Date   

May 2020 Minutes of Area Congregations Together (ACT), and Reports

Jim Grant
 

Dear f/Friends,

My apologies for sending these documents out in such an untimely manner.  I am just 'learning my job', and was not clear about how or how much to send out to interested meeting members.

I have attached a copy of the minutes of the May 2020 meeting, as well as a Treasurer's Report and reports from the two food pantries that ACT supports - the Lansing Pantry and the Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard.

I will be sending similar information from the June 2020 meeting shortly.

Peace,
Jim Grant

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

R. Buckminster Fuller


Re: FW: Federal Executions July 13, 15, 17 - TAKE ACTION

Marilyn Ray
 

Thanks for trying Marin, but the message I received still doesn't have the images. Maybe we'll get this figured out in time....Marilyn

On 6/30/2020 4:14 PM, Marin E. Clarkberg wrote:

Resending with images… sorry Marilyn

 

From: Marilyn L Ray <mlr17@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 4:05 PM
To: announcements@IMMRSF.groups.io.
Subject: Fwd: Federal Executions July 13, 15, 17 - TAKE ACTION

 

Friends...This is the first time in months I have tried to send a witness message to the new address.  It did not work nefore, but I expect some corretions have been made and hope it will work correctly this time...Marilyn



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

Subject:

Federal Executions July 13, 15, 17 - TAKE ACTION

Date:

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:44:00 +0000 (UTC)

From:

Death Penalty Action via ActionNetwork.org <info@...>

Reply-To:

info@...

To:

mlr17@...



Supreme Failure from the Supreme Court

 

Together, we are making the difference...

Click Here to read this email on the web.

M.,

Yesterday the US Supreme Court failed to act, which may mean the first federal executions in 17 years on July 13, 15 & 17 in Terre Haute, Indiana. Death Penalty Action will be there.

Petitions and other actions you may take to protest these executions are here: http://deathpenaltyaction.org/federal-death-penalty.

And...

Protect yourself and others in style - Click here to check out our new masks and other ways to wear the message with AbolitionWear!


 

Also, the 27th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the US Supreme Court is well under way. ALL PROGRAMS ARE BEING STREAMED LIVE on the Starvin' for Justice Facebook Page at 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm and 7pm today, tomorrow and Thursday.  

You do not need a Facebook account to watch, or to see the archive of programs already completed. The full schedule is here. Please note that the opening and closing events require registration, which is here.

2020's Fast & Vigil will be virtual. This is the first time in 27 years that we are not encouraging in-person attendance. Nevertheless, because we are on-line, we have opened the door to so much more! There are 16 panel discussions on numerous related topics featuring leaders in our movement who are experts and voices of experience on the issue. Because of our amazing sponsors, anyone may watch these panels free of charge. Those who register will be invited to the private closing event via Zoom starting at 11:30pm Thursday evening (July 2, 2020).

Thank you,

 

--Abe & Scott, co-directors of Death Penalty Action & Organizers of the Abolitionist Action Committee's 27th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the US Supreme Court.

 

PS: Like what we do? Help make it happen with your donation today, here! ANNOUNCING - TRIPLE YOUR DOLLARS!  A generous supporter will match 200% of all donations to Death Penalty Action by July 30, 2020, up to $12K. Please donate generously today!

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FW: Federal Executions July 13, 15, 17 - TAKE ACTION

Marin E. Clarkberg
 

Resending with images… sorry Marilyn

 

From: Marilyn L Ray <mlr17@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 4:05 PM
To: announcements@IMMRSF.groups.io.
Subject: Fwd: Federal Executions July 13, 15, 17 - TAKE ACTION

 

Friends...This is the first time in months I have tried to send a witness message to the new address.  It did not work nefore, but I expect some corretions have been made and hope it will work correctly this time...Marilyn



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

Subject:

Federal Executions July 13, 15, 17 - TAKE ACTION

Date:

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:44:00 +0000 (UTC)

From:

Death Penalty Action via ActionNetwork.org <info@...>

Reply-To:

info@...

To:

mlr17@...



Supreme Failure from the Supreme Court

 

Together, we are making the difference...

Click Here to read this email on the web.

M.,

Yesterday the US Supreme Court failed to act, which may mean the first federal executions in 17 years on July 13, 15 & 17 in Terre Haute, Indiana. Death Penalty Action will be there.

Petitions and other actions you may take to protest these executions are here: http://deathpenaltyaction.org/federal-death-penalty.

And...

Protect yourself and others in style - Click here to check out our new masks and other ways to wear the message with AbolitionWear!


 

Also, the 27th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the US Supreme Court is well under way. ALL PROGRAMS ARE BEING STREAMED LIVE on the Starvin' for Justice Facebook Page at 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm and 7pm today, tomorrow and Thursday.  

You do not need a Facebook account to watch, or to see the archive of programs already completed. The full schedule is here. Please note that the opening and closing events require registration, which is here.

2020's Fast & Vigil will be virtual. This is the first time in 27 years that we are not encouraging in-person attendance. Nevertheless, because we are on-line, we have opened the door to so much more! There are 16 panel discussions on numerous related topics featuring leaders in our movement who are experts and voices of experience on the issue. Because of our amazing sponsors, anyone may watch these panels free of charge. Those who register will be invited to the private closing event via Zoom starting at 11:30pm Thursday evening (July 2, 2020).

Thank you,

 

--Abe & Scott, co-directors of Death Penalty Action & Organizers of the Abolitionist Action Committee's 27th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the US Supreme Court.

 

PS: Like what we do? Help make it happen with your donation today, here! ANNOUNCING - TRIPLE YOUR DOLLARS!  A generous supporter will match 200% of all donations to Death Penalty Action by July 30, 2020, up to $12K. Please donate generously today!

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FW: [IMMRSF Announcements] Federal Executions July 13, 15, 17 - TAKE ACTION

Marin E. Clarkberg
 

Marilyn, thank you for posting!  I’m forwarding your post for you to the witness list. I believe you want to use the address witness@immrsf.groups.io for all witness-related postings. 

 

(Please save the email announcements@immrsf.groups.io just for the strictly Quaker stuff.)

 

We will get there!

 

From: announcements@IMMRSF.groups.io <announcements@IMMRSF.groups.io> On Behalf Of Marilyn Ray
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 4:05 PM
To: announcements@IMMRSF.groups.io.
Subject: [IMMRSF Announcements] Federal Executions July 13, 15, 17 - TAKE ACTION

 

Friends...This is the first time in months I have tried to send a witness message to the new address.  It did not work nefore, but I expect some corretions have been made and hope it will work correctly this time...Marilyn



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

Subject:

Federal Executions July 13, 15, 17 - TAKE ACTION

Date:

Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:44:00 +0000 (UTC)

From:

Death Penalty Action via ActionNetwork.org <info@...>

Reply-To:

info@...

To:

mlr17@...



Supreme Failure from the Supreme Court

 

Together, we are making the difference...

Click Here to read this email on the web.

