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[Qewdiscussions] BlackQuaker Project: Quaker-Native American Relations, Past & Present

Margaret McCasland
 

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Quaker & Native American Relations:
Voice of George Fox, Actions of William Penn, Quaker Boarding Schools and Forced Assimilation, and Words and Actions of 21st-Century Quakers 

     During this Thanksgiving--a holiday falsely touted as marking peaceful co-existence between European settlers and Native Americans--our ministry urges Friends and others to reflect on the role of Quakers in the colonization and oppression of Indigenous Peoples, as well as on current efforts of Quakers to seek Truth and Justice. The BlackQuaker Project now follows up our celebration of Indigenous People’s Day with an exploration of the relationships between Friends and Native Americans, past and present. This is a history marked by moments of compassion and understanding, as well as by acts of dispossession and practices of forced assimilation.

Voice of George Fox
     George Fox (July 1624 - 13 January 1691) first sailed to the Americas in 1671. While journeying through North America in 1672, he enjoyed the hospitality of local Indigenous leaders, received guidance from two Native Americans as he advanced from Maryland to Long Island, and conversed on matters of ethics with representatives of Indigenous Nations that he encountered. Fox came to feel that Indigenous people possessed an equivalent of the Christian Golden Rule and sought to demonstrate evidence of this common ground. Condemning the notion of forced religious conversion, Fox instead argued for an exchange of spiritual values, a call that would go unheeded by future Quakers to tragic results. In comparison, Fox’s contributions to the anti-slavery movement are far more opaque. Prior to his arrival in North America, Fox was exposed to chattel slavery during a three-month stay in Barbados in 1671. During his time in Barbadoes, he gave a sermon critical of the corporal punishment of enslaved Africans and recommended that masters take responsibility for their religious training. However, he only proposed enslaved Africans be freed after 30 years of service and never denounced the fundamental institution of chattel slavery.

Actions of William Penn
      The younger contemporary of Fox, William Penn (14 October 1644 - 30 July 1718), treated the Lenape people with more fairness than most European settlers of the era. Penn founded Pennsylvania in 1682 as a community of religious freedom for Quakers and is often praised for his relationship with the land’s indigenous people. He forged deals for land with Lenape leaders, the most famous example being the 1682 Treaty of Shackamaxon in which Penn and Lenape leader Tamanend agreed to peaceful cohabitation. However, in the 1 October 2021 Friends Journal article, “Neighbors or Tenants?,” Francis G. Hutchins argues that Penn's relationship with the Lenape was that of a landowner, leasing residency and wanting to meet “face-to-face with persons conditionally permitted to reside rent-free on his valuable land.” It must be noted that Penn did not ask for permission from Indigenous leaders when selling land rights to settlers in Susquehanna, nor were his treaties with the Lenape formally documented land grants, but simply handshake agreements that could be contested in later years by opportunistic parties, including his sons. These treaties also failed to capture the dichotomy of belief between Penn and the Lenape people, who viewed their territory as shared and not “owned” by settlers who had only just arrived in lands which the Lenape had occupied for hundreds of years.  While Penn may have been non-violent in his dealings with the Lenape, his relationship with them was still one of calculated financial transactions and long-term dispossession. 

Forced Assimilation: Quaker Native-American Boarding Schools
     We must acknowledge the history of Friends’ promoting and operating Native American Boarding Schools for over 200 years. We draw from the vital research of Friend Paula Palmer who--on behalf of the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition--has worked for years to identify roughly 30 Quaker-run Native American Schools that operated between the 18th and 21st centuries. These institutions began as only day schools in 1796 before evolving into the additional practice of boarding schools during the 1850s. Children enrolled in these Quaker-run institutions had their hair forcibly shaved, were given English names, and were stripped of their language, gender norms, and clothing. Friends believed that Native American youth needed to be “civilized” as a prerequisite to their Christianization or they would relapse into their “savage” traditions. Some students ran away, in part to escape the verbal and physical abuse of their instructors. 
     Quaker involvement in practices of forced assimilation grew during the administration of USA President Ulysses S. Grant (4 March 1869 -  4 March 1877), with the implementation of his “Peace Policy.” The policy was proposed by Friends prior to Grant’s inauguration in an effort to end the violent conflicts between European settlers and Native Americans west of the Mississippi. It required Indigenous nations to forgo hunting practices and send their children to boarding schools for re-education in exchange for security and financial support. Championing the so-called “Peace Policy,” Friends even acted as agents of the Federal government within Native American reservations to enforce its practice. Quakers helped build new schools throughout the USA and also supported the “Industrial Schools,'' which forced Native children to conduct manual labor as part of their education.  The prominence of Quaker-run institutions waned during the decades following the end of Grant’s presidential tenure in 1877. Subsequent administrations were often less amenable to Quaker input on Native American policies, which led to the closures of many schools. However, Quaker-run institutions would continue in varying forms for over another century until 2006. [See the recent PBS documentary, Home from School: The Children of Carlisle, to learn more about Indigenous reactions to Native American boarding schools, including the burials of infants and others. A case study of the famous star athlete Jim Thorpe and infamous Carlisle School in PA.] 

Words and Actions of 21st Century Quakers 
     The deep cultural harms of forced assimilation are still felt today as many Native American nations throughout the USA are undertaking internal processes of healing specific to their own societies and needs. New Englanders Jamie Bissonette Lewey and Denise Altvater are among the Indigenous population country-wide--even worldwide--leading efforts to stimulate Indigenous healing in culture, identity, and economy, through retrospective justice. Quakers have also begun to address their role in policies of dispossession and forced assimilation. Multiple Quaker organizations and groups, including the American Friends Service Committee, the Canadian Friends Service Committee, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and New England Yearly Meeting, have publicly repudiated the racist and imperialist Doctrine of Discovery. [See our earlier e-newsletter]. Furthermore, in 2013, Friend Paula Palmer, with Friends Peace Teams, formed Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples (TRR). It is dedicated to raising awareness on the still-present, multi-generational trauma of Native American boarding schools and to offering guidance on how to create relationships with Indigenous Peoples shaped by Truth and Justice. TRR offers lectures and educational workshops to faith communities, schools, universities, and civic organizations. Visit their website to learn more about their current activities and participate in their national workshops. In 2021, at its annual Sessions, New England Yearly Meeting (NEYM) approved a Letter of Apology to Native Americans. NEYM has also released recommendations and resources for the use of local Quaker meetings seeking to work towards better relations with Indigenous People. The Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition has called for the creation of a Truth and Healing Commission on Native American Boarding School policies in the USA. Canada’s Commission on Indigenous Residential Schools has accused Canada’s boarding schools of “cultural genocide” and recommended that actions be taken at every level of government and civil society to compensate First Nations people (as Canadians call Indigenous People). Our ministry, the BlackQuaker Project, once again recommends that Quakers and others take steps to implement a program of Retrospective Justice, not only for African Americans, but also for Native Americans. This must begin with the first step: “a commitment to truth-telling,” which Friend Palmer has been doing in unflinching fashion. 
     What is your Meeting’s history with local Native American societies?  How can we undertake actions of Retrospective Justice in our own communities? Write to us at theblackquakerproject@... with your comments, questions, and concerns. 

      To learn more about the research and activities of Friend Palmer, read her 2016 Friends Journal article, “Quaker Indian Boarding Schools: Facing our History and Ourselves,” and watch her 2018 lecture at the Truth and Healing Conference at Pendle Hill. To participate in Indigenous-led efforts to institute programs of healing visit the Native American Boarding School Coalition website. For further writing on Retrospective Justice, and how Friends may apply it to help redress historical trauma, please see Harold D. Weaver’s Pendle Hill pamphlet, Race, Systemic Violence, and Retrospective Justice: An African American Quaker Scholar-Activist Challenges Conventional Narratives (Oct. 2020) and his Friends Journal article, “A Proposed Plan for Retrospective Justice''  (Jan. 2021), which some Quaker organizations are using to stimulate their efforts at Truth and Justice. 

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Partners for Change

Pat Sewell
 

Hi all, GreenStar is rolling out a new program to support non-profits. Details below.  Contact lbuttenbaum@... for more details

GreenStar is excited to introduce Partners for Change, an important component of GreenStar’s Giving program. Partners for Change will support local nonprofit organizations by directing monetary donations to the nonprofit and increasing awareness of the organization's positive impact in the community. 


