The Monterey County Weekly cowl story “Liberty, Equality, Justice – for All“ this week spotlights a number of members of a brand new technology of group leaders who’ve have led the peaceable anti-racism protests within the county in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. A kind of leaders is Middlebury Institute scholar Nathaniel Sawyer MAIPD ’21.
“I’m 26 years outdated and I’m bored with folks telling me I must be silent, that I ought to wait, that I’m too younger to steer,” Sawyer informed the paper. “I’m at all times attempting to show folks fallacious. That is the time to talk out.”
Sawyer is a former corrections officer, foster care employee, and Peace Corps volunteer and says that the Worldwide Coverage and Growth diploma with a specialization in human trafficking, migration, and human safety “supplied the proper alternative to boost my experiences, and schooling.”
He has at all times been actively engaged locally. “Volunteering and activism is a part of my character. I can’t stand by and watch low revenue communities and minorities wrestle. I’m privileged and blessed to assist individuals who can not assist themselves.” He’s the oldest of 4 kids, the primary in his household to graduate from highschool, and shares that he grew up in poverty. “My father died earlier than I used to be born, and my mom labored as a janitor and maid for wealthy white women and men. I promised myself a very long time in the past, that irrespective of the place I’m, that metropolis will likely be my group and residential.” Sawyer is enthusiastic about making a optimistic impression on the planet. “I’m a social activist and to me which means sacrificing time and power for the well-being of others.”
“Anybody can transfer to an space and dwell there but it surely takes work to get to know the folks in each group.” Sawyer says he’s impressed on a regular basis “by the moms who work two jobs so their kids can obtain a greater schooling and job” and “by the fathers who play with their kids and attend video games whereas working in unfulfilling positions to feed their household.” He provides: “I do know persons are at all times in search of leaders. I made a decision April 2019 after I arrived in Monterey to be that African American chief. I’m very honored to obtain a lot love from the complete county.”
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