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Care for Folk on the Street

San Francisco Meeting collects clothing and other supplies, and then gives them out to folks on the street on Sunday afternoons, and Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Sometimes food and water is given, but more often it is clean clothes and hygiene supplies that are needed. Items are always gratefully received, especially blankets, hoodies and jackets. Bruce Folsom is the contact person for anyone wishing more information.

from Bruce Folsom, San Francisco Friends Meeting (7/8/2019)

Quaker Harvest Festival, Sept 28, 2019

It’s been 53 years since Josephine Dueveneck et al started the Quaker Harvest Festival to support Friends Committee on Legislation of California. In other words . . . This will be our 53rd Quaker Harvest Festival!

I am personally happy that the Palo Alto Meeting kept the baton moving forward. I love the way that other Bay Area meetings pitch in to make the event happen, and I love the way we interact with the local community during this event - it is SPICES in action. I am excited to be part of it.

Borderless Lullabies

Here is a great way to support refugee/immigrant kids: Purchase the new album, Borderless Lullabies: Musicians and Authors in Defense of Refugee Children, produced by the artist Morley. 100% of proceeds benefit KIND: Kids In Need of Defense, a wonderful nonprofit that partners with pro-bono attorneys at law firms and law schools to represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings, ensuring that no child stands in court alone.

NPR Covers Quakers at Border

Dear Editor: I thought Friends might enjoy reading / hearing this, produced by NPR on June 27, 2019:

Two years ago, Edie Salisbury hadn’t heard of the Adelanto Detention Center. Now, the retired psychologist leads members of her faith community on monthly trips into California’s largest immigrant lock-up, 80 miles northeast of LA.

Salisbury is a Quaker––part of the Christian group formally known as the Religious Society of Friends who faced historical persecution in England and the colonial U.S. 

IMYM Approved Minute on Migration

Minute on Migration for IMYM Gathering 2019, and Approved 6/27/19

Equality, community and integrity are foundations of Quaker belief. We also recognize that these testimonies are rooted in the Spirit of God. We affirm that there is that of God in every one and that the Holy Spirit calls us to treat the stranger, the foreigner, the immigrant with particular care and concern...”for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me...” Matt 25:35 (NRSV)

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