M.,

Yesterday the US Supreme Court failed to act, which may mean the first federal executions in 17 years on July 13, 15 & 17 in Terre Haute, Indiana. Death Penalty Action will be there.

Petitions and other actions you may take to protest these executions are here: http://deathpenaltyaction.org/federal-death-penalty.

And...

Protect yourself and others in style - Click here to check out our new masks and other ways to wear the message with AbolitionWear!


 

Also, the 27th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the US Supreme Court is well under way. ALL PROGRAMS ARE BEING STREAMED LIVE on the Starvin' for Justice Facebook Page at 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm and 7pm today, tomorrow and Thursday.  

You do not need a Facebook account to watch, or to see the archive of programs already completed. The full schedule is here. Please note that the opening and closing events require registration, which is here.

2020's Fast & Vigil will be virtual. This is the first time in 27 years that we are not encouraging in-person attendance. Nevertheless, because we are on-line, we have opened the door to so much more! There are 16 panel discussions on numerous related topics featuring leaders in our movement who are experts and voices of experience on the issue. Because of our amazing sponsors, anyone may watch these panels free of charge. Those who register will be invited to the private closing event via Zoom starting at 11:30pm Thursday evening (July 2, 2020).

Thank you,

 

--Abe & Scott, co-directors of Death Penalty Action & Organizers of the Abolitionist Action Committee's 27th Annual Fast & Vigil to Abolish the Death Penalty at the US Supreme Court.

 

PS: Like what we do? Help make it happen with your donation today, here! ANNOUNCING - TRIPLE YOUR DOLLARS!  A generous supporter will match 200% of all donations to Death Penalty Action by July 30, 2020, up to $12K. Please donate generously today!

Action
                                                      Network

Sent via Action Network, a free online toolset anyone can use to organize. Click here to sign up and get started building an email list and creating online actions today.

Action Network is an open platform that empowers individuals and groups to organize for progressive causes. We encourage responsible activism, and do not support using the platform to take unlawful or other improper action. We do not control or endorse the conduct of users and make no representations of any kind about them.

You can unsubscribe or update your email address or change your name and address by changing your subscription preferences here.

 


Tues 8 pm FGC program climate activists across the generations

Margaret McCasland
 

you can still register, and programs are pay-as-led.

A Panel on Moving Forward: Visions of the Future

Evening Programs
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 8:00pm
Virtual Gathering 2020

Dr. Mica Estrada, Kallan Benson, Kenyatta James, and George Lakey will share their visions of how we, as Quakers in this society, can move forward into a shared vision of a better world for us all. Moderated by Laura Magnani.

Laura Magnani is the Program Director for the California Healing Justice Program of the American Friends Service Committee. She is author of two books: America’s First Penitentiary: A Two Hundred Year Old Failure (1990) and co-author with the late Harmon Wray of Beyond Prisons: A New Interfaith Paradigm for the Failed Prison System.(2006) She has a BA from the University of California (1971) in Ethnic Studies, and an MA from the Pacific School of Religion (1982) in Religion and Society. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Haverford College in 2016. She is a member of the Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting Berkeley, CA.

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Dr. Mica Estrada received her doctorate from Harvard University and is an Associate Professor at UC San Francisco. Her scholarship focuses on the ethnic populations who are historically underrepresented in higher education, are most vulnerable to impacts of climate change, and have potential to provide diverse and creative solutions to presssing challenges.

Mica is active in the Pacific Yearly Meeting, serves on the Geneva Quaker United National Committee, and follows her spiritual leading to make the world a kinder place.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Kallan Benson, at 16, is already a veteran activist with 7 years of experience fighting for a sustainable future. Kallan is a national coordinator for Fridays For Future USA and integral to the international movement. She initiated the national strike movement on December 7, 2018, as one of the first two youths to establish strike locations. In less than one year, her efforts built a broad collaborative community, with approximately 300 weekly strike locations across the country.

Through the Mother Earth Project, she co-directs a collaborative art activism initiative, Parachutes for the Planet, which invites participants to express their concerns about the future through community art. The project, initiated by her own art parachute that represented the voices of 1600 students at the Peoples Climate March in 2017, has expanded world-wide, attracting the participation of nearly 3000 communities of youth.Because Kallan is an introvert who is often uncomfortable receiving attention, she is driven to seek creative ways to express her activism and ease others into action. She has earned the nickname "Butterfly" for a ubiquitous pair of wings from which she draws confidence in crowds. Greta Thunberg famously asserted, "You are never too small to make a difference." Those who work with Kallan quickly learn not to underestimate the "Butterfly" effect.

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Kenyatta James is an experienced speaker and workshop host who specializes in helping communities understand the importance of culture. As a community organizer, he's to improve green spaces in Philadelphia and build an inclusive, resilient community. During his time as a social entrepreneur, he helped healthcare organizations connect with their audiences and improve health outcomes for diverse populations. He currently works as a business consultant and bookkeeper for the Germantown Mutual Aid Fund. He is a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting in Northwest Philadelphia

 

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George Lakey, 82, has been traveling in his ministry for equality and nonviolence  since 2016 with his most recent books, Viking Economics and How We Win. His first arrest was at a civil rights demonstration in March 1963, and most recent was January 10, 2020 while demanding the U.S. Congress respond to the climate crisis. He has taught at Swarthmore, Haverford, Pendle Hill, and Woodbrooke in England.  A member of Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, he’s led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents.

 

 


Two Updates on Christ is the Answer International Fellowship

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

The details of this request can be found in my email from last week on the Witness listserve.

Gina


1. Report from Sue Tannehill on Christ is the Answer International Fellowship Food Fund Drive:
During week 1 of our fundraising drive, we received $1200.00 from individuals, and purchased 24 $50.00 Wegmans gift cards. I dropped them off at Ndanga's home and we visited. He suggested that if we purchased Visa Gift cards, the refugees could get certain foods that are only available in some of the small African markets and also support local markets. I promised to purchase Visa Gift cards during week 2.

In Week 2 we received $2500.00 in cash donations and $95.00 in pre-purchased Wegman's gift cards. I dropped off 50 $50.00 gift cards and the Wegman's cards Friday.
I will continue to accept donations and turn them into gift cards through July 10th when we will assess needs again. Thanks to all who have given. It makes a difference.

If you'd like to help, send an email to sue.tannehill@... and let her know how much you plan to give. Emailing first means that the cards can be purchased immediately with reimbursement to follow. Then send a check (8750 Tonawanda Creek Rd. Clarence Center, NY 14032), or Paypal her at the above email.

2. Other news about Christ is the Answer International Fellowship
This past Friday, Sue Tannehill delivered 130 copies of NYYM Faith and Practice translated into Swahili, a project funded by a Shoemaker Grant applied for by Buffalo Meeting. The grant provided for 350 copies in all. Some of these will be sent to YM and to another Congolese refugee church in the Albany area.

