check in with my community

Asha Sanaker

Hello, F(f)riends-

I attended MfB this past Sunday, as Gina had asked me to hold the Meeting in the Light. It's been so long since I've seen many of you! What a joy to see your faces.

I thought I might let you all in on some projects I've been focusing on, which have consumed much of my attention. Both of them are writing projects, and both are very much a faith ministry for me.

The first is an advice column, which I publish weekly (Wednesdays) on Medium. If you'd like to check it out, here is the link. This week's column, which went up today, is about hope and despair. 

The second is a subscription newsletter, which is currently free, on the Substack platform. It is called Let Your Life Speak, and is an extended conversation and rumination on integrity. There are personal essays, resources, and interviews. It publishes every Monday and Friday. If you want to check it out, here's the link:

I would love any thoughts or feedback if you do choose to check out either project, and if you feel moved to share with your networks it would be a tremendous gift to me.

I miss you all and am looking forward with some impatience to when we can all be together again.

Much love,


Free Film Festival: World Water Day // Festival de Cine Gratuito: Día Mundial del Agua

Amala Lane

Dear Friends, Please check out this film festival in honor of World Water Day. Warmly, Amala

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March 20 & March 21, 2021

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Join us to see the film that takes you inside our fierce campaign to #StopETP and say #NoBBP. After the film Cherri Foytlin, Anne White Hat, Sharon Lavigne, and Eve Butler will talk about phase II of the campaign, the food forest, and the fight to #StopFormosa. In the midst of the Keystone XL Pipeline being canceled, Dakota Access Pipeline being emptied of oil, and a heated battle going on at Line 3, to close out the festival, we'll bring together Indigenous and Black women leaders from Canada to Honduras to reflect on what we need to do to keep winning.

This film festival is a celebration of World Water Day and the brave communities that put their lives on the line to defend it. Each film will be followed by a community specific panel with fierce Indigenous and Black women leadersA large group discussion with all the women warriors together will close out the festival.


Join us to hear directly from the visionary frontline leaders that are building a global movement to protect the earth, put health over wealth, and show people that another world is possible. Greed and destruction is not our destiny. Indigenous and Black people know how to survive--they have been surviving genocidal systems that have ravaged their communities for centuries. We'll reflect on what's working, what's not and what we need to do to protect each other and the planet. You don't have to be an activist or a leader to build a different world--but you do have to show up and be willing to reimagine what's possible.



Bilingual Mini-Film Festival

The world premier of LA LUCHA SIGUE (THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES) will come on the heels of COPINH's commemoration activities for the 5th anniversary of the assassination of world-renowned Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres. March 20th will mark 8 months and 2 days since the apparent police kidnapping of 4 Garífuna men from their homes.


LA LUCHA SIGUE will be followed by INVASION, a short film from Wet'suwet'en territory in so-called "Canada." They are currently in the midst of a heated battle to protect their sacred river.


March 21st we'll screen L'EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP, and hear the freedom dreams of organizers in the South. 


We'll close out the festival with a group discussion with all the communities following the L'EAU EST LA VIE screening.




March 20th 9 am HT / 11 AT / 12 pm PT / 1 MT / 2 CT / 3 ET

In Honduras, the most dangerous place in the world to be a land defender, the Lenca and Garífuna people are not backing down. They are fighting to uphold their rights and Indigenous and Black cultures in the face of state backed megaprojects and narco-traffickers who seek to assassinate them, destroy their lands, and erase their existence. Watch the trailer.


Community Panel: Bertha Zúniga Cáceres (COPINH) and Miriam Miranda (OFRANEH)


To learn more about COPINH and OFRANEH.

March 20th 12 pm HT / 2 AT / 3 PT / 4 MT / 5 CT / 6 pm ET

In this era of “reconciliation”, Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. INVASION is a new film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people. Watch the trailer.


Community Panel: Freda Huson (Unist'ot'en) and Jen Wickham (Gidimt'en)


To learn more about Unist'ot'en and Gidimt'en and to support Unist'ot'en and Gidimt'en.

March 21st 8 am HT / 10 AT / 11 PT / 12 pm MT / 1 CT / 2 ET

L’EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP is the story of fierce Indigenous women who are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it. Watch the trailer.


Community Panel: Cherri Foytlin (LELV), Anne White Hat (LELV), 

Sharon Lavigne (Rise Saint James), Eve Butler (Saint James)


To learn more about L'eau Est La Vie and Rise Saint James and to support L'eau Est La Vie (Venmo @LELVC) and Rise Saint James (note it's for Rise Saint James).

March 21st 

10:30 am HT / 12:30 pm AT / 1:30 PT / 2:30 MT / 3:30 CT / 4:30 pm ET

These women warriors will come together to share their strengths, knowledge, and traditions.


