Join Peace Project and NCDC on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in welcoming Damien Echols and Lorri Davis to campus, as they recount their harrowing experience with the criminal justice system. Convicted of a triple murder in West Memphis, Arkansas, Damien spent 18 years on death row before his exoneration in 2011. His struggle for a fair trial, which was spearheaded by his wife Lorri, has been supported by high profile artists such Johnny Depp, Henry Rollins, and Natalie Maines, and has been featured on HBO.
Today, Echols and Davis share a deeply moving and profound account of their fight to prove his innocence, giving a voice to those who are persecuted for the way they look or anyone who has experienced an injustice. Their story gives hope to those who know what it’s like to struggle against seemingly insurmountable odds.
In 2012, West of Memphis, the film they co-produced along with director Peter Jackson and producer Fran Walsh – both long-time supporters – premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It will be released to theaters in late December. His memoir, Life After Death, to which Johnny Depp has optioned the movie rights, will be published in September 2012.
The event will be held in Harris Hall 107 at 7pm on November 13th. For more information, click here.
Project Pumpkin is finally here! Make sure to come by Norris Student Center from 4-6:30 today fo Northwestern’s biggest Halloween party for nearly 1000 kids. Check out projectpumpkin.wix.com/ncdc for more information, and check out our facebook event here.
We have just opened our new Project Pumpkin website! Click the link below to find out more information about Project Pumpkin, with information for both students and parents.
If you’re looking to host a booth at Project Pumpkin or be a chaperone, click here!
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Project Pumpkin Chaperone and Booth applications are now open!
If you are part of a student group, get your organization to host a booth at Project Pumpkin! Booth applications are open until October 17th. For the booth application, click here.
If you are an individual and want to help kids have fun at Project Pumpkin, apply to be a chaperone! Chaperones lead kids through Norris and make sure that they have fun (and candy!) at Project Pumpkin. For the chaperone application, click here.
Interested in volunteering or joining NCDC, or simply want to know more about us? Then come to an NCDC Info Session this week! There will be two info sessions this week:
Tuesday, October 2nd, at 8pm in Harris L06
Wednesday, October 3rd, at 8pm in Kresge 4-435
Everyone is invited to attend, and there will also be FREE PIZZA, so come hungry and leave happy. We hope to see you there!
Are you interested in social justice, volunteering, community outreach, and volunteering? Apply to be on an NCDC committee! Applications are open for Community Outreach, Dialogues, Public Relations, Publicity, and Advocacy committees.
NCDC is Northwestern’s premiere student-run volunteer organization, with special emphasis on awareness and advocacy of the issues pertinent to the sites where students perform direct service. We encourage volunteers to grow beyond their time at sites, providing opportunities for students to learn about, learn from, and develop projects with their site in a mutually-beneficial way. As a Committee Member, you will be helping to coordinate thought-provoking and educational opportunities for other Northwestern students.
Applications must be turned in by October 5th 11:59pm to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will also take part interviews for each committee to which they apply, all of which will take place the week of October 6thand the committee heads will contact about signing up for a specific time. Both the application and the interview are required, but the most substantial part of the application process will be this application. Applicants are encouraged to apply for as many committees as are of interest to them, from just 1 to all 5! If applying to multiple committees, please rank in order of preference on the application. Applicants will be notified of the decisions regarding committees no later than Friday, October 12th.
2012-2013 NCDC Committee Application
Members of NCDC,
Northwestern Community Development Corps has always strived to help build community within Evanston and the greater Chicago area. At this point and time, we feel that there is a need for that more than ever. Aside from volunteering at a site or attending a social justice speaker, being a part of NCDC means you inherently care about the Northwestern community. Therefore, please continue reading below and understand that we are writing this with the hope that you – the civically engaged members of NCDC – would want to help to the best of your abilities.
While we try to keep any emails to you to be strictly about what goes on in NCDC, right now there’s a situation requiring our attention and respect: Harsha Maddula is still missing. If you have not yet heard about his disappearance, you can read and update yourself here and here. As co-chairs of NCDC, we are asking all of you, members of NCDC, to take some time out of your day and help with the search. His family needs to see that the Northwestern community cares about him. Harsha is a fellow Wildcat; please consider what would happen if this was your roommate or best friend – and then we hope you understand why the act of helping is so paramount to the cause.
Today, please meet us at 4 PM at 600 Haven St. (Seabury) for a Northwestern-wide event – a search party to find Harsha. We need to be engaged, we need to be committed, and we need to help bring Harsha home.
NCDC’s motto is “Be A Part of Something Bigger.” Let’s go do that.
If you have any questions or would like to talk, please feel free to reach either of us via email, email@example.com.
Thank you for time and understanding.
Amalia Namath & Stephanie Kim
Co-Chairs, Northwestern Community Development Corps
Want to help over 1000 Evanston children celebrate Halloween this year in Norris? Apply to be a on a committee! Applications are due this Friday, Sept. 28th.
Northwestern Community Development Corps (NCDC) Project Pumpkin is an annual event that allows children from across Chicagoland a safe place to trick-or-treat: Norris University Center becomes a Halloween Paradise filled with a Haunted House, a Bounce House, fun costumes, and piles of candy. More than 1,000 children visit Project Pumpkin each year. Led by NU student chaperones, these kids play games at and receive goodies from booths hosted by NU student groups. We are looking for COMMITTEE MEMBERS to work with organizing this exciting event – we are especially interested in people who are responsible, committed, innovative, and have a passion to reach out to the community. In addition, we will be selecting COMMITTEE CHAIRS to lead their committees.
Click the link to access the application: https://docs.google.com/a/u.northwestern.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGxhc0RXeVdISi03LXlrSk5faHJVOGc6MQ#gid=0
This quarter, we chose to focus on issues of violence and education that impact Chicago youth. On November 10th, the CEO of Urban prep, a preparatory school aimed at changing the low graduation and college completion rates for young men in Chicago, will be speaking at McCormick Tribune from 5-6pm. We will also hold a discussion panel on November 8th with SESP Professors Dr. Carol Lee and Dr. Dan Lewis, Maddie Orenstein, college and career coach at Carl Schurz High School, Marcus Campbell, Director for Student Supports and Racial Equity at Evanston Township High School, and Eric Brown, Illinois director of the National Education Association. On November 15th, a second panel on violence prevention will be held with Tio Hardiman, the director of CeaseFire, Diane Latiker, founder of Kids Off The Block, Lara Brown, the director of Broadway Youth Center at Howard Brown, and Kathryn Saclarides, the director of violence prevention at Enhance Chicago. Speakers will present their work and students will the have the chance to ask questions and generate a discussion. NCDC site leaders will be present at both panels to discuss specific volunteer options. We are very excited to begin to discuss issues education and violence in Chicago this quarter, and hope to see everyone there!
November 8th, 7-9pm, Swift 107 “Education Hurdles”
November 10th, 5-6pm McCormick Tribune, “Tim King, CEO of Urban Prep”
November 15th, 7-9pm, Swift 107 “Violence Prevention”
Are you an NU undergrad interested in getting involved with all that we do? Apply to be on an NCDC committee! Dialogues, Community Outreach, Advocacy, Publicity and Public Relations are all open for members. Applications are due at midnight on Monday, October 3rd. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or with any questions.