Announcements

Please submit announcements to announcements@boulderfriendsmeeting.org. These announcements are visible to the general public, so save confidential information to share at Meeting.

 

Upcoming Events

FIRST DAY SCHOOL (Sunday School): Meets every other Sunday over Zoom.
First Day School is currently meeting every other week over Zoom; details will be posted here or will be emailed to parents.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM HOUR – Sign up for Committees: Feb. 28, 12:30
Nominating Committee usually lobbies in person after meeting during February for Friends to join the volunteer committees and volunteer positions for the new committee year starting May 1. This year Nominating Committee will hold a Program Hour on February 28 to facilitate signups and let Friends (newbies and not so new) know about committee opportunities and how committees work. And you can e-mail a member of Nominating Committee anytime about your interest or with questions. You can also read about committees HERE, knowing that some descriptions may not yet be updated for the current year. (NomCom: Anne Marie Pois, Fran Boler, Marilyn Hayes, Dave Lohman, Lydia Bickell, Constantine Mingoube).

Join Zoom Meeting with video from a computer, tablet, or smart phone:

https://zoom.us/j/98319339376?pwd=a2dyNzFhZGxsTHhUVEh4c0xENnNXZz09

Join with audio only by phone: 1-669-900-6833 (*6 to mute/unmute, *9 to raise hand, # to leave break-out room)

Meeting ID: 983 1933 9376 Passcode: 504346

IMPERMANENCE, DEATH AND DYING PROGRAM HOUR with Molly Greacen, MARCH 7, 12:30 PM

What does the phrase “People die as they have lived.” mean to you? How do you manage life experiences of change and loss, attachment, fear, uncertainty, grief? In meditation, sitting in the silence and the light, we get in touch with the unchanging, eternal nature of our true nature. This can allow us to live fully with confidence in the presence of the truth of impermanence of life, and engage fully and bring our gifts into to this life.

I will be sharing some personal reflections on mortality and impermanence, and how my background in Buddhism, along with personal experiences, has informed that. Carol Bollinger will also share some of her thoughts and experiences as well. We will have time for break-out rooms where small groups can meet and reflect on a couple of queries. You will have the opportunity to share experiences that have been powerful for you. Hope to see you there!

– Molly Greacen for the Grief and Bereavement Committee

QUAKERISM AND (ZEN) MEDITATION PROGRAM HOUR with Bill Moninger: MARCH 21, 12:30 PM

Bill Moninger will lead a March 21 program hour that will explore the relationships between Quakerism and Meditation. Bill has had a regular daily Zen meditation practice since 1993, and has been attending Boulder Friends Meeting since 1986. Many others in the Meeting share an interest and involvement in various meditation practices.

The Bible, and George Fox, say – Be still and know that I am God; Buddhist teachers give many descriptions of how to achieve and deepen stillness, and what to find therein. Bill will summarize several writings on the “Q-Bu” connection, share his own experience, and allow ample time for others to share their experiences.

Some summary readings will be provided on-line before the presentation. Here is a brief bibliography if you’d like to do some advanced reading:

  • Peter Taylor (https://www.friendsjournal.org/the-zen-ofquakerism/)
  • Valerie Brown (Living from the Center, Pendle Hill Pamphlet)
  • Steve Smith (A Quaker in the Zendo, Pendle Hill Pamphlet)
  • Teruyasu Tamura (A Zen Buddhist Encounters Quakerism, Pendle Hill Pamphlet 302)
  • Each of the three Pendle Hill pamphlets is available for $7 from the Pendle Hill Bookstore (https://pendlehill.org/explore/pendle-hill-bookstore/)
VIRTUAL SPRING POTLUCKS PLANNED FOR MARCH 21 – APRIL 17

Ministry and Worship Committee is planning to sponsor Spring Potlucks again this year, except that instead of meeting in each other’s dining rooms, we’ll have potluck meals and discussions via Zoom. We are looking at the period from March 21 to April 17.

We will be asking for Friends to volunteer to “host” a small group of six to eight people, who can eat and greet from their own homes via Zoom videoconferencing. We are working on a sign-up procedure and queries for the potlucks. As before, we’ll ask Friends to take notes of their discussions to send to M&W, which will then share the summaries with the Meeting.

We’ll get out more information soon via the Friday/Saturday email bulletin, and we’ll also post something in Announcements on our website. Stay tuned!