Nonprofit organizations are invited to review the details of Partners for Change on our website or in the attached Application Guidelines. If your nonprofit is interested in the opportunity to Partner for Change with GreenStar, please submit a completed application no later than December 3, 2021. Find the application in the attached Application Guidelines or on our website. Applications will be reviewed for eligibility by December 10 and all applicants will be notified as soon as possible about the status of their application. 


GreenStar member-owners will vote through December 26, 2021 to select ten Partners for Change. The ten organizations receiving the most votes will be GreenStar’s 2022 Partners for Change. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the vote in the last week of December.


Partners for Change has two methods of giving and offers tabling opportunities:

  • Bags for Change - Each calendar quarter, GreenStar will commit $1,000 to be divided among three organizations. The amount each organization receives at the end of the quarter will be determined by GreenStar customers. Customers who bring their own reusable grocery bag(s) will receive a token at the register to place in one of three collection bins representing three different Partners for Change. The number of tokens in each collection bin will determine the percentage of the total donation each organization receives. 

  • Positive Change - Customers may round up their purchase to an even dollar amount, or more, at checkout. Each month, one of the three Partners for Change organizations in the quarter will be the recipient of 100% of the Positive Change donations.

  • Tabling - Partners for Change will be able to connect and network with GreenStar members and shoppers in our Cascadilla store through tabling opportunities. Partners will be able to schedule at least two two-hour tabling sessions per month during the quarter that they are featured. Partners will be given additional opportunities to table during the month in which they are the Positive Change recipient.

We hope your organization will consider applying to become a Partner for Change! We look forward to the opportunity to build community with you and to support the important work you do in the community. Please let us know if you have any questions.


Re: Elves Program

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Dear Amala, et. al.,

I am sending these in black. This appears to be an issue with my forwarding. (Amala, please check your messages for the response I already sent you on this subject.)

Gina

On Monday, November 15, 2021, 03:59:00 PM EST, Amala Lane <laneamala@...> wrote:


Dear Clerk,

When I get these announcements that are in gray text, I find it very difficult to read. Please send with black text next time.

Thanks,
Amala

I do see the attachments are quite legible. Thankful for that. :)

On Mon, Nov 15, 2021 at 3:36 PM clerk@... <clerk@...> wrote:
Though IMM no longer has a coordinated effort to sponsor local children through the Elves program, individuals are welcome to contact Brigid about getting a child profile themselves to shop for. See information below.

Gina

Dear Elf Friends,

 

As in years past, we will be coordinating the Elves Program for the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School in downtown Ithaca.  Last year we were able to sponsor 108 children from BJM and several other local schools! 


I’m reaching out a bit early to get a better sense of our capacity so the school can make alternative arrangements for families we are unable to assist. If you are interested in participating, please let us know as soon as possible! 


I am attaching information about the Elf Program if you would like to consider sponsoring a child.  This is a non-denominational group with no overhead costs.  Everything is donated.  Last year the Elf Program sponsored over 1200 children from 35 local schools.  Many of you are past participants and we hope that you will consider sponsoring a child again this year.  We are always looking for new sponsors as well, so please feel free to forward this message on to friends and colleagues.

There are several ways in which you can help.  If you would like to shop, it generally costs $125-150 to sponsor a child.  A list of what we ask you to purchase is attached.  You can also make monetary contributions of lesser amounts that we will
pool to sponsor a child or to purchase extras like coats and boots.  It will be possible to donate by check or Venmo.

If you would like to participate or have questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you for all you do to support the Elf Program!

Best wishes,
the BJM Elves

 

 

 

Brigid Beachler
Managing Director,

Office of Off-Campus Credit Programs
Ives Hall, Room 119

ILR School
Cornell University

t. 607 255 2266 | c. 607-229-9040
bk30@... | www.ilr.cornell.edu

Schedule an appointment

www.ilr.cornell.edu/creditinternships
www.ilr.cornell.edu/dublin
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Re: Elves Program

Amala Lane
 

Dear Clerk,

When I get these announcements that are in gray text, I find it very difficult to read. Please send with black text next time.

Thanks,
Amala

I do see the attachments are quite legible. Thankful for that. :)

On Mon, Nov 15, 2021 at 3:36 PM clerk@... <clerk@...> wrote:
Though IMM no longer has a coordinated effort to sponsor local children through the Elves program, individuals are welcome to contact Brigid about getting a child profile themselves to shop for. See information below.

Gina

Dear Elf Friends,

 

As in years past, we will be coordinating the Elves Program for the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School in downtown Ithaca.  Last year we were able to sponsor 108 children from BJM and several other local schools! 


I’m reaching out a bit early to get a better sense of our capacity so the school can make alternative arrangements for families we are unable to assist. If you are interested in participating, please let us know as soon as possible! 


I am attaching information about the Elf Program if you would like to consider sponsoring a child.  This is a non-denominational group with no overhead costs.  Everything is donated.  Last year the Elf Program sponsored over 1200 children from 35 local schools.  Many of you are past participants and we hope that you will consider sponsoring a child again this year.  We are always looking for new sponsors as well, so please feel free to forward this message on to friends and colleagues.

There are several ways in which you can help.  If you would like to shop, it generally costs $125-150 to sponsor a child.  A list of what we ask you to purchase is attached.  You can also make monetary contributions of lesser amounts that we will
pool to sponsor a child or to purchase extras like coats and boots.  It will be possible to donate by check or Venmo.

If you would like to participate or have questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you for all you do to support the Elf Program!

Best wishes,
the BJM Elves

 

 

 

Brigid Beachler
Managing Director,

Office of Off-Campus Credit Programs
Ives Hall, Room 119

ILR School
Cornell University

t. 607 255 2266 | c. 607-229-9040
bk30@... | www.ilr.cornell.edu

Schedule an appointment

www.ilr.cornell.edu/creditinternships
www.ilr.cornell.edu/dublin
www.facebook.com/ilrcreditinternship




Elves Program

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Though IMM no longer has a coordinated effort to sponsor local children through the Elves program, individuals are welcome to contact Brigid about getting a child profile themselves to shop for. See information below.

Gina

Dear Elf Friends,

 

As in years past, we will be coordinating the Elves Program for the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School in downtown Ithaca.  Last year we were able to sponsor 108 children from BJM and several other local schools! 


I’m reaching out a bit early to get a better sense of our capacity so the school can make alternative arrangements for families we are unable to assist. If you are interested in participating, please let us know as soon as possible! 


I am attaching information about the Elf Program if you would like to consider sponsoring a child.  This is a non-denominational group with no overhead costs.  Everything is donated.  Last year the Elf Program sponsored over 1200 children from 35 local schools.  Many of you are past participants and we hope that you will consider sponsoring a child again this year.  We are always looking for new sponsors as well, so please feel free to forward this message on to friends and colleagues.

There are several ways in which you can help.  If you would like to shop, it generally costs $125-150 to sponsor a child.  A list of what we ask you to purchase is attached.  You can also make monetary contributions of lesser amounts that we will
pool to sponsor a child or to purchase extras like coats and boots.  It will be possible to donate by check or Venmo.

If you would like to participate or have questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you for all you do to support the Elf Program!

Best wishes,
the BJM Elves

 

 

 

Brigid Beachler
Managing Director,

Office of Off-Campus Credit Programs
Ives Hall, Room 119

ILR School
Cornell University

t. 607 255 2266 | c. 607-229-9040
bk30@... | www.ilr.cornell.edu

Schedule an appointment

www.ilr.cornell.edu/creditinternships
www.ilr.cornell.edu/dublin
www.facebook.com/ilrcreditinternship




Fw: 2nd Annual Take-Out Dinner Fundraiser to Support Local Immigrants - pre-order now!

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Information on the Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance dinner fundraiser is below.

Gina

Hello friends!

