Social responsibility is needed for so many reasons...
A government’s need for stability and security, a citizen’s need for effective and protective governance, a single-mother’s need for employment, a farmer’s need for famine relief, a criminal’s need for a second chance, a destitute man’s need to know someone cares, a child’s need for basic food, shelter and compassion.
Your answer can come from an emotional obligation or personally obscure connection, but all connections to our humanity excite and invite compassion.
We are all connected. We are all in need.
I believe we all want to make the world a better place.
- MARY M. PURCELL (YBeSR)
Every year, millions of eligible Americans neglect to register, which means that millions of important voices are utterly silent on Election Day. Don’t be one of them. There’s basically a 100% chance that something you care about is on the ballot, something you don’t want to be quiet about.
So be one of the loud ones. Register already. It’s an easy form that you already know all the answers to. No excuses.
"Our daughter was five months old when I got a scholarship to Johns Hopkins. My wife came with me to Baltimore so that our family could stay together. I will always be thankful for that sacrifice, because I know it was the toughest three years of her life. She didn’t speak a word of English. We lived in a tiny studio— so tiny that many times I did my studying in the bathroom. In Vietnam, she had a job where she was getting phone calls all day long. But in America, the phone never rang. She wasn’t allowed to work because of visa requirements. Vietnamese holidays were regular days in America, so I’d be in class during New Year and we could never be together. Sometimes when I’d come home from school during wintertime, she’d look at me with tears in her eyes and say: ‘Tuan, I want to go home.’ But she still stayed with me. When I finally got my degree, many of my friends asked if I’d look for a job in the US. But I wouldn’t do that to her. She had done enough for me. So I said: ‘We are going home immediately.’ And as soon as we got back to Vietnam, she was like a fish back in the pond."
A collection of Labour Portraits will be on view at SAIC in Chicago. A fantastic project documenting 13 images of labour practices @ Mildreds Lane that I styled and art directed in collaboration with J. Morgan Puett, Natalie Wilkin, and the resident fellows during the HumanUfactorYng Workstyles session.
Jeffrey Jenkins - photographer. Opening on September 19th, 2014
As global monoculture erodes cultural diversity, the variety of tribal festivals and rituals is a reminder that humans have diverse insights, different priorities, and choose other – successful – ways of living.
"When I was fifteen, I was raped by three boys while competing at a gymnastics tournament. I was so ashamed, that I stood on a train track, and waited for the train to come. At the last moment, I tried to jump away. I woke up after a month. It was the middle of the night, and I could immediately tell that something was missing. I started feeling all over my body, and that’s when I realized that I’d lost my arm. Now I counsel teenagers who have been diagnosed with HIV. I’m normally the first to meet with them after they get their results. I try to explain to them that there’s a way out of even the most impossible situations."