Come meet the women who collectively: have recuperated their land from narco-traffickers, are spearheading a campaign to bring some of the most powerful figures in Honduras to justice in a country that runs wild with impunity, are organizing a nation-wide process to re-found Honduras with a new people’s constitution, have been protecting their yintah (territory) from some of the biggest oil and gas companies for a decade, inspired solidarity actions across so-called “Canada” that #ShutDownCanada’s economy for 2 months, delayed construction of an Energy Transfer Partners pipeline by 2 years, shined a national and international spotlight on cancer alley, and are taking on Formosa Plastics to stop them from constructing one of the largest US plastic plants. 


In the face of ongoing colonial violence and racial capitalism these communities are organizing a traditional university, recuperating territories to house climate refugees, leading COVID-19 community responses, revitalizing their languages, upholding their spiritual and cultural practices, growing food forests and using land based healing programs to address the harms of colonization.





El 20 de marzo & El 21 de marzo, 2021


Únete a nosotros para ver la película que te llevará dentro de nuestra poderosa campaña para #StopETP y decir #NoBBP. Después de la película, Cherri Foytlin, Anne White Hat, Sharon Lavigne y Eve Butler hablarán sobre la fase II de la campaña, el bosque de alimentos y la lucha para #StopFormosa. En medio de la cancelación del oleoducto Keystone XL, el vaciado de petróleo del oleoducto Dakota Access y la acalorada batalla que se enfrentan en la Línea 3, para cerrar el festival, reuniremos a mujeres indígenas y negras líderes desde Canadá hasta Honduras para reflexionar sobre lo que tenemos que hacer para seguir ganando.

Este festival de cine es una celebración del Día Mundial del Agua y de las valientes comunidades que arriesgan sus vidas para defenderlo. Cada documental estará seguido por un panel específico de la comunidad con aguerridas lideresas indígenas y negras. Marcaremos el cierre del festival con una discusión con todas las mujeres guerreras juntas.


Únete a nosotrxs para escuchar directamente a las lideresas visionarias que están construyendo un movimiento global para proteger la tierra, poner la salud por encima de la riqueza y mostrar a la gente que otro mundo es posible. La codicia y la destrucción no es nuestro destino. Los pueblos indígenas y negros saben cómo sobrevivir...han sobrevivido a sistemas genocidas que han devastado sus comunidades durante siglos. Reflexionaremos sobre lo que funciona, lo que no funciona y lo que necesitamos hacer para protegernos unxs a otrxs y al planeta. No hay que ser un activista o un líder para construir un mundo diferente, pero sí hay que llegar y estar dispuestx a reimaginar lo que es posible.


Festival de Cine Bilingüe.

El estreno mundial de LA LUCHA SIGUE se produce tras las actividades de conmemoración del quinto aniversario del asesinato de Berta Cáceres—la lideresa indígena de renombre mundial. El 20 de marzo se cumplirán 8 meses y 2 días de la desaparición forzada de 4 hombres Garífunas en sus casas a manos de hombres con vestimenta policial.

Después de LA LUCHA SIGUE presentaremos un cortometraje del territorio Wet'suwet'en en Canadá, que se encuentra en medio de una acalorada batalla para proteger su agua.


El 21 de marzo presentaremos el cortometraje L’EAU EST LA VIE (EL AGUA ES VIDA): DESDE STANDING ROCK AL PANTANO escuchando los sueños de libertad de los organizadores del Sur.


Cerraremos el festival con una discusión en grupo con todas las comunidades después de la proyección de L'EAU EST LA VIE.


DE LA LUCHA SIGUE El 20 de marzo

12 pm California / 1 pm Honduras / 3 pm Nueva York

En Honduras, el país más peligroso en el mundo para defender el medio ambiente, el pueblo Lenca y el pueblo Garífuna se mantienen firmes. Ellas y ellos luchan por defender sus derechos y culturas Indígenas y Negra frente a megaproyectos extractivos, respaldados por el Estado y el régimen narco dictatorial vinculado al sicariato, que busca asesinarles, destruir sus tierras, y borrar su existencia. Vea el trailer.

Conversatorio: Bertha Zúniga Cáceres (COPINH) and Miriam Miranda (OFRANEH)

Para aprender más de COPINH y OFRANEH.


El 20 de marzo

3 pm California / 4 pm Honduras / 6 pm Nueva York

INVASIÓN es nuevo cortometraje sobre el Campamento Unist’ot’en, la bloqueada Gidimt’en y la Nación Wet’suwet’en, luchando en contra del gobierno Canadiense y la corporaciones que continúan la violencia colonial en contra de los pueblos Indígenas. Vea el trailer.

*El trailer no tiene subtítulos pero el documental si.

Conversatorio: Freda Huson (Unist'ot'en) and Jen Wickham (Gidimt'en)

Para aprender más de Unist'ot'en y Gidimt'en y para apoyarlos Unist'ot'en y Gidimt'en.


El 21 de marzo

11 am California / 12 pm Honduras / 2 pm Nueva York

L’EAU EST LA VIE (EL AGUA ES VIDA): DESDE STANDING ROCK AL PANTANO es la historia de mujeres Indígenas guerreras que están arriesgando todo para proteger a la Madre Tierra de las compañías depredadoras de combustibles fósiles que buscan envenenarla. Vea el trailer.