– Submitted by Rebecca Morris for M&W Committee

Anti-Racism Working Group Book Discussion: April 17, 11:00 AM

A Meeting-Wide Opportunity for Boulder Friends! 

The Anti-Racism Working Group is coordinating a zoom meeting for discussing: 

The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Healing, and US Social Transformation by Fania E. Davis.   

We will meet on Zoom on Saturday, April 17th at 11 AM. 

Our previous discussion last fall on the book So You Want to Talk About Race, gave us an opening for exploring the nature of racism and how it shapes our lives.  This spring Fania Davis’ “little” book (2020) encourages us to discuss racial justice and the alternative practices of restorative justice in the areas of schools, police violence, and mass incarceration. 

Please RSVP to Anne Marie Pois pois@colorado.edu.    

OR  Judy Huston Hustonjudy8@gmail.com

Join Zoom Meeting with video from a computer, tablet, or smart phone:

https://zoom.us/j/96324029916?pwd=TVovSFBpcXIyeEJ0SXZUaU44cUhnQT09

Join with audio only by phone: 1-669-900-6833 (*6 to mute/unmute, *9 to raise hand, # to leave break-out room)

Meeting ID: 963 2402 9916  Passcode: 500871

Colorado Regional Spring Meeting – Save the Date: April 18, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

All are welcome to join us by Zoom on Sunday, April 18, 2021, from 10am – 2pm (with breaks). We are pleased to be joined by our guest speaker John Calvi. Watch this space in early March for registration details.

 

Boulder Meeting Announcements

Wedding Announcement for Flora Quinby; Marriage Advice Requested

Wedding – We  announce the upcoming wedding of our daughter, Flora Quinby, to Tanner Bobak on April 3, 2021. 

We want to share this great joy with you, and have a request.  Flora and Tanner will be married at her grandfather’s cabin in Riverside Colorado.  
Due to the covid restrictions, the wedding will be just immediate family and a few nearby friends of the couple. We may perhaps have a larger celebration a year later. 
Flora has asked us to gather Marriage Advice from the community for them.  If you feel moved to do this, they would really appreciate hearing your thoughts on building and sustaining a relationship- from your own experience. We plan to put the advices together into a book for them. We can include your words anonymously or add your names. 
Please send this to  wlquinby@gmail.com as soon as possible, and before March 20th to give us time for the book making.  Thank you! This means a lot to them.
Lee Quinby and Jill Powers
Update from Indigenous People’s Concerns Committee

Remarks for Meeting for Business Feb. 14, 2021 from Caroline Himes with Indigenous People’s Concerns Committee

Report on IPC members participating in an Indian Affairs Committee comprised of yearly meetings across the country who support indigenous peoples. Some of these go back hundreds of years and some are brand new. We have had 2 meetings, had about 15 people involved. We intend to meet about quarterly.

  • We decided we don’t need another committee and don’t have time to follow everything that is posted to websites.
  • The main purpose was to share what each group is doing and for this group to end up taking its own direction, perhaps as a catalyst for other YMs who may want something like this.
  • A YM that is just starting out on this journey would like to hear from others to learn from their good practices and avoid some of the same mistakes.
  • We’re all going down the river of life so busily and committed, we need the eddy now and then to get off the river and rest.  We don’t have to organize anything, but just share. There are lots of resources already being developed.
  • Boulder is the only Monthly Meeting participating and the only group from IMYM. No participation specifically from IMYM.

 

Regarding the support we provide to Isna Wica Owayawa school at Pine Ridge, we received the following note from Sandra OneFeather:

 

My community of Oglala is suffering horribly from the COVID, many community members have died from it, too  many (both young and old).  I haven’t heard of her family (meaning the school principal) directly being affected by the COVID but it could be she has cousins, uncles, aunties, etc. who have passed.  They just 2 weeks ago started vaccinating the tribal workers and now have moved into the community starting with the elders. I know the schools have been closed but the tribe has been delivering food to communities.  I know that the remote learning is a challenge for everyone on many levels right now (no computer, no internet, time to study, lesson planning, etc.) Now there is a terrible snowstorm hitting this week and the new Tribal President is opening up the Community Action Project building locations for people who have no heat or food.  