Buffalo monthly meeting extends its gratitude to those who are donating to the food fund drive and also to the Shoemaker fund.  Having NYYM Faith and Practice in their native language brings Christ is the Answer International Fellowship one step closer to becoming a full monthly meeting.



Slay the Dragon

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

Michael Sieverts asked me to send this out on his behalf after it came up after MfW the other day.

Gina



Good morning, Gina:

thanks so much for letting me crash Meeting this morning. I was very touched that my parents, who died in 1979 and 1993, are still remembered.

the film I mentioned, which was part of the Human Rights Watch film series:


pretty great, disturbing but ultimately uplifting.

I really loved being there with everyone.

michael
310-450-5667


Cultures of Peace and Justice training in Buffalo - Aug 1-6

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 


Dear Friends, especially Teens and Young Adult Friends, 

We decided to meet in person, August 1-6, 2020, for Cultures of Peace and Justice, for teens and young adults organizing social change with adult allies.  

We will meet outdoors, under a tarp, with masks, and wash hands frequently. People will commute or bring tents to sleep in the side yard. Limited home stays are available, but please ask in advance.

Teens and young adults are coming from Wisconsin and Minnesota who are hoping to work with young people in Buffalo. They will all test before they get in the car together, and take precautions when we are together. Interest has been expressed in Rochester, Syracuse, and Philly, so please coordinate. 

We can't do this work alone, so consider coming as a team, bring energy, and support young people!

Racial justice will be a marathon, not a sprint,
Nadine




Immediate need for food assistance in FSRM

clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
 

From a fellow Farmington Scipio Regional Meeting member:


Christ is the Answer's pastor Ndanga writes:

Due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, our members are facing financial difficulties. These families are very large, and with the children at home due to the state-issued locked down, providing for them has become difficult. Most of our members are currently unemployed because they are not as essential workers. We are fast approaching stage 3 of the governor's reopening plan, which may allow some of them to go back to work. The members that are currently employed are working less than usual hours. The hours they are working are not adequate to provide for their family.

Many Congolese families do not eat canned food. It's difficult for them because they are not accustomed to cooking with canned foods. The best way to make donations would be through gift cards, vegetables, fruits, and other forms of financial support. The monetary donations will be used to purchase groceries for the families in most need. We are genuinely grateful for any assistance we can receive.

Buffalo Meeting's Sue Tannahill writes:

Please let people know that they can request purchase [from Sue] via email, then pay via check or Paypal. This helps the money get to the congregants as fast as possible. I'll deliver to Ndanga each Friday through July 10th -- so that will be the end date of the fundraiser. More may be needed, but the economy and the Covid19 restrictions may have changed too.









This message was sent from the Farmington Scipio Regional Meeting mailing list (farmingtonScipioQuakers@...) Antonia Saxon manages the list: tonia@... or 607.279.0826


how racism and violence against Planet Earth interact

Margaret McCasland
 


op ed on "What does love look like?"

Margaret McCasland
 

posted by a friend of a friend on Facebook, who wrote: “Please read. Choose love.” --Margaret

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Op Ed from May 31 Washington Post.

I am an African American man, blessed to serve as the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. In my 67 years, I have seen our country change a great deal. But what happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Paul Castaway, Melissa Ventura, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and countless others has been a sad constant.
Back in the 1960s and ’70s, my father ran the Human Relations Commission for the city of Buffalo. He organized sensitivity trainings for the police department, many of whose members he respected and liked. He also warned me to be careful whenever I interacted with the police, because he knew the dangers for a young black man were real. As events in Minneapolis have revealed, that danger has not changed. What has changed is technology: Today, cellphones document racial terror. That is why we see frustration, pain and anger rippling through our streets today. We should all feel the same.
But that frustration must not lead to fatalism or despair. We are not condemned to live this way forever. I recommend a different path — the path of love.
Our nation’s heart breaks right now because we have strayed far from the path of love. Because love does not look like one man’s knee on another man’s neck, crushing the God-given life out of him. This is callous disregard for the life of another human being, shown in the willingness to snuff it out brutally as the unarmed victim pleads for mercy.
Love does not look like the harm being caused by some police or some protesters in our cities. Violence against any person is violence against a child of God, created in God’s image. And that ultimately is violence against God, which is blasphemy — the denial of the God whose love is the root of genuine justice and true human dignity and equality.
Love does not look like the silence and complicity of too many of us, who wish more for tranquility than justice.
“What does love look like? Not like this.” These words — spoken Thursday night by my friend Craig Loya, the newly elected Episcopal bishop of Minnesota — haunt me. I look at searing images of racialized violence across our country — against the backdrop of the disproportionate number of covid-19 victims who are black, brown and native — and I cannot help but notice love’s profound and tragic absence.
So what is the path of love? In times like these, how can we find it and follow it?
When I think about what love looks like, I see us channeling our holy rage into concrete, productive and powerful action. In this moment, love looks like voting for leadership at the local, state, and federal level that will help us to make lasting reform. Love looks like calling on officials and demanding they fulfill their duty to protect the dignity of every child of God.
Love looks like making the long-term commitment to racial healing, justice and truth-telling — knowing that, without intentional, ongoing intervention on the part of every person of good will, America will cling to its original, racist ways of being.
Love looks like working with local police departments to build relationships with the community and develop mechanisms that hold officers accountable. It means ensuring that no police officer with a history of unauthorized force or racialized violence is shielded and allowed to endanger the lives of those they’ve sworn to protect and serve.
Love looks like all of us — people of every race and religion and national origin and political affiliation — standing up and saying “Enough! We can do better than this. We can be better than this.”
What does love look like? I believe that is what Jesus of Nazareth taught us. It looks like the biblical Good Samaritan, an outsider who spends his time and money healing somebody he doesn’t know or even like.
What America has seen in the past several days may leave us wondering what we can possibly do in this moment to be good Samaritans — to help heal our country, even the parts we don’t know or like. But we have the answer. Now is the time for a national renewal of the ideals of human equality, liberty, and justice for all. Now is the time to commit to cherishing and respecting all lives, and to honoring the dignity and infinite worth of every child of God. Now is the time for all of us to show — in our words, our actions, and our lives — what love really looks like.


Re: Quakers in Minnesota

Antonia Saxon
 

Thanks for going further with this and making all this clear, Asha. I know this is partially in response to my email earlier.

As a person who shrinks from speaking up (that's me) to a person who is really good about immediately intervening and speaking up (that's you!), I have a lot to learn.


On 6/9/20 12:03 PM, Asha Sanaker wrote:
This is so great. And exactly the kind of community project sharing and encouragement on a local, Ithaca level that I am imagining  could come out of an ad-hoc discussion group at IMM. I have no desire to reinvent the wheel or duplicate efforts that are already being organized by other groups, particularly those led by BIPOC. But I do believe it is potentially useful to gather as Friends to discuss local efforts, think about how we might best be of use, help Friends who are unfamiliar with local efforts to get connected where they can be of use, and support/hold each other accountable for follow through.