Conversatorio: Cherri Foytlin (LELV), Anne White Hat (LELV), Sharon Lavigne (Rise Saint James), Eve Butler (Saint James)

Para aprender más de L'eau Est La Vie y Rise Saint James y para apoyarlos L'eau Est La Vie (Venmo @LELVC) y Rise Saint James (hay que notar es para Rise Saint James).

el 21 de marzo 

1:30 pm California / 2:30 pm Honduras / 4:30 pm Nueva York

Estas mujeres guerreras se reunirán para compartir sus fortalezas, conocimientos y tradiciones.


Ven a conocer a las mujeres quienes colectivamente han: recuperado sus tierras ancestrales de narcotraficantes, encabezan una campaña para llevar a algunas de las figuras más poderosas de Honduras ante la justicia en un país que se desenfrena con impunidad, organizan un proceso nacional para refundar Honduras con una nueva constitución popular, protegen su yintah (territorio) de algunas de las empresas petroleras y de gas más grandes durante una década, inspiran acciones de solidaridad a través del supuesto Canadá" que cerró la economía de Canada durante 2 meses, retrasaron la construcción de un oleoducto de Energy Transfer Partners por 2 años, ponen en relieve a nivel nacional e internacional el callejón del cáncer, y se enfrentan a Formosa Plastics para impedir que construyeran una de las plantas de plástico más grandes de los Estados Unidos. Frente a esta violencia colonial y al capitalismo racial, estas comunidades están organizando una universidad tradicional, recuperando territorios para albergar a los refugiados climáticos, liderando las respuestas de COVID-19 en sus comunidades, revitalizando sus lenguas, manteniendo sus prácticas espirituales y culturales, cultivando soberanía alimentaria y utilizando programas de sanación basados en la tierra para hacer frente a los daños de la colonización.

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Link to MLK Concert

ellie rosenberg


If you missed seeing the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers' concert in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 29, you can view it at your convenience from the link on our web site at:

And, in case you didn't get the link for the December Concert, it is still available at:

Many thanks for your interest and support!

Dave Caughey, President
DCJS, Inc.

FLGBTQC midwinter gathering is next week. ALL are welcome!

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FLGBTQC midwinter gathering is next week. ALL are welcome! 

Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer Concerns Midwinter Gathering
Events are scheduled mostly on 2/13 and 2/14 but also on 2/6, 2/7, 215, 2/20, and 2/21
We plan to have multiple meetings for worship, worship sharing, a meeting for memorials followed by dance party, interest groups, meetings for worship with attention to recovery, some getting-to-know-you times, time for regional groups, Bible study, a time for FGLBTQC Herstory/Hirstory/History, a time for Trans+/GNC people, time for Friends working against racism, and a talent show! There may be more!

Register for the event at

Fw: Stress First Aid talk February 10 at noon

This may be of interest to Friends.


Stress Resilience Series:

Stress First Aid: Caring for yourself and others during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Patricia Watson, a psychologist with the National Center for PTSD, is the second speaker in our series on Stress Resilience in the Pandemic. She will discuss how we can care for ourselves and others during these trying times. The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought tremendous stress to every sector of upstate New York. Whether you are an essential healthcare worker, have have lost your job or business, or are an isolated caregiver at home, these exceptional times deserve and require exceptional approaches to caring for yourself and others.

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NYPL Connect: A time for discussion, unity, and healing

Nancy Riffer

Tonight at 8 pm: in preparation for the inauguration.
See first item in this newsletter. Contemporary activists to read speeches from past generations of BIPOC women trailblazers. Use link to register.

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A message from NYPL President Tony Marx, plus conversations with Jiayang Fan, Gina Belafonte, Martha S. Jones, Rashad Robinson, Valarie Kaur, Amber Ruffin, and more.
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This week our nation is preparing for a new chapter. Tomorrow is Inauguration Day, and no matter what our backgrounds or political persuasions, we should all hope for the peaceful transfer of power that is so central to our democratic process. We are still reeling from the brazen, anti-American attack at the Capitol that was a direct threat to our democracy, and grappling with the division, hate, willful ignorance, and inequity at its foundation. Libraries actively fight against those forces, providing trusted information, convening communities (even remotely), and offering opportunities and knowledge to all. As we all navigate 2021, which is already testing our strength and resilience, I am proud that The New York Public Library will provide all New Yorkers with the tools that they need to be productive members of civic society, to open their minds and hearts, and to help our divided nation heal. I urge all of you to explore our book lists, our research offerings, and all that we have in an effort to learn, grow, and help strengthen our communities.

