Biweekly Wrap-up: A human being, not a policy
by Emily McFarlan Miller
“Look at it as a human being, not as a policy.”
That’s a quote from one of my articles last Sunday in The Courier-News. That’s also the theme of many of my articles that appeared in the newspaper over the past two weeks (admittedly, not many. I went to a beautiful wedding Friday evening, then spent Saturday through Wednesday with my family in Wisconsin.)
That’s the power of story. It’s easy to disagree, to become angry, to be negative about a policy. Those things become harder when you meet a human being impacted by that policy, when you hear his or her story.
“I wouldn’t mind if people were negative about it — as long as they understood. I don’t see how you could be negative about this after learning about this,” said David Miller, a student at Judson University in Elgin.
I interviewed Miller in April 2011 after he organized an experience at Judson called UN-Documented. That experience was meant to get students to think about “the way we interact with people who are immigrants and the way we show respect and love them,” according to UN-Documented creator Jesse Oxford.
Those words have stuck with me since then. They’re what come to mind when I write about, help people learn about new policies.
Like the cover story I wrote last week about the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act — and the people its measures already have impacted. And the cover story about the Obama administration’s decision not to deport young people brought illegally into the country by their parents — and the incredibly brave young people who may benefit from that.
Here are the other articles I’ve written over the past two weeks:
- Valley school districts not sitting on cash (Sun-Times Media)
- Indian state impacted by namesake visits Judson (Sun-Times Media)
- Centro celebrates 40 years giving help to Elgin area (Sun-Times Media)
- First Fourth Fest fireworks draws more than 30,000 spectators (Sun-Times Media)
Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media. (Non-blurry photo hopefully coming soon.)
- Young immigrants see new citizenship hope (Sun-Times Media) (emmillerwrites.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Wrap-up: Saying thank you to the men and women of our armed forces (and other things I get to do in the summertime) (emmillerwrites.wordpress.com)
- REPOST: Getting to know thy neighbor (Sun-Times Media) (emmillerwrites.wordpress.com)