Asha

Virus-free. www.avast.com

On Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 9:53 AM Margaret McCasland <mamccasland@...> wrote:
from the NYYM Witness Coordinating Committee

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Helen Garay Toppins <office@...>
Date: Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 11:06 PM
Subject: Quakers in Minnesota
To: Helen Garay Toppins <office@...>


Dear Witness Friends,

The Black Concerns Committee is in communication with Friends of Color in NYYM and with Twin Cities Friends Meeting as we take into consideration as to what we would like to bring to Witness Coordinating Committee in response to racist violence.

Below is the communication sent to us from Quakers in Minnesota.
They have also informed us that they will be in contact with us after their Sunday Meeting for Business.

Responding to the police killing of George Floyd: Members of the Racial Justice Committee, like all of us at Twin Cities Friends Meeting, are reeling from the killing of George Floyd and its aftermath. For Friends of color and their families, Floyd’s death is highly traumatizing and very personal. Those of us, who live in neighborhoods directly affected by the aftermath, including the Third Precinct in Minneapolis and the Hamline-Midway area of Saint Paul, are challenged as well. We have each responded in our own way(s) – protesting or supporting protesters; helping with cleanup; reinvigorating or forming block clubs; donating funds; noticing how scared and heartbroken we are and getting support from each other; spending more time in worship; checking in on our neighbors; writing letters to the editor; and engaging in educating ourselves and taking action with others to change the systemic policies, practices, and structures that have brought us to this moment. The committee has some suggestions for immediate actions and the following guidance for how to respond:

1)    The situation we are now in will need immediate and long-term support. While one-time donations or volunteer events are helpful – we need to be committed to affecting long-term healing and change.

2)    Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community leaders and organizers are making a series of direct asks right now. For those of us who identify as white, it is our responsibility to listen, take direction, and respond in the way we have been asked. It is not our place to negotiate or give suggestions/alternatives when the ask has been clearly stated. This is a subtle form of gaslighting rooted in white supremacy. Either accept or say you can’t meet the request.

Food distribution – As many of you know, there are currently no affordable grocery stores in South. Organizers are asking for groups to collect food and distribute it to the community. There are several ways in which this can be done.

■ Start challenging the dominant (white) narrative about this uprising

We have to support this movement. This means having conversations with those around you about what is happening: this is an uprising for Black liberation and justice. Their response is justified. Period. Full stop. Yes, the Twin Cities are experiencing white domestic terrorism and concurrently communities of color are experiencing a heighted level of terrorism at the hands of the police. Both of these are the same terrorism BIPOC communities have experienced from us for 500 years. All of this is happening, and we need to continue to support and center BIPOC voices, leaderships, and communities.

Please donate to the local Twin Cities AFSC Healing Justice Program – they are in the thick of this and need support.

Please donate to Twin Cities Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) – two of their programs are:
PLANT GROW SHARE (PGS) is a grassroots Food Justice Program of the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization in South Minneapolis, grounds its work on urban farming education, community building, and utilizes practices of mindfulness, grounding, circle conversations and heart opening. PGS focuses on serving low-income families and helps individuals learn to grow organic vegetables, and create brave and safe spaces for underrepresented communities to build leadership alongside our allies.
HOUSING TASK FORCE - Central Neighborhood needs secure, safe, affordable housing. - Our purpose is to work for housing stability of Central residents. Historically focused on providing grants and low interest loans to low income home owners, CANDO is also working to support the needs of renters in Central. Our strategies: organizing community members around housing quality and affordability issues. Marketing housing grants and loans to community members in need.

 
DISMANTLING RACISM: local community initiatives inviting support - Below is a list from the Black Visions Collective which grew out of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis. This female-led collective is building African-American leadership for the long run; developing approaches to community safety which value lives over property; and addressing the environmental and ecological crisis which affects Black people disproportionately.

          Al Maa'uun -  Al Maa'uun is a nonprofit with deep roots in North Minneapolis, serving thousands of households each year with food and critical supplies.

          Black Immigrant Collective - The Black Immigrant Collective amplifies and makes visible the voices of Black immigrants in Minnesota.

          Black Table Arts - Gathering Black communities through the arts, towards better black futures.

          Black Women Speak - Gathering Black Women in Minnesota to share our experiences in order to heal, find joy and move toward liberation on our own terms!

          Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha - CTUL is a worker-led organization where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities.

         Division of Indian Work - Division of Indian Work’s mission is to support and strengthen urban American Indian people through culturally-based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development. We provide many services to the community but the most relevant one right now is our food shelf. 

          Femme Empowerment Project- Venmo@femmeempowermentproject. Skill shares and discussions led by and for QTIIBPOC femmes in the twin cities. Creating space for cultural resiliency, healing and ancestral wisdom. Currently organizing supplies and medic trainings. 

          Isuroon - Isuroon is a grassroots nonprofit organization working to promote the well-being and empowerment of Somali women in Minnesota and beyond.

          Joyce Preschool - Emergency fund for families who had to evacuate their homes near Lake Street last week, and who are now coming back to a devastated neighborhood with no grocery stores within walking distance. 

          Latino Community on Lake Street - Fundraiser for Latinx-owned businesses on Lake Street. 

          Little Earth Residents Association - Food and safety needs for residents of Little Earth of United Tribes.

          Migizi Communications - MIGIZI Communications advances a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community. Support them rebuilding after fire.

          Minnesota Healing Justice Network - We provide a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).

          Northside business support - Support businesses on Minneapolis’s Northside that have been impacted by recent demonstrations.

          Pimento Relief FundBVC is partnering with Pimento to provide black businesses without insurance relief after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests. 

          Powwow Grounds - angelswann2021@... - Native-run cafe, currently providing meals to elders, protectors and community, purchasing medical supplies, fire supplies, cooking supplies. 

          PPNA - Renters Support Fund - Operated by the Minneapolis Renters' Coalition, a group of residents, community organizations, and neighborhood organizations committed to supporting renters in our community. 

          Southside Harm Reduction- Southside Harm Reduction Services works within a harm reduction framework to promote the human rights to health, safety, autonomy, and agency among people who use substances. 

          Spiral Collective - A volunteer full-spectrum reproductive options and support group comprised of doulas, birth-workers, and passionate reproductive justice advocates. Based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, occupied Dakhóta territories.

          TC Care Collective - South-Minneapolis based rad worker-owned childcare co-op working to provide easy access childcare by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and queer organizers and families.

          West Broadway Business and Area Coalition - WBC in partnership with Northside Funders Group will direct all donations to support Northside businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the recent uprising.  

          Women for Political Change - Holistically investing in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.

          Unicorn Riot - A decentralized media organization that has been live-streaming uprisings.

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Re: Quakers in Minnesota

Asha Sanaker
 

This is so great. And exactly the kind of community project sharing and encouragement on a local, Ithaca level that I am imagining  could come out of an ad-hoc discussion group at IMM. I have no desire to reinvent the wheel or duplicate efforts that are already being organized by other groups, particularly those led by BIPOC. But I do believe it is potentially useful to gather as Friends to discuss local efforts, think about how we might best be of use, help Friends who are unfamiliar with local efforts to get connected where they can be of use, and support/hold each other accountable for follow through.

