Environment and Energy
Hosted by the Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, SBO Appalachia gives participants the opportunity to think critically about energy issues, particularly coal mining, by hearing the stories of people directly affected by the industry. Group members will meet stakeholders on all sides of the issue, challenging assumptions and engaging participants in deep discussions about big questions behind energy extraction and its impact on human life. After visiting various parts of the region, speaking with local residents and listening to corporate representatives, group members will have a deeper grasp of the personal and environmental effects energy decisions have on the local communities in our energy-producing regions.
Criminal Justice Reform
SBO Baltimore offers participants an opportunity to learn about the human implications of the U.S. criminal justice system in our home city of Baltimore. Group members will learn about the challenges faced by people who have formerly been incarcerated in their effort to reenter society, such as difficulty finding housing, employment, and support after being released. Group members also will engage in dialogue and learn about ways racial inequality is perpetuated through the criminal justice system. Participants will engage in service opportunities, meet with local activists, hear the stories of people who were formerly incarcerated and hopefully see first- hand the conditions in a local prison. If you are curious about mass incarceration, this site will expose you to challenging information and many real-life stories.
Economic and Food Justice
SBO Washington, D.C. group members will learn about urban poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity in our nation’s capital—especially in relation to race and class. The team will stay at the Steinbruck Center (a ministry of Luther Place Memorial Church), a program that offers education, service, research and training opportunities to address the root causes of homelessness and urban poverty. Participants will learn about the affordable housing crisis and poverty in the city through walking tours, a poverty simulation, and lectures. Group members will serve at various meal programs across the District and engage in thought-provoking interactive activities, learning the stories of people firsthand and seeing the city through a new lens.
The SBO Civil Rights site in Alabama will explore key landmarks and settings central to theCivil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's. Our host and home base will be the Center forNonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation in Selma, AL. Our team will be present for the annual Jubilee anniversary of Bloody Sunday, that commemorates the march over the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The group will visit museums, attend a nonviolence workshop, serve in local communities and hear stories of past and present civil rights struggles. Group members will engage in ongoing conversations about how voting discrimination and racial inequity still exist in the U.S.