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The Diversifieds A publication of the EDRC at Grays Harbor College

Volume 1, Issue 2

January 2009

Poverty In America Do you know someone who  is just hanging on, having to  make hard choices between  hunger, housing and  health? Has the recent eco‐ nomic downturn negatively  impacted you and your  family, relatives, or friends?  January is Poverty in Amer‐ ica Awareness Month. The  number of Americans be‐ low the poverty line today is  staggering—nearly 37 mil‐ lion.  What does it look like  for our communities?  In   1999, 16.1% of Grays Har‐ bor and 14.4% of Pacific  County were below the  poverty line.  This is how it  looked in your neighbor‐ hood:                                      Aberdeen  ‐  22%                Cosmopolis   ‐   11%                     Elma   ‐   19%                              Hoquiam    ‐   19%                     McCleary  ‐   18%                      Montesano     ‐   12%                Ocean Shores  ‐    12%            Westport    ‐    14%                    In 2005, the poverty rate for  the U.S. was 13.3% and 12%  for Washington State.  In  the same year, Grays Har‐ bor County had  a 17.2%  poverty rate.    

The Poverty Line   Each year, the U.S. govern‐ ment calculates the mini‐ mum income needed to  attain basic needs (food,  shelter, clothing, health  care, transportation). The  result is what is commonly  referred to as the "poverty 

line." Using 2005 data, the  government has set the  2006 poverty guidelines at:  Size of Family Weighted  Unit  Average  Thresholds  One person  $10,294  Two people  $13,167  Three people  $16,079  Four people  $20,614  Five people  $24,382  Six people  $27,560  Seven people  $31,205  Eight people  $34,774  Nine people + $41,499  To better understand what  it means to live below  the poverty line, view a 3  minute video clip at povertyusa/tour.htm    Support efforts to eradicate   poverty by increasing your  understanding of the  causes and practical solu‐ tions and by active partici‐ pation in your community.     For more information visit:  

Campus Happenings

Winter Transfer Fair      The winter quarter Transfer  Fair will be held on January  14th. Contact the counseling  center for more information  at 538‐4099   

Inauguration Day   The ASGHC, Phi Theta  Kappa, and EDRC will be  sponsoring an Inauguration  Day Presentation on January  20th.  The event will take  place from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.  in the HUB. Staff and stu‐ dents are invited to attend.  For more information, please  contact Jim Sorensen at 538‐ 4099.   

MLK Jr. Presentation  The EDRC will be sponsoring  a presentation in recognition  of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  that will take place on Jan.  20th, following the Inaugura‐ tion Day presentation. Two  sessions will take place, one  at 11:00 and one at noon.  Each session will be approxi‐ mately a half hour. 


Literacy Tutors Needed  Volunteer tutors are needed  for Grays Harbor College’s  Adult Basic Education (ABE)  and English as a Second Lan‐ guage (ESL) programs.  If you  are interested, you can con‐ tact Jennifer Barber at 538‐ 2516 or for  more information. povertyusa

December is... • National Poverty in America Awareness Month • Financial Wellness Month • International Wealth Mentality Month • National Mentoring Month

Awareness Dates: New Year’s Day Emancipation Proclamation World Braille Day Women’s Self-Empowerment Week

Epiphany (Christian) Orthodox Christmas Day Coming of Age Day (Japan) Orthodox New Year Religious Freedom Day World Religion Day Hunt for Happiness Week Martin Luther King Jr. Day Inauguration Day No Name-Calling Week Chinese New Year Holocaust Memorial Day

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The Diversifieds are a publication of the EDRC of Grays Harbor College. The mission of the EDRC is to promote awareness, respect, and equitable treatment of the diverse individuals and groups that exist within our campus and surrounding communities. The EDRC is open to all! Please come visit us in the 200 building.

The Diversifieds

“The greatest Birthday gift  my husband could receive is if  people of all racial and ethnic 

Martin Luther King, Jr. “During the 1950s and ’60s, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals.

come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the ‘Beloved Community’ that Dr. King envisioned.” (

Initiated by Congress in 1994, King Day of Service builds on that that legacy by transforming the federal holiday honoring Dr. King into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice. The aim is to make the holiday a day ON, where people of all ages and backgrounds

Visit to access Martin Luther King, Jr. speeches, quotes, biography, pictures, video clips and more. Also, visit, established in memory of Coretta Scott King, to hear Martin Luther King, Jr. speak on greatness through service and access more information about how to honor his mem-

ory. What steps will you take toward making his dream a reality. In his own words: “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’”

backgrounds celebrated the  holiday by performing  individual acts of kindness  through service to others.”  

- Coretta Scott King

The Golden Rule Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. Buddhism What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man. That is the entire law; all the rest is commentary. Judaism Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Christianity No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. Islam Blessed is he who preferreth his brother before himself. Baha'i Faith

Religious Freedom Religious freedom is celebrated in the United States this month. Religion is an area of diversity in which we have the right to express freely, unlike many individuals around the world.

The goal of is to promote and protect students' religious expression rights by informing educators, parents, and students about these liberties.”

“Each year, the President declares January 16th to be Religious Freedom Day, and calls upon Americans ( to ‘observe this day through appropriate events and activities in homes,

Visit for more information, including Presidential Proclamations, and the complete text of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. World Religion Day also takes place this month on the 18th. Visit to learn more about the many religions of the world, including origins and statistics.

