Upcoming Meeting Events
*First Day School (Sunday School) Picnic: April 11: 12:30
We’re planning an in-person get together at Foothills Park on April 11. It will start around 12:30 and we’ll meet with families on blankets for snacks, sharing and playing on the playground. It’s also in honor of Earth Day, so we may share ideas about how to help our only planet. The theme for April is “Stewardship of the Earth.”
Anti-Racism Working Group Book Discussion: April 17, 11:00 – 12:30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
OR Judy Huston Hustonjudy8@gmail.com
Join Zoom Meeting with video from a computer, tablet, or smart phone:
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: 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). Robert Griswold will give a talk on “Children of the Light, Roots and Transitions, 1647 – 1677” (earliest foundations of our Quaker movement). More information here.
WORK DAYS AT THE MEETINGHOUSE: April 24 and May 22, 9:00 – 12:00
IPC Program Hour: Fort Chambers – Boulder's Connection with the Sand Creek Massacre, May 2, 12:30
Throughout our country, people are re-assessing how we memorialize our history, especially in regard to racial injustice and conflict. This is an immediate challenge — and opportunity — for the people of Boulder. The City’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) department is considering how to protect and develop the site of Fort Chambers, one of the staging grounds for the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre where 230 Cheyenne and Arapaho people were killed. Right Relationship Boulder is advocating for Cheyenne and Arapaho people to determine how this history should be memorialized at the Fort Chambers OSMP site.
Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee members will present the Right Relationship Boulder slide presentation, “Fort Chambers: A Call for Boulder to Reckon with our History and build Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples Today,” followed by discussion. Please join us to learn about this hidden chapter of Boulder’s history and consider ways we can support healing for Sand Creek Massacre descendants.
Join Zoom Meeting with video from a computer, tablet, or smart phone:
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: 977 8693 3825 Passcode: 539071
Intermountain Yearly Meeting: June 16–20 1.Call to IMYM, 2. Call for IMYM Interest Groups, 3 E-tech job posting
1.Call to Intermountain Yearly Meeting’s Gathering for 2021
Please join us at the virtual gathering of Intermountain Yearly Meeting, from June 16-20, 2021. We look forward to implementing many of the skills and lessons that we have learned over the last year, to create a Spirit-led time for all Friends and others who join us. We have learned that a virtual platform can be more accessible for those who live at a distance, or have physical mobility issues; it can be problematic for those without adequate computer equipment. Friends have commented that they found a surprising depth of worship in many of the sessions, and a deepening connection, both with Spirit and with other Friends.
We acknowledge and recognize that our inability to gather in person for a second year will weigh heavily on all our hearts, particularly for our younger Friends, for whom the in-person experience is particularly important. We anticipate being able to gather together for “live” hugs and closer interactions next year, in joy and in confidence.
We hope you will join us to experience worship, fellowship, and deep learning, and that you will participate in business meetings to help with discernment on a variety of issues. We expect to welcome Friends of all ages from Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, West Texas, Wyoming and nearby states, as well as Friends from more distant locations, including Mexico City.
Theme and Friend in “Residence”/Keynote
In recent years the Program Working Group has discerned a theme for the upcoming IMYM and then searched for a keynote speaker who could engage with us on that theme. This year, with so much uncertainty surrounding our personal lives and the life of the Annual Meeting, we have reversed that sequence. First we chose the speaker; now we will work with him to identify a rich and relevant theme for this year’s focus. We are delighted that José Woss has committed to be the Keynote Speaker for IMYM 2021.
José is a Quaker with deep roots. He works as the Legislative Manager for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity at FCNL. His bio, including some of his writings, can be found at https://www.fcnl.org/people/jose-santos-woss
In addition to our usual keynote address and Q&A session, José has been invited to participate in all our virtual sessions, and expects to meet with our Senior Young Friends (SYFs), Junior Young Friends (JYFs), and possibly our Children’s Yearly Meeting (CYM).
We expect to have a vibrant youth program this year, and hope to share those plans in the near future. We are gathering input from our SYFs and JYFs, including their clerks, and the adults who work with them.
We have been considering whether the youth program should be on separate dates from the regular IMYM Gathering, to limit conflicts in the use of limited resources (e.g., computers, and parental attention when needed); that decision has not yet been made. As always, younger Friends are welcome to attend any sessions that interest them…including movies, sing-alongs, and other musical possibilities, as well as worship sharing and other more “serious” sessions.
We are currently looking to hire someone as the primary coordinator of the technical aspects of the sessions. Last year, our tech hosts were invaluable in making the virtual gathering possible and enjoyable for each of us…thank you all! Again, we will need a number of volunteer hosts to ensure that everyone is able to reach their breakout rooms, worship sharing sessions, interest groups and seminars, as well as social activities. We expect that last year’s tech guru extraordinaire, Polly Washburn, will be available to assist to some degree, but she will be more “behind the scenes” than last year (and able to participate in sessions as she wishes).
