Today was a huge success for the students who participated and led 2010 Catholic Lobby Day. We had two students speak as keynote speakers during the California Program before mass, two students lead an email sign-up to establish a state-wide advocacy network of high schools, and six legislative meetings with California assemblymen and senators.
Sruthi Ramaswami and Feriel Aoun spoke in front of the Catholic Lobby Day Program at The Cathedral of Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento today. They provided a brief summary of Mitty’s advocacy program, discussed the legislation for their agenda this year, and ideas for the future: a high school based advocacy network and a summer leadership conference for advocacy in 2011.
Sruthi Ramaswami and Feriel Aoun Speaking at Mass today
Feriel stated in her speech, ”
“From my perspective as a high school student, the deteriorating condition of the state is frightening—from sky-rocketing tuition prices…to pay cuts in salaries of fire departments in San Jose. Yet, I find inspiration each week when I meet to take action on these problems. Looking around today, I see unity. I see compassion.” “As conditions seem to worsen, our Church is galvanizing together—something that truly inspires me and all of you to advocate for those less fortunate.”
Archbishop Mitty Speaker, Feriel Aoun
Sruthi Ramaswami speaking in Sacramento
Sophomore student Sruthi Ramaswami stated.. “As faith-filled people, it is imperative that we be informed of issues… This is why leadership is important… Just look at the magnitude of this gathering… it’s just the beginning. It’s my firm belief that not only are you making a difference today, but you are inspiring your communities to stand up like my friends and I have done.”
Mitty Students visiting Marty Block's office and staff
Sophomores Linda Nyugen and Alicia Dua at Ira Ruskin's office
Sophomore Jay Serrano speaking on Youth Sentencing
MAP Advocates present at Ira Ruskin's office
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If you would like information on joining MAP’s initiative to form a California Catholic high school advocacy network, please send your email and school information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!