Post written by Mirna Awrow, President of Students for Life at Oakland University in Rochester, MI
Fifteen to twenty students with hectic schedules waited until 8 PM this past Thursday to chalk positive, pro-life messages on Oakland University’s campus. One member told me that she finished class at 3 PM and tried her best to kill time until she could chalk! That’s pure passion that the pro-abortion students lack.
Organizing a chalking is a very simple way to reach a large amount of students with little time all while making a bold statement. On our part, all we had to do was purchase six buckets of chalk from Meijers (we got them on sale too)! We used social media and sent emails reminding the students that we will be doing this activity on campus beginning a week in advance.
We were met with hostility immediately after we were done chalking. Two students decided it was a good idea to take their water and dump it on our chalkings. Beyond that, they altered some of our chalkings into malicious phrases.
I, along with the vice president and another member, approached these students and had a tranquil conversation about why it’s so important that everyone should be able to voice their opinions. We told them that we would be okay with them writing their own messages, but completely erasing what we spent over two hours doing wasn’t fair. I told him that this reminded me of the Nazi book burning where writings were burnt if they had ideologies that varied from the German Soviet Union. We made sure to be respectful throughout the entire conversation even though they weren’t because we knew that they would only listen to us if we treated them with dignity. We shook hands and they proceeded to laugh and pour water. At this point we walked away, but returned ten minutes later and fixed their destruction.
As expected, the next day, we found some pro-choice slogans such as “My body, my choice”. However, we will not be discouraged! We will continue to chalk in the future because people are reading our messages. It’s a good thing that people are reacting to what we are saying because it means that they have read what we wrote.
Plant a seed and who knows what kind of plant will grow.