Students Brave the Heat

“A good enmity looks like this – a circle of chairs under the pallid flicker of fluorescent classroom lights. I worked with the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Agora fellows to set up a tight ring initially. If attendance was low, they could still gather closely, with their classmates – their opponents – close enough to touch. But as the door swung open again and again, the circle kept pulsing outward. Spaces were filled, seats scooted back, new chairs were pulled off the stack to fill the gaps.

By the time I pulled my gavel out of my purse and handed off my baby to the sitter, we had a little over forty students ready to try to fight about abortion one more time, but this time, to fight better.”