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President, The New York Public Library

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Raised Voices: Classic Speeches from Feminist Pioneers

Tues, Jan 19 | 8 PM
On the eve of tomorrow's inauguration, join The New Yorker's Jiayang Fan, author Martha S. Jones, and contemporary activists to read speeches from past generations of BIPOC trailblazers, including Jovita Idár, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Susette La Flesche, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, and Mary Church Terrell, that demonstrate the enduring power of citizenship, the ongoing struggle for equality, and the value of a vote.
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The Harry Belafonte Black Liberation Speaker Series, with thanks to Kenneth Cole

Valarie Kaur and Rashad Robinson, with Gina Belafonte

Thurs, Jan 21 | 8 PM
As our nation grapples with this moment in our democracy, join celebrated activists to discuss race, justice, and a more equitable future. Valarie Kaur, Sikh activist, filmmaker, and civil rights lawyer, and Rashad Robinson, president of Color Of Change, come together in conversation with filmmaker and executive director Gina Belafonte, to take stock of our present moment and shine a light on the revolutionary love needed for a better tomorrow.
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Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar, with Alison Stewart

Thurs, Jan 28 | 8 PM
Sisters Lacey Lamar and Amber Ruffin, a Late Night with Seth Meyers writer and host of Peacock's The Amber Ruffin Show, tackle modern-day racism with their new book, You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism. Together, the pair will share their horrifying and outrageous experiences with racism, from Omaha, Nebraska to New York City.

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Tune in this week for new storytimes from Drag Queen Story Hour, including seven stories read in Spanish and English! This week's bilingual storytimes include Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre by Juana Martinez-Neal, ¡Estamos en un libro! by Mo Willems, El día en que descubres quién eres by Jacqueline Woodson, De la cabeza a los pies by Eric Carle, Julian es una sirena by Jessica Love, Pete el gato: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, and La araña muy ocupada and El artista que pinto un caballo azul by Eric Carle.

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Dance and Immigration: A Symposium Beyond Boundaries

Fri, Jan 29 | 10 AM
Join the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the Library for the Performing Arts to view lectures, performances, and more from the cohort of 2020–21 Dance Research Fellows, presented as part of their annual dance symposium. The fellows, selected in June 2020, were invited to explore the theme of dance and immigration using resources from the Library for the Performing Arts.
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A message from the Ad Hoc Working Group for Immigrant Support regarding support for Moon Woolf and baby Damian

Margaret McCasland

The Meeting's Ad Hoc Working Group for Immigrant Support, with the wonderful help of Mary Balfour, has now raised enough money to fund eight weeks of diaper service for baby Damian, born to Ambroise Lumanikio Nganyinoko and Moon Woolf on December 12. The service began on January 13.

Ambroise, as many of you know, is the asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of the Congo that the Working Group has been assisting since 2013, when he was released from the immigrant detention center in Batavia and moved into (what at that time was known as) the Burtt House. He now has three more semesters in an engineering program at SUNY/Albany, while he awaits a decision on his petition for asylum. 

There are a number of ways that (F)riends can continue to support Moon and baby Damian, who are living in Brooktondale:
  • Mary Balfour is continuing to accept money for gift cards to Mama Goose or Jillian's Drawers. Write checks with Moon Woolf on the memo line to: Mary Balfour, 26 Lake Shore Road, Lansing, NY, 14882. (For details, please email mbalfour123@.... Her Venmo account is: @Mary-Balfour.)
  • Moon has set up a Meal Train page for meals to be delivered, whether home-cooked or by restaurants:
  • The same Meal Train site (with an adorable photo of baby Damian) has a link for sending money directly to Moon Woolf:
We received this message from Ambroise today, already back in Albany: "Moon and the baby are doing fine. That's nice of the Quaker Meeting for helping us with the diaper service. Asante sana, Ambroise" 

The Working Group deeply appreciates everyone's support as well!

Re: How Friends can help welcome baby Damian Ambroise Ngayimoko-Woolf

Mary Balfour

Thank-you, Margaret for the announcement. I want to add that the cost of the service is $32/week and we are setting it up to begin next week, on January 15. We hope to continue for eight weeks. If there is extra money, it will be used for a gift certificate to Jillian's Drawers/Mama Goose. Moon can decide if she would like to continue service or use for other baby needs. I just spoke with Kelly of Jillian's Drawers/Mama Goose. We have enough donations for four weeks at this point. 😊

On Tue, Jan 5, 2021 at 2:48 PM Margaret McCasland <mamccasland@...> wrote:
IMM’s Ad Hoc Working Group for Immigrant Support, Ambroise Lumanikio Nganyinoko and Moon Woolf [presently living in Brooktondale] are happy to announce the birth of Damian Ambroise Ngayimoko-Woolf, who was born on December 12 at 11:25 PM.

The Ad Hoc Working Group for Immigrant Support will continue to be part of Ambroise’s support group (mostly from a distance), and will be as welcoming and helpful as we can be with Moon and baby Damian during the year. Ambroise will be returning to Albany later in January to continue his studies.

How Friends Can Lend Support
The Working Group, with the help of Mary Balfour, has set up an account with Jillian’s Drawers to begin diaper service for Moon Woolf. If members of the Meeting would like to help, they can send checks to:
Mary Balfour
26 Lake Shore Road
Lansing, NY 14882.
For details, please email mbalfour123@.... Her Venmo account is: @Mary-Balfour.

