Issue 70, March 2021
Friends Center Tenant Newsletter
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S NOTE
Today in the U.S. we have yet another reason for mourning. The horrific mass shooting of Asian American women in Atlanta is just the latest sign of a wave of anti-Asian violence in the US. And other forms of structural and interpersonal violence continue to occur here in Philadelphia, in the US, and in other countries (many of whom are supplied with weapons from this country).
Fortunately, many organizations at Friends Center organize communities and offer resources to counter these trends. Here are just a few samples:
Vigil for Victims of Anti-Asian Violence 10th & Vine St Plaza, 7-8 PM for all those who are grieving those who have suffered. At 6 PM, we also welcome those who want to help make posters for the vigil.
Standing up to Anti-Asian Racism, Feb. 2021
- Gender Justice Fund:
Tweet: “White supremacy and patriarchy are inextricably linked. We must fight them both on every front. Our hearts are with those affected by the shooting in #Atlanta.”
- Friends Center’s Twitter list of the organizations here is a great way to find out what your colleagues are doing: https://twitter.com/i/lists/184330795.
– Chris Mohr, Executive Director
AROUND FRIENDS CENTER
Shredding Day: March 19th
Our Preferred company will be visiting Friends Center to shred sensitive documents onsite. You can leave your shredding down by the loading area on the cart that is set up. What is collected will be locked up at night until it is picked up Friday.
EQUITY PARTNER NEWS
Spring Continuing Sessions
March 23, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
March 26, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
March 27, 9:00am – 4:00pm
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker Organization which includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Read more about AFSC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
For a complete list of open positions, please click here.
Fair Trade Ministry
This is a video recording of Yoko Koike Barnes’s presentation on her Fair Trade Ministry, offered during the meeting for worship with attention to ministry via Zoom on March 4, 2021.
Gender Justice Fund & Scattergood Foundation featured:
Generocity.org: “Does the local nonprofit sector have the collective agency to make change and move us toward just recovery?”
“It is hard to find balance between doing the work and finding the energy and resources to argue at City Hall,” says Farrah Parkes of Gender Justice Fund.
Witness to Innocence
Featured in National Geographic Magazine:
“Sentenced to death, but innocent:
These are stories of justice gone wrong.”
Since 1973, more than 8,700 people in the U.S. have been sent to death row. At least 182 weren’t guilty—their lives upended by a system that nearly killed them.
» Articles and Photos Here (paywall)