Steve Tatum is here at the Meeting House struggling to teach me, Vicki, how to become an Editor on our WordPress site. Hope I am proving to be a good student. He is very patient. Much laughing is prevalent in this “serious” Peace and Social Concerns meeting. Hope to post meaningful info for readers in the future, if I can just get this technical stuff under my belt.
Located across the street from the U.S. Senate, the Quaker Welcome Center of the Friends Committee on National Legislation is a place for dialogue and the promotion of peace, justice, and environmental sustainability. The Quaker Welcome Center hosts programs and events that equip people to change policy, nurture integrity in governance, and collaborate across political differences.
Please open the link for recent action alerts on fully funding the United Nations, investigating wasteful Pentagon spending, preventing funding for immigration enforcement, and more.
A New York Times article describes an interfaith effort to revive the Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s campaign of 1968, including the arrest of clergy in the Capitol Rotunda for reading Bible passages very loudly for all to hear.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) web site includes an Action Center– https://www.afsc.org/actioncenter –which provides ways to address current issues:
- Saving protected status for immigrants
- Creating sanctuary
- Posters to download for resisting racism
- Tips for talking about Trump’s Muslim ban
- Intervention tips for bystanders to harassment and violence
- Actions congregations can take to end Islamophobia
Action alerts for immediate action are at the bottom of the page. They link to forms for emailing members of congress.
- Oppose military action with North Korea
- Hold Israel accountable for violating children’s rights
These posts are for describing the activities of those active with Blacksburg Friends Meeting and national Quaker organizations.