The Green New Deal (GND) has been talked about within the past couple of years at a rapidly increasing rate. The Sunrise Movement held over 200 town hall meetings just to promote the GND. But, what is it? Who created it? And most importantly, can we afford it?. Corporations such as BP and ExxonMobile are destroying our earth. At this point, we can’t afford not to implement this. In fact, in the past we have implemented it. The New Deal was introduced by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. This created lots of new jobs and arguably ended the Great Depression.
Let me tell you a story. I shall tell this story as best as I can, because although I lived it I am old, and I am not very good at remembering things anymore.
Last semester I attended one library event and one library event only: Zine-making with William McHenry. When I entered the Loud Section on that fateful evening, I had no idea what a zine was, but I was intrigued by the notion of putting “writing or artwork into a pamphlet,” probably because I am about as much of an English major as you can get.
I’ve been waiting in the morning
that used to be night
since this cage was set.
Peace is in my arms, cradled there like an infant - mine - as I lie upon the grass.
As quarantine has made abundantly clear, writing is the most essential tool of a Rocker. I cannot even begin to explain how much more typing I do every week because of the new online platform, and I’m an English major, so I can imagine how absolutely terrifying it must be to those of you who are not used to pumping out a few 500-word responses every day. In my time at Simon’s Rock, I’ve developed a bit of a formula for the long-form response journal, so I’d like to take advantage of these troubling times and share it with you.
16.5 miles on a bike.
I almost fall
when I touch the ground
before the familiar “dog in yard” gateway.
Does quarantine have you sleeping your days away? Are you watching so much Netflix you’ve forgotten how real life works? Has your entertainment fallen so low that you refresh your school email in hopes of more useless updates? If you answered yes to any of these questions, here’s a list of fifty things to do besides break social distancing boundaries so that we can all go outside soon :)
Vaporwave was the perfect cultural movement for our generation, and in a flash it was gone.