October 23, 2019
Dan Dougherty, President, Cristo Rey New York High School
Cristo Rey New York is a co-sponsored ministry of the Society of Holy Child Jesus.
On September 20th, 25 of our Lions were a part of history. They joined the hundreds of thousands of people at the New York City Climate Strike, held in Battery Park, to advocate for a better future for our planet. Students had permission from both Cristo Rey and the city to be dismissed from classes and attend the rally for climate change. The outing was organized by CRNYHS’ Social Justice League, a club dedicated to helping students use their gifts and talents to make a difference in the world around them. Before the rally, the Social Justice League gathered to make posters and discuss their role in climate change. Afterward, students reconvened to share and discuss the knowledge gleaned from the experience and what they might do to bring change happen. Students were especially inspired by the voice of Greta Thunberg, 16, who showed them that young people like themselves can stand up and be heard.
Anell, one of the student organizers, marched because “Our home is on fire. Millions of species are on the verge of extinction, the water levels are rising, and the damage done to the earth is becoming irreversible. I knew it was time that I took part in notifying the people in power about this issue, and being able to do it with my classmates and teachers from Cristo Rey was incredibly encouraging.”
Follow along with the Social Justice League’s plans and initiatives at their blog: https://anunan6.wixsite.com/crnysocialjustice.