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Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance June Meeting Minutes -- Scroll down/ Beginning empty/don't know why...

Elizabeth Schneider
 

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Hi all,
 
I'm not sure I sent this to the right email last week so here we go again. Apologies if there are any duplicates.
 

Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance Meeting, Tuesday June 29, 2021                                        5:30pm-6:35pm

Jessie’s Summer Camp. All congregations should recruit drivers and phone their respective camps to notify them of the names of all drivers who will potentially be dropping off or picking Jessie up. Also please remind volunteers to make a mental note of what items Jessie is dropped off with (which will vary from camp to camp) so that they make sure she comes home with all the same items.  So far, most organizations have one or two drivers who have volunteered to do multiple days or trips. If anyone is having trouble finding people, FCC has extra people willing to drive, so please contact Andy or Kristen at least a week in advance. The camps should be notified of the drivers no later than the morning of the Friday before. If any of the drivers would like to meet Jessie and Drucila ahead of time, that can be arranged through the ISA reps or Amy Stoll (FCCI member who has been helping D. with camps) at scottamy@...

Camp Week              Location                   Camp hours        ISA Member Org            Volunteers lined up?

July 12-16               Children’s Garden         9am-12pm          First Baptist                     yes

                                  (Cass Park)

July 19-23              Primitive Pursuits        9:30am-1:30pm    Tikkun v’Or                     not yet

July 26-30              Heart and Home          9am-1pm                 St. Catherine’s              not yet

August 2-6             Primitive Pursuits        9:30-1:30             FUSIT/Living hope            yes

August 9-13           Heart and Home          9:00-1:00pm      St. Paul’s/FH                     not yet

August 16-20         Children’s garden         9:00-1:00pm         FCCI                                   yes                        

Medical Updates: On July 22nd, D. had minor surgery at the Surgicare with Dr. Stephanie DeBuck. They removed a ganglion cyst which they described as located in an unusual place and larger than normal. It was pressing on nerves and tendons, so they are hopeful that by removing it, she will feel relief of the pain that was extending up to her elbow. We have not yet seen a bill, but we are going to apply for the CMC program for people with no insurance. The out of pocket cost will run between $2400 and $3,000, but we’re hopeful some of that will be forgiven.

At her dental cleaning, the x-rays revealed that she has impacted wisdom teeth that should be removed. She said that two of them are starting to come in and causing her some pain. Andy scheduled a consultation with oral surgeon Dr. Bonniwel for August 23rd. Rachel Wilson volunteered to accompany her on this visit.  The cost of removing impacted wisdom teeth will vary, and won’t be known until the consult, but could run between $2000 and $3500.

Legal updates: July 29, 2021 will mark the one year anniversary of the day that Drucila arrived at FCCI. Because her lawyers are pro-bono, it is difficult to get a consultation with them, and only FCC’s lawyer has permission to discuss her case. The Sanctuary Ministry Team at FCC will ask for a meeting between the two lawyers just to get an update and possible timeframe as we move to sign another 6-month renewal of her sanctuary agreement.

Year-end volunteer recognition and “look to the future” picnic: We have been so fortunate to have so many people willing to help support D. and Jessie this year and we would like to formally recognize them. We had a brief discussion about how best to do that, and the consensus was that a picnic (at FCCI so D. can attend) makes the most sense. We decided to try Sept. 12th at 12:00pm so we can send out save the date notices. This picnic can serve the double purpose of recognizing all of the people that contributed their time and money over the past year, as well as bring in new volunteers who are interested in helping out in the future.

Carpentry class update: Every year The Hammerstone Carpentry School sponsors a class for female students at Open Doors English. This year the class was held in the parking lot at FCCI so that D. could participate. 12 women worked from 9-am-3pm to build themselves flower boxes. The staff at ODE wrote a nice thank you card to FCCI and the Sanctuary Alliance that Kristen read some of aloud.

Budget Review – Andy W. walked everyone through the budget which can be found at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1B8SxbQu7op1xSIDJd_fNc3JF2KbW15zny9NxoFYEhws/edit#gid=1318149215.

Highlights include: 1) the continued unsolicited monthly donations, and generous donations by ISA members of food. Together with the Tikkyn v’Or fundraiser and the hanging basket fundraiser have brought in over $4000 2) the final figures for the apartment installation where $1,495; 3) although we have not yet been billed for any of it, D.’s surgery will run between $2,400 and $3,000. 4) the dental donation of $420 by Dr. McCutcheon. To date it has cost $8,072.11 to support the two of them at FCCI.

Apartment Construction- Herb reported that he, Danny Fox, and Kristen had completed the installation of the new electrical circuit, range hood, stove, and cabinets in the apartment. The project took Danny and Herb about four days with Kristen assisting one morning to install the roof vent. D. is now thrilled that she can cook steak, bake chicken, and learn how to bake pizza and cakes. Thank you to Anna S. for all the time she spent cooking with Drucila downstairs, and for any future baking projects that happen in the apartment.

