Make peace, not a crisis


Pictured from left to right peace club members Jenna Nasry, Marium Khadr, Alice Maloney, Nina Buchholz assembling at November’s monthly meetup discussing about the border crisis and writing letters to state senators. Photo by Clare Jones

The newly created Peace Club is one of Mercy’s most involved clubs at Mercy. The club’s purpose is to shine light on political issues that are currently happening in society. The ongoing goal is to help stop ongoing world conflict. 

Although Peace Club is one of Mercy’s newest clubs, it did not take long for it to develop in size and support. Members planned what they were going to focus on throughout the school year on club meeting days and after school. Senior Peace Club leader Nina Buchholz says raising awareness about immigration to the United States is very personal to her. 

This year the Peace Club has decided to focus on immigration, specifically the border crisis happening in the southern and western states that sit on the dividing line between the United States and Mexico. 

“My mom was born in Cuba and she came across that border when she immigrated and stayed in detention camps,” Buchholz said. “She always says how the situation is much worse than when she came here.”

During a recent club meeting day, members wrote cards to state senators to express their feelings regarding the border crisis.  Peace Club members are demanding answers and action to occur soon. Another concern that Peace Club members are raising awareness about is the melting of the polar ice caps and the long term effects of this environmental disaster. They focus on Mercy’s values — dignity, mercy, justice, service, and option for the poor.

“Peace Club is a great club to make your opinion heard about current issues,” said Buhholz. “You have to be open to hearing conflicting viewpoints because we do talk about many political issues.”

This year’s club moderators are Nina Buchholz, Alice Maloney, Fran Lauck, Jenna Nasry, and Maruim Khadr. The teacher co-moderators are Mr. Kurt Klueg and Mrs. Ann Lusch. 

“Peace Club is a great place to make your opinions known and fight for something you actually believe in… when it comes to critical issues that impact people,” said Buchholz.