Library Work Day
The library comittee has created a Civil Rights shelf from the collection of Janet Launcelott. They're holding a work day this Saturday 6/21 from 10:30 to noon. Anyone interested in pitching in is welcome.
From Peace And Social Concerns
Warren sends this request for direct action:
1) In the U.S., politicians and mainstream “news media” are calling loudly for resuming war in Iraq or at least committing war acts such as bombing. Speak out that this would be wrong, fruitless, a waste of scarce resources. Civilian deaths in Iraq would be more blood on our hands, crimes against humanity.
2) FCNL reports that in the recent vote on Repeal of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (the AUMF) Congress came up a few votes short. It is coming up again unexpectedly soon 6/19/2014.
Please contact your member of Congress and express your support for them to act to end this. See FCNL online for more details. There are four key districts in Florida:
SEYM secretary Vicki Carlie shared this appeal for support from EQAT (the Earth Quaker Action Team). They are appealing to Meetings and Friends to help pay for the upcoming action in Pittsburgh. Quakers will be traveling by bus from the FGC Gathering to Pittsburgh for a direct action at the PNC Headquarters to protest PNC Bank's financial support of mountaintop removal mining.
Here is the article on their website. A major expense for this action is renting buses. Donations may be sent to:
4510 Kingsessing Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19143
From Peace and Social Concerns
350.org and many other concerned environmental organizations will assemble in New York City for a Peoples Climate March calling for urgent action to reduce human contributions to the causes of global warming. [The invitation published in Rolling Stone magazine - in print and online - can be read here.] Brad Sotcker reported that QEW is already supporting this and calling for people to attend.
Let's start with this invitation from Kathy Hersh:
We are celebrating with our Young Friends the end of another school year and the arrival of summer. Fun starts at noon at 9051 SW 69th Court (here's a map). Bring a swimsuit, a towel, and a good joke or funny story (PG rated) to share.
We're supplying veggie pizza, lemonade, and the pool. And bubbles. Lots of bubbles. Spread the word!
Brad Stocker of the Miami Friends Meeting, and Mary Jo Klingel of the Fort Lauderdale Friends Meeting both have articles in the May-June issue of Befriending Creation.
"Earth Literacy?" by Brad Stocker, is on page 4, and "Befriending Earth" by Mary Jo Klingel, is on page 5. Current and previous issues of Befriending Creation, a publication of Quaker Earthcare Witness, are downloadable for free from the web site for Quaker Earthcare Witness. [Thanks to Brian Humphrey.]
Quakers at the Movies
Jane Westberg alerts us to a new site called Quaker Speak (quakerspeak.com), a project of Friends Journal. From their description:
"QuakerSpeak is a web video series aimed at communicating Quaker experience in ways that are appealing and energizing, particularly to religious seekers and to Friends meetings interested in growing in number and level of engagement. The goal of the project is to educate and engage viewers and invite them into a Quaker community, as well as to help existing Quaker communities become more responsive to these (and other) newcomers."
You can watch and share the videos, and sign up for email alerts when new content has been added.
Join us in the 9:30 hour this Firstday the 25th as Kathy Hersh shares her experiences from her recent lecture tour, "On the Soiidarity Trail."