Friday, January 20, 2006

No press is bad press

Background: We (Baylor Students for Social Justice - 1 John 3 Campaign) had a prayer vigil about poverty on Wednesday. It was after the 11am chapel outside of Waco Hall and we had a decent turnout. But the big thing is that we've received a lot of media attention. The Lariat ran this article on Wednesday and a Waco Trib photographer and writer came out to the event and ended up running a story in Thursday's paper. Also, the PR department from Baylor was there , interviewing us for some story they're putting together. Today, one of the members of our group is going to be on the local CBS lunchtime edition news show talking about the campaign and what's going on.

While all of this is great, we did receive some negative press. A friend of mine called me yesterday to tell me that he heard a radio talk show guy talking about what we're doing. Apparently he talked about us for a good thirty minutes and called us 1) flaming liberals, 2) spoiled Baylor kids, and 3) what would our parents say if they knew what we were up to?

Are. You. Serious??

I'll tackle these in the opposite order.

3. All of my parents DO in fact know what i'm up to and all are quite proud of me, thank you.
2. Spoiled Baylor kids?? What?? NO ONE in our group is a "spoiled Baylor kid." We're students who happen to be trying to do something about the injustices we see on our own campus. We're trying to make it so that the staff gets the respect they deserve. We're fighting for something we believe in. How does that make us "spoiled Baylor kids??" We're actually stepping OUT of the Baylor bubble!!
1. Flaming liberal - hmm, okay. I guess i'll take that one.

10 comments:

Brian said...

"Liberal" is a dirty word don't ya know?

seth said...

Keep fighting the good fight...mm mm. Keep me posted!

Claire said...

If it weren't for people like you Baylor would be a lot worse. Therefore, keep kicking ass and taking names. Keep praying when no one else is. Keep advocating for the issues that actually matter. I don't hear anyone harping on the fact that one out of every five (or something like that) Baylor students drive an SUV--that in return damages the environment and makes it less and less likely that we'll have an earth in a few years. Okay, so I'm a bit dramatic, but really, if they want to talk about spoiled, then they need to look somewhere else. Peace.

Claire said...

http://studentorgs.georgetown.edu/solidarity/lw/main.html

Do you know about Georgetown University's Living Wage Campaign? They received a ton of press when I lived in DC last year. WEbsite should work above.

Golda said...

Thanks Claire. I've done some reading on the Georgetown campaign before, they did some pretty cool stuff at their school. It's impressive.

Golda said...

Damn the man.

kodjo said...

Speaking of the man, I got your book today. Thanks!

Golda said...

You're welcome! And I sent that forever ago, damn the US Postal Service.

Cecilia said...

Media mail might be so cheap because it is not particularly speedy.

kodjo said...

I sent my book to Golda media mail the same day she sent me her book media mail (or so I'm told by mi hermana), but one just took longer.....

See, Cecilia, they did race each other!