Women’s Self-Empowerment Week By Amber Bailey January 5—11 is Women’s Self Empowerment Week, a week that a woman’s performance in her abilities is recognized, and her role in the community is acknowledged and appreciated. This is a week to glorify everything a woman has accomplished and the potential that she holds for the future. Recognize the people that reach for their stars. For example, a 13 year old in

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schools, and places of worship.’ The day is the anniversary of the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom.

England earned her bachelor’s degree in Pure Mathematics from Oxford University. That is an amazing achievement that can seem very large. But there are those achievements that don’t have to mean anything to the world, but they mean a lot to you. Getting an A in your Physics class, even a B in English can be an achievement for you. Or if you know someone that had a goal and obtained it, tell

her “Great job!” Take time to think about those women who have achieved something great or something miniscule. And let them know they are appreciated. Give a little gift of appreciation, a card, or if you’re thinking of yourself, take the night off and indulge in whatever you want. A nice bubble bath, or if you want to feel great about yourself, go for a jog. What empowers you the most?!

Volume 1, Issue 2

New Year Celebrations By Echo Hahn New Year's Day is the only secular holiday that the entire world observes regardless of race or religious beliefs. It is based on the solar calendar established by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 and adopted by most countries. However, many Orthodox Eastern churches continue to use the earlier Julian calendar with the New Year falling on January 14. Some cultural groups, including Jews, Chinese, Hindus, and Muslims, use a lunar calendar or some combination of a lunar and solar calendar. The date of the Chinese New Year may fall on any date between January 21 and February 19. For 2008, the Chinese New Year occurs on February 7 and the first day of the Jewish New Year begins on the first day of the month of Tishri, or sundown on September 29. Different cultures also count years from different starting points. For example, January 1 is year 2008 according to the Gregorian calendar, but falls in year 5768 according to the Jewish calendar and in year 1428 according to the Islamic calendar.

Sending Off the Kitchen God Day A week before the Chinese New Year, January 23rd in 2008, people burn the Kitchen God. The Kitchen God is called Zao Jun. It is thought that he is sent from Heaven to watch over the family throughout the year. He is also said to have invented fire. He’s present in the kitchen in the form of a picture, or a banner with the Chinese symbol that represents him in gold. When the Kitchen God is burned it is

said that the smoke from the burning paper sends him to heaven. Once there, he reports to the Jade Emperor, who is the highest god in Taoism. He’ll report to the Jade Emperor about the moral behavior of the family, whether good or bad.

Happy H y New e Year!

Before the family burns the image or symbol of the Kitchen God, they offer him sweets as a bribe to say nice things about them. They also smear his lips with sugar or honey to either sweeten what he says, or to make his lips stick shut so that he won’t say anything at all. A new Kitchen God is placed in the kitchen on the first day of the New Year. According to the folk custom, "men do not worship the Moon while women do not offer sacrifices to Kitchen god." Thus, sacrifices to Kitchen god are confined to men. Besides on New Year's Eve (the last evening of the lunar year), Kitchen god and various other gods will come down to the earth to spend the New Year's Day in the human world. So on New Year's Eve there is a ceremony to usher in Kitchen God and other gods. After burning the paper sedan-chairs and paper horses and sprinkling three cups of liquor, people give the gods a send-off. Then it is the turn for every family to offer their memorial sacrifices to their ancestors. The twelfth month is the last month of the year. Every family is busy preparing for the Spring Festival, so every household will give a general cleaning to their houses, to bid farewell to the old year and to usher in the new year. In Beijing people usually take the 24th day of the 12th month as "Spring Cleaning Day".

The year of the Ox.


Awareness Trivia Translate the following phrase adapted from the novel The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Stop by the EDRC to see if you have the correct answer to this month’s trivia and your name will be put in the EDRC’s monthly drawing.

World Braille Day World Braille Day takes place on Jan. 14th, the birth date of Louis Braille, the inventor of Braille. This year marks Louis Brailles’ 200th birthday. Louis Braille opened social and economic doors for the blind

with his revolutionary six raised dots in 1829. Today, even with advances in technology, Braille is used in virtually every language as the standard form of reading and writing for those who are blind, deaf blind, or

living with vision loss. The Braille Alphabet, Numbers and Symbols can be viewed on the last page of this newsletter. Step into someone else’s shoes and give it a try.

‘A New Birth of Freedom’ is the 2009  Inaugural Theme commemorating the  200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s  birth.  Find out more information about this  year’s theme, the history of inaugurations,  this year’s schedule of events, and much  more at:  Page 3

Braille System 

Braille Numbers and Symbols 

The basis of the braille system is known as a braille cell. The cell is com‐ prised of six dots numbered in a specific order. Each dot or combination of  dots represents a letter of the alphabet. For example, by checking in the  braille alphabet, you will see that dot 1 is the letter "a" and dots 1 and 2 the  letter "b". 

Numbers and punctuation signs are also rep‐ resented in braille. By looking at the chart  below, you will see that braille numbers are  announced by a sign using dots 3, 4, 5, and 6.  The use of dot 6 just before a letter indicates  a capital. 

Braille Alphabet                    Source: 

Further Information:

Calling All Writers!

No Name-Calling Week - Braille - Emancipation Proclamation Holocaust Memorial Day -

Deadline for submission in next month’s newsletter is Jan. 21

The Diversifieds are an extension of the GHC campus and our surrounding community. We would like to welcome and encourage students and staff to submit articles for publication in The Diversifieds. This is a monthly publication. Please contact Erin Frasier at for next month’s topics and to submit articles, poems or artwork.

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