Asha

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On Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 9:53 AM Margaret McCasland <mamccasland@...> wrote:
from the NYYM Witness Coordinating Committee

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Helen Garay Toppins <office@...>
Date: Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 11:06 PM
Subject: Quakers in Minnesota
To: Helen Garay Toppins <office@...>


Dear Witness Friends,

The Black Concerns Committee is in communication with Friends of Color in NYYM and with Twin Cities Friends Meeting as we take into consideration as to what we would like to bring to Witness Coordinating Committee in response to racist violence.

Below is the communication sent to us from Quakers in Minnesota.
They have also informed us that they will be in contact with us after their Sunday Meeting for Business.

Responding to the police killing of George Floyd: Members of the Racial Justice Committee, like all of us at Twin Cities Friends Meeting, are reeling from the killing of George Floyd and its aftermath. For Friends of color and their families, Floyd’s death is highly traumatizing and very personal. Those of us, who live in neighborhoods directly affected by the aftermath, including the Third Precinct in Minneapolis and the Hamline-Midway area of Saint Paul, are challenged as well. We have each responded in our own way(s) – protesting or supporting protesters; helping with cleanup; reinvigorating or forming block clubs; donating funds; noticing how scared and heartbroken we are and getting support from each other; spending more time in worship; checking in on our neighbors; writing letters to the editor; and engaging in educating ourselves and taking action with others to change the systemic policies, practices, and structures that have brought us to this moment. The committee has some suggestions for immediate actions and the following guidance for how to respond:

1)    The situation we are now in will need immediate and long-term support. While one-time donations or volunteer events are helpful – we need to be committed to affecting long-term healing and change.

2)    Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community leaders and organizers are making a series of direct asks right now. For those of us who identify as white, it is our responsibility to listen, take direction, and respond in the way we have been asked. It is not our place to negotiate or give suggestions/alternatives when the ask has been clearly stated. This is a subtle form of gaslighting rooted in white supremacy. Either accept or say you can’t meet the request.

Food distribution – As many of you know, there are currently no affordable grocery stores in South. Organizers are asking for groups to collect food and distribute it to the community. There are several ways in which this can be done.

■ Start challenging the dominant (white) narrative about this uprising

We have to support this movement. This means having conversations with those around you about what is happening: this is an uprising for Black liberation and justice. Their response is justified. Period. Full stop. Yes, the Twin Cities are experiencing white domestic terrorism and concurrently communities of color are experiencing a heighted level of terrorism at the hands of the police. Both of these are the same terrorism BIPOC communities have experienced from us for 500 years. All of this is happening, and we need to continue to support and center BIPOC voices, leaderships, and communities.

Please donate to the local Twin Cities AFSC Healing Justice Program – they are in the thick of this and need support.

Please donate to Twin Cities Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) – two of their programs are:
PLANT GROW SHARE (PGS) is a grassroots Food Justice Program of the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization in South Minneapolis, grounds its work on urban farming education, community building, and utilizes practices of mindfulness, grounding, circle conversations and heart opening. PGS focuses on serving low-income families and helps individuals learn to grow organic vegetables, and create brave and safe spaces for underrepresented communities to build leadership alongside our allies.
HOUSING TASK FORCE - Central Neighborhood needs secure, safe, affordable housing. - Our purpose is to work for housing stability of Central residents. Historically focused on providing grants and low interest loans to low income home owners, CANDO is also working to support the needs of renters in Central. Our strategies: organizing community members around housing quality and affordability issues. Marketing housing grants and loans to community members in need.

 
DISMANTLING RACISM: local community initiatives inviting support - Below is a list from the Black Visions Collective which grew out of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis. This female-led collective is building African-American leadership for the long run; developing approaches to community safety which value lives over property; and addressing the environmental and ecological crisis which affects Black people disproportionately.

          Al Maa'uun -  Al Maa'uun is a nonprofit with deep roots in North Minneapolis, serving thousands of households each year with food and critical supplies.

          Black Immigrant Collective - The Black Immigrant Collective amplifies and makes visible the voices of Black immigrants in Minnesota.

          Black Table Arts - Gathering Black communities through the arts, towards better black futures.

          Black Women Speak - Gathering Black Women in Minnesota to share our experiences in order to heal, find joy and move toward liberation on our own terms!

          Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha - CTUL is a worker-led organization where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities.

         Division of Indian Work - Division of Indian Work’s mission is to support and strengthen urban American Indian people through culturally-based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development. We provide many services to the community but the most relevant one right now is our food shelf. 

          Femme Empowerment Project- Venmo@femmeempowermentproject. Skill shares and discussions led by and for QTIIBPOC femmes in the twin cities. Creating space for cultural resiliency, healing and ancestral wisdom. Currently organizing supplies and medic trainings. 

          Isuroon - Isuroon is a grassroots nonprofit organization working to promote the well-being and empowerment of Somali women in Minnesota and beyond.

          Joyce Preschool - Emergency fund for families who had to evacuate their homes near Lake Street last week, and who are now coming back to a devastated neighborhood with no grocery stores within walking distance. 

          Latino Community on Lake Street - Fundraiser for Latinx-owned businesses on Lake Street. 

          Little Earth Residents Association - Food and safety needs for residents of Little Earth of United Tribes.

          Migizi Communications - MIGIZI Communications advances a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community. Support them rebuilding after fire.

          Minnesota Healing Justice Network - We provide a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).

          Northside business support - Support businesses on Minneapolis’s Northside that have been impacted by recent demonstrations.

          Pimento Relief FundBVC is partnering with Pimento to provide black businesses without insurance relief after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests. 

          Powwow Grounds - angelswann2021@... - Native-run cafe, currently providing meals to elders, protectors and community, purchasing medical supplies, fire supplies, cooking supplies. 

          PPNA - Renters Support Fund - Operated by the Minneapolis Renters' Coalition, a group of residents, community organizations, and neighborhood organizations committed to supporting renters in our community. 

          Southside Harm Reduction- Southside Harm Reduction Services works within a harm reduction framework to promote the human rights to health, safety, autonomy, and agency among people who use substances. 

          Spiral Collective - A volunteer full-spectrum reproductive options and support group comprised of doulas, birth-workers, and passionate reproductive justice advocates. Based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, occupied Dakhóta territories.

          TC Care Collective - South-Minneapolis based rad worker-owned childcare co-op working to provide easy access childcare by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and queer organizers and families.

          West Broadway Business and Area Coalition - WBC in partnership with Northside Funders Group will direct all donations to support Northside businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the recent uprising.  

          Women for Political Change - Holistically investing in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.

          Unicorn Riot - A decentralized media organization that has been live-streaming uprisings.

