings. They also prepared an informational flyer and told the story of the nameless and voiceless human beings who have died alone on the desert to those who stopped by to look at the altar.