Arrangements Committee met virtually in January, and continues to work on the details for our Gathering. We expect there to be a rich program of activities, fellowship, learning, spiritual growth, and IMYM (and Quaker) business. A schedule of sessions and activities will be included in the registration materials, which will be found on our website at IMYM.org
We look forward to virtual fellowship with Friends this summer, and to deepening our spiritual connections with each other and with the Divine.
Gale Toko-Ross and Valerie Ireland
Presiding Co-Clerks, IMYM
- Call for Topics and Presenters
The IMYM Program Working Group is seeking proposals for Friends to present interest groups at the virtual yearly meeting via Zoom June 16 – 20, 2021. Interest groups will be held Wednesday 6/16, Thursday 6/17 and Friday 6/18 for 60 or 90 minutes each. IMYM participants cannot sign up in advance but will choose interest groups live in the online format. Preparatory materials will be made available on the IMYM website.
The year’s Friend in Residence, José Woss, brings a range of potential areas of inquiry for our consideration. He has an intimate perspective on racial justice as a Black Latino Quaker of Dominican heritage. His professional work at FCNL on criminal justice and election integrity informs his Spiritual journey and how he lives as a Quaker in the world.
While interest groups are not limited to designated topics, José’s participation invites reflection on expanding and deepening our faith and practice in these times. Other potential topics are areas of concern and interest to Quakers in today’s world. Some ideas include:
- Elections ● Racial Equity ● Indigenous Peoples Concerns ● How COVID-19 can Bring Change
- Poetry ●Middle East Peace ●Sanctuary ●Migration and Immigration ●Nonviolent Action
- Restorative Justice ●Participatory Crafts ●Experiment with Light ●Dance and Movement ●Nuclear Weapons Policy ●Friends Addressing Climate Change ●Quaker Thought
If you have an idea for something you would like to offer as an interest group, participatory activity, or short video to share for discussion, contact Deneen Crandell (Colorado Springs) email@example.com with a copy to DeAnne Butterfield (Boulder) firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest. Please include a title and description of your proposal, information about the amount of time (60 to 90 minutes) and format you propose, names and affiliations of presenters, and any information on technology needs. Also please tell us if you want materials available through the bookstore. There are a limited number of time slots available. We will accommodate as many proposals as we can but may not be able to accept all submissions. Interest group proposals may be submitted until April 30, 2021.
- IMYM e-Gathering Technical Lead
Before the Gathering:
- Work and meet with co-Clerks, Recording Clerk, Arrangements Clerk, Representatives Clerk, Registrar, JYF/SYF Coordinators, and Session coordinators to stay up-to-date on Gathering details
- Work with Web Clerk and Registrar to get up-to-date information about the Gathering onto the IMYM.org website, and out to registrants, including:
- Schedule, with details on sessions and leaders
- Documents in advance
- Instructions, guidance, encouragement
- Coordinate tech volunteers
- Put out call for volunteers to host video sessions
- Assess skills
- Create schedule for volunteers, with 1-2 volunteers per session
- Hold training/practice sessions for volunteers
- Coordinate video meeting schedule and links. For 2021, this entails using IMYM’s pro Zoom account, which includes 10 meeting links.
- With volunteer assistance, answer registrant and session leader questions
- With volunteer assistance, hold training/practice sessions for registrants, clerks and session leaders
- Ensure that sessions are running smoothly, help troubleshoot where possible
- Answer questions from volunteers, registrants, committee members
- With volunteer assistance, provide information daily to registrants, via email and in session chat announcements
- Work with co-Clerks, Recording Clerk and Web Clerk to get wrap-up information to registrants, and to the website
Very comfortable with Zoom, spreadsheets, scheduling, creating informational documents and emails.
Bonus: Experience leading Zoom training, coordinating volunteers, and/or updating WordPress pages.
Last year’s Tech lead will provide training and guidance to get you up and running, and support through the Gathering as she is the Web Clerk.
Anticipated number of hours:
January – April: 5-10 hours/month; May: 20-30 hours; June: 50-60 hours in first 3 weeks
Reports to: Arrangements Clerk Supervises: Volunteers
To apply: Submit resume and cover letter to Laura Peterson (email@example.com) asap (by April 30)
Boulder Meeting Announcements
Robin Powelson’s Obituary
Longtime and much beloved BFM Robin Powelson’s obituary is now available: click here. Her memorial service will take place at the meetinghouse once it is safe to do so.
Celebration of Life Online Events
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
Please Fill Out Your 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
Tips on Joining Zoom
- 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
. . . 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:
- The University of Colorado medical school: https://www.uchealth.org/today/virus-far-more-dangerous-now-as-colorado-covid-19-spike-sets-alarming-records/?utm_source=UCHealth%20Today&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=UT111020
- Boulder County Health webinar recordings about the recent return to “Level Orange”: https://youtu.be/nleMYYbl-dU or Cross-Industry https://youtu.be/ViLXX1pSQ7c
- Following Gov. Polis’s reminders to:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
If you are an artist able to guide Friends along either your artistic process or your resulting creations, please contact Sandra (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris (email@example.com) 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
Ongoing Meeting Announcements
Zoom Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Boulder Friends Meeting's Email Lists
Friendly Friends Chat (formerly Zoom Quaker Check-in)
Friendly Friends Chat: Group meets first and third Thursdays at 3 pm. Come join us! For the Zoom link, contact John Graves at email@example.com.