How Friends can help welcome baby Damian Ambroise Ngayimoko-Woolf

Margaret McCasland

IMM’s Ad Hoc Working Group for Immigrant Support, Ambroise Lumanikio Nganyinoko and Moon Woolf [presently living in Brooktondale] are happy to announce the birth of Damian Ambroise Ngayimoko-Woolf, who was born on December 12 at 11:25 PM.

The Ad Hoc Working Group for Immigrant Support will continue to be part of Ambroise’s support group (mostly from a distance), and will be as welcoming and helpful as we can be with Moon and baby Damian during the year. Ambroise will be returning to Albany later in January to continue his studies.

How Friends Can Lend Support
The Working Group, with the help of Mary Balfour, has set up an account with Jillian’s Drawers to begin diaper service for Moon Woolf. If members of the Meeting would like to help, they can send checks to:
Mary Balfour
26 Lake Shore Road
Lansing, NY 14882.
For details, please email mbalfour123@.... Her Venmo account is: @Mary-Balfour.

An Invitation from the Task Group on Racism - Rochester Monthly Meeting (Quakers)

This is an invitation to join Rochester Friends Meeting for a virtual presentation I thought would be of interest to some IMMers. Information below. Please direct any questions directly to Trish (info listed below).


Greetings Friends,

The Task Group on Racism is a working group of the Rochester Friends Meeting. On January 17th, we will be offering a presentation by Democrat and Chronicle Journalist Justin Murphy (also a member of RFM) on how redlining has impacted and added to the development of systemic racism in the city of Rochester and the surrounding suburbs.

We have opened participation in this presentation to the greater community of Rochester. We would also like to invite members of the Farmington-Scipio Regional Meeting.

Below is the invitation. Registration is necessary.

Blessings and love in this new year.
Trish Dorland
Cell # 585.671.8346

Redlining in Rochester – January 17, 2021 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm. How Rochester’s Growing City and Suburbs excluded Black Residents. Democrat and Chronicle education reporter Justin Murphy shares research on the history of discrimination in housing and schooling in the Rochester area and how it continues to be the inescapable foundation of poverty and racial disparity today. This is a free event. Please register by January 14, 2021. Click here to register. You will be sent the Zoom link on Friday, January 15, 2021.

Rochester Redline Map, dated Nov. 1, 1938






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Re: Day of Mourning to Offer Healing and Compassion After a Year of Covid

Margaret McCasland

Thank you for sending this. I have forwarded it to Alice and some others who worship with the Earthcare Working Group, as well as to the people with whom I helped plan NYYM's Meeting for Grieving during Summer Sessions and the clerks of Indian Affairs and Witness Coordinating. I will also share it with people in my Monthly Meeting (via bcc).

On Tue, Dec 15, 2020 at 3:55 PM Keith Voos <keithvoos48@...> wrote:
Dear Friends---

I think perhaps you might be interested in this event notice.  The sponsoring group, Radical Joy for Hard Times, occupies a unique place among the groups responding to our global spiritual / warming crisis, one that recognizes the need for us to engage our grief and dismay.  The notice comes from a member of RJHT's board and a dear friend of mine in the New York-New Jersey Pachamama Alliance Community.  Please forward this to Alice McMechen, whose email I can't locate at the moment, and to any others you feel might respond to the special nature of the event planned. 

I send with this email my sincere hope that you and your loved ones will find a way to have a satisfying Holiday Observance despite the pandemic restrictions.

Thank you!
Keith Voos  

On Sat, Dec 12, 2020 at 4:46 PM Polly Howells <phows@...> wrote:

Dear friends,

I send this to you as an offering, a long cleansing breath, to be taken in after this very difficult year.   So much loss, so much grief.  I hope you will join me in this virtual gathering, lasting from 12 noon to 5 pm EST on Sunday, January 10.   There will be a short panel discussion, 2 sharing circles, a traditional Oneida ceremony, and we will end with a DJ'd dance party.   Check out the schedule at   Radical Joy for Hard Times is an organization on whose board I sit, founded on the premise that we won't survive these times with grace if we don't take the time to mourn our losses.

Love to you all,

Media Contact:
Name: Trebbe Johnson
Title: Founder/Director
Phone: (570) 396-0293
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Name: Katie Case
Title: Executive Assistant
Phone: (678) 523-6234
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Multi-faceted online event to include discussions, ceremony, and even a dance
Although the world around us looks much the same as it did a year ago, we are all living in a profoundly changed environment. The coronavirus has killed more than 1.5 million people, and just about everyone has lost something—a beloved family member, a job, a home, a high school graduation, a dream. To acknowledge the gravity of this pandemic and its consequences and to support people in moving through a nightmare that has not yet ended, the nonprofit organization Radical Joy for Hard Times will hold an online event, The Global Day of Mourning, on January 10, 2021.

The date of the event was chosen to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the first officially recorded death from the disease, of a man in Wuhan, China, on January 11, 2020. 