D. and energy use – Herb brought up the fact that Drucila expressed concern to him about using too much of the church’s electricity. With the current heat, he wanted to make sure she knew she could use the AC units. Andy reported that he had checked it with her after she reported a leak last Thursday and that Danny Fox had repaired it. Amy reported that the AC was on when she visited on Friday. Some confusion over the winter about which heat source to use has led to the false impression that the church didn’t want her to use a lot of electricity. Folks are encouraged to make sure she is not sacrificing comfort because of this.


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NYYM interest groups re: Climate Justice & Earthcare this week & next

Margaret McCasland
 

NYYM Interest groups are happening in the first 2 weeks of July, before official Summer Sessions open. There are many climate-related interest groups, some offered by members of the Climate Justice Working Group (listed first). 

Because “everything is connected,” because we can only discern way forward in a climate-disrupted world by listening to voices of all people and all beings, there are many other interest groups also relevant to our concerns for climate justice and for Earthcare (listed alphabetically in a second grouping).

Easy on-line registration is FREE and separate from registration for Summer Sessions. Official registration closes 2 days before any given interest group’s first (often only) session. Zoom links and any advance materials will be emailed to you the day before the Interest Group meets.

The first interest groups started meeting today (Monday), but you can still join almost all of these. Contact Margaret McCasland if you missed the “2 days registration before” deadline for a climate-related interest group: <mamccasland@...>


Info page on interest groups:  https://nyym.org/interest-groups

Or go directly to the Interest Group Registration Form.


Climate-related Interest Groups: timings & descriptions.

 

Do Friends Have A Testimony Of The Environment?

Mon, July 5, 2pm – 3pm; Additional Session(s): 7/6 & 7/7

Do Friends’ investments pollute the Earth?  Do Friendly testimonies require us to move our investments into clean energy?  If you answer “yes” to both of these questions, please join us in a discussion about the shape a Friendly testimony of green investment might take to counteract the destruction caused by our Yearly Meetings’ investments.  Three-Session Interest Group. Additional Session: Tuesday 7/6 & Wednesday 7/7.    Facilitator: Peter Close

 

Finding Climate Sanctuary Options

Thu, July 8, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

This Interest Group will consider how to lower the amounts of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.  We will discuss needs and possible tools for future fossil fuel displacement, photosynthesis-based carbon sequestration, inhibiting local temperature rise, inhibiting the Arctic meltdown.  We will also experience an eco-vigil exercise. Facilitators: Paul Klinkman (NEYM), David Millar (Canada YM)

 

Climate Solutions For The World We Seek: Project Drawdown Around NYYM

Fri, July 9, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

The Climate Justice Working Group and Earthcare Working Group is offering this Interest Group in order to help Friends discern ways to respond to NYYM’s Earthcare Minute.  Keith Voos will introduce Project Drawdown - drawdown.org/ - a comprehensive program to address the climate crisis by “drawing down” greenhouse gases.  Margaret McCasland will frame the Drawdown solutions from a social justice perspective via queries such as “Who decides what counts as a solution?”  Subsequent workshops will be held after Summer Sessions, and will highlight ways NYYM Meetings and Friends are addressing the climate crisis in ways consistent with NYYM’s Earthcare Minute. Facilitators: Margaret McCasland, Keith Voos

 

Doing The NYYM Carbon Pricing Minute

Mon, July 12, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

At Spring Sessions, NYYM approved a minute that encourages the enactment of carbon pricing legislation by the federal government in 2021.  (Minute 2021-04-20)  Economists agree that setting a price on carbon emissions is the best way to foster innovative solutions to stabilize our climate to a habitable state.  In this Interest Group, three activist Quakers will engage participants on ways to convince federal legislators to adopt laws that will effectively move our nation to net zero carbon emissions. Facilitators: James Ralston, Diane Keefe, Laura Cisar



Because “everything is connected,” because we can only discern way-forward in a climate changed world by listening to voices of all people and all beings, there are many other interest groups also of interest to people with a concern for climate justice and for Earthcare, including:


ADVANCE WORSHIP SHARING IN SUPPORT OF BLACK LIVES (Peter Close): Join us as we gather in 5 one-hour worship-sharing sessions to consider how Black lives matter to us in this ever-challenging world. We will reach into ourselves and bring forth our thoughts, our fears, our beliefs and our actions that will continue to make Black lives matter to us, our meetings and our communities. Five-Session Interest Group. July 19 & 20 & 21 & 22 & 23, 8-9 AM

AFRO-FUTURISM AND AFRO-CENTRIC LOVE (SYB Bowland, Sandie Finn): “Black” and “White”, as terms to describe people, are both artificial constructs. Prior to the seventeenth century, these were not the predominant terms used to describe or define people. Since then they have been used as tools to create and enforce oppression. Using color as a physical representation enabled people to use color as a symbolic representation, from which labeling was created to denote either positive or negative images. Over time color labels became hardened into stereotypes, systemic disrespect, discrimination and criminalization. This Interest Group will be a sanctuary where spirit dwells, spreads and flourishes as we introduce ideas, share stories and explore how to embrace loving intelligence. Two-Session Interest Group. Note that the First Session ( 11:30 am - 12:30 pm) is at a different time than the Second Session (3-4 pm). July 21, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM & July 22, 3-4 PM 

