Friends who gathered at Pacific Yearly Meeting (PYM) in July 2014 were moved by a refugee crisis unfolding on the US-Mexico border. Thousands of children continue to escape violence in Central America and seek reunification with family members working in the US. The crisis has many causes that require thoughtful analysis to discern long-term solutions, but for us the causes do not matter.
Gary Miller helped found the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club in 1971 and served as its president in 1975. He was the first openly gay person to serve as the chair of the Sacramento Democratic Party and was Sacramento’s first openly gay human rights commissioner.
Leah Bolger is a former National Board President of Veterans For Peace and continues to serve on the VFP board. She is currently touring the U.S. to promote the work of VFP’s “Drones, Robots, and Future Weapons Working Group.” Leah has worked with Quakers on many common causes over the years, and she spoke with Western Friend by phone on January 25, 2013.