“In our culture, grief is a thing to be avoided, to be muscled through,” says Francis Weller, author and facilitator of workshops on the process of confronting and healing from grief, and one of the guests at an online panel on the day of the event. But when we are willing to confront our grief and admit the ways it has broken us down, we become, not more broken and depressed, as many people fear, but feeling more in touch with reality and emboldened to face life in a new way.

Along with Weller, the panel discussion, which begins at noon EST, features Dr. Marty K. Casey, the dynamic organizer of UnGUN Institute, helping African American families recover from the trauma of gun violence. Other events planned for the day include suggestions for how people can observe the day of mourning with friends and family; “sharing circles,” in which small groups can voice their stories about life under COVID; a traditional Iroquois Encouragement Ceremony led by Oneida elder Artley Skenandore; and a DJ’d dance on Zoom, during which people around the world will be able to dance together from grief to joy.

Radical Joy for Hard Times, the sponsor of the event, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people confront the loss of loved places due to human or natural acts and rekindle a relationship with those places by making spontaneous offerings of “guerrilla beauty” there. Previous projects have included The Ground Beneath Our Hearts in 2015, when ten communities around the rld that have been severely affected by mineral exploitation participated in a day of celebrating life in those challenged places, and Raise a Glass to the Catskills in 2018, an acknowledgment of gratitude from the citizens of New York City to residents of the Catskills towns upstate who lost their homes and land when the city dammed local rivers to construct reservoirs for drinking water.

For more information and schedule, see the Radical Joy for Hard Times website.

For Raise a Glass to the Catskills in 2018, New Yorkers made toasts with their exceptionally pure drinking water to upstate residents, many of whose ancestors lost their homes a century ago when rivers were dammed for reservoirs. Photo by Jann Klose
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Luminarias are going to light up Fall Creek and and other areas of Ithaca this year!

Amala Lane

Through the Fall Creek Neighborhood Association Google group, some neighbors have decided to place luminaria along their sidewalks. There's not one settled date but it will be on and between Dec. 21, the Solstice, and Christmas Eve.   I'm going to do this using LED votives in a paper bag with a little sand to hold the bag in place. LED lights are safer. Here's a link to the tradition:

I also read that folks in other neighborhoods are planning to do this. I think it will be a lovely way to celebrate the end of a very long night and the return of the light.


Supporting the hungry and a living wage

Pat Sewell

Hello everyone.  In case you did not hear, last week Ithaca's 49 year old co-op had to institute furloughs (I think for the first time) in order to get through this exceptionally tough economic time. As one of the larger living wage employers in the city, it is a good place to invest this holiday season. Additionally, they have recently set up a program with mutual aid Tompkins to fill food cabinets. Buy items off the shelf and place them in the cart in front of the Cascadilla store, or make a donation of any amount at the register. Feed the hungry and support a living wage: win-win. 

There are more details in the flyer below: 

We've received an overwhelming amount of support from our community since our announcement last week. So many people have sent us kind words, well wishes, and questions about what they can do to help ensure their Co-op's success. As we are not a non-profit, we cannot accept donations, but we have come up with three ways that you can help.

3 Things You Can Do To Help:
Join the Co-op or Pay Off Your Equity
Your equity investment promotes the health and sustainability of the Co-op. A Full Equity share is $90, which you can pay all at once, or in annual installments over time while receiving all membership benefits. If you haven't reached your full $90 equity investment, you can invest the full amount the next time you are in the store — or you can join today!
Give the Gift of GreenStar and Get a Bonus!
Between now and December 31, when you purchase a $50 gift card you'll receive a $10 bonus and when you purchase a $100 gift card you'll receive a $25 bonus. The bonus amount can be added to the gift card you are purchasing or on a separate card for you to use or pass along to someone else that you think might enjoy shopping at GreenStar.
Help Us Fill the Tompkins County Food Sharing Cabinets
You can choose to buy items off the shelf and place them in the cart at the front of our Cascadilla Street store, or you can make a donation of any amount at the register. The donations we collect will be used to purchase food and essential items to stock the Food Sharing Cabinets. Learn more here.
Holiday Gifts at your Co-op!

Find locally-made and Fair Trade gifts, calendars, games, candles, cookbooks, journals, wool socks, speciality food items, and so much more. You're sure to find something for everyone on your list!
November Council Meeting Report

Want to know what happened at your Co-op's November Board of Directors meeting? Read the Council meeting report here:

Next Council Meeting:
Tuesday, January 12 from 6:30-9:30 pm
Meeting will be held online — please email boardadmin@... for instructions on how to attend.

Member-Owners are always welcome!

The meeting agenda is posted online here 6 days before the meeting:

GreenStar is a Living Wage Employer
We are the quintessential community business; all of our income comes directly from community; all of our profits go directly back to the community.

Robin's Koginut Sqaush is a fairly new variety that comes from Row 7 Seeds, a seed company dedicated to deliciousness that is built on collaboration between chefs, farmers, and plant breeders. This squash was named in memory of Robin Ostfeld, a collaborator on this variety and guru of organic farming in the Finger Lakes (one of the founders of Blue Heron Farm) who had always wanted to name a new variety.