FRIENDS PEACE TEAMS IS US! A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES (Nadine Hoover, Shirley Way, Deb Wood, Liseli Haines, Buffy Curtis): Friends Peace Teams is Quakers from North American and Australia Yearly Meetings who are called to peace and justice ministries or to supporting them. Learn about Friends’ peace and justice work in the Americas, Africa, Central Europe, Asia, and West Pacific, and opportunities to get involved. Share your ministries. July 15, 7-8:30 PM

F.U.N.: FRIENDS IN UNITY WITH NATURE SHARING SACRED SPACE (“WORSHIP SHARING”) (Sheree Cammer, Tom Goodridge): This Interest Group is being offered by NYYM’s Earthcare Working Group. Come as you are! Come as you want to be! We are in formation! Who knows how our molecules will align in rapture! The Green Man and I invite you to join us, outdoors if possible, to breathe, center, balance; stretch and relax, perhaps sway, sing, dance. Earth may give a message, perhaps the next sure step we are asked to take, individually or otherwise. July 19, 6:15- 7 PM

LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND REPARATIONS (Buffy Curtis, Liseli Haines): We all live on land that was obtained by settlers from the original inhabitants of this land by purchase or theft. Understanding how and why to give acknowledgments to these Original Peoples is essential. We will share examples of Land Acknowledgments and Reparations that are coming into practice among Friends. July 23, 5:30-7 PM


QUAKER SERVICE: VOLUNTEER WORK, VOLUNTOURISM, AND INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL (Spee Braun): Many of us engage in service work outside our home communities. Some of us have had the opportunity to travel to Bolivia or Kenya or some other lower-income country and have volunteered in service projects while there. In this workshop, we will analyze together the complex issues around doing good and doing no harm. We’ll explore together what Teju Cole dubbed the “White-Savior Industrial Complex,” in which many Quakers participate. We’ll talk about and identify our privilege and attitudes. We’ll explore shifting from service and voluntourism to learning, advocacy, and systemic change. Three-Session Interest Group. July 13 & 14 & 15, 7:30-9 PM


THE QUAKER UNITED NATIONS OFFICE (Molly Burger, Hannah Patterson, Drew McKenna): QUNO’s two program assistants will host a conversation on the Quaker United Nations Office in NYC, which provides the Quaker representation at the United Nations. They will share QUNO’s work and Quaker working methods in conversation with participants in the Interest Group. July 9, 10-11 AM


RIGHT SHARING OF WORLD RESOURCES IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC (Mary Eagleson, Jacqueline Stillwell, Sarah Northrop): Through its Sharing Fund, and in partnership with Scarsdale Meeting, NYYM has raised the funds to sponsor a women’s self-help group in India. The group has been formed by the Pudhuyugam Society in the state of Tamil Nadu in the southeast tip of India. The women were already very poor before Covid-19 hit them. Now they are facing malnutrition and possible starvation. We’ll hear the latest information on their situation, and learn more about how we, in partnership with the Pudhuyugam Society, will be helping about 30 women pick up the pieces of their lives and move ahead. We have pictures to show from the training sessions for this group and others. July 10, 10-11 AM




workshop Tues 6/22, 7 pm: Bringing Climate Concerns to Congress

Margaret McCasland
 

Speaking Truth to Power: Bringing Climate Concerns (and Carbon Pricing!) to Congress
Tuesday, June 22,  7:00-8:00 p.m.  
Please join NYYM's Climate Justice Working Group to learn about engaging with your representative to advocate for the planet and for carbon pricing, the method widely agreed to be the most efficient way for countries to reduce global warming emissions. Strategies will be presented on how to build common ground and communicate your concerns. Please register to receive the zoom link. 

For those interested to know why this is important, please see this article. Our emitted CO2 goes up and practically never comes down. More CO2 means more warming year to year. It is already causing an estimated 35% of global excess deaths which happen during ever more extreme heat waves.


sponsor Catholic Worker Peace Trot by Ruth Yarrow?

Ruth Yarrow
 

Dear Friends, Due to a health scare about my daughter (resolved!) I'm a bit late doing my 5 K (3.1 mile) Catholic Worker fundraiser Peace Trot.  I plan to do it on Monday morning, probably up one side of Treman Gorge and back down the other.  If anyone would like to sponsor me for any amount it would all go to the work of the Catholic Worker in Ithaca.  You could make checks out to Ithaca Catholic Worker and mail or bring them to me at 224 Cleveland Ave, Ithaca 14850.  Thank you for considering this!  Ruth Yarrow  Questions?  You can email me or call me at 206-512-0688.  THank you!  


Southside 2021 Juneteenth Celebration 2-8pm 6/19

Ruth Yarrow
 

Celebrate Juneteenth with Southside!