Thank you for your generous past support of the Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance fundraising dinner. We are again offering a take-out meal fundraiser this December to raise money for our local Sanctuary family and other families who may need assistance in the future. Immigration continues to be a challenging issue facing millions of people seeking a better life. If this issue remains important to you, join the Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance (ISA) by supporting the 2nd Annual Fall Sanctuary Fundraiser. Place your pre-order: https:// bit.ly/Ithaca-Supports-Immigrants-2021  

Our current Sanctuary Family from Guatemala, Drucila and Jessie, rely on generous support from the community. Due to the pandemic legal cases involving immigration are taking longer than usual and funds are needed for housing, food, utilities, childcare, health, education, transportation, and other expenditures. Our goal is to raise $8,000.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

PRE-ORDER TAKE-OUT MEALS by Nov 26th for pickup on
SATURDAY DECEMBER 4th, 2021 from 4:00pm-6:00pm
@ First Congregational Church (309 Highland Rd., Ithaca NY)
 
$20+ suggested per meal 

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?

Each Meal:
- Guatemalan stew (chicken or vegetarian)
- White rice
- Guatemalan Champurradas (sugar cookies)

YOUR GENEROSITY MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

Donate generously! Give in honor of friends, loved ones - this would make a lovely pre-holiday gift for your friends or neighbors. Your donation will directly provide for local immigrants in need. If you have the means, please consider making your donation as generous as possible. Our goal is to raise at least $8,000. If you wish to skip the take-out meals and simply donate to this worthy effort, please visit: https://fccithaca.org/donate/, open the Secure Donation Form, create an online profile, and choose” Sanctuary Ministries Fundraiser Dinner“.

QUESTIONS?

Contact: Michael Smith mismith.ithaca@...  

A limited number of meals will be available the day of, but we cannot guarantee one if you don't pre-order.

For those without transportation, or if you aren't going out, please let us know; we hope to arrange delivery service. 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing your pre-order! Please share among local friends and social media connections.

 

Thank you!

 

The Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance member and the FCCI Sanctuary Ministries Team

 


[northside-united] Shout-Out to Laura Lewis for Ithaca Right to Counsel!

Elizabeth V. Keokosky
 

This is good news and very impressive

Begin forwarded message:

From: Carl Feuer <carlfeuer@...>
Subject: [northside-united] Shout-Out to Laura Lewis for Ithaca Right to Counsel!
Date: November 9, 2021 at 6:18:54 AM EST

Dear neighbors,
Just wanted to do a shout-out in thanks to Fall Creek Alderperson Laura Lewis for her great work in ensuring that tenants in the City of Ithaca will be guaranteed a Right to Counsel if they face eviction in Housing Court.
Below is the press release on this if you are interested.
In Solidarity,
Carl

Ithaca Becomes 13th City in Nation to Guarantee Tenants Right to Counsel

In a sweeping change that will help level the legal playing field for Ithaca’s most vulnerable tenants, the Common Council voted unanimously Wednesday night for a Right to Counsel Program that will provide legal representation to tenants facing eviction court. The council also approved $125,000 for the program.  

Ithaca now becomes just the 13th city in the country to guarantee counsel for tenants, joining New York City, Newark, N.J., Philadelphia, San Francisco, Baltimore and seven others. 

The goal of the program is to ensure fairness during eviction proceedings, where the vast majority of landlords have legal representation but few tenants do. This could help more renters stay in their homes after the state’s eviction moratorium ends on Jan. 15.

“As the moratoria begin to expire, we expect a wave–or tsunami–of eviction cases,” said William J. Niebel, an adjunct professor of law who directs Cornell Law School’s Tenants Advocacy Practicum. “At this critical juncture, other tenant legal protections will have to be properly raised in the courts and enforced, to prevent homelessness and the unnecessary displacement of families. The Right to Counsel Program will ensure that this happens.” 

This would ultimately save taxpayers from paying the cascading costs that radiate from evictions. This can include emergency shelter, police resources and foster care, which combine with the social costs to both the family and community (loss of work, disruptions to children/education, unraveling of support networks, etc.).

Studies have shown Right to Counsel programs work. 

In NYC, 86 percent of tenants who had representation were able to remain in their homes. In San Francisco, that number was 67 percent, and its eviction filing rate decreased by 10 percent. 

In 2018, Carl Feuer, now with the Ithaca Eviction/Displacement Defense Project, reviewed each and every eviction case that came before Ithaca’s court. 

“The most striking and shocking finding was that of the 70 individuals and families whom the court ordered evicted, only two had legal representation. For the landlords, lawyers were present in every case but three,” Feuer said. “These tenants, who are disproportionately lower-income and people of color, too often faced a potentially life-changing and devastating eviction alone, without the help of a lawyer.  It was a skewed legal battle and a fundamentally unfair situation.”

Lawyers have also helped protect tenants against Retaliatory Non-Renewal by empowering a tenant to sue a landlord if, by raising concerns as to the physical condition of a housing unit, a tenant is retaliated against in the form of non-renewal of a lease.

The program’s legal representation will be managed by LawNY, which is a partner in the IEDD (coordinated through the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County). 

“Without legal advice and representation, a tenant cannot take full advantage of the laws that are meant to protect them from losing that basic necessity, a safe and habitable place to live,” said LawNY’s Keith McCafferty, managing attorney. “The right to counsel is a huge step forward in our community.”

IEDD core team member and Alderperson Laura Lewis was credited by council members with championing the Right to Counsel project. Lewis said “ I think it's important to recognize that local partnerships have been developed, and that this is really leveraging services that will benefit our most vulnerable residents.”

That work includes building relationships within the court system (including with judges) and spreading awareness of tenants’ other rights and resources, many of which are included in the Ithaca Eviction/Displacement Defense Project. Tenants can access these legal resources and other support by dialing 2-1-1 or the Tenants’ Legal Hotline at 607-301-1560.

By the numbers: 

In the City of Ithaca, 74% of residents are renters (HUD Consolidated Plan 2019-2023). This includes: 
  • 56% of tenants are housing cost burdened (paying more than 30% of their income toward rent); 
  • 41% of tenants are severely housing cost burdened (paying more than 50% of their income in rent);
  • 49% of Black renters and 45% of Latinx renters in the City of Ithaca are severely housing cost burdened, compared to 25% of white renters

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Fundraiser for Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance / Dec 4

Elizabeth Schneider
 

Wed, Oct 27, 2021 1:31 pm
Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance (ithacasanctuaryalliance@...)To:you (Bcc) + 1 more Details
Hi Everyone--Here is a template email for you to circulate with everyone in your congregations/organizations. Feel free to adapt, either for emails or for social medai, bulletins, newsletters, etc.  The form for signing up to volunteer for the event itself will go out later tonight or tomorrow.  I'll try to get minutes from the meeting together by then too.  Thanks as always!  Michael
 
 
 
 
 

Hello friends!

Immigration continues to be a challenging issue facing millions of people seeking a better life. If this issue is important to you, join FCCI Sanctuary Ministries and the Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance (ISA) by supporting the 2nd Annual Fall Sanctuary Fundraiser to support immigrant families in Ithaca! Place your pre-order:

https:// bit.ly/Ithaca-Supports-Immigrants-2021  

Our current Sanctuary Family from Guatemala, Drucila and Jessie, rely on generous support from the community. Due to the pandemic legal cases involving immigration are taking longer than usual and funds are needed for housing, food, utilities, childcare, health, education, transportation, and other expenditures. Our goal is to raise $8,000.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

PRE-ORDER TAKE-OUT MEALS for pickup on
SATURDAY DECEMBER 4th, 2021 from 4:00pm-6:00pm
@ First Congregational Church (309 Highland Rd., Ithaca NY)
$20+ suggested per meal 

WHAT’S FOR DINNER?

Each Meal:
- Guatemalan stew (chicken or vegetarian)
- White rice
- Guatemalan Champurradas (sugar cookies)

YOUR GENEROSITY MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

Donate generously! Give in honor of friends, loved ones - this would make a lovely pre-holiday gift for your friends or neighbors. Your donation will directly provide for local immigrants in need. If you have the means, please consider making your donation as generous as possible. Our goal is to raise at least $8,000. If you wish to skip the take-out meals and simply donate to this worthy effort, please visit: https://fccithaca.org/donate/, open the Secure Donation Form, create an online profile, and choose” Sanctuary Ministries Fundraiser Dinner“.

QUESTIONS?

Contact: Michael Smith mismith.ithaca@...  

A limited number of meals will be available the day of, but we cannot guarantee one if you don't pre-order.