How to roast a Koginut: Cut squash in half horizontally (you can save seeds for roasting), roast at 375°F, face down, for 45 minutes. Flip over, drizzle olive oil on flesh and continue roasting until soft. Enjoy!

Check out the latest Co+op Deals!
Co+op Basics for the Holidays!
Snowball Cookies
Young or old, everyone loves these holiday cookies!

Important News from Your Co-op
We urge you to shop local, support small businesses, and please support your local Co-op.

5 Tasty (and Tasteful) Foodie Gifts
‘Tis the season of giving. And nothing feels quite so jolly good as sharing a great gift with a loved one. Do you have someone on your list who loves food? Well, look no further. 

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Donations for Freeville Community Member: Drop Off Info Included

I am sending this on behalf of IMM attender Nichole Nettleton. Please respond to Nichole, as I don't have any information beyond this email.

Thank you to those of you who have offered to donate household goods to my friend. These items can be dropped off at the home of Ellie Rosenberg and Janis Kelly at 143 Campbell Ave., Ithaca. Items being dropped off should be clearly labelled with a tag that says "For Linda." They can be left by the front door.

Additional donations are still welcome. Needs include:
  • dishes
  • pots and pans
  • cutlery
  • cleaning supplies
  • small appliances (toaster, blender, etc.)
  • linens
  • shower chair
Please contact Nichole if you have questions or something to offer at nicholenettleton@... or (607) 229-5932.


Free Heat Pumps? Don’t miss out, enroll today!

Barbara Chase

I thought I’d pass this information on to any one who might be interested. Please feel free to pass it the information , but don’t pass on my email address to those outside IMM.



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From: HeatSmart, a program of Solar Tompkins <lisa@...>
Subject: Free Heat Pumps? Don’t miss out, enroll today!
Date: December 10, 2020 at 11:10:03 AM EST
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HeatSmart Tompkins, a program of Solar Tompkins
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Dear Barbara,

New York State is practically giving away 500 heat pump systems! Participating contractors are available to install either geothermal or air source heat pump systems in income-qualified homes as part of a short-term study at little to no cost to the homeowner. If you know of someone who might be interested in this opportunity, please share. 

Who qualifies?
  • Homes heated with propane, oil, electric baseboards, pellets or wood (any heat except natural gas)
  • Heating system is more than 5 years old
  • You can rent or own
  • Home insulation is sufficient or can be made sufficient (funds for insulation also available)
  • Income qualified for EmPower or Assisted Home Performance* see table:
Income guidelines for Empower and Assisted Home Performance

*Assisted Home Performance eligibility is temporarily extended to everyone earning 120% of median income, but only until 12/31. Apply today to qualify at this income level.

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is launching a study to pay for or heavily subsidize (depending on your income and the type of system installed) approximately 500 heat pump conversions to qualified households. This program is designed to help NYSERDA determine what is needed to convert New Yorkers off of fossil fuel heating in the future to reach our state climate goals. Participants

$5 million has been allocated for this program and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve, basis so enroll with HeatSmart today to be sure to be considered.

Questions? We’re here to help. Call, e-mail, or make a phone appointment via Calendly on our website.


Lisa Marshall
Cell: (850) 291-5259
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Our fall HeatSmart Webinar Series has concluded. Stay tuned for our 2021 plans.  Missed a webinar, or want to revisit one? Head here: 
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Fw: Benefit auction for immigrants & refugees, starts today

Carol Clarke

Hello Friends,
This is the announcement for an auction being held to raise funds for the Open Doors English school.  I'm bidding and you may see something you want to bid for too.   If you haven't heard of this non-profit school that teaches English to immigrants in Ithaca, I'll be happy to tell you more about it.  

Carol Clarke

Where is God in this picture? God is all over the place. God is up there, down here, inside my skin and out. God is the web, the energy, the space, the light ...revealed in that singular, vast net of relationship that animates everything that is. . . .
  Barbara Brown Taylor

The only way out and through—for either side of any dualism ...—is a kind of universal forgiveness of Reality for being what it is; it thus becomes the bonding glue of grace which heals all the separations ...  Richard Rohr

----- Forwarded Message -----

From: Mary Loehr <moongoddessmary58@...>
To: Mary Loehr <moongoddessmary58@...>
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2020, 12:02:42 PM EST
Subject: Fw: Benefit auction for immigrants & refugees, starts today

Hi friends, I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving, and is doing well.
Here is a notice about the auction that my non-profit ESL school is holding this week. There are some good gifts on there.  Fishing kits for the young fisher person in your life. Quilts. An American Girl Doll. Gift certificates to restaurants and stores. Unique Zoom experiences from our students, from all over the world. All proceeds will benefit the lives of immigrants and refugees. Check it out!
love, Mary

Here is the link: Open Doors, Open Lives

F2020 Auction Poster 2 link.jpg
Hello friends,
Open Doors English's silent auction has started! 

At this time more than ever, welcoming spaces like Open Doors English are especially important. This is your opportunity to support our inspiring school that welcomes everyone, turns no one away, and is a place of refuge.