Virus-free. www.avast.com


Quakers in Minnesota

Margaret McCasland
 

from the NYYM Witness Coordinating Committee

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Helen Garay Toppins <office@...>
Date: Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 11:06 PM
Subject: Quakers in Minnesota
To: Helen Garay Toppins <office@...>


Dear Witness Friends,

The Black Concerns Committee is in communication with Friends of Color in NYYM and with Twin Cities Friends Meeting as we take into consideration as to what we would like to bring to Witness Coordinating Committee in response to racist violence.

Below is the communication sent to us from Quakers in Minnesota.
They have also informed us that they will be in contact with us after their Sunday Meeting for Business.

Responding to the police killing of George Floyd: Members of the Racial Justice Committee, like all of us at Twin Cities Friends Meeting, are reeling from the killing of George Floyd and its aftermath. For Friends of color and their families, Floyd’s death is highly traumatizing and very personal. Those of us, who live in neighborhoods directly affected by the aftermath, including the Third Precinct in Minneapolis and the Hamline-Midway area of Saint Paul, are challenged as well. We have each responded in our own way(s) – protesting or supporting protesters; helping with cleanup; reinvigorating or forming block clubs; donating funds; noticing how scared and heartbroken we are and getting support from each other; spending more time in worship; checking in on our neighbors; writing letters to the editor; and engaging in educating ourselves and taking action with others to change the systemic policies, practices, and structures that have brought us to this moment. The committee has some suggestions for immediate actions and the following guidance for how to respond:

1)    The situation we are now in will need immediate and long-term support. While one-time donations or volunteer events are helpful – we need to be committed to affecting long-term healing and change.

2)    Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) community leaders and organizers are making a series of direct asks right now. For those of us who identify as white, it is our responsibility to listen, take direction, and respond in the way we have been asked. It is not our place to negotiate or give suggestions/alternatives when the ask has been clearly stated. This is a subtle form of gaslighting rooted in white supremacy. Either accept or say you can’t meet the request.

Food distribution – As many of you know, there are currently no affordable grocery stores in South. Organizers are asking for groups to collect food and distribute it to the community. There are several ways in which this can be done.

■ Start challenging the dominant (white) narrative about this uprising

We have to support this movement. This means having conversations with those around you about what is happening: this is an uprising for Black liberation and justice. Their response is justified. Period. Full stop. Yes, the Twin Cities are experiencing white domestic terrorism and concurrently communities of color are experiencing a heighted level of terrorism at the hands of the police. Both of these are the same terrorism BIPOC communities have experienced from us for 500 years. All of this is happening, and we need to continue to support and center BIPOC voices, leaderships, and communities.

Please donate to the local Twin Cities AFSC Healing Justice Program – they are in the thick of this and need support.

Please donate to Twin Cities Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO) – two of their programs are:
PLANT GROW SHARE (PGS) is a grassroots Food Justice Program of the Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization in South Minneapolis, grounds its work on urban farming education, community building, and utilizes practices of mindfulness, grounding, circle conversations and heart opening. PGS focuses on serving low-income families and helps individuals learn to grow organic vegetables, and create brave and safe spaces for underrepresented communities to build leadership alongside our allies.
HOUSING TASK FORCE - Central Neighborhood needs secure, safe, affordable housing. - Our purpose is to work for housing stability of Central residents. Historically focused on providing grants and low interest loans to low income home owners, CANDO is also working to support the needs of renters in Central. Our strategies: organizing community members around housing quality and affordability issues. Marketing housing grants and loans to community members in need.

 
DISMANTLING RACISM: local community initiatives inviting support - Below is a list from the Black Visions Collective which grew out of Black Lives Matter Minneapolis. This female-led collective is building African-American leadership for the long run; developing approaches to community safety which value lives over property; and addressing the environmental and ecological crisis which affects Black people disproportionately.

          Al Maa'uun -  Al Maa'uun is a nonprofit with deep roots in North Minneapolis, serving thousands of households each year with food and critical supplies.

          Black Immigrant Collective - The Black Immigrant Collective amplifies and makes visible the voices of Black immigrants in Minnesota.

          Black Table Arts - Gathering Black communities through the arts, towards better black futures.

          Black Women Speak - Gathering Black Women in Minnesota to share our experiences in order to heal, find joy and move toward liberation on our own terms!

          Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha - CTUL is a worker-led organization where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities.

         Division of Indian Work - Division of Indian Work’s mission is to support and strengthen urban American Indian people through culturally-based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development. We provide many services to the community but the most relevant one right now is our food shelf. 

          Femme Empowerment Project- Venmo@femmeempowermentproject. Skill shares and discussions led by and for QTIIBPOC femmes in the twin cities. Creating space for cultural resiliency, healing and ancestral wisdom. Currently organizing supplies and medic trainings. 

          Isuroon - Isuroon is a grassroots nonprofit organization working to promote the well-being and empowerment of Somali women in Minnesota and beyond.

          Joyce Preschool - Emergency fund for families who had to evacuate their homes near Lake Street last week, and who are now coming back to a devastated neighborhood with no grocery stores within walking distance. 

          Latino Community on Lake Street - Fundraiser for Latinx-owned businesses on Lake Street. 

          Little Earth Residents Association - Food and safety needs for residents of Little Earth of United Tribes.

          Migizi Communications - MIGIZI Communications advances a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community. Support them rebuilding after fire.

          Minnesota Healing Justice Network - We provide a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color).

          Northside business support - Support businesses on Minneapolis’s Northside that have been impacted by recent demonstrations.

          Pimento Relief FundBVC is partnering with Pimento to provide black businesses without insurance relief after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests. 

          Powwow Grounds - angelswann2021@... - Native-run cafe, currently providing meals to elders, protectors and community, purchasing medical supplies, fire supplies, cooking supplies. 

          PPNA - Renters Support Fund - Operated by the Minneapolis Renters' Coalition, a group of residents, community organizations, and neighborhood organizations committed to supporting renters in our community. 

          Southside Harm Reduction- Southside Harm Reduction Services works within a harm reduction framework to promote the human rights to health, safety, autonomy, and agency among people who use substances. 

          Spiral Collective - A volunteer full-spectrum reproductive options and support group comprised of doulas, birth-workers, and passionate reproductive justice advocates. Based in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, occupied Dakhóta territories.

          TC Care Collective - South-Minneapolis based rad worker-owned childcare co-op working to provide easy access childcare by and for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and queer organizers and families.

          West Broadway Business and Area Coalition - WBC in partnership with Northside Funders Group will direct all donations to support Northside businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the recent uprising.  

          Women for Political Change - Holistically investing in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.

          Unicorn Riot - A decentralized media organization that has been live-streaming uprisings.


FCNL re ending police violence

Margaret McCasland
 

Stand with Protestors: Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement

By José Santos Woss, June 2, 2020

America needs police reform now! In partnership with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and more than 400 organizations, we are calling on Congress to swiftly pass meaningful police reform legislation.