For those without transportation, or if you aren't going out, please let us know; we hope to arrange delivery service. 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing your pre-order! Please share among local friends and social media connections.

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December 4 Fundraiser! Distribute Far and Wide!  


Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance, Meeting Minutes, Oct 26, 2021

Elizabeth Schneider
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance <ithacasanctuaryalliance@...>
To: IthacaSanctuaryAlliance@...
Sent: Mon, Nov 1, 2021 8:45 pm
Subject: Fundraiser Volunteer Sign-Up and Oct. Meeting Minutes

Hi Everyone--Sorry for the delay in getting this out.  Last week was a whirlwind for me.
 
Peace,
Michael


ISA Monthly Meeting Minutes
October 26, 2021
FCC

Sanctuary and Drucila Updates (Kristen)
  • Lawyer informed her that case is literally in storage--it will be months at least before any progress
  • Swimming lessons are going well, Jessie initially apprehensive but then enthusiastic; Drucila hoping for more opportunity to learn--rides have all been arranged through Linda Yetter, so support congregations don’t have to worry about it
  • Halloween and trick or treating with Weislogel’s in Fall Creek.  Looking for costumes
  • Drucila would like to visit St. Paul’s to sell bracelets--Anne H. will schedule.
  • Wisdom teeth removal will be with Dr. Bounwell Nov. 4--$2650.  Transport and care has been arranged.  Speaking from recent experience, Bill F. noted that she should plan for an entire day of support--really knocks one out.
  • Debt collection emergency has been resolved--cost for the entire procedure for the wrist has been $62 to date
  • Budget--a month behind in reconciling things because the FCC finance person has been dealing with some personal matters.  No major expenditures since last month, so roughly $21,000 as a balance.

Transition Team
  • There has been lots of electronic conversation between Jackie J. and Madonna S., but neither were able to attend the meeting.  Hopefully some updates at the next meeting.
  • Housing is a big priority--Anne wondered about elder care as an option (beyond the possibility Kristen is exploring)
  • We had a conversation about encouraging Drucila to shift her focus at ODE from English to studying for the GED, since so many jobs will require that.  We could reallocate financial resources to support that.
  • Low income (Section 8) housing might be a possibility--need to investigate whether a Visa or green card are needed

Fundraising
  • Dec. 4 Fundraiser--template for email and social media solicitations will go out tomorrow
  • Discussion about where soup prep will happen (St. Paul’s or FCC); Drucila wants to make tamales too, which will need space, but hopefully these can be made in advance and frozen
  • Discussed whether to have curbside pick-up or have people come to the door--decided that we will encourage people to come to the door, since Drucila will be selling bracelets, but that curbside service will be available.
  • Need to ask Drucila if Miguel would like to come down.
  • Volunteer sign-up for fundraiser will go out shortly.


Next meeting (and last for 2021) on Tuesday, November 30--given that the next two meetings conflict with holidays and that it would be good 

Support rotation through end of 2021

Nov. 7 FCC
Nov. 14 First Baptist
Nov. 21 T v’O--Thanksgiving Week
Nov. 28 St. Catherine’s
Dec. 5 FUSIT/LHF
Dec. 12 St. Paul’s/Forest Home
Dec. 19 FCC--Christmas and Jessie’s Birthday
Dec. 26 First Baptist
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Climate & Earthcare News & Notes: NYS ballot info & ways to support education for Kenyan girls

Margaret McCasland
 

In addition to the content in this email about the ballot proposition to add environmental rights to the NYS Constitution, here is a link to an op ed in the Ithaca Journal on the subject:

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Margaret McCasland <mamccasland@...>
Date: Mon, Nov 1, 2021 at 5:48 AM
Subject: Climate & Earthcare News & Notes: NYS ballot info & ways to support education for Kenyan girls
To: Margaret McCasland <margaret@...>


this issue of News & Notes can also be viewed online (with better formatting) as a google doc: November CJWG/EWG News & Notes


Climate & Earthcare News & Notes 

from NYYM’s Climate Justice Working Group & Earthcare Working Group


November 2021


Our world is a tapestry of interconnected problems and challenges, but also of interwoven, synergistic solutions. Just as various forms of injustices based on race, gender, class, religion, etc, interact in ways that magnify their impacts, these intersections can guide us to synergistic solutions with multiple and growing benefits.  This issue features a Quaker led-program which addresses gender inequality and climate justice by promoting the education of girls in Kenya.


IN THIS ISSUE: To jump straight to a section of interest (such as “Events” or “Resources”), click on the blue heading for that section. A link with a blue flag or “bookmark” will appear. Then click on the bookmark to jump to that section. 


EVENTS   

1. Tuesday Nov. 2 is Election Day: NY is considering adding everyone’sright to clean air and water, and a healthful environment” to the Bill of Rights section of the NYS Constitution. See RESOURCES for more info on this ballot proposition and on elections in NY, NJ and CT.

2. Doughnuts, Quakers, & Green Economics: A Conversation with the Climate Justice Working Group. Tuesday NOVEMBER 9th at 7:30pm via zoom.


ACTIONS & ACTIVITIES   Introducing a new way for NYYM Friends to support the education of girls in Kenya as a way to address social and climate justice. 


JOYS  & CONCERNS COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference being held in Glasgow, Scotland, this week, is both a joy and a concern. Some solutions to climate change also reduce social and economic inequities.


RESOURCES   

  • Info for voters on the NYS ballot proposition and on elections in NY, NJ and CT.

  • Details on how to support the education of girls in Kenya.

  • More background on COP26, including QEW and QUNO.



ABOUT OUR WORKING GROUPS Where to learn more about us & how to join our meetings.

 

ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER  Where to send items for the next issue, how to unsubscribe, etc.



EVENTS   

  1. Tuesday Nov. 2 is Election Day. While this is an “off year” for most national races, there are many important state and local offices and propositions on the ballot. New York State has one Ballot Proposition which is especially important this year. 

NYS Proposition 2 is a simple 15-word addition to the Bill of Rights section of the New York State Constitution stating, “Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.” From NY Renews: “Establishing these rights for all New Yorkers provides a strong legal foundation for our communities to fight back against polluters.”  See the RESOURCES section for more background on Prop 2.

To find out what is happening in your community, the non-partisan League of Women Voters has information for voters in CT, NJ, NY (and a few other states in the Northeast) on their election information website: <VOTE411.org> 


2. Doughnuts, Quakers, & Green Economics: A Conversation with the Climate Justice Working Group  Tuesday, November 9th at 7:30pm via zoom.


Zoom link and resources will be emailed to all registrants. Register HERE.  


      We will show a 15 minute TED talk by Kate Raworth, who originated Doughnut Economics, explaining why an economy based on endless growth is neither ecological nor ethical, followed by an informal discussion of how "The Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries … acts as a compass for human progress this century."

      “Doughnut economics” is a visual framework (shaped like a doughnut or a lifesaver ring) with an inner boundary that marks the social foundation below which people lack access to essential services and resources and an outer boundary that marks the ecological ceiling. Between the two sets of boundaries lies the ecologically safe and socially just space for humanity.

      Originated by Raworth in 2012 as part of her work for Oxfam, and popularized in her 2017 book, Doughnut Economics, the framework builds on the work of 20th c economists EF Schumacher (Small Is Beautiful) and Kenneth Boulding, an American Quaker who was an early proponent of the concept of “Spaceship Earth.” 


Image retrieved October 20, 2021, from https://doughnuteconomics.org/about-doughnut-economics 


ACTIONS & ACTIVITIES     Friends from North America have long worked closely with Friends in Africa through Friends United Meeting (FUM), one of the wider Quaker bodies NYYM is part of. FUM has a new project in Kenya, building on long-standing ties with schools and communities there, which will focus on funding and supporting girls in getting a secondary education. This issue’s action is a preliminary appeal for donations to a matching fund being coordinated by Christopher Sammond. 


From Christopher: Generous Friends from NYYM have committed thus far to $5,500 for a matching fund for each of the next four years, and the Climate Justice Working Group has committed another $500 for this year's matching fund for this project. It's my hope that we can build the matching fund up to $10,000 before we publicize this throughout NYYM and beyond in a week or two.  