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Date: Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 4:16 PM
Subject: Fwd: Southside 2021 Juneteenth Celebration 2-8pm 6/19
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Southside Community Center
presents our annual
JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION!
2-8pm June 19, 2021

"SOLID AS A ROCK" 80s & 90s dance party!
- Bring your lawn chairs, family activities, games, & other favorite Block Party accessories!
- Southside Community Center food & merchandise for sale!
- We need 500+ people to win the Guinness Book of World Records for longest soul train line at 6pm!
- Covid safe outdoor event!

JUNETEENTH
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the Emancipation Proclamation which aimed to end enslavement in the United States. This is an opportunity to focus on freedom, education, community, & continued need for liberation among Black people.



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Peace&Purpose
~Dr. Nia
Nia Michelle Nunn, PhD
Ithaca College ~ Associate Professor of Education

Southside Community Center, Inc. ~ Board of Directors Chair

Community Unity Music Education Program (CUMEP) ~ Curriculum Writer/Creative Director


No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.

—Assata Shakur 


The Cayuga Nation needs our support!

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Barbara Ganzel asked that this be shared with Friends.

Gina

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Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Action Fund

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Dear PPGNY supporter, 

The Cayuga Nation needs our support! The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’, also known as the Cayuga Nation, is one of six sovereign nations that make up the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. They reside between the Seneca Nation to the west and the Onondaga Nation to the east in Central NY. Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) and Planned Parenthood Central Western New York (PPCWNY) are proud advocates for these communities and a trusted source of health care and medically accurate information.  

The Cayuga people are under the assault of Clint Halftown, the Bureau of Indian Affairs-affirmed representative of the Cayuga Nation, who has a long history of abusing his power with his private police force. In February of 2020, Halftown destroyed a gas station, a longhouse, a schoolhouse, and several other buildings that were vital infrastructure to the traditional Cayuga community. In recent weeks, Halftown has threatened to evict members of the traditional Cayuga community from their homes. The Cayuga have put forth a call for aid- particularly for supporters to camp outside of the at-risk homes to disincentivize any forceful evictions. 

Since May 11th, hundreds of people have shown up, with many volunteers coming out multiple nights to stand guard. The “Solidarity Campers” have been effective in their collective direct action. The actions of solidarity campers “have been working,” said Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ elder Wanda John. 

We are asking our local Planned Parenthood supporters to learn more about this important local human rights issue. How you can help: 

  • Help spread awareness of this important issue, in your circles as well as on your social media: Facebook  // Insta 
  • Support the Cayuga people in this effort by serving as a “Solidarity Camper” yourself or learning more about how you can support Cayuga Nation’s resistance to Clint Halftown. You can sign up to be a Solidarity Camper here. You can learn more and support the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ’s Rematriation efforts here. 

In solidarity, 

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York 

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One way to help Palestinians

Ruth Yarrow
 

Dear Friends, Since the bombers and bombs causing the horrendous destruction and death in Gaza originate from our country, I've been under the weight of what I can do.  Here is a suggestion from a wonderful couple I know from when I worked with Physicians for Social Responsibility in WA; he is an MD, she's a palliative care nurse:
"A good way to help, I think, is through the Gaza Mental Health Foundation.  I'm on the advisory board and know they have been doing a lot of work in several areas, including some women's clinics.  You can donate to them online and because they are all volunteer, they don't take out money for staff.  Gazamentalhealth.org  will get you to the foundation."
That website provides you their mailing address so you can also send a check.  
Thanks for considering a donation.  Ruth Yarrow


Racial Justice Opportunity this SUNDAY

Ruth Yarrow
 


Dear Friends,  The following is from my friend Peaches Gillette, who is an educator, compassion counselor and workshop leader on writing, leadership development and race relations.  I just signed up so it's not too late.  Ruth Yarrow

I am hosting one of my Race Relations Writing workshop this upcoming Sunday.
Although we have about 13 people registered, I would.love to invite others to join us in this important event.  

If you or anyone you know who is involved in the race work you do is interested in uniting and stregthening a community of mutual responsibility against the violence against people of color, particularly, Black people, please share this workshop information with them.

WE WILL NO LONGER HIDE

WRITING WORKSHOPS


LETTERS OF SORROW AND HOPE


$55.00 Participation Fee


For the past few months, I have been troubled by my personal experiences with racism and by the racist nightmare in this country that continues to move closer and closer into focus with each passing day.


This storm of racial hate and violence does not sit on the distant horizon as some still believe, but it is sweeping across this nation with a force that seems unstoppable, and the loss of lives is almost incomprehensible.


Our hearts are aching. Our sorrows are great.

The spirits of our former Civil Rights leaders mourn for us as we do for them.  Our Black children listen and watch in horror, stunned by the eclipsing reality of a future in which their lives matter at all.  Their ability to hope for better days is overshadowed by tension, and the fear of their own demise, of their fathers' and brothers' demise, and that of their mothers' and sisters'. Their fears are symbolic of the web of racism that is spun tightly around the bodies of people of color.


