On Saturday, September 27, several students joined in the Students for Social Equality (SSE) club’s first event, The March for Green Jobs. The group gathered on the lawn between the Wendy Williamson Auditorium and the Lucy Cuddy Hall, where they embarked on a march to the Loussac Library.
This march signified the idea that we, as a nation, are ready for a green economy. The event took place all over the nation and followers have suggested that this is only the beginning. Eleven students attended the march, which is quite a significant number for a club that has barely lifted off the ground yet.
SSE was created to represent, as the name states, social equality for all students, or all citizens for that matter. Bringing awareness to our campus of this national campaign is SSE’s main prerogative.
The March for Green Jobs is geared towards transforming our blue-collar job market into a green-collar job market, where the economy will be able to integrate energy saving lifestyles into the job market. The club chose to put a focus on not only the environmental aspect of the event, but to put emphasis on the depletion of natural resources in our nation.
“Jobs in the green sector would be more accessible to those stuck in poverty, while increasing cheaper, more sustainable energy resources,” Lang van Dommelen, President for Students for Social Equality, said.
Among the idea of a “green” job market and overall economy, SSE has many ideas about what social equality truly means. They hope to ensure that the lower and middle class receive the equality that they deserve as not only American citizens, but as people by providing an equalitarian standard of living. Ways to accomplish SSE’s goals include: discussion forums, a sharing of ideologies, and educating the student body about the true nature of a classless society.
The official first day of SSE was on September 26, just a day before the march. However, the club has been working together since the spring. There is not a set meeting day or time yet, due to the small numbers of the group. However, once more students join the club, a definite time and meeting place will be discussed.
At the moment, SSE has between five to eight regular members, with a handful of others that show up on an irregular basis. The club is working towards recruiting more members to help spread the word.
Though the March for Green Jobs was the club’s first display of activism, we can look forward to seeing them around campus, participating in numerous events in the future. “We would also like to build a better sense of community on campus, which to us feels weak,” van Dommelen said.
Interested students who would like to take part in the club’s activities can contact any of the club members at [email protected] or can search for the Facebook profile.