Please consider if you are able to commit to the matching fund either for one year, or for all of the next four years, to support girls going on to secondary school in Kenya.  We are particularly interested in four year commitments as we will only be granting as many scholarships as we can be sure will be supported for all four years, so that we don't start a girl off with support, and then have to withdraw it.


Thank You!  


Below is the appeal which will go out from FUM (tho reformatted for the newsletter), once the matching fund has been finalized.  A copy of the donation form is also in the RESOURCES section of this newsletter. For this initial appeal, be sure to note if your donation is a contribution to the matching fund.


Educate a Girl, Save the Planet   


October 2021 


Everyone wants to do something about climate disruption, but most of us don’t know where we  could even start. The problem is so enormous, how could we ever do anything that would make a  difference? Project Drawdown has a table of Solutions with over eighty ways to reduce heat-trapping  gases in our atmosphere. Their analyses found the combination of “Educating Girls” and “Family  Planning” to be the second most effective climate solution. Thus, helping educate girls is one of the most  effective things we can do, right now. And while there are a host of other great reasons to support the  education of girls in developing countries, having such a pronounced impact on climate disruption may  be among the best. 

Perhaps the greatest difficulty in funding girl child education lies in having reliable contacts in the locales where the girls live so that all of the funds go to supporting girls education, and making sure that they are distributed fairly and equitably. Friends United Meeting 

has been doing just that for some years at the Lindi School in the Kibera Slum, the largest slum in Africa, and at the Samburu and Turkana missions in Northwest Kenya.

NYYM Friends have had connections with the Lindi School, and also with the Chwele Girls High School. Generous NYYM Friends have offered matching funds to send promising girls from these locales on to secondary schools for four years, opening a door for them to a much brighter future. 

Your gift to girl-child education, made before the end of 2021, will be matched up to $(TBD by level of initial support from NYYM Friends). Funds raised beyond the matching amount will be included in the scholarship account available for girls from the Lindi School, Chwele Girls High School, and the existing projects in Turkana and Samburu. Friends are encouraged to direct your gift to a  particular area or have FUM apply your gift at whichever site is most needed. 

     Now is an opportune time to invest in the life-changing work of girl-child education! If you have  questions about these scholarships or if you wish to consider different charitable giving options for  this effort (donating an IRA, bequest gift, gift annuity, etc.), please contact Colin Saxton, FUM’s  Advancement Officer/North American Ministries Director, at colinsa@... or 503-550-1599



JOYS  & CONCERNS: COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference being held in Glasgow, Scotland, this week, is both a joy and a concern. COP stands for “Conference of Parties” (to the UN Convention on Climate Change). 

Paraphrasing climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe: At Rio in 1992, the world noticed that global warming was a problem and agreed to do something, with no specific plans. At Paris in 2015, the COP all the world’s countries agreed to keep warming below 2ºC, and to try for 1.5ºC. However the specific pledges individual countries are bringing to Glasgow would allow warming to rise to 2.7ºC (nearly 5ºF). Glasgow is where the world gets to decide what will actually be done.

CONCERNS: Keeping warming below 1.5ºC is a great challenge in terms of scope, scale and speed. The global average for 2020 was 1.2ºC (2ºF) above pre-industrial levels, and is already having disastrous results in many parts of the world. At the current rate, we may reach +1.5°C in the next 15 years. So far, too many decisions have been made by policy makers doing short-term thinking about factors that affect the already wealthy. According to Hayhoe, “We’re moving in the right direction, but we are not moving fast enough.” 


JOYS: One joy is that leaders of some key countries (Britain’s Boris Johnson!) are beginning to listen to climate scientists, to younger generations, to NGO’s such as QEW and QUNO giving in person or virtual presentations, and to people from countries already experiencing serious impacts from Global Climate Disruption. 

Another joy is that research by Project Drawdown has shown that there are many climate solutions which further social justice, economic equity, and protection of biodiversity all at the same time. For example, Quaker programs such as Right Sharing of World Resources (based in India, Kenya and Sierra Leone) support micro-enterprises by women which promote education for their children, ecological agriculture, and climate resilience while strengthening community-based, low carbon economies we need to emulate more here in the US! Project Drawdown has found that educating girls is especially effective at climate-friendly ways of strengthening communities, which is why the Climate Justice Working Group contributed to the Kenyan Girl Child Education project.




RESOURCES    


1. Information for Election Day from the League of Women Voters: 

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1920 to help women take a larger role in public affairs after they won the right to vote. Their charter was revised in 1973 to allow men to join. The LWV's primary purpose is to encourage voting by registering voters, providing voter information, and advocating for voting rights. While they are non-partisan, the LWV does support progressive public policy positions, such as campaign finance reform, universal health care, abortion rights, climate change action and environmental regulation, and gun control.

  1. General election info for CT, NJ & NY: <VOTE411.org>

  2. A 75 minute video explaining all the ballot measures: https://lwvny.org/voting/

  3. From the their 2 page flyer on the ballot measures:

https://lwvny.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Voters-Guide-2_2021_Aug31.pdf


PROPOSAL NUMBER TWO: Right to Clean Air, Clean Water, and a Healthful Environment


Description of Proposal: The purpose of this proposal is to protect public health and the environment by adding the right of each person to clean air and water and a healthful environment to the Bill of Rights in Article 1 of the New York Constitution.


Question as it Will Appear on Ballot: The proposed amendment to Article 1 of the New York Constitution would establish the right of each person to clean air and water and a healthful environment. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?


PROS:

 • This amendment will require state and local governments and businesses to consider the environment and its citizens’ relationship to it in all decision making. 

 • Advocates in favor of the amendment believe it will create a mechanism for combating environmental racism and rebalancing the inequities communities of color and low-income communities face from disproportionate exposure to pollution and other environment-harming practices.

 • Forty-three states have some form of expression of environmental values in their Constitutions; but only Montana and Pennsylvania have recognized protecting environmental rights as an unchallengeable right, putting environmental rights on par with other political and civil liberties. New York would be the third state to adopt this measure.


CONS:

 • The amendment’s broad language could lead to complications, including frivolous lawsuits against companies with facilities sited under existing environmental rule. 

 • The amendment’s general wording gives great flexibility to the New York courts to interpret and apply the provisions. More details regarding enforcement and definitions, duties and obligations related to environmental rights are required. 

 • Courts could require NY cities and counties to make expensive changes to brick & mortar facilities, or to move, or renovate them. It could be called another “Unfunded Mandate.”



2. DONATION INFORMATION for Educate a Girl, Save the Planet: 

[NOTE: the following form will be used once the matching grant has been set up; if you are contributing to the matching fund, be sure to add a note that your donation is an initial contribution to the matching fund.]



Yes, I want to support Girl Child Education in Kenya and have my gift matched!

Enclosed is my check for $_______________

(Please write check to Friends United Meeting with Girl Child Education in Kenya on the memo line.)


--I will make my contribution of $_______________ at Girl Child Education | Friends United Meeting (Powered by Donorbox)


Please use my gift to support:

  • Girls graduating from the Lindi School in Kibera

  • Students attending Chwele Girls High School

  • Educating girls in Turkana and Samburu

  • At whichever site is most needed


My contact information:

Name: ________________________________________

Email: ________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________________

Address: ______________________________________

_____________________________________________


This form may be sent to Colin Saxton either by scanning it and emailing it to: 

colinsa@... 

or by mailing to:

Friends United Meeting, 101 Quaker Hill Drive, Richmond IN 47374.


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For more information regarding girl-child education or specific projects and places, please view the following websites: 

• Project Drawdown 

https://drawdown.org/ 

• Solutions 

https://drawdown.org/solutions/health-and-education 

• Girl-child education 

https://drawdown.org/references#women-and-girls 

• Other great reasons to support the education of girls 

https://oxfam-india.medium.com/top-10-reasons-to-support-girl-child-education-fed3d7f1bdae 

• Friends United Meeting 

https://www.friendsunitedmeeting.org 

• Lindi School 

https://www.friendsunitedmeeting.org/where-we-work/africa/lindi-friend-school 

• Kibera Slum 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kibera 

• Samburu Mission 

https://www.friendsunitedmeeting.org/where-we-work/africa/samburu-friends-mission 

• Turkana Mission 

https://www.friendsunitedmeeting.org/where-we-work/africa/turkana-friends-mission2 

• Donate to Girl-Child Education in Kenya 

https://donorbox.org/girl-child-education 



3. More background on COP26 from the UN, QEW and QUNO.


[The report is] a synthesis of climate action plans as communicated in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The NDC Synthesis report indicates that, while there is a clear trend that greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced over time, nations must urgently redouble their climate efforts if they are to prevent global temperature increases beyond the Paris Agreement’s goal of well below 2C – ideally 1.5C – by the end of the century. [...]