I think it is just one big hit after another and people are dealing with their own personal pain and just trying to make it day to day.  I think that is probably why you haven’t received a response from her.  There is too much going on right now.  The address is PO Box 50 Oglala, SD 57764.

I would give it some time and maybe in a few weeks reach out to her again.  I think the spring time is being looked forward to on many levels. 

The note is a reminder of how difficult this time is for the native communities across the country, including those we have supported.

 

Celebration of Life Online Events
It has been a year since we have been able to come together as a community to gather for a memorial service. We want to remember and celebrate the lives of members who have died this past year, as well as family members who have been lost.

There could be a slide show of photos, videos, music, and sharing of stories. If you would like to have such an event, we can provide the tech support to make it happen. You could invite a small group of family and friends, or include the Friends meeting also.

For more information, contact a member of the Grief and Bereavement Committee.

Submitted by Molly Greacen for the Grief and Bereavement Committee

Donation Acknowledgements Will Be Mailed in January
This month, acknowledgements of 2020 donations will be mailed to donors who have contributed $100 or more to Boulder Friends Meeting during calendar year 2020. The Treasurer, the Associate Treasurer, and the Finance Committee give thanks to and for those donors who have contributed to sustaining the life of the Meeting throughout this most difficult year.

 If you believe you should receive an acknowledgement and you have not received a letter by the end of the first week of February, please contact treasurer@boulderfriendsmeeting.org so that we can look into it for you. Every attempt is made to ensure that the financial systems have current addresses on file and that donor records are accurate, but mistakes can happen and we can’t correct them unless you tell us.

Please Fill Out Your Medical Durable Power of Attorney
Responding to members’ requests, we are providing a PDF document for preparing a Medical Durable Power of Attorney (from the Boulder Community Hospital website); Click here to download it: medical-durable-power-of-attorney.

A Medical Durable Power of Attorney should be created by everyone, especially since we are living through a pandemic. This document gives one other person the legal authority to speak on your behalf regarding your wishes for medical care in the case that you are incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself. It needs to be signed and witnessed but does not need to be drawn up by a lawyer. It requires  the signature of two witnesses, and getting it notarized is optional.  Please share a copy with your family doctor and the person you are choosing to represent your healthcare decisions when you cannot.

If you want to look at other documents that can help you prepare for end of life, you can also access advanced directive documents from this website under RESOURCES- Death and Dying.  These are contained in our committee’s resource book called Going Into the Light. There are several different documents to choose from there: 5 Choices, The Conversation Project, and MOST.

The Conversation Project in Boulder County is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. MOST (Colorado Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) covers CPR, medical interventions, and artificially administered nutrition, and is signed and dated by the provider (MD) and patient (or agent, guardian or proxy-by-statute.

You can also find and download the document Advanced Directive for Medical and Surgical Treatment.  This document does need to be sign and notarized.

These documents are all different from a legal will, which can be done in Colorado without a lawyer, but most people choose to see a lawyer for putting that together.

Submitted by Molly Greacen for the Grief and Bereavement Committee

Toward a Life-Centered Economy: From the Rule of Money to the Rewards of Stewardship
The Quaker Institute of the Future put out this new book authored by our own Pete Baston along with John Lodenkamper, Paul Alexander, and Judith Streit. Watch this brief description by Pete here. The book is available from Quakerinstitute.org and from Amazon.
Tips on Joining Zoom
Are you having trouble joining our Zoom gatherings? Technology can be quirky and what works on one device doesn’t always work on another; try some of these ideas and see what works for you:

  • Our Meeting calendar gives links for joining Zoom meetings. Click on “more details” to get more information, including a blue “live” link that will get you directly to the meeting.
  • If the link to join the meeting, either on the calendar or elsewhere, isn’t blue, and clicking on it doesn’t work, then it isn’t live. Copy the link and paste it into your browser window. (If you’re not sure how to do this, I’m happy to teach you, or perhaps you have a grandchild or young friend who would excel at being your tech teacher.)
  • You can also use your Zoom app to join; It’s called Zoom.us on the computer or just Zoom on a smart phone. Click on it to open it and then it asks for the meeting ID and then the meeting Passcode. Those are both in the invitation that you received by email or found on our calendar or in Announcements.
  • If you can’t use a computer or a smart phone, you can still dial in for a telephone connection. Our Zoom link invitations give various phone numbers so that you can pick a “nearby” one such as Houston (1-346-248-7799). Dial that number and you will be prompted to enter the meeting ID and then the meeting Passcode. You will be muted but can unmute and later mute again using *6; you can raise your hand for the host to recognize by using *9. Join a few minutes early and tell the tech host your name so that it can be displayed instead of your phone number.
     