"When I grow up, I am never leaving my house.  I don't want to die.  I don't want to be arrested.  Why do White people hate Black people?"


These are the words and question of one seven-year-old that echo the sentiments of Black people throughout history.  Over four hundred years of begging, pleading, and fighting for the right to be free of the murderous forces of White Supremacy - and it goes on.


We are a nation in mourning. We are a people who have not been allowed to rest.  Our hearts are heavy, our faces drenched with sweat and tears, our souls weary and our hope challenged.  


Nonetheless we must go on.  We cannot afford to get worn down.  We must stand upright and we must do so together.


This particular writing workshop invites us to mourn together and to hope together. It is a vigil, a moment held for all those who have been murdered by the hands of the police and by the socially embedded machinations that wage against Black lives.  


Our writing will be in the form of letters that express your thoughts and feelings about the fatalities of Black men, women, and children by White "law enforcers."  Your letters can be addressed to the victims or their families, the police, yourself or to a higher power.


By registering for this particular writing workshop, you are consenting to the following:


Portions of this workshop will be recorded and shared with several churches throughout Thompkins County that have already shown great interest in this project: Ithaca Friends, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, and First Presbyterian.


The video will be used to show the emotional depth of collective grieving, to inspire, and to spread the importance of community solidarity as we stand against these heinous forms of injustice.


* A five-minute video will be shown at the start of this workshop.


* Please preview the information in the link below:

https://www.reneeater.com/on-monuments-blog/2020/5/29/in-memoriam-i-cant-breathe


Registration Link:

Virtual Workshop Registration Form


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Cornell land acknowledgment: as a guide to IMM?

Margaret McCasland
 

Cornell has officially written a land acknowledgment which they are beginning to use widely, verbally and in print.



Call on State Reps to Pass NY Health Act!

Ruth Yarrow
 

I made all the following calls in 14 minutes.  It could take you less time if you just say you support passing the New York Health Act this session.  Thanks, Ruth

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From: Tompkins County Democratic Committee <tompkinscountydemocrats@...>
Date: Thu, May 20, 2021 at 9:17 AM
Subject: Call on State Reps to Pass NY Health Act!
To: <rmyarrow@...>


Hello TCDC Members and Volunteers,
 
The New York Health Act is on track to pass in the State legislature in late June, near the end of this current session. This is possible for the first time because the Democrats are in the majority in both the NYS Assembly and Senate.
 
Speak out with your support by calling the offices, mailing a letter or emailing key elected officials in Albany. Having a flood of communication until the bill passes both houses is essential. The vote is projected for the second week of June. Below is the contact info to speak out in favor of the New York Health Act. While the Republican senators who represent Tompkins County are doubtful yes votes, they need to hear from us too. The COVID pandemic has only made the need for universal health care more obvious.  It always is a good idea to identify yourself by name as a constituent.
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo 
1-518-474-8390 | Office hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Contact By Mail: 
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Speaker@...
518-455-3791

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
scousins@...
(518) 455-2585
 
Assemblywoman Anna Kelles
kellesa@...
518-455-5444
 
Senator Tom O’Mara
omara@...
518-455-2091
 
Senator Pamela Helmings
helming@...
518-455-2366
 
Senator Peter Oberacker
Oberacker@...
518-455-3131
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[quakerfolks] Fw: Join us for “Quakers Working in the Legislature”

Nancy Riffer
 

From the Syracuse listserv. It looks interesting.

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This looks very interesting!


From: Bobby Trice, FCNL <support@...>
Sent: Monday, May 17, 2021 3:48 PM
To: Brandy Witthoft <bwitthoft@...>
Subject: Join us for “Quakers Working in the Legislature”
 
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  Friends Committee on National Legislation  
 

Dear Brandy,

FCNL’s Quaker Changemaker series has showcased stories of Friends lobbying, working with advocacy groups, holding public office, and more. However, we’ve yet to highlight stories of Quakers working directly in the legislative process as staff to an elected official.

How did Friends decide to pursue work in legislative bodies? How does their role, and their work in public service, intersect with their Quaker identity?

Register to join the conversation on May 26 at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

RSVP


FCNL’s May Quaker Changemaker event will feature Kate Gould and Erinn Mansour. They will share what it’s like to be a Quaker working in legislatures and discuss the opportunities available for people who want to work in the legislative policy arena.

Please forward this invitation to a F/friend, your community list-serv, and share our Facebook event with your networks!

Bobby Trice

Ever faithfully onward,

Bobby Trice

Quaker Engagement Associate




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URGENT ASK: KEEP THE NY HEALTH ACT ON THE AGENDA IN ALBANY!

Ruth Yarrow
 


Subject: Fwd: URGENT ASK: KEEP THE NY HEALTH ACT ON THE AGENDA IN ALBANY!

We just found out that Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has the power to take items off the Senate Health Committee’s agenda. In other words, although Gustavo Rivera, the Chair of the  NYS Senate Health Committee, put a vote for the NY Health Act on the health committee’s agenda, Senator Majority Stewart-Cousins took it off.