“I congratulate all Parties that have submitted updated or new NDCs", said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change. “The synthesis shows that countries are making progress towards the Paris Agreement’s temperature goals. This means that the in-built mechanism set up by the Paris Agreement to allow for a gradual increase of ambition is working”, she added.

This shows just how central the issue of providing support to developing countries really is. We need to peak emissions as soon as possible before 2030 and support developing countries in building up climate resilience. The pledge to mobilize USD 100 billion annually by 2020 was key for enhancing climate action by developing countries. That commitment that was made in the UNFCCC process more than 10 years ago has not yet been fulfilled. It’s time to deliver – COP26 is the place to do so. Developing countries need this support in order to act as ambitiously as possible”, Ms. Espinosa urged. 

The report also contains some worrying findings. The available NDCs of all 191 Parties taken together imply a sizable increase in global GHG emissions in 2030 compared to 2010, of about 16%. According to the latest IPCC findings, such an increase, unless actions are taken immediately, may lead to a temperature rise of about 2.7C by the end of the century.




ABOUT OUR WORKING GROUPS (where to learn more about us & how to join our meetings) 

The Climate Justice Working Group (CJWG): our mission statement from our page on the New York Yearly Meeting website: The Climate Justice Working group encourages and supports direct action to reduce global warming and other harmful human effects on the environment and to restore Earth's ecosystems for the good of all life. By providing resources that will be informative, interactive, action-oriented, and rooted in Quaker witness and testimonies, we hope to inspire action both within and outside the New York Yearly Meeting community. 

The CJWG meets every week from 5-6 pm. Email either of our co-clerks for the zoom link: Margaret McCasland <mamccasland@...> or Peter Close <woolmanj@...>  


The Earthcare Working Group (EWG) is the NYYM connection to Quaker Earthcare Witness, which includes Quakers from around North America. Within our yearly meeting, we support local habitat restoration and resilience, environmental justice, protection of biodiversity, etc. We coordinate with NYYM’s Indian Affairs Committee to support Indigenous environmental groups. We also hold Worship Sharing via zoom, phone &/or non-digital “Earth resonance” during Summer Sessions and periodically throughout the rest of the year. We work with the CJWG on Mini-grants, the Climate Solutions reporting form, and this newsletter. 

The EWG holds a planning meeting once a month on a Wednesday or Thursday evening at 7:15 pm. For the date of our November planning meeting &/or our next Worship Sharing, email co-clerk Margaret McCasland <mamccasland@...>  



 

ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER

    This newsletter is sent to people who signed up to receive email announcements from either NYYM's Earthcare Working Group or NYYM’s Climate Justice Working Group. We also occasionally send out more timely items between newsletters.

Sally Zelasko and Margaret McCasland edit the monthly newsletter. Our list of recipients is currently in a text document, and emails are sent via “bcc,” not via a listserv or a google group. However we are considering changing to MailChimp in the near future. In the meantime, please add Margaret McCasland <mamccasland@...> to your contact list so mailings don’t go to your spam box.


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Many important state ballot initiatives to vote on tomorrow

Amala Lane
 

Please, if you are registered to vote, vote.  There are many important ballot initiatives.

Read all about them: https://www.elections.ny.gov/2021BallotProposals.html

I won't weigh in here as each person should decide for themself.  This includes the right to clean air and water; making absentee ballots no-excuse - i.e. you won't need a reason to request and get an absentee ballot; allowing voter registration less than 10 days (the current restriction) in order to vote on election day; and one about redistricting which would remove the need for representatives from both parties.

Peace,
Amala


Virtual Teach-In: Creating Anti-racist Communities Solidarity, Decarceration and Abolition

Ruth Yarrow
 

Announcement and Invitation

Virtual Teach-In: Creating Anti-racist Communities

Solidarity, Decarceration and Abolition 

7:00-9:00 pm, October 26, 2021


While Ithaca and Tompkins County focus on “reimagining public safety,” many people want to spark deeper conversations and build a movement that goes beyond a government-centered approach. We want genuine transformative and restorative justice! We want real abolitionist strategies! 


This forum will discuss a social movement approach to changing the current system and building relationships in our communities based on principles of equity, justice and healing. Join us! Spread the word!


Goals: 

  • Share practical lessons, building knowledge and solidarity

  • Expand supportive community spaces for people formerly incarcerated and their loved ones to talk about their experiences, needs and visions 

  • Build support and recruit members for a new workgroup "Transforming Justice and Abolitionist Organizing"

  • Create an opportunity for antiracist groups, including other SURJ chapters in NYS, to learn about and get involved with initiatives to transform justice systems and organize for abolition 


We’ll learn from the  People's Campaign for Parole Justice, Central NY Alliance of Families for Justice, and from local efforts to build alternatives to policing and incarceration. Speakers will include: Mark Shervington, statewide advocacy associate for Release Aging People in Prison; Khalil Bey, assistant coordinator for the Alliance of Families for Justice; Rochelle Matthews, activist with Ithaca Pantheras, and Carl Williams, social movement lawyer and organizer for racial justice, abolition and liberation. We’ll have break-out groups in addition to the panelists.


Please register here to get zoom link for teach-in.


Co-sponsors: Tompkins County Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and Coordinating Circle, Dryden Groton Plus - Human Dignity Coalition


For more information, contact Beth Harris beth55harris@... or Kathy Russell kathystute@...


Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance, Meeting Minutes, Sept 28, 2021

Elizabeth Schneider
 

ISA Meeting Minutes--Some very important, urgent ACTION ITEMS!  
Sun, Oct 3, 2021 9:13 pm
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Hi everyone--The minutes from our meeting last Tuesday are pasted below and there's a link to the shared Drive folder here.  Don't forget to order food from the ODE fundraiser and spread the word with your congregation/organization (information at the end of the minutes).  Peace, Michael
 

ISA Monthly Meeting Minutes

September 28, 2021

Outside FCC--chilly when the sun dropped, but lovely all the same

  • Updates about Drucila and any reports from ISA members

  • No legal updates; Kristen summarized the process for those present who were unclear about the next legal steps for Drucila.

  • Drucila would like Jessie to take swimming lessons.  They are once per week on Saturday mornings.  8 week session begins Oct. 16 (no lesson Thanksgiving week) Ideally, the congregation responsible for support each week would provide a ride to the YMCA for lessons.  Drucila could accompany, but not required. 

ACTION ITEM: Inquire with congregations about ride 

  • Oral surgery option at Finger Lakes Community Health may be considerably cheaper--Going to consultation in Geneva on Oct. 4  

  • Grocery shopping: Drucila very much enjoys coming along, now that this is possible.  

Had a conversation about the possibility of Drucila being approached by law enforcement while out with an ISA member.  

Know Your Rights training powerpoint and video are good to review--here is a link to them.

  • How to publicly thank CMC for waiving most of the cost of Drucila’s wrist surgery? This waiver saved us several thousand dollars (though worth noting that New York state law required hospitals to have this policy--see link)

  1. Be sure to let your congregations know--see below for a template you can use in your bulletins, newsletters, and other forms of internal communication

  2. If you wanted to send a thank you note from your sanctuary team or congregation, that would be fine too.  


  • Recruiting new members to your sanctuary team

    • Need to begin this work; if another sanctuary guest follows Drucila in fairly short order, risk of burn-out is an issue.  Linda Yetter noted that having more depth in the volunteer pool would be very helpful.

    • ACTION ITEM: The pandemic isn’t over, but really need to reach out to the rest of your congregations/organizations to recruit more/new people to help with sanctuary.


  • Transition team - Michael will lead a sub-group that will both investigate housing and job opportunities but will also be the group to which any leads on housing or work for Drucila post-sanctuary should be directed.

Kristen noted that she is in early stages of conversation with a woman from the Dominican Republic who might be interested in having  Drucila and Jessie stay with her.