Program Committee Reminds You to Take Care of Yourselves in these Days of Covid
TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF . . .

. . . We Belong Together!  The days are getting shorter, traditional holiday gatherings feel ruined, and COVID is doing its viral-spreading apparently especially happily in colder temps.  So Program Committee is reminding Friends that–while remembering directives from reliable sources to remain vigilant about staying physically distant–we can stay socially close, safe and connected!

A few hints for doing so are available at:

  1. Interact with only those in your household: This means we all need to do our best to avoid any social interactions with friends and family outside of our homes throughout the month of November. Of course Coloradans will continue essential activities like going to work. 
  2. Keep your distance: Just because you’re wearing a mask does not mean that you are not at-risk while interacting with others in close proximity. We need to do a better job of staying six or more feet away from others. 
  3. Wear a mask: The numbers are clear. If you wear a mask, you have a much lower risk of getting or transmitting the virus.

AND by joining your Boulder Meeting Friends community for zoom Worship and Program Hours. As we wrestle through this difficult time together, may you stay safe, well, and connected!

Chris Griffin-Wehr, for Program Committee

Meet Our Artists: Program Hour Series
Program Committee is sponsoring a series of “Meet Our Artists” after-worship Zoom program hours, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. From visual to fiber art, and music to poetry, we are blessed with so many gifts among Boulder Friends! But we are all struggling with that difficult mixture of Zoom-fatigue and social isolation that’s keeping us apart right now. In an effort to find a little more balance, Sandra Bierman and Chris Griffin-Wehr will moderate/facilitate the sessions, as well as coordinate with any artist willing to share a bit about the Spirit and Inspiration of their art to become confident doing so via Zoom.

If you are an artist able to guide Friends along either your artistic process or your resulting creations, please contact Sandra (sbierman4@gmail.com) or Chris (chris.griffinwehr@cu.edu) to sign-up and discuss presentation details. 

Submitted by Chris Griffin-Wehr for Program Committee

Mid-week Worship and Worship Sharing with Mountain View Friends Meeting
We are invited to join Mountain View Meeting’s evening worship and worship sharing on Wednesday evenings: 
Please join us for Mid-week Worship and Worship Sharing on Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:15 PM via Zoom.  We will worship in silence for 15-20 minutes before worship-sharing.  Please email me if you’d like a copy of the short reading (not more than 2 paragraphs) and the queries. (Joan Piasecki, drjmpiasecki@comcast.net).
 
Join Zoom Meeting use this Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 880 4502 4318
Password: 867497

 

Ongoing Meeting Announcements

Zoom Address: zoom@boulderfriendsmeeting.org
Requests or questions about Zoom schedules or practice on Zoom can now be submitted to: zoom@boulderfriendsmeeting.org. Your email will still go to Margaret, and it’s still fine to write to her directly.
Boulder Friends Meeting's Email Lists
To be added to any of Boulder Friends Meeting’s email lists, please send an email to boulderfriendsmeeting@gmail.com.  In the email, let us know which lists you would like to be added to:
 
– The Friday/Saturday weekly Bulletin list
– The Emergency/Memorial list
– The monthly Business Meeting list
 
You are welcome to join all lists or just one or two.
Zoom Quaker Check-in
Check-in sessions via Zoom are offered by Ministry & Worship to help the community stay connected and to offer ideas and support to one another during this time of coronavirus isolation. The group meets at 3:00 on the 1st and 3rd Thursday every month. These one-hour sessions are limited to 10 persons each in order to give participants the time to express themselves. If you would like to participate in a check-in group, send a brief email with the subject line QUAKER CHECK-IN to John Graves at juantumbas@yahoo.com.
Circle of Light – Holding Friends in the Light
Would you like to participate in sending Light to those who request it? This supplement to our post-worship Joys and Sorrows appears to have much support from Meeting for several reasons, especially its immediacy. First suggested as a prayer circle, “Circle of Light” seemed a more inclusive name. We try to surround those in need with Light as soon as it is requested.

