Week 5 | Sarah

The Academy behind us, this week we headed back to the Not For Sale national office in Half Moon Bay. It was nice to be able to work from home or walk ourselves to work. About mid-week we were provided with some borrowed bikes, so all three of us in the house how have a fun new way to get to work! It has been colder here the last couple of days (strange to hear during this apparent heat wave sweeping the US), so it has been nice to get to the office and into a warmer environment. If we are lucky, in the afternoon the sun will come out for a bit and we are reminded that it is actually July. Of course, for those living in the house who are used to southern hemisphere weather, this is right on schedule. But for a native Californian, this is strange (but awesome).

This week has consisted of going over our preliminary research for Global Forum. Each of the Fellows has been assigned different panel topics to research and construct questions for discussion during the two day event. Tuesday we were provided feedback and direction on some of those questions and spent the day working on fine tuning them. It was great to receive encouragement on the work that we have already done and additional challenges to make what we have even better.

On Tuesday, we had the opportunity to attend the Not For Sale Northern California chapter and meet California’s state director, Mercy. Being at the meeting, we were able to attain a better sense for what Not For Sale is doing on a regional level. We also had the chance to spend some one-on-one time with Mercy on Thursday. We are all very fortunate for the time we had to spend with her and here about what she has done and has planned for northern California’s role in ending slavery.

Outside of Global Forum tasks, we have all been trying to diligently complete our reading and editing of documents for Freedom Sunday in the spring of 2011 and also engaging in a discussion of the first book we read together: Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point. I had read the book before, but it was great reading it now through the lens of understanding Not For Sale’s creation as a social movement and my role in culminating and maintaining momentum in this cause. A learner at heart, I enjoy having this component be apart of the Fellowship. We are reading Irresistible Revolution next, a book I have been anxious to re-read for a long time.

All in all, there is never a dull moment here and I am excited to see what will happen in the forthcoming weeks! Thanks again for all of your support, it is felt and much appreciated.

–Sarah

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