tabling at Wheeling HS November 13, 2018

It was fun today discussing all kinds of family stuff, movies, kids, even the philosopher Gottlob Frege... Thanks to Libby and Lynne for joining me for the whole day. 

Libby had the wonderful idea of promoting a quiz put out by Ben & Jerry on the real cost of the military budget. Three students (two girls and a boy) tried it, and the guy. I'm embarrassed to say, outperformed me. Though the quiz didn't lead to an extended conversation with us, it's a start and we reminded the three to stop by next month to visit. (The trick, as Lynne said, will be to remember their faces).


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Tabling at Prospect HS November 6, 2018

Hi, Comrades
What a remarkable day! 
The two students I met last month brought another student, a young art student, around to meet me (!!) (Boy, was I flattered!) We talked at length, me pontificating as usual until my better nature told me to shut up and listen... 
V reported on the difficulty of establishing a Peace Club---"it'll only be us three" and teachers are reluctant to sponsor---but she said if I could line up cogent speakers she could set it up with another club (perhaps Amnesty Int. club, I forget which one she mentioned) to entertain him/her. I thought of Kathy Kelly. Do any of you have her phone number or email?
I spoke at length with R the art student after the other students had to leave to get lunch. It was as invigorating and stimulating for me as I hope it was for her. I just emailed her a lengthy analysis of her artwork on display which I saw before leaving the building.
As long and tedious each month as visiting these high schools has proven to be, and no matter how I grouse about it beforehand, it's doing me a world of good...

tabling at Elk Grove HS October 18, 2018

Peace friends,

Elk Grove was a bust today.  I put up my little sign for Spirit Day (qv) along with the usual stuff, and was ignored. A few boys passing by grabbed some candy. That's it.


tabling at Buffalo Grove HS October 8, 2018

Slow day

I talked with one boy who has made up his mind to join the military.  He likes the camaraderie.  He doesn't think killing people is a problem.  He would not acknowledge that killing people legally is why the military exists.  Maybe he's thinking about the Boy Scouts?

One girl, who I think may have come by last month, is still considering her options, and military is among them.


tabling at Wheeling October 9, 2018

Wheeling, again, found me separated from students by a policy that makes visiting with the latter onerous and difficult. 
Only one student approached the table, took a flyer, and immediately left without speaking. The good news is that I saw our liaison at Wheeling, who stopped by to welcome me. I told her the issue and she was surprised; she didn't know of any rule that kids could not be in the halls during lunch except to pass to and from classes. She promised to look into the matter, understood my frustration, and will try to see if we can't set the table up in the cafeteria next month. I'll be sure to contact her beforehand. 

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