Community Engagement

I’ve spent 3 years in RIJ, Refugees International Japan, where we work with the RIJ headquarters and we help refugees all over the world by raising funds and donating survival goods and money to refugees who are in serious conditions. As a citizen of a country that does not really accept refugees, I believe that it is important that as a school, we care and support the refugees that are struggling. As a community, we had sold Christmas cards which we got from the RIJ headquarters. During several events such as the Food Fair and Parent Teacher Conference and we were able to raise a great amount of money, which was sent to the RIJ Headquarters.

At RIJ, we have watched several videos on refugees and we had been notified with the seriousness this global issue of refugees. After we had watched the videos, I was able to use this knowledge gained from RIJ in MUN, as one of the topics of discussion was about refugees. I was able to engage with issues of global significance, as I was able to mention several facts gained from RIJ and was able to show my engagement to the audience.

For our first event of my senior year, we sold tapioca tea during break. This event needed a lot of prior preparation and as the leader, I had to be in charge and lead the other members. In the end, we were successfully able to sell all of the tapioca and raise a lot of money to donate to the RIJ headquarters, where the money will be used to help refugees all over the world.

As the leader, I have planned not only to do fundraising but also do some research on refugees all over the world. Currently, we have split into groups and we are researching about refugees in different countries and regions. by doing this, we will be able to recognize the ethical and global issue of refugees, which is a serious issue.

As this is my last year in RIJ, I plan to host more events in order for me and RIJ, and the school as a community can be engaged in the issue of refugees.

Freedom of Expression

Many people use “Freedom of Expression” as protection when they insult others. However, using this as a shield can create conflicts such as the event which occurred in Paris.

Charlie Hebdo, the satirical cartoon, published many images of what is banned in Islam, the Prophet Muhammad. Later an attack occurred in Paris aiming for the publishers. Many say that the incident was not protected by the “Freedom of Expression”. Looking at the definition of hate speech, I believe that the depiction of Muhammad is considered as a hate speech as it “attacks a group on the basis of attributes of religion”. Since the cartoon crossed the gray line and attacked a religion it is not protected by the “Freedom of Expression”.

Many say that the incident was protected by the amendment, however, it is hard to tell if they were protected, as here is no clear line dividing the “Freedom of Expression” and “Hate Speech”. According to the Guardian, Pope Francis states, “every religion has its dignity.” As Pope states, we can not insult other religions saying that we are protected by the “Freedom of Expression”. Some say that we should get rid of this amendment, but I believe that the solution to this problem is to draw a line in which if an individual’s speech attacks a race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or gender, they shall be punished.

The Poison of Verona

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(Friar looking at a bottle of poison(this is the bottle he gave to Juliet)

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Today, we are with the “Poison of Verona”, the famous Friar Lawrence. Now Friar Lawrence is the BIG man who was behind all the “love” between Romeo and Juliet. He married Romeo and Juliet and made all the plans. Although his plan didn’t work, Friar Lawrence accepted our interview and now all the secrets will be revealed. Today, he will tell us the “truth” behind Romeo and Juliet’s love. His poison was perfect for the plan, but his letter wasn’t as good as his poison.

 

Q: To start us off, how do you feel about the relationship between the Capulets and the Montagues?

A; Well, they are not in a good relationship. This has started since the beginning of time and I would love it if they stopped, but they just won’t. The Prince is doing his best to stop this nuisance, but as the priest, I really can’t do anything because I don’t have that authority. I was just praying for the two families to be friends, and it finally happened.

Q: Now, do you regret your decision of marrying Romeo and Juliet?

A: Not really. I’m actually quite happy about marrying the two because now, the Capulets and the Montagues are good friends. Capulet and Montague both have a statue of Romeo and Juliet, so I guess this lead to a solution for the Capulets and the Montagues. The Prince is happy with Verona and Verona is so peaceful now.

 

Q: As a priest, what do you think is the most important part of your job?

A: Now I’m a priest and I feel that getting people married is the best part and I think it is the most important part of my job. That’s why I married the two. Now, I believe that I should have told Capulet and Montague, but I did it in secret. I regret that decision.

 

Q: As a priest, you shouldn’t be doing things in secret, but how do you feel about this?

A: Yes, I have failed as a priest, but I believe that this marriage had to be kept as a secret because if one of the families found out, they would be out of their minds and this would have worsened their relationship.

 

Q: What would you do if you saw Romeo or Juliet sleeping with another man or woman?

A: Well, that would never happen because they were overly into each other. But if that did happen, I would be shocked. Not only that, I would just leave them alone.

 

Q: So, your “plan” didn’t work. How do you feel about that?

A: If Friar John had hurried up and got the letter to Romeo, he the plan would have been perfect. I have fired Friar John and hired Friar Matthew. Friar Matthew does a good job and now I regret having Friar John. I should have hired.

 

Q: People say that Romeo and Juliet died because of you. How do you feel about that?

A: it is not my fault. As I said before, to be honest, it is Friar John’s fault. I have no responsibility. Both Romeo and Juliet suicided, so I’m not in this. People say that I’m the one responsible because I’m the only living person who knew about this. People can’t blame me for that.

 

Q: Do you have anything else to tell us?

A: I am thinking of retiring in a few month, so I need someone that can inherit my job. I’m serious. After I retire, I’ll visit Romeo and Juliet’s grave so that I can remember them and have a little bit if apology to them.

 

Works Cited

 

“∗∗∗∗∗.” |Reading Log| Romeo and Juliet: Friar Lawrence. N.p., 10 Feb. 2014. Web. 22 May 2016.