What: Participate in our silent auctionSupport a great cause AND do some gift shopping for the holidays!
When:  Start bidding on Cyber Monday (11/30)! Join us for our "live" closing event (via Zoom) on Saturday, Dec. 5th @ 7:30PM! *Select items will be auctioned "live" at this event.
How: The auction will be entirely online. Visit

Items up for auction include:
Unique offerings from ODE students
Local Art
Specialty Services
...and so much more!

The proceeds of this auction will directly supplement student tuition costs. Our students pay on a self-selected sliding scale anywhere from $0-$150 for four weeks of class. Due to COVID and the increased financial strain many of our students are experiencing, tuition payments are averaging $30 per student per month--a significant drop. More than ever before, the immigrants and refugees in our classes need your support to continue accessing Open Doors English's vital services!

Open Doors English already operates on a shoestring, and our teachers make half the prevailing wage for professional ESL teachers. Your bids matter! As you peruse our fabulous array of auction offerings, consider the impact of your bids in the knowledge that your generosity is deeply appreciated!

Questions? Contact Mary Loehr: mloehr.ode@...

Open Doors English is a project of the Center for Transformative Action

First Nations and Thanksgiving

Amala Lane

“The Gayogohó:no, are the original people of the land that is now known as parts of the Eastern Finger Lakes Region, surrounding Cayuga Lake. Gayogohó:no, translates to “People of the Great Pipe”. Cayuga is the colonized title for them. They are one of the 6 nations that make up the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, or the “People of the Longhouse”. In the western history books, they have been labeled as Iroquois, or ‘snake eaters.’ Amongst oral tradition throughout the Confederacy, the interpretation of the meaning of Iroquois can differ, but with certainty, it is not the name that they use for themselves.The Gayogohó:no were the only nation of the Confederacy that did not receive “reservation” land. Since the removal of the Gayogohó:no from their ancestral territory, there are only few Gayogohó:no residing on their traditional territory. Currently, most of them reside on territory in Canada, where they have been for centuries, since their forced removal and slaughter due to the orders of the US government. 

Although this has no “affiliation” with Thanksgiving, it is important to understand that many “American” holidays and celebrations are often founded in the genocide of the Indigenous people, and every experience and moment we have on stolen lands is because we are directly benefitting from that very genocide.

-Alexas Esposito” (I received this writing through Mutual Aid Tompkins)


 Here are 3 charitable organizations that empower and aid First Nations people: local educational and Covid-19 assistance

our member spotlighted

Nancy Tonachel Gabriel

“Gourdlandia” is the work of our member Graham Ottoson and it’s a fascinating place. Don’t know if it’s open during pandemic, but here’s an opportunity for a free tour--

Dear community,

Here is a fun little tidbit I wanted to share with the community: For anyone who has not had the opportunity to visit Gourdlandia in Ecovillage I highly recommend it. It is sweet, fun, and has even a touch of fairyland in some of the carved gourd lamps and other creations. I just read that CNN, in its tour around upstate recently visited our sweet Gourdlandia and will be airing it on a show called Quest's World Of Wonder. If you want, you can see it on national television at the following times, ET: Friday 11/27/20: 10pm, Saturday 11/28/20: 1:30am, 5:30pm, Sunday 11/29/20: 1pm and 11pm.

Bringing a little joy to our Fall!

(This is from Anna Kelles, soon to be Ithaca’s NYS Assembly person)

Nancy Gabriel 
PO Box 852
Ithaca NY 14851-0852
607-339-7123 call or text

Seeking Housewares for Freeville Community Member

I am sending this on behalf of IMM attender Nichole Nettleton. Please respond to Nichole, as I don't have any information beyond this email.

A friend is coming out of a nursing home and moving into her own apartment, but she doesn't have any household items. I'm hoping to collect the following items:
  • dishes
  • pots and pans
  • cutlery
  • cleaning supplies
  • small appliances (toaster, blender, etc.)
  • linens
  • shower chair

Please contact Nichole if you have something to offer at nicholenettleton@... or (607) 229-5932. Once she has a list of donations, we will figure out how to get them where they are going.


Mayor Potential Requesting Help Throughout Tompkins County: Emergency Aid Following Hurricane Eta

I am forwarding a message I received about a regional organization requesting our financial support. I thought Friends might be interested.


Good Morning, Friends of Ithaca,

My name is Sarah Lubold; I'm an ESL educator here in Ithaca and am volunteering with Central American community development non-profit Mayor Potencial to help bring emergency food, clean water, basic clothing, and reconstruction materials to the coastal communities of Honduras as they struggle against COVID-19 in the wake of Hurricane Eta's terrifying devastation. I am writing to ask you to consider joining our efforts as a faith community. I am attaching our Request for Hurricane Eta Assistance. Please consider sharing this widely inside your community to help us send compassionate necessities to our brothers and sisters in Central America.

In the spirit of global friendship,

Sarah Lubold and the Mayor Potential Volunteer Team

"The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star." ~ Henry David Thoreau

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