Micah Mandate

The Magazine of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Social Justice Stocking Stuffers

Posted by admin December - 1 - 2010 - Wednesday ADD COMMENTS

Brennen Finchum and Rebekah Peoples-

This Christmas, avoid the mall and the crowds of shoppers by buying gifts with a cause. This year spend your shopping money in products that benefit people like inner-city kids, recovering addicts and prostitutes and orphans overseas. What if this year instead of shopping for gifts at the usual department stores, you spent your time and money purchasing gifts from organizations with a social justice mission? What if your Christmas had a cause?

We compiled a shopping guide to help you do just that: Read the rest of this entry »

Morgan Daniels-

Wilson Morgan was at rock bottom.

Wilson Morgan serves food at New Life Cafe. (Photo by Morgan Daniels.)

He had no money, no friends and no family support.

He spent six years in prison and had 10 felony charges, including accounts of manufacturing meth, drug trafficking, possession of listed chemicals, and several accounts of theft of over $500 and $1000.

It was when his mother confronted him that he knew something had to change.

After more than 15 years of alcohol and drug addiction, fighting and stealing, Morgan realized an emptiness inside of himself that he could never seem to fill.

He received a stern letter in jail from his mother, Lynn Guillory, in February of 2009, Read the rest of this entry »

Veterans served by Operation Stand Down Nashville

Posted by admin March - 28 - 2010 - Sunday ADD COMMENTS

Shadaye Hunnicutt–

Everyday 60 to 100 veterans walk through the doors of Operation Stand Down Nashville.

“Some come for their mail, others just want a sip of coffee, but most are looking for work,” said Richard Eaton, who works the front desk of the service center at Operation Stand Down.

More than 840,000 of the 3.5 million homeless people in America are veterans. Many of them, experts say, have alcohol or drug addictions or suffer from mental illness. Others have both. Operation Stand Down Nashville (OSDN) is a key source dedicated to providing a multitude of services for honorably discharged veterans in Nashville.

‘Stand Down’ is a military term which describes the movement of soldiers in combat to a safe place. Operation Stand Down is an annual event that started out in San Diego in the 1980’s. Since then the event idea has moved across the United States and now takes place in 125 different cities. Operation Stand Down Nashville was one of the first to turn this part time action into a full-time organization. Read the rest of this entry »

Trevecca alumni and students find new neighbors in Napier

Posted by admin March - 28 - 2010 - Sunday ADD COMMENTS
Rachel Swann–

Wong with neighborhood kids, Tywan and Darryon. (Photo by Brian Wong.)--

Wesley, Tywan, and Darryon, dressed in their Halloween costumes, banged on the door with excitement.

A few seconds passed. Impatient, they rapped on the door again. They were reminded to wait politely for someone to come to the door before they approached the next house.

They didn’t hear the rules. The boys wanted their candy.

Like thousands of other kids on this chilly October night, these three boys were trick-or-treating. But their parents were not with them. Instead, their neighbors–Brian Wong, 22, Andrew Crimmins, 22, and Michael Hendricks, 23–took them as promised to get the coveted candy. Wong says the boys are more than neighbors; he likes to think of them as friends.

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Shadaye Hunnicutt–

Theresa P., one of Nashville's homeless, sells copies of The Contributor on the corner of Broadway. (Photo by Shadaye Hunnicutt.)

The last Wednesday of the month may not mean much to the average person. For 51 ambitious homeless people in Nashville, though, it means they’ll soon be able to restock their toiletries, refill their medicine bottles, and maybe even rent a hotel room for the cold nights ahead.

These 51 individuals are vendors of the Nashville Contributor, a street newspaper.

They are men and women of all different races, all trying to better themselves. In a small room in the back of Downtown Presbyterian Church, they discuss last month’s sales and the contents of this month’s issue.

When the meeting is over all the vendors rush up to buy papers. Tom Wills, one of the directors, quickly senses the chaos and orders them to line up in a civilized manner. Read the rest of this entry »