Work possibilities include school aid and help with Ob-Gyn Associates.

But these remain possibilities, and the need to make them concrete could come as soon as the beginning of 2022.

ACTION ITEM: Contact Michael if you are interested in meeting once a month (and having email exchanges) about helping Drucila with the transition.


  • Budget--No significant changes


  • ISA/FCC will make a flyer for promoting our Dec. 4 fundraiser--Who is doing this?

  • Dec. 4 Fundraiser--October meeting will be the focus of this event; Kristen and Drucila have a provisional menu of two Guatemalan stews; will decide on simple tamales/ tortillas or a bread donation from Wide Awake in the coming weeks; cooking at FCC and First Baptist, but prep work can happen in private kitchens.

  • ACTION ITEMS: Creating a flyer for the ODE fundraiser--please let Michael know if you are willing to do this; promote the ODE fundraiser in your congregations


  • Additional Needs/Announcements/Thoughts

  • Clothing needs for new arrival who works with Miguel (insulated rubber barn boots size 7.5, men's medium winter coat and work pants, warm work gloves, hoodie sweatshirt, winter hat, wool socks - and probably all winter clothing)--please contact Kristen if you can acquire these items through purchase or donation

  • First Baptist has generously offered to become the storage site for the clothing that has been donated to the Cornell Farmworker Program and will be distributed at farmworker mobile consulates and other events.  They will be soliciting help for a work team to move and organize clothing.  

    • Mexican Mobile Consulate will be at FCC Oct. 6-8.  Help is needed to set up and break down on Wednesday 6th.  (10/6 11-3, 10/7 3-7:30, 10/8 9-1:30),  give rides on Wednesday the 6th, as well as to move clothes on Oct. 5 at 2:00pm. Please contact Kristen if able to assist.

    • Perhaps time to consider a farewell press conference for Drucila

Sanctuary Support Rotation (through the end of 2021)--Don’t forget to chat with your team about swimming lessons for Jessie on Sat. mornings from Oct. 16- Dec. 18:

Oct. 3 First Baptist

Oct. 10 T v’O

Oct. 17 St. Catherine’s

Oct. 24 FUSIT/LHF

Oct. 31 St. Paul’s/Forest Home

Nov. 7 FCC

Nov. 14 First Baptist

Nov. 21 T v’O--Thanksgiving Week

Nov. 28 St. Catherine’s

Dec. 5 FUSIT/LHF

Dec. 12 St. Paul’s/Forest Home

Dec. 19 FCC--Christmas and Jessie’s Birthday

Dec. 26 First Baptist



Note for Congregation/Organization Bulletins/Newslestters/Listservs re: CMC waiving most of the costs for Drucila’s wrist surgery:

Please join our sanctuary team working the the Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance in expressing gratitude to Cayuga Medical Center for waiving most of the expenses for Drucila’s (the FCC sanctuary guest) wrist surgery last summer through their financial assistance program.  CMC was acting in accordance with New York state law.  Still, they were prompt and very courteous about the query.


Cayuga Medical Associates

Diane Gray

Financial Assistance Program

1301 Trumansburg Road, Suite P

Ithaca, NY



 
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Tompkins Co. Advocacy Center - Clothesline Project

Elizabeth Schneider
 

Tompkins County Advocacy Center
Clothesline Project
October 12 -- 10am to 1:00pm
Ithaca Commons Pavilion
This project provides a space for domestic and sexual violence survivors to create and unapologetically display the “dirty laundry” that is abuse. The t-shirts contain powerful stories, images, and artwork. They are hung on a clothesline to show that the people who experience domestic, sexual, and/or emotional violence are not just statistics, but are everyday people in our communities and neighborhoods. 

 


Call to Action: John Lewis and For the People Act bills in the Senate

Elizabeth V. Keokosky
 

I am passing this on because it is so critical.   This call is from a comment at the end of a Heather Cox Richardson daily write up called “Letters from an American” at https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/october-3-2021?r=dw4yh&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email&utm_source=   She is a historian and gives a historical perspective to the news.   Betsy.  --------------------------------
A Call to Action(there is a short sample letter at the end that will fit on a post card!): American democracy is in an unprecedented emergency. If we do not pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Act, our democracy will die with the 2022 elections. I am asking all Americans who care to write or call the seven Republican senators who voted to convict former President Trump of incitement of insurrection, asking them to form a coalition for the sole purpose of saving our republic by voting these bills into law now.
Not the time to argue who is sincere, who has integrity. These Republican leaders are who we've got. For an expert take on why this is our best bet, read Robert Kagan's recent piece in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/09/23/robert-kagan-constitutional-crisis/. Below is a list of their Washington addresses and phone numbers. (No email, please. It's not effective.)
Please remember that each of these seven have suffered violent threats for their vote to convict in the impeachment proceedings. My suggestion is to appeal to their love of country, to tell them their nation needs them to prevent radical Trumpians from destroying us, that we need them to step up now as the 2022 elections will otherwise mark our descent into autocracy.
Thank you.
Richard Burr, NC (retiring)
217 Russell Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-3153
Bill Cassidy, LA
520 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-5824
Lisa Murkowski, AK
522 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-6665
Mitt Romney, UT
354 Russell Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
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Is Ithaca Still Generous?

Pat Sewell
 

Hello everyone, Meeting has participated with this organization in the past. Unfortunately, Feed My Starving Children has had to postpone their in-person food packing for the past two years due to COVID restictions. However, the organization is still raising money to feed families in need. See announcement below. Here is more info on Feed My Starving Children.

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WE CHALLENGE YOU TO PROVE THAT ITHACA IS STILL GENEROUS!

 

A generous donation of $10,000 from a long time Ithaca MobilePack Steering Committee member and packer has sparked a matching donation challenge.

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Fw: Intro to Sabbath Economics with Ched Myers and Susan Taylor

Margaret McCasland
 



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On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 12:08 PM, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries <inquiries@...> wrote:

RSVP now for Oct. 15-16!
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Occasionally we share opportunities from Partners and colleagues that are aligned with BCM’s work and that we think would be of interest to you.
 
Below is an announcement about a virtual workshop on Sabbath Economics that BCM is co-hosting and at which Ched Myers and board member Susan Taylor will be presenting. We hope you can join us! — Your friends at BCM

Introduction to Sabbath Economics

Virtual Workshop with Ched Myers and Susan Taylor

Friday, Oct. 15 and Saturday, Oct. 16

Hosted by Faith & Money Network, Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries,
the Festival Center and JustMoney Advisors
Join activist-theologian Ched Myers and economist and author Susan Taylor for Introduction to Sabbath Economics, a virtual, two-part and two-day event on October 15 and 16.

This online workshop will cover the basics of Sabbath Economics as a set of practices grounded in the biblical economic values of rest, jubilee, forgiveness, redistribution, and abundance. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be offered the opportunity to join ongoing "covenant groups" for mutual support and accountability.

This event will be a great opportunity to dig even deeper into faithful giving and living — and it will also be a chance to meet others from across the country who are also on the journey. Learn more, see the full schedule, and register today!

What you'll learn:

In the Friday session, theologian Ched Myers will overview the Sabbath Economics tradition in the Bible and offer an in-depth reading of Luke 16:1-13 as an evocative analogy for our own entanglements in a dysfunctional economic system.

On Saturday, Ched will facilitate a conversation about how we inhabit the Biblical vision through concrete engagements, supported by covenant groups; economist and author Susan Taylor will add the voices of people who are creating the Sabbath Economy through their daily economic practices, to inspire participants’ imagination of what is possible.

