I cannot think of a better culmination to my summer work at Appleseed than being a part of the Concert for Equality on July 30. (Please see earlier blog posts to learn about this awesome event started by Nebraskan Conor Oberst.) I arrived early that afternoon, a bit intimidated to be part of the “stop and dial” crew. People began to line up for the concert and our group of volunteers helped them call senators’ offices to urge comprehensive federal immigration reform, not a patchwork of local and state laws. We also handed out stickers and informational materials. I was pleasantly surprised at how many people wanted to engage in conversation. If someone preferred not to participate, we just thanked them for coming and wished them a good time at the concert. In total, 2000 people from 30 states, England, Australia, and Israel attended the event!Â Later, Nebraska Appleseed Executive Director Becky Gould spoke on stage and we threw t-shirts into the crowd. I left the concert feeling hopeful – it was truly a community event, one of positive energy and friendly collaboration, something I was proud to participate in.
When I came to law school I was already committed to working in public service, I just hadn’t figured out quite what that meant for me. This summer I’ve worked on many interesting research projects including: state and local anti-immigrant legislation, meatpacker safety, Fremont ordinance, and health care reform. The staff of Nebraska Appleseed has been so inspiring, patient, and welcoming to the law clerks and interns. As I figure out where my talents meet the world’s needs, I am thankful that I was able to be part of such a great organization.