We spent our last day at West Howe Park removing ivy, clearing more blackberries, and picking up trash around the site.The picture above is of our team standing where the 8 foot by 4 foot patch of blackberries once stood. It was wonderful having members of the community stop by and thank us for all of our hard work.
In addition to working at our site, we have also been taking the time to share our experiences and look for patterns in our community. This morning we had a discussion about racism. We worked together to create our own definition of racism and compared it to other definitions that have been listed elsewhere. We continued to discuss our experiences in order to build an awareness of how racism has affected our lives.
Chaja and Ariel wanted to share their journal entries from today.
Chaja: Today, we were still working at the Queen Anne Greenbelt. I liked the racism talk this morning, because usually, no one wants to talk about it. I think that everyone had really good and thoughtful things to share, which was nice. Also, everyone was really serious, so that made the conversation open and not uncomfortable.
Today was the last day we saw Howard, so he brought in pizza, which was really thoughtful of him. Everyday, for the past week, Howard has brought in pastries for us, which made the mornings that much more cheerful.
The weather this morning was actually pretty bad, with the fog and the rain, but right now, it’s beautiful, with a cloudless blue sky and the sun shining. Seattle summers rock!
Ariel: Today we talked about racism and what it means to us. Also we talked about how we are and where we come from (Samoa). We were rewarded 5 boxes of pizza, chocolate, and apples. Today we worked in small groups and worked very hard and never gave up.
Ben, Erwin, and Ariel standing with all of the trash they picked up around the site.
We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Howard on this project. The rest of the week will be working at Madison Valley P-Patch.