Our presenters:

Ched Myers, author of The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics, is an activist theologian who has worked in social change movements for more than forty years. He and his partner Elaine Enns co-direct Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries, in the Ventura watershed of southern California on unceded Chumash land.
Susan Taylor is a partner at Just Money Advisors, an investment management firm that helps clients integrate their money and their values. Susan writes about issues of money and spirituality and works with non-profits that equip people to connect their money and their faith.
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TOMORROW starting NOON at/for SOUTHSIDE

Ruth Yarrow
 

Dear Friends,  Tomorrow, starting at noon, at Southside Community Center, Southside's Director Chavon Bunch and I are inviting you to a fundraiser for Southside's programs of dozens of my watercolors and watercolor notecards.  Please come!  Thanks, Ruth Yarrow


The BlackQuaker Project Challenges Quakers on Racial Justice

Margaret McCasland
 

FYI: 10 copies of the Pendle Hill pamphlet, Race, Systemic Violence, and Retrospective Justice: An African American Quaker Scholar-Activist Challenges Conventional Narratives (one of the references cited below) have been put out for circulation in the IMM LIbrary. --Margaret

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The BlackQuaker Project Challenges 
Quakers on Racial Justice:

 Retrospective/Reparatory Justice and a Justice Testimony--
 Necessary Steps for Peace and Equality in the Society of Friends

       Can there be peace without justice? Can there be equality without justice? Just as the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Board declared in our 2008 proclamation of “peace with justice,” our ministry asserts that there cannot be. Hence, the BlackQuaker Project (BQP) seeks to return justice to its rightful place, front-and-center, in the testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (RSOF). We also urge the RSOF and fellow activists to implement retrospective justice to atone for the hundreds of years of harm, exploitation, and dehumanization to persons of African descent worldwide.
        Drawing from British Friend Adam Curle’s 1981 Swarthmore (UK) Lecture, we agree that justice has a dual meaning: “one, spiritual—righteousness, the observance of the divine law; the other [secular]—fairness, righteous dealing.” We feel justice to be necessary if we are to begin changing the politically corrupt, racialized, and profoundly unequal society in which we live.
        Our ministry challenges Friends to place the Justice testimony front-and-center in monthly, quarterly, and yearly meetings. For too long this crucial testimony has remained out of mind while Friends internalize such acronyms as “SPICES,” which mislead about the essence of Quakerism. First created by the Friends Council on Education, according to Friend Arthur Larabee, SPICES was designed to teach pre-university, non-Quaker students at Quaker schools about the essentials of Quakerism. We feel this acronym is inaccurate as it does not include Justice. As a temporary remediation, we suggest, tongue-in-cheek, the use of “SPICES with JaM,” meaning “Simplicity, Peace, Integrity (Truth), Community, Equality, Stewardship with Justice and Mercy” while we work towards a permanent solution. However, we do not believe that Quakers necessarily need an acronym to summarize our diverse beliefs and practices, and we encourage RSOF members and attenders to move towards eliminating SPICES from our thinking and articulation. 

       To achieve both equality with justice and peace with justice, we implore Friends to develop and to implement an educational and action program of retrospective and reparatory justice. As defined in our pamphlets, Facing Unbearable Truths (2008) and Race, Systemic Violence, and Retrospective Justice: An African American Quaker Scholar-Activist Challenges Conventional Narratives (2020), retrospective justice refers to efforts to provide justice to victims or descendants of victims of “crimes against humanity” years, decades, or centuries after they occurred. In the case of African Americans, this refers not only to chattel slavery and the transAtlantic slave trade but also to the numerous other horrors of white supremacy which followed, such as Jim Crow, the razing of Black communities (infamously including Tulsa), severe housing and education discrimination in the implementation of the post-World-War II GI Bill, and the present state crimes of police brutality and mass incarceration. To accomplish retrospective or reparatory justice, we recommend the following steps outlined in the 2006 Brown University Report, Slavery and Justice:

  1. The Formal Acknowledgement of an Offense: The Religious Society of Friends needs to acknowledge formally that Quakers have been slave owners, that many Quakers were supporters of the transatlantic slave trade, and that other Quakers and Quaker meetings profited directly from enslavement and the eras of economic exploitation, human degradation, and dehumanization that followed.
  2. A Commitment to Truth-Telling: Friends must remember our original name “The Religious Society of Friends of Truth” as we collectively shoulder the responsibility of telling the truth, in all its complexity. This includes memorializing our history so that we do not forget past injustices. 
  3. The Making of Amends: Friends must be dedicated to reconciliation, as well as social, economic, psychological, cultural, and political rehabilitation and healing.

        We are heartened that in recent months, USA and UK Quakers have begun to translate their awareness and knowledge of collective Quaker culpability into action that seeks to atone for past misdeeds. On 10 May 2021, Abington Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvania approved a “Minute of Reconciliation,” formally recognizing that the Meeting had profited from the slave trade and committing to reparatory justice (read here). Britain Yearly Meeting has agreed to three goals as they reckon with their involvement in the slave trade: “to be an anti-racist employer; to build anti-racism into the design of work programs; and to support Quaker meetings and communities on anti-racism work.”
        Additionally, the Rowntree Society of England has launched an investigation into how their charitable trust benefited from “slavery, unfree labour, and other forms of racial exploitation during the eras of colonialism and apartheid.” On 15 April 2021 Rowntree released a preliminary report of their findings (read here). Most recently, Alaska Friends Conference has adopted a Minute of Commitment to Racial Justice, inspired by our 2008 Weed lecture-pamphlet, Facing Unbearable Truths. The Minute can be found as an attachment here. Finally, the American Friends Service Committee, Friends General Conference, Friends Council on Education, and Pendle Hill have created an anti-racist coalition. We wish them well and look forward to learning how they will deal with systemic violence and systemic racism, generally absent in previous Quaker efforts, which tended to deal only with symptoms and not causes.

        Write to us at theblackquakerproject@... with any comments, suggestions, or questions you may have about how F/friends can become involved in the process of retrospective justice, and in the process of putting our justice testimony front-and-center as we aim at acheiving racial justice. For more on retrospective or reparatory justice, see Weaver’s Pendle Hill pamphlet, Race, Systemic Violence, and Retrospective Justice: An African American Quaker Scholar-Activist Challenges Conventional Narratives (Oct. 2020) and our Friends Journal article, “A Proposed Plan for Retrospective Justice”  (Jan. 2021).  Also consider visiting our website and signing up for our mailing list here.

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call Schumer TODAY re: repealing the 2002 Iraq AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force)

Margaret McCasland
 

email from FCNL re a Senate Resolution to repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force); this is different from--and more dangerous than--the 2001 AUMF re: Afghanistan

background info at:

https://www.fcnl.org/updates/2021-04/2002-iraq-aumf-what-it-and-why-congress-should-repeal-it

--Margaret


Hi everyone,

This is a friendly reminder that we are organizing a call-in day tomorrow around New York state to urge Sen. Schumer to bring S.J. Res. 10 to a floor vote this fall! Here’s the link to make your calls: www.fcnl.org/ATaumfcall – send me and Nancy updates about how they go, and forward this to others in your community and on your team!

 

All the best,

Sarah

 

From: Sarah Freeman-Woolpert
Sent: Wednesday, September 8, 2021 5:26 PM
To: Sarah Freeman-Woolpert <SFreeman-Woolpert@...>
Cc: Nancy Bermon <n.bermon@...>
Subject: Sept. 14 call-in day to Sen. Schumer's offices across New York state!

 

Hello New York advocates!

 

As our nation commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks this Saturday, we are also marking 20 years since the beginning of the devastating global war that followed. To mark these 20 years, FCNL Advocacy Teams in New York will be organizing a “call-in day” on Sept. 14, the day Congress voted in favor of the 2001 AUMF. We will be calling Sen. Schumer’s office, urging him to bring S.J. Res. 10 to a floor vote. This is a critical time for Sen. Schumer to hear from constituents that Congress must reassert authority over when our country goes to war.

 

You can use this easy short link (www.fcnl.org/ATaumfcall) to call Sen. Schumer’s office on Sept. 14. Once you add your phone number on this page, it will pull up a short script that you can personalize when the staffer answers the phone. Make sure to name the importance of Sept. 14 in marking 20 years since Congress voted to authorize global war. This is an easy and powerful way for us to take collective action together and could have a serious impact on Sen. Schumer’s actions in the coming month.

 

Here are three actions you can take:

  1. Can you make one phone call on September 14 using this link: www.fcnl.org/ATaumfcall?
  2. Can you forward this email, and share this link on your social media, to get at least 5 other people in your community to make calls with you?
  3. Can you take a photo making phone calls so we can amplify our call-in day on social media?

 

I hope you can join us! Don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Nancy Bermon (n.bermon@...) with any questions.

 

All the best,

Sarah

 

Sarah Freeman-Woolpert

Advocacy Teams Manager

Friends Committee on National Legislation

A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest

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