If you have a request that you or your loved ones be held in the Light, email Daniel Booth (booth.daniel.j@gmail.com) or text/call 303-594-6138 and your request will go out promptly. Should you wish to remain anonymous, just provide whatever details are needed for us to focus on your situation.

Friends Emergency Fund

Your Oversight and Membership committee wants to remind friends during this difficult time that the Meeting has a long-standing Friends Emergency Fund that can provide funds to those closely connected to the Meeting who are faced with emergency situations involving severe short-term financial need.

Information about the fund — how to apply for it, and limitations to it — are on the Meeting’s website.  Login on the website, then click Procedures, Policies, and Finances.  (You must be logged in to access that page.)  For more information, please feel free to contact any member of O&M:

FRIENDS ONLINE PROFILES – Please help us build community
  • Have you ever spoken with someone during Fellowship and later wanted to contact them but you couldn’t remember their name? 
  • Do you sometimes wish you knew a little more about some of the people in our Meeting? 

Tada! Soon these and similar kinds of issues will be a thing of the past, due to a new feature on our website added by the Web Committee, called Friends Online Profiles! Friends Online Profiles is a community builder, a way for all of us to get to know one another better. 

To view this new feature after you have logged into the website, from the far right Members drop-down menu, choose “Friends Online Profiles”. You will see all of the members and attenders listed who currently have a login to our website. You can click on “View Profile” for anyone to see details. 

Currently there is not much information visible for most people. That’s where you come in! We all need to fill in some details for ourselves. Here’s how to update your own profile: 

From the website’s Members drop-down menu at far right, look for “Update your Online Profile”. 

Once there, upload a digital picture of yourself. Head shots are best, because the image will be very small and we want to recognize you. Then continue to fill in as many fields as you like and are comfortable with. 

When done, click “Submit”. That’s it! 

You can make changes at any time. 

Note that these profiles are secure — they are only visible to people within our Meeting who have logged into the protected pages of our website. 

The Web Committee would like to help. We will have someone in Fellowship Hall, computer in hand, after Meeting for Worship most Sundays in April to help anyone who would like some help with this. And we’ll help after April too. 

It will take all of us to make it work. We invite you to be a part of it. Thank you from the Web Committee

For further information...
For further information about any of the above activities, contact clerk@boulderfriendsmeeting.org.

 

Other Announcements of Interest to Friends

Panel Discussion about Blacks in Boulder County: Feb. 25, 7:00 PM
Several BFM Friends are recommending this Zoom panel discussion that is being presented by a local law firm. Click here to register for the first session, which is on 2/25 at 7pm. From the NAACP newsletter: 

On February 25th at, Hutchinson Black and Cook law firm is hosting community panel discussions that delve into racial exclusion in Boulder County and across the state.

“It’s a pretty dark and bloody history that we tend to overlook while we consider ourselves a very progressive and forward-thinking community,” attorney Lucy Walker said.

Conversation will be moderated by Quintard Taylor, a history professor at the University of Washington who specializes in African American history in the American West.

Panelists include Penfield Tate III, an attorney in Denver and the son of Boulder’s first and only Black mayor; Charles Nilon, an environmental science professor at the University of Missouri and the son of the University of Colorado Boulder’s first tenured Black faculty member, and Polly Bugros McLean, a media studies professor at CU Boulder who wrote “A Legacy of Missing Pieces: The Voice of Black Women of Boulder County.”

More information, including a time and a link to the webinar, will be available closer to the event online at hbcboulder.com. The event will be free and open to all.

 

Watch The Undocumented Lawyer and Support Ingrid Encalada: Feb. 28, 4:00 PM

Prior to COVID, many Friends were volunteering to support Ingrid Encalada as she has lived in Sanctuary at UUCB for more than 3 years. Now efforts on Ingrid’s behalf are being overseen by a small core team of faith leaders from Boulder County, including Judy Huston from our Meeting. This is one way we can all show up to support Ingrid and make it possible for her to have the services of her advocate, Katie Larson, who is vital to pursuing her case.

The Boulder County Sanctuary Coalition is hosting a virtual showing of The Undocumented Lawyer (the trailer is here) on Sunday, February 28th at 4 p.m. MST. We will watch the documentary together via zoom starting at 4 p.m., and then Lizbeth Mateo, the lawyer featured in the documentary, will join us live at 4:30 p.m. for a Q&A. Here is a link to register for the showing. 