Write your member of congress and urge them to take swift action in response to ongoing fatal and racist police killings and other violence against Black people across our country. There are a number of bills before Congress right now that can begin to address the broken American policing system:

The End Racial and Religious Profiling Act (S. 2355): Bans federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies from using race or religion to influence police stops, searches, and immigration proceedings.

The PEACE Act (H.R. 4359): Establishes a national “necessary” use of force standard to prevent police officers from using lethal force unless all non-lethal methods have been exhausted.

The Eric Garner Excessive Force Prevention Act (H.R. 4408): Makes it illegal for police to use any hold or grip that blocks the throat or windpipe. The sort of choke holds that police used to kill Eric Garner and George Floyd.

The Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 1714): Would stop military hardware from flowing into the hands of civilian law enforcement agencies by ending the 1033 program.

Urge your member of congress to cosponsor these bills and be a champion for racial justice and equitable policing.

Statement Racism and Whiteness 

Our hearts are broken as the fault lines of racism continue to be starkly exposed in the violence that ended the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and uncounted numbers of African Americans, not only in recent years but since Africans were first brought to this country as enslaved people.


Today NY's fracking ban is law!

Margaret McCasland
 

here is a 2 month old email I found when looking for an email from Gerri re: ecological electricity suppliers. I knew the fracking ban had become law, but this email from Frack Action is an inspiring shout-out at a time when we can use all the inspiration we can find. And for a finale: "This Land" with Pete and Willie

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Gerri Wiley <gerriwiley@...>
Date: Fri, Apr 3, 2020 at 9:16 PM
Subject: Today NY's fracking ban is law!
To: RAFT General <raft-ny-general@...>, Vestal Rights Organize <vestal-rights-organize@...>, BACAN <ba-can@...>, NYRAD <nyrad@...>, ICAN (Interfaith Climate Action Network) <ith-interfaith-climate-justice-l@...>, INC PHE <phe-inc@...>


Friends,

I want to make sure that all of you who worked so hard to make this happen have a chance to cheer about this positive news! 
Here's a message from Frack Action's Julia Walsh...
----------------

Dear friends and colleagues,

Hope you are staying safe and healthy in these challenging times. While it's only a little glimmer in a dark night of our collective soul - we wanted to share this good news if you haven't already heard. Last night the New York State legislature and Governor agreed on a budget that includes the fracking ban, making it law in the 2020 budget! This means that the fracking ban that was in effect as an Executive action through the DEC and which could be overturned by a future governor - is now the law of the land! 10 years in the making! Here is a press release from some of the groups: https://www.catskillmountainkeeper.org/20200401

Frack Action - John, Renee and I - wanted to take a moment to thank so many of you who led the way and made this a reality. Before the humble beginnings of Frack Action, there were groups and the indigenous people of this land calling for a fracking ban. Thank you to all those who forged the way including the Onondaga Nation and Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Thank you to Oren Lyons, Taddaho Syd Hill, Betty Lyons and all our indigenous brothers and sisters for teaching us again and again to love our Mother Earth. And allies Joe Heath and Lindsay Speer for all your incredible work both with the Nation and the movement and all those in the grassroots early on including Stephanie Low, Sheila Cohen, Mav Moorehead, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy with Jill and Bruce and others.

Thanks to the original Frack Action team who started up with literally nothing and scraped by. From passing the moratorium in 2010 with our friends Pete Seeger and Mark Ruffalo to organizing the first rally for a statewide ban. Thanks to Susan Zimet, Claire Sandberg, Heather Smith, Russel Mendell, Ana Tinsley, Betta Broad, Jay, Geoff, & Scott. And Manna Jo Greene from Clearwater for your work and for inviting & bringing Pete Seeger to many of our press conferences & rallies. 

Thanks to the New Yorkers Against Fracking team! Thanks to Catskill Mountainkeeper Ramsay Adams, Wes Gillingham, Kathy Nolan and Katherine Nadeau (from EA to CMK) for all your work in sounding the alarm back in 2008 and leadership. Thanks to Food and Water Watch's Executive Director Wenonah Hauter and National Organizing Director Emily Wurth for taking a big leap of faith in putting in the resources to build this movement with trust that in doing the right thing - we could win. And thanks to all the FWW staff over the years that dedicated tirelessly to the cause Mark, Alex, Eric, Corrine, and Seth. United for Action's David Braun who kept us all motivated and positive ;) Thanks to NYPIRG for being with us throughout. And thanks to Sandra Steingraber for donating the funds from her Heinz Award to creating New Yorkers against Fracking and the hundreds of grassroots organizations and regional organizing team - Rita, Sarah, Emily, Daniel, Jess - and all of the staff at Berlin Rosen especially Mike Rabinowitz and Valerie Berlin. 

We never could have gotten here without the health professionals leading the way on science and public health, especially the team behind Concerned Health Professionals of NY -- Larysa, Kathy, Sandra, Carmi, Sheila, Bart, Mary, Yuri and others. 

Thanks to our incredible artists especially Mark Ruffalo and Natalie Merchant who dedicated their time and funds to the cause and Jon Bowermaster for 'Dear Governor Cuomo' film. Thanks to John Medeski, Liz Penta and Jennifer McKinley for that epic concert event as well. And special thanks to our funders - Adalaide Gomer and Lauren Davis. You believed in us when literally no one else did. Park Foundation and 11th Hour Project were the only foundations who funded this people powered movement to defeat the largest industry in the world from destroying the land we love.

Thanks to Riverkeeper for making this an issue at your annual event and all your work- Paul Gallay & Kate Hudson. And all of our scientists and experts - Tony Ingraffea, Bob Howarth, Deborah Rogers. Tony and Bob without the both of you we would not have had the engineering facts and climate science that we so desperately needed. Deborah - your dedication to explaining how this is financially ruinous was critical. And the lawyers who fought tirelessly town by town for Home Rule which in the end was part of the legal grounds for NY's statewide ban - Helen and David Slottje. And  Deborah Goldberg's work.

Thanks to the local elected officials who organized in their towns, cities and counties and statewide including Martha, Dominic, Greg, and many others. And Jen Metzger - one of our local elected officials who became State Senator and introduced the fracking ban bill a few short months ago along with our longtime NYS Legislative leader on this issue Barbara Lifton. 

Last but not least - those who were on the front lines in PA and the Southern Tier. Thanks so much to Vera, Craig and Ray for your dedication to our humanity and to Mother Earth. If this story is ever told - you are the true heroes. Literally standing up to the industry and not backing down in the face of greed, power and evil. Without your tours of Dimock and sharing your stories - we would have never won this. And thanks to our friends in the Southern Tier - Isaac, Gerri, Sue, Adam and others. Sharing your voices and courage on the frontlines is what saved many lives. 

Thanks to each and everyone of you and your families and thanks to the many others not named here.

We were strong, we were scrappy, we fought with everything we had, and we won. May this moment continue to bring us hope in the uncertain future that lay ahead. Stay safe and healthy.