Circle of Light – Holding Friends in the Light
If you have a request that you or your loved ones be held in the Light, email Daniel Booth (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
- Bill Moninger, moninger@alumni.ColoradoCollege.edu 720-989-1336
- Elaine Yarborough, email@example.com, 303-444-8493
- Anne Kauffman, firstname.lastname@example.org (303) 834-5228
- Marilyn Hayes, Marilyn.Hayes@colorado.edu, 303-666-6802
- Conner Middlemann, email@example.com, 720-289-1958
- Susan Stephens, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303-554-6312
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 email@example.com.
Other Announcements of Interest to Friends
AFSC – Pursuing Peace with Justice, Actions and Online Events April 6 -15
The American Friends Service Committee invites all Quakers to join us for online events taking place from April 11-15. Topics include restorative justice, prison abolition, migrant justice, and Palestinians children’s rights. Visit the event webpage here.
They also offer information here on “What Can You Do When Someone Is Being Harassed in Public?” and a variety of actions you can take on this and other topics.
The Importance of Renaming | A Panel Discussion with Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Representatives: Apr 18, 2021 01:00 PM
Join the Mestaa’ėhehe Coalition on April 18, 2021, at 1:00 pm MDT as they continue their educational conversations. During this webinar, you’ll learn more about Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and Hinono’eiteen (Arapaho) history in present-day Colorado, the renaming process, and how you can support tribal efforts in Clear Creek County. We’ll also discuss the importance of renaming Mt. Evans and Sq**w Mountain and how this is a step towards healing and reconciliation between Tsétsêhéstâhese and Hinono’eiteen peoples and the state of Colorado. Register today: http://bit.ly/Renaming-Webinar-April21
Submitted by Jessene of the newly formed Mestaa’ehehe Coalition
Friends Are Invited to Participate in the Loving Earth Project: Several Early April Activities Available
We want to let you know about some opportunities to get involved in the Loving Earth Project and some events upcoming in the near future. The Loving Earth Project is a community craft project to celebrate people, places, and things that we love but which are threatened by growing environmental and climate breakdown. It uses arts and crafts, and particularly a community textile project, to help us engage with the issues without being overwhelmed by them. You can find a video introducing the project here.
The Loving Earth Project aims to help a wide range of people engage with the challenges of living more sustainably, motivated by love. We encourage craft groups, faith groups, community groups, and any interested individuals to get involved. Started by a few Quakers in 2019, the project has generated broad interest and is now being run in partnership with the Quaker Arts Network and Woodbrooke.
Individuals and groups alike are invited to explore how the present or future of something, someone, or somewhere they love is affected by human actions. This exploration can take many forms, including participation in our community textile project: all are invited to participate in this by making a textile panel of specified size, in response to the questions and prompts you can find on our website, and sending it to join our travelling exhibition. We hope to display the exhibition in Glasgow at the time of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, in autumn 2021, and we hope that it will tour widely thereafter. Please do contact us if you’d like to host a display.
You can make a textile panel on your own or join events we’re running. We host free online workshops to help people get started as well as online chats for panel makers; other courses and workshops are also available (get in touch with any specific requests), and you’re welcome to set up your own. Upcoming events include a panel makers’ chat on Thursday, 8 April; two events, on Saturday, 10 April, connected to Quakers in Britain’s Journey to COP26; and a panel making worship on Thursday, 22 April. You can find out more about these events, and see other upcoming events, here. We hope to see many of you there! Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
The Loving Earth Project is largely run on a voluntary basis and there are opportunities to get involved. Please get in touch if you’d like to help and tell us what you might offer. If you or your organization are interested in supporting the project, through publicity, advice, practical help, or in other ways, we would love to hear about this as well.
The Loving Earth Project
Join AFSC and Coloradans for Immigrant Rights: Every Tuesday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Join AFSC and Coloradans for Immigrant Rights – want to meet other allies working for immigrant rights? Or deepen your knowledge on immigration policy? Maybe meet with elected officials to support the vision and demands of immigrants? Every Tuesday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom – Sign up here to receive meeting information
To receive AFSC Denver email communications, sign up here https://www.afsc.org/ea/coloradans-immigrant-rights?submit=Subscribe
Learn about the American Friends Service Committee's Denver (AFSC)
NEWS FROM THE DENVER AFSC OFFICE
Want to learn about the work of the American Friends Service Committee’s Denver office? Check out their website: https://www.afsc.org/office/denver-co. To receive AFSC Denver email communications, sign up here https://www.afsc.org/ea/ coloradans-immigrant-rights?submit=Subscribe
Want to meet other allies working for immigrant rights? Or deepen your knowledge on immigration policy? Maybe meet with elected officials to support the vision and demands of immigrants? Every Tuesday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm via Zoom – Sign up here to receive meeting information
– Submitted by Paula Palmer, AFSC Rep.
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.
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.”
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.
(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
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.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for contact information or contact the group’s conveners, Jane Thomas <email@example.com> or Barbara Hanst at firstname.lastname@example.org.