The Boulder County Sanctuary Coalition is hosting this showing as a fundraiser for a matching grant of $7,500 received from the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility. All donations received through this showing will be matched and will go directly to the Boulder County Sanctuary Coalition to support the advocate/organizer position who works to support Ingrid, her family, and the coalition. So we are asking for a donation of $25 per person in attendance. But no one will be turned away, and every little bit helps. 

If you are unable to attend the live event on the 28th, you can still participate! The Boulder County Sanctuary Coalition will have access to watch the documentary until March 5th. We will send out a link and a recording of the Q&A, so you can watch it at your leisure during the week. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. And get your popcorn and snacks ready, and we’ll see you on February 28th! 🙂

Thank you, 

Katie Larson. Organizer for Ingrid Encalada Latorre

Website: nomaschuecos.org

Questions, Queries, and Quandaries: March 6, 7:00 PM

Join Western-based Quakers for a fun evening of Questions, Queries, and Quandaries. Is that enough Q’s? Come connect and enjoy, Saturday March 6th at 7 p.m. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91322376769?pwd=NW9ncnBTTnJvekR3ZVlyRTBWRVlvQT09

Polly Washburn explains: We will start with “easy” questions and a “quiz” and move toward deeper queries as the hour continues.

Questions? Ask your hosts, Kaylee Berg & Polly Washburn: kayleeberg95 at gmail

Vaccines and Community, Speaker Events: March 20 or March 24

Join Fred Koster and the Board of Western Friend to consider Vaccines and Community

Join us either or both of these times:

Saturday, March 20, 2021, 90 minutes, beginning 3:00 PM Pacific = 4:00 PM Mountain

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 90 minutes beginning, 6:00 PM Pacific = 7:00 PM Mountain

Fred Koster is a medical doctor and virologist whose fifty-year career included vaccine development. He serves as Treasurer on Western Friend’s Board of Directors and is a member of Albuquerque Friends Meeting (IMYM).

Fred will explore these questions and more:

  • How does COVID challenge our testimonies of community and equality?
  • While we want to protect our fellowship, how long will it impinge on our worship, on gatherings?
  • With regard to vaccines, who is our priority? Ourselves? The most vulnerable?
  • Where does the Light lead us and our priorities?

Click here to join the March 20 conversation.

Click here to join the March 24 conversation.

 from Nancy Marshall and Molly Wingate, Western Friend Board of Directors (2/19/2021)

GoFundMe Page for BFM Supported Former Sudanese Refugee – Updated 11/27/20
There is a new GoFundMe page called ‘Amazing Grace’ for Sudanese refugee residing in Boulder, Grace N. L.  The link is: gofundme.com/f/f9paxy-amazing-grace  These funds will help with car repairs, rent payments, and other expenses. Her twins’ father, Mario, is back from Sudan and helping with them while taking care of other household needs. He has applied for unemployment and will get a job eventually. For now, the kindergartners need to have him at home while Grace works. He can help them with online school while Grace sleeps. (She is a CNA by night). Thank you for your ongoing support. Contact Carolyn Kuban, 303-204-8443, for more info.
Discrimination in Boulder: Historical Roots & Current Impacts: Available Online
How have discrimination and racism shaped Boulder? Explore the past and present with the Museum of Boulder.
 
From stolen land to bombings and police brutality, Boulder has a complex past. Explore how discrimination and racism have shaped this place we call home with Megan Moriarty of the Museum of Boulder. This webinar is available for viewing here.
Homesteading Apprenticeship in Remote Maine
Our meeting received this letter from Alaine Peaslee-Hinshaw and Christopher Hinshaw: January 2021 Hinshaw letter.

 

 

Take Action

This Month's FCNL Letter Writing - Passage of the Dream and Promise Act to Protect Immigrants

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is continuing its monthly letter writing campaign. This month, we are calling on Friends to act in faith and solidarity with Dreamers, their families, and communities by advocating for the Dream and Promise Act. Our nation is stronger because of immigrants who come to our country annually. But millions of them live in the shadows, fearing imminent separation from their families, prolonged detention, or a return to life threatening situations. President Joe Biden has promised to protect Dreamers and their families. But any executive action is a short-term response. Immigrants and their communities need permanent solutions, and the only way to do that is through congressional action.  