The NYHA bill has to go through the Health Committee before going to the Senate floor.

Please call Stewart-Cousins’ office and ask her to
"Please put the New York Health Act back on the agenda!" at 518-455-2585. 
It takes 20 seconds! 

Thanks so much for considering

More info below ir you want.
 
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From: "Ursula & YuLing, Campaign for New York Health" <info@...>
Subject: URGENT ASK: KEEP THE NY HEALTH ACT ON THE AGENDA IN ALBANY!

TODAY THROUGH NOON MONDAY

Dear Laurie --

We need your help to move the New York Health Act! 

The agenda for the last Senate Health Committee meeting of the year does not have the New York Health Act (S5474) on it. We can’t let this critical bill stall in committee after doing so much work to get a majority of the Senate signed on as cosponsors. 

We need Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to hear loud and clear from supporters like you that the New York Health Act must be voted on in the Senate Health Committee before the end of this legislative session. We only have a few days to make this happen. 

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT SENATE MAJORITY LEADER ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS NOW

Can you plan to call the Senate Majority Leader TODAY and make sure she hears from you directly that you want the NY Health Act to go to vote at the May 19 Health Committee meeting

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT SENATE MAJORITY LEADER ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS NOW

Your calls, emails and tweets can help keep this bill moving forward!

Help amplify this urgent call to action by sharing this Facebook post and Tweet.

Thank you for taking action for universal, guaranteed healthcare!

In solidarity,

Ursula Rozum and YuLing Koh Hsu
Co-Directors, Campaign for New York Health

P.S. - Join the Statewide Grassroots Organizing Call to #PassNYHealth, Thursday May 20, 5:30pm-6:00pm (then everyone please join our weekly phonebank 6:00pm-8:00pm)!!!

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War Tax Vigil on Sat, May 15

Melissa Travis Dunham
 

Friends,
Garry Thomas asked me to share this announcement with you:

Please join us for our annual War Tax vigil on Saturday, May 15, from 10:00-11:00 at the CVS at the corner of W. Clinton St and Rt 13 in Ithaca. Our trusty AFSC bar graph banner will be there but several Friends who normally participate will not! So, we're down in numbers! And we're meeting at the CVS corner this year, not at the US Post Office. (IRS and NYS tax deadline is May 17 this year.) 

With thanks, Garry Thomas


Opportunity to Engage in Reparations: Upcoming Town Hall on Issues of Racial Justice

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

All these reforms are things I'm supporting personally around issues of racial justice and incarceration. This presentation sounds like a good entry point for those wanting to know more and a good checkpoint for those already involved in supporting these initiatives. See the attached flyer for more info.

Town Hall on Racial Justice and Healing: Voting Rights, HALT Solitary Confinement and Parole Justice
Wednesday, May 19, 7-8:30pm
FREE. Preregistration required.


Re: Mother's Day is really Peace Day

Elizabeth V. Keokosky
 

Wow, this is impressive - and I was just hoping my daughter would call.   



On May 8, 2021, at 9:18 PM, Ruth Yarrow <rmyarrow@...> wrote:


Dear All,
It's worth remembering the original purpose of Mother's day.  Have a happy one!  Ruth


Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day actually started in 1870 in the then ‘not-so-united states of America’. It did not start out as the flowers for Mom, breakfast in bed, a fluffy, sentimental Hallmark card holiday that exists today.

It started out as one woman’s impassioned plea for peace after the carnage of the Civil War.  Julie Ward Howe, an American poet, author, abolitionist and social activist (who wrote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” in 1861), was so distressed with the bloodshed and loss of life that she issued a proclamation calling on the women of the world to unite in opposing war of any kind.

Keep in mind that the language of this proclamation reflects the society of the historical period in which it was written.

(Courtesy of Dr. Richard Denton, North American co-chair for International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War)


Mother’s Day Proclamation

Again, in the sight of the Christian world, have the skill and power of two great nations exhausted themselves in mutual murder.

Again have the sacred questions of international justice been committed to the fatal mediation of military weapons.

In this day of progress, in this century of light, the ambition of rulers has been allowed to barter the dear interests of domestic life for the bloody exchanges of the battle field.

Thus men have done. Thus men will do. But women need no longer be made a party to proceedings which fill the globe with grief and horror. Despite the assumptions of physical force, the mother has a sacred and commanding word to say to the sons who owe their life to her suffering. That word should now be heard, and answered to as never before.

Arise, then, Christian women of this day !
Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears !

Say firmly : We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies.

Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

We, women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country, to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: Disarm, disarm!

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence vindicate possession.

As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of council.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them then solemnly take council with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, man as the brother of man, each bearing after his own kind the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women, without limit of nationality, may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient, and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.

