On the morning on December 5, Temple University’s YAL Chapter set out to complete our final event of the semester!
Our chapter held three recruitment drives and multiple activism events including a Free Speech Ball, Civil Liberties Graveyard, and Visualize the Debt event. For our last event of the semester, we wanted to give back to the community, so we decided to plan a morning to clean up a field in near campus that young children often play in. Temple University is located in North Philadelphia, a low-income, crime-ridden area. The streets are all lined with trash, including sharp objects such as broken bottles. We wanted to help clean up part of the neighborhood to ensure that young children have a place to play where they don’t have to worry about getting hurt. As liberty-minded people, we believe in helping others because we want to, not because we have to and this event gave us a chance to do just that.
Our group met up at 9:30 AM on a Saturday morning and we set off to the field. We brought with us a box of heavy-duty trash bags and gloves. It took quite a bit of time to pick up all the trash in and around the field, but we had a lot of fun. We took the opportunity to get to know each other and grow as friends. We spent the time cracking jokes and talking politics. We were cleaning up the field until about noon!
Afterwards, we took a step back and looked at the field and were so proud of ourselves. We very-much enjoyed giving back to the community, and look forward to “choosing charity” again next semester!Published in