Any legislative solution must include a roadmap to lawful permanent resident status and U.S. citizenship for immigrant youth; an opportunity for people impacted by Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to gain permanent residence and U.S. citizenship; and no harmful measures that shut the door to other categories of immigrants. Urge Congress to re-introduce and pass the Dream and Promise Act, or a similar bill that creates a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth and TPS and DED holders.

Please contact our Legislators. You can write your own letter, using the following template if you like. You can also submit a letter electronically through FCNL here. 

Letter/Email Template 

February 2021 

Dear______________________________

I seek an equitable society supported by policies that recognize the Light of God in each of us, no exceptions. I’m concerned that Congress has so far refused to reform the U.S. immigration system, leaving millions of immigrants to live in fear of family separation, deportation, and detention. Please publicly support the re-introduction and passage of the Dream and Promise Act, or similar legislation, to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth and TPS/DED holders.”

 (My story) 

Even though they came to this country as children and grew up in our communities, approximately three million Dreamers, including individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, have been forced to live in the shadows as the administration, courts, and Congress debate their fate. Please let me know if you will publicly support passage of the Dream and Promise Act, or similar legislation, in the first 100 days of the new Congress. 

Sincerely, 

(Name, Physical Address, Phone, Email) 

Contact information for Colorado Legislators

Senator Michael Bennet: 1244 Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80204, 202-224-5852                 

Senator Cory Gardner: 1961 Stout St #12-300, Denver, CO 80294, 303-391-5777

Senator Elect John Hickenlooper: P.O. Box 18886, Denver, CO 80218

Representative Joe Neguse: 2503 Walnut St, Suite 300, Boulder, CO 80302, 303-335-1045

Support Immigrant Essential Workers
Dear Friends,

Please consider signing on to the following letter for protecting immigrant essential workers and their families and providing them with a pathway to citizenship. 

The letter was written by Faith in Action. It can be signed HERE.

Protect Immigrant Essential Workers and Their Families and Provide Them with a Pathway to Citizenship

To Members of Congress, 

As leaders from a broad range of faith traditions across our nation, we share core convictions around justice, the bonds of family and community, and the dignity of every person. During the Covid-19 pandemic we have been navigating as a nation for nearly a year now, we have seen the ways in which all Americans have relied on essential workers to sustain our economy and maintain the flow of food, other goods and basic services to every corner of our country. 

And we are reminded of the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who observed in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail : “All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all directly. ”

We owe a debt of gratitude and bear a moral obligation toward these workers, now deemed “essential” but for too long treated as “expendable” within our economy. This has never been more true than in this season of the pandemic. Workers in meatpacking, agriculture, warehouse and delivery services, cleaning services, health care, childcare, public transit and other industries have provided the basics needed to sustain families and communities across the United States. Workers in these roles during the pandemic have exposed themselves and their loved ones to Covid-19, and have disproportionately experienced illnesses and deaths wrought by the coronavirus. The risks they have borne and the contributions to the common good they have made have yet to be fully acknowledged by our society. 

Many of our nation’s essential workers are immigrants, compelled to run these risks to keep their families fed, clothed and sheltered while being excluded from health insurance, affordable healthcare and unemployment relief. The impact of the coronavirus has forced them to incur lost income, unexpected medical bills, and the searing burden of funeral expenses. All this, while we as a nation have left them out of any financial relief provided under the federal stimulus programs. This is an injustice that must and can be righted.

We urge you, within the Covid-relief stimulus bill to be considered by Congress in the coming weeks, to include an amendment that will:

  • Provide work authorization and a path to citizenship for essential immigrant workers and their spouses and children; and
  • Include protections for essential immigrant workers, their spouses and children as well as Dreamers and TPS holders.

By taking these steps, we can begin to meet our moral obligation to recognize and include immigrant essential workers who have helped America make its way through the pandemic. In this way we can take one important step toward building, out of the horror of the pandemic, a more just and equitable nation, one which recognizes and strengthens the web of mutuality which binds us all to one another. 