— Julia Ward Howe


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Mother's Day is really Peace Day

Ruth Yarrow
 


Dear All,
It's worth remembering the original purpose of Mother's day.  Have a happy one!  Ruth


Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day actually started in 1870 in the then ‘not-so-united states of America’. It did not start out as the flowers for Mom, breakfast in bed, a fluffy, sentimental Hallmark card holiday that exists today.

It started out as one woman’s impassioned plea for peace after the carnage of the Civil War.  Julie Ward Howe, an American poet, author, abolitionist and social activist (who wrote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” in 1861), was so distressed with the bloodshed and loss of life that she issued a proclamation calling on the women of the world to unite in opposing war of any kind.

Keep in mind that the language of this proclamation reflects the society of the historical period in which it was written.

(Courtesy of Dr. Richard Denton, North American co-chair for International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War)


Mother’s Day Proclamation

Again, in the sight of the Christian world, have the skill and power of two great nations exhausted themselves in mutual murder.

Again have the sacred questions of international justice been committed to the fatal mediation of military weapons.

In this day of progress, in this century of light, the ambition of rulers has been allowed to barter the dear interests of domestic life for the bloody exchanges of the battle field.

Thus men have done. Thus men will do. But women need no longer be made a party to proceedings which fill the globe with grief and horror. Despite the assumptions of physical force, the mother has a sacred and commanding word to say to the sons who owe their life to her suffering. That word should now be heard, and answered to as never before.

Arise, then, Christian women of this day !
Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears !

Say firmly : We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies.

Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

We, women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country, to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: Disarm, disarm!

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence vindicate possession.

As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of council.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead. Let them then solemnly take council with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, man as the brother of man, each bearing after his own kind the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women, without limit of nationality, may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient, and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.

— Julia Ward Howe


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Benefit for Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance

Elizabeth Schneider
 

Just so Friends know --

There is a benefit for the Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance
May 15 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by:
Congregation Tikkun v'or
Virtual Trivia
Suggested donation is $10 per person
All donations benefit the
The Sanctuary Space at First Congregational Church
All are welcome
To register, contact: lauriewillick@...


Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance

Elizabeth Schneider
 

Dear Friends,
Below are the Ithaca Sanctuary Minutes from their April 27 meeting.   Elizabeth Schneider

 

ISA April 2021 Meeting Minutes (via Zoom)


  1. Updates from FCC Sanctuary


  • Meeting with Drucila and potluck--May 16 at FCC 11:30-1:00 outdoor event, thereafter the 1st Sunday of every month similar event--to meet and chat w/ Drucila

  • Sharing the FCC sanctuary experience--encouraging other congregations about sanctuary--Group formed, meeting w/ First Baptist this Sunday

  • Jessie and Summer Camp Rides--4 weeks non-consecutive. Maybe Lime Hollow? Some ideas for making the process as smooth as possible

  • Share a photo to help both the camp coordinators and Jessie know who is picking up and dropping off--ideal is to have same person each day--better, same person all week

  • Volunteers will also get a list of what Jessie takes each day and confirm that it is all returned with Jessie.  

  • Carseats--might be good to have more than one

ACTION ITEM--Check the dates (see your turn in the cycle below) Confirm with your congregation that you can give a ride.

  • Drucila’s GED work going well--loves math; FCC Sanctuary donating $100/mo. For her classes; working w/ Christian Neilson Palacio to design bracelet promotion materials.

  • Stove upgrade to sanctuary apartment, including hood.  Due to the inconvenience of having to cook two floors down with a 3 year old to attend to, and the problem of smoke when cooking in the apt., FCC is going to install a 20” stove with venting and bank of cabinets.  Probably 3rd week of May. $1500

  • Sunday, May 2 Spring Cleaning at the apartment at 1:30

  • Budget Update--see spreadsheet, but in general the finances for sanctuary are solid at the moment, with additional funds coming in in May with the two fundraisers--see below

Discussion: are the expenses about in line with expectations?  Pretty much--no legal and no medical to speak of.

Question for contemplation--There is so much more need for sanctuary in the area. Given our fundraising success over the past two years and the expenses associated with a sanctuary guest over the past 9 months, could we support TWO sanctuaries in the community?  Some considerations: we have been fortunate that Drucila has not had any significant medical or legal expenses.

ACTION ITEM: Take this question back to your congregations for discussion, reflection

  1. Fundraising

  • FCC Hanging Baskets--fantastic response 200+ orders=$1500+

If you have more orders you haven’t submitted, Could use help unloading truck and helping with the pick-up of the baskets by buyers on May 19;  Send Nancy an email if you can help out.

  • T v'O Trivia Night

May 15--especially encourage youth groups--the multigenerational character of the Oct. 2019 event was really fun! Spread the word with flyer (Laurie W. sent to the ISA list and it is attached to this email as well).  Suggested donation 

ACTION ITEM: Promote, circulate flyer (attached)

  • Open Doors fundraiser success $12000+


  1. Additional items: Young woman living at the Advocacy Center still looking for housing with infant.  Please spread the word and if you have anyone who is interested contact Kristen.


