These pieces were produced to complement the CDS radio and multimedia project, Groundwork, telling stories of people taking democratic action at the local level.
Into the Fields, by Natalie Robles
Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) just celebrated its 20th year anniversary as a non-profit organization that has brought together students and farmworkers to not only collaborate, but to advocate for farmworker rights, improve farming and living conditions, and to promote social change for farmworking communities. Michelle Villegas, a Duke senior, did the SAF Into the Fields internship in 2010. As she puts it, this is not a “normal” Duke internship, and in order to understand how much this varies from an administrative desk job, Michelle depicts an interesting experience she had while on the job. Her perspective as a Mexicana/Salvadorian and a student from an elite university shows the unique insight that anyone could come away with from a SAF internship.
Within and Without: Gay Community in the Face of Amendment One, by Brian Contratto
Just a few days out, North Carolina Amendment One brings to surface questions of community and activism at a school whose visible gay population has reached a watershed moment. I spoke with two students—one who’s witnessed much of this change, and another still clamoring for a lot more
Who Needs Feminism? by Josh Stillman
Students take on a word that’s acquired some baggage over the years.
Citizenship, by Nusaibah Kofar-Naisa
Two students, one a U.S. citizen and one not, reflect on the meaning of the vote.
Amendment One @ Duke, by Catey Appel
In the face of a proposed amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman in the North Carolina Constitution, sentiment on campus was lopsidedly against, across political lines. But it wasn’t unanimous.