Respectfully,

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT – OPPORTUNITY TO LOBBY VIA EMAIL
 

With a new Congress in session, members and attenders of Boulder Meeting may participate in a meaningful way in lobbying our Colorado senators regarding renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which failed to be renewed in last year’s Congress; it has not been renewed since 2013. Such renewal is vital for victims of both sexual and domestic violence throughout the country as a result of COVID-19, with victims having fewer options of escape. Domestic violence victims in Indian Country outnumber victims of other races 9 to 1. Moreover, the majority of perpetrators in Indian Country are non-natives over whom Tribes have no jurisdiction. As a result, Justice is not being done. Please write your senators asking them to support the renewal of VAWA; however, we need you to ask something different of each senator. Senator Bennet co-sponsored the bill last year, so, please ask him to not only make it a legislative priority in the first 100 days of the legislative session, but also to ensure that there are strong tribal provisions in any bill that is passed this year. For Senator Hickenlooper, please ask him to make VAWA a legislative priority, ensuring that it gets passed this year, with strong tribal provisions. For a sample email to send to each senator, email Susan Swihart at: sus.swih@gmail. Contact Senator Bennet: bennet.senate.gov Senator Hickenlooper: hickenlooper.senate.gov.

Submitted on behalf of Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee by Susan Swihart

Support The Isna Wica Owayawa School on Pine Ridge Reservation
Children and teachers at The Isna Wica Owayawa School on Pine Ridge Reservation (home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe) are urgently in need of support.
 Due to the high levels of COVID-19, the school has been doing 100% distance learning and will likely need to continue this for the rest of the school year.  Paying for the devices and other resources needed for distance learning is challenging at any time, but in the current economic downturn, the reservation, which is one of the poorest areas in the United States, is losing jobs and businesses.  And during this hugely stressful time, there are even bigger concerns. As the principal reports, “Our students are hurting. We had an increase in suicide attempts and ideations in the last months.”
Donations can be written directly to: Isna Wica Owayawa School, PO Box 50, Oglala, SD 57764.
Palestinian Human Rights Organization Starting up in Boulder
 

 

A new organization has started up in Boulder, called Human Rights for Palestinians. Members of First Congregational Church are mainly involved in the start-up, and they invite interested people from other congregations to visit their monthly meetings by zoom and see if they would like to join.

The group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month, from 7-8 pm, with a speaker and discussion.  They also send out weekly emails with information or suggestions for advocacy action.

This Tuesday, Dec.1, speakers will describe Sabeel, an international organization, based in the Palestinian West Bank, also dedicated to Palestinian human rights.  January will address anti-Semitism.

 To attend, Friends may contact BFM member Anne Remley (agr1@me.com) for contact information or contact the group’s conveners, Jane Thomas <jane.thomas@colorado.edu> or Barbara Hanst at bhanst@gmail.com.

                                         

Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples
Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples (friendspeaceteams.org/trr)
FCNL Resources on Racial Justice
From FCNL: Quaker Volunteer Service has pulled together a collection of resources to help each of us determine our next right step. Get started using this list of 75 Things White People can Do for Racial Justice. Watch Quaker Speak’s collection of video interviews with Quakers of Color, and read this powerful reflection by Vanessa Julye, which asks: “Are we ready to make the systematic changes necessary in our meetings to remove white supremacy?”
More Ways to Get Involved with Racial Justice Right Now
These suggestions have been compiled by a number of folks in and out of our meeting. See what speaks to your heart.

If you’re looking for local ways to get involved:

-Watch this 17-minute video by the creator of VeggieTales on the History of Race in America.

-Join the Colorado Poor People’s Campaign

-White parents of white children can help their kids process the injustices that people of color face, along with how to respond, by reading this article.

-Download this template for a 2020-06-09 BVSD School Board Letter to the Boulder Valley School Board and Superintendent. The address is bvs.board@bvsd.org (note it’s NOT bvsd.board, just bvs.board). Boulder NAACP is working to get SRO (School Resource Officers) out of schools – learn more about why and write to the school board.

– Do work in your own school district to remove SROs/police from schools

-Click here for a website that compiles many, many ways we can help, from petitions to sign, who to text/call, donations, protests, and other resources.

Click here for movies to educate yourself on racial justice.

This NY Times opinion piece includes many suggested readings and films.

Learn about Right Relationship Boulder
Learn more about building relationship with Native Peoples by subscribing to the newsletter for Right Relationship Boulder. Paula Palmer and other members of the Indigenous Peoples Concerns committee can give you more information about this important organization.

Friends Committee on National Legislation(FCNL)