Here's Pete's last big performance at Farm Aid in Saratoga Springs in 2013 with the verse he wrote for NY's ban: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt9jWoXmrLw "New York was made to be frack-free!" He was right ;)

Frack Action signing out -
Julia, John & Renee


Beginning Tomorrow: Go Solar! Double Feature (series of online presentations in May & June by local energy educators)

Margaret McCasland
 

since this is on zoom, you can join from anywhere in NYS (or beyond, tho subsidy info may apply to NYS)

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Karim Beers, Get Your GreenBack Tompkins <kwb6@...>
Date: Thu, May 28, 2020 at 7:51 AM
Subject: Beginning Tomorrow: Go Solar! Double Feature (series of online presentations in May & June by local energy educators)
To: Sustainability in Tompkins County <sustainable_tompkins-l@...>, <tc-HSC-L@...>, building-bridges-network <building-bridges-network@...>, ICAN <ith-interfaith-climate-justice-l@...>, <emc@...>, Energy-Independent-Caroline <energy-independent-caroline@...>
Cc: Erica Herman <eh649@...>, Guillermo Metz <gm52@...>


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County’s (CCE) Energy & Climate Change Team and Get Your GreenBack Tompkins (GYGB) proudly present solar energy… gone double-feature! Whether you’re a renter or own your home, or if you live in an apartment, solar really is available now to everyone.

 

CCE educators will be presenting a series of free, remote conversations covering all things solar from the end of May through mid-June.

 

Showing on Screen #1: Check out 3 Ways to Go Solar!

New to solar, on the fence, or want to learn more? Is there a difference whether I rent or own? Will I actually save money? How do I know which is the correct fit for me? Come learn about each option with us, and be empowered to pick out the right one for you! – with Erica Herman from Get Your GreenBack Tompkins

Offered: Friday, 5/29 from 11:30-12:30pm; Tuesday, 6/2 from 6:30-7:30pm; Sunday, 6/7 from 2-3pm

 

Showing on Screen #2: Putting the Power of the Sun to Work for You!

Want to take it to the next level?  "What are photovoltaics?" "How do they work and what incentives and rebate programs are available so I can put them on my house?" "What if my house is too shaded for solar?" “What’s a solar farm?” If you've been asking some of these questions, come find the answers and the options that could work for you.  – with Guillermo Metz from the CCE Energy & Climate Change Team

Offered: Thursday, 6/11 from 3-4:30pm and Monday, 6/15 from 6-7:30pm

 

Available through Zoom and FaceBook Live! Free and open to the public. To register or access via FaceBook please visit CCE event pagehttp://ccetompkins.org/events.

 

For more information or alternative access without internet please contact Erica Herman at eh649@... / 607-689-2743 or Guillermo Metz at gm52@....


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*Don't want to wait to learn more about home energy options?! *

The Ulysses Philomathic Library presents: "Your Way to Smart Home Energy Savings, an Online Workshop" with Get Your GreenBack Tompkins

Thursday, 5/21 from 7-8pm

Want to feel cozy at home year-round, not just in the colder months? Come to an interactive chat about home energy efficiency. Find out about free programs, incentives, and rebates to help weatherize your home, and explore options to fit every household. Let’s turn up the comfort and turn down the electric and heating costs. Be empowered as a home owner or renter, and get your no-cost energy audit today.

Please Register here:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsfuuhqT4qHdI83fqaz2EXODnVOce1B7C3


--

Karim Beers, Coordinator
everyone taking a step to save energy and money
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County | 607.272.2292 x186


Thursday @2:00 - STOP National Grid's Plans to Gas NYS!

Margaret McCasland
 



---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Mothers Out Front New York <vanessa.rule@...>
Date: Wed, May 27, 2020 at 10:03 AM
Subject: Thursday @2:00 - STOP National Grid's Plans to Gas NYS!
To: Margaret McCasland <mamccasland@...>


Margaret --

Concerned citizens like you from all across NYS STOPPED the Williams Pipeline in its tracks!

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Moms and kids in Albany delivering postcards to Governor Cuomo.

National Grid has a Plan B to bring fracked gas downstate by other means. Fortunately, we have a better plan!

Join us and an incredible group of allies:

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Volunteer leaders advocating for #HeatPumpsNotPipelines at the December 2019 Public Service Commission meeting.

At Mothers Out Front, we're going #BeyondGas to #RenewableHeatNow! Stay tuned for action alerts on this matter and the NYS Gas Planning Proceeding coming soon!

Whatever your circumstances at home right now, we're thinking about you!
 
Love and solidarity,
 
Billii, Carolyn, Connie, Katie, Lisa, and Susan, your NYS Leadership Team 



Mothers Out Front New York
http://ny.mothersoutfront.org/

P.S. Please invite your friends to share this event on Facebook.

 

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Watch "The Story of Plastic" and Tune-in to our Panel Discussion

Margaret McCasland
 

apologies for cross-postings. Some of you are on "all the right" email lists. I have received a shareable link for watching the movie Environmental Advocates of NY, if anyone wants to see it without registering for the panel. However the movie last 2 hours and 15 minutes (longer than its listed run time), and has a slow pace. If you have to chose one thing to do, I recommend the panel, plus the 2 minute trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37PDwW0c1so&vl=en

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From: Environmental Advocates of New York <info@...>
Date: Tue, May 26, 2020 at 5:52 PM
Subject: Watch "The Story of Plastic" and Tune-in to our Panel Discussion
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You're Invited to a Film Screening and Panel Discussion on The Story of Plastic


Watch any time between May 25th & June 1st
Digital Panel June 1st  | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Click here to register



Dear Friend:

Environmental Advocates of New York (EANY) invites you to watch the new documentary, The Story of Plasticfor free, followed by a panel discussion about the film.

After you register, you will receive a link and have access to the film any time between May 25th and June 1st. 


After watching the film, please convene with us on June 1st from 6 to 7 pm for an online panel discussion and Q&A with Kate Kurera, Deputy Director at EANY, and Judith Enck, Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics and Former Regional EPA Administrator. They will be discussing the global context of the plastic waste crisis, New York's response to the crisis, and the policy and consumer changes needed to transition to a plastic-free future.

Please bring your questions and comments to the panel discussion.

We look forward to coming together then, and we hope you enjoy the film.

Warmly,
Joshua


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Joshua Cohen
Campaigns Director
Environmental Advocates of New York
The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. Spanning three continents, the film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash, rivers and seas clogged with waste, and skies choked with the poisonous emissions from plastic production and processing.
Learn More About The Story Of Plastic
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Re: update on status of the IMM email list

Marilyn Ray
 

Hello Friends,

There has been a lot of confusion about how I was supposed to post to the email list given the new formats and address IMM is currently using.  Recently I have posted messages to the IMM email list but they have bounced.  I'm sending this message as a trial to see if everything has been fixed and I can resume sending messages you all send to me to post and also ones I receive from many different sources and this they kight be of interest to the recipients of this list.

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