Students Toward a New Democracy, Living Wage Campaign at the University of Miami, 2006

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

Good morning,

1. I hope that this message finds you well. While an undergraduate student studying aerospace engineering at the University of Miami, prior to my attendance at the United States Air Force Academy, I served as a leader in an activist organization called Students Toward a New Democracy or STAND. The association worked with local religious parishes and trade unions such as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to ensure that occupational safety regulations were upheld for grounds maintainers, janitorial staff, and food service professionals. Please see the following link for a brief overview of the economic justice campaign in 2006 as documented by Swarthmore College here.

2. The members of STAND held marches with faculty, clergy, and labor leaders in order to secure benefits for the community of Miami as a whole: we each recognized that the prosperity of the city must begin first with adequate funding for those who provided the foundation upon which we all relied.

3. My community engagement activities in Miami inspired me in part to consider applying for law school in order to find a role to protect the most vulnerable members of our society such as the infirm, the poor, the elderly, orphans, and widows. For this same reason I have applied to become a 1L legal intern for the San Francisco District Attorney’s office in the summer of 2022.

4. Thank you for your time in reading this narrative and I hope once again that this message has found you well. Please have a good day. Sincerely, Winston

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