  1. Brief discussion: advocacy and education after Biden's 1st 100 days--misinformation and fear about migration is still pervasive.  Share your stories about working with immigrants and help those who are struggling with the idea of radical welcome understand the reasons why most people migrate to the U.S.

 
Next meeting May 25, 5:30-6:30


Support Rotation--Weeks that Jessie needs a ride to camp are bolded with the camp in parentheses


May 2 St. Catharine’s

May 9 FUSIT/LHF

May 16 St. Paul’s/ Forest Home

May 23 FCC

May 30 First Baptist

June 6 T v’O

June 13 St. Catharine’s

June 20 FUSIT/LHF

June 27 St. Paul’s/ Forest Home

July 4 FCC

July 11 First Baptist (Children’s Garden)

July 18 T v’O (Primitive Pursuits)

July 25 St. Catherine’s

Aug. 1 FUSIT/LHF (Primitive Pursuits)

Aug. 8 St. Paul’s/Forest Home

Aug. 15 FCC (Children’s Garden)

Aug. 2 First Baptist

Aug. 29 T v’O

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To send an email to this group, address it to IthacaSanctuaryAlliance@....


Support our BEST CHANCE for HEALTH CARE!

Ruth Yarrow
 


Please forgive multiple postings!  Ruth Y

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Ruth Yarrow <rmyarrow@...>
Date: Wed, May 5, 2021 at 11:29 AM
Subject: Support our BEST CHANCE for HEALTH CARE!
To:


Dear Friends, Please read and take 10 minutes to act on what Judy Jones has written below.  And pass it on beyond Ithaca!  Thanks!  Ruth Yarrow

I believe you all know that the New York Health Act is on track to pass in the State legislature in June toward the end of this current session.This is possible for the first time because both houses became majority Democratic in the last election.

We are told that the last mile is the hardest, and that what is needed is "diverse and relentless grass roots pressure." You have been faithful supporters for the  many years it has taken to get to this point.I hope you will take part in the last push!

Below first find contact info for the most important sends. Then a list of possible wording - choose what speaks loudest to you, edit one,  or write your own message. Remember your opinion will be a number and likely not read by the addressee. What is needed is a flood of letters, emails and phone calls until the bill passes both houses . Consider repeat sends over the next month. The vote is projected for the second week in June.

Gov. Cuomo

Contact Us By Phone: 

1-518-474-8390 | Office hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Contact Us By Mail: 

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

Speaker@...,

  518-455-3791

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

scousins@...

(518) 455-2585

Assembly Rep Anna Kelles

kellesa@...

518-455-5444

Copy for nyhcampaign

info@...

As governor you have expressed your belief that Health Care is a human right. The ACA cannot be modified to meet that requirement. The single payer system as outlined in the New York Health Act is the only way to replace our current broken, dysfunctional profit driven system with full coverage for all.


The pandemic has revealed a failed private health care system that puts profits ahead of patients.  It has also produced many long haulers who require medical services to regain their health. Pass the NYHA to address these and many other health and economic problems.


Urge Anna Kelles to organize assembly persons to pressure Heastie to bring the NYHA to the floor.

The disparities in COVID-19 death statistics have revealed a large excess for people of color, many of these the essential workers who held our economy together during crisis times. We need the NYHAct to address these and other inequities. Do your part to help the bill pass.









video launch re: Poplar Ridge heat pumps 2 pm Sun 4/18

Margaret McCasland
 

The Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting installed air source heat pumps through HeatSmart CNY, helping them cut their energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions and make the space more usable for the community.  We did a very short (~ 5 minutes) little video about the project and are hosting a “video premiere watch party” on YouTube this Sunday at 2 pm.  I’ll be hosting a live chat on the side. Might you be able to join us? Please feel free to share this!

Lindsay

Video Premiere & Watch Party! 

Heat Pumps Help Congregation Care for Creation, Climate, and Community

Sunday, April 18, 2pm

Register here: https://youtu.be/LHVKLOwe9u0

How can congregations reduce their contribution to climate change by decarbonizing their heating system, at the same time cutting operating costs and creating more comfortable spaces for their community to use? This is a live premiere which will allow everyone to watch together, while HeatSmart CNY will host a live chat and answer any questions viewers may have. 

In this video, representatives of the Poplar Ridge Friends Meeting in upstate New York detail their congregation’s journey from fossil fuels to cleaner, efficient heating and cooling. The advantages of installing cold climate air source heat pumps for their meeting house will be discussed, including their efficiency, affordability, and wi-fi control capabilities. Learn about the heating and cooling process, and listen to how the congregation and community’s ability to utilize building spaces has increased due to year-round comfort, and how this long-term investment will ensure this space is warm and welcoming while helping preserve our planet for generations to come.

_________

Lindsay Speer 

Director of Community Programs
Alliance for a Green Economy
Syracuse, NY 

w: 833-315-4328
c: 315-383-7210
Lindsay@...

Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram: @HeatSmartCNY 
http://heatsmartcny.org
http://allianceforagreeneconomy.org

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