The Social Justice Committee is active in out community and this page will keep you informed about events and opportunities in our area.  For more information contact Kathy Baros Friedt.  kbfriedt@comcast.net 

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Interfaith Works Newsletter


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Free workshop at the Quaker Meeting on Overcoming Racism.  March 24th, 12:30 to 3:30.

Click here to see the flyer for this event.

Stay Woke Rally featuring Dolores Huerta and Bria Smith
Monday, March 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM
The Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, Washington

Save the Date! An Evening on Equal Pay will be held April 2, 2019 with a 6:30 pm social, 7 pm panel at the Women's Club, 1002 Washington Street SE, Olympia. Why is it that the average woman in 2018 had to work until April 10th of 2019 to earn what the average white male did in the previous year? And that day for women of color was even later? Speakers on the panel include Professor of Economics Savvina Chowdhury, Evergreen State College, former Commissioner Jennifer Belcher and Jane Field, American Assoc. of Univ. Women. Following the panel and questions, Legalize Equality, a short film on the Equal Rights Amendment will be shown with discussion.  Sponsored by the Women's Club of Olympia, it is co-hosted by Thurston County  National Organization for Women,  League of Women Voters,  American Association of University Women and  American Business Women’s Association. 

For further information contact jennifer.minich@pa.net  with the Women's Club of Olympia


The Social Justice Ministry had updates on Jan. 20 on the following Homelessness/Shelter topics:

·         Plum Street Tiny House Village.  City and Faith Community Pilot Partnership

·         Faith Network for Immigrant and Refugee Support

·         Affordable Housing and Homelessness Mitigation Efforts in Lacey

For information contact kbfriedt@comcast.net

A prayer by Cesar Chavez called, Prayer of the Farm Workers' Struggle. In light of the current need to speak out so that ALL humanity flourishes, I am quoting the last section.

"....Let the spirit flourish and grow; so that we will never tire of the struggle. Let us remember those who have died for justice; for they have given us life. Help us love even those who hate us; so we can change the world." 
Cesar Chavez, MLK, Jesus----the charge to us is an ancient command. Even if social justice moves in increments too small, we must not tire.”

Please read 28th amendment

This will only take 1 minute to read! 28th Amendment, 35 States and Counting. It will take you less than a minute to read this. If you agree, please pass it on. It's an idea whose time has come to deal with this self-serving situation: OUR PRESENT SITUATION ! Children of Congress members do not have to pay back their college student loans. Staffers of Congress family members are also exempt from having to pay back student loans. Members of Congress can retire at full pay after only one term. Members of Congress have exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed, under which ordinary citizens must live. For example, they are exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment. And as the latest example, they have exempted themselves from Healthcare Reform, in all of its aspects.

We must not tolerate an elite class of such people, elected as public servants and then putting themselves above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever. The self-serving must stop. Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states.It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

"Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the Citizens of the United States ..." This is an idea that should be passed around, regardless of political party. Congressional Reform Act of 2017

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office. And, no more perks go with them.

2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress must purchase their own retirement plan, just as ALL Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people (i.e. NO MORE INSIDER TRADING!!!).

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts by and for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor and privilege NOT a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work … not get all kinds of freebies.


There aren’t really children among our local homeless, are there?

April 22, 9:15-10:15. Social Justice Ministry Guests will be here from PEAR BLOSSOM PLACE where a minimum of 36 parents and children find safety, warmth, and hope at shelter each night.  School aged children are guaranteed access to education. Just imagine a child living in a shelter and functioning in the classroom!  Come hear the stories and show a SBC welcome!!

Community in Crisis; We're watching them watch us.  

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A local nonprofit which has provided services to immigrant communities for decades. CIELO has especially been called into action around educating families about their rights under the Constitution to remain silent if not represented by an attorney and to not have ICE enter their homes without permission,  unless there is a warrant signed by a judge. Families are put at risk.  Frequently even those with lawful immigrant status, or even citizens, are swept up into detention. The NW Detention Center is in Tacoma. There were many questions about the Detention Center:  www.aidnw.org    St. John’s just completed an activity to gather specific back pack items for those coming out of the Center. 

CIELO and Strengthening Sanctuary    strengthening-sanctuary@googlegroups.com  are providing “Know Your Rights” workshops for immigrant and ally communities.  If individuals want to see what these KYR workshops might contain, you might like to view the slides or video-skits at www.immtrain.org/video-skits/     The primary site is www.immtrain.org . Follow the links. These were created locally and “star” Charo!

What can St Benedict’s do?  You may already have seen reference in the Vicar’s announcements that SBC, as part of the Interfaith Works planning, is weighing in with several other faith communities to participate in an AUGUST 20 potluck.  2-4:00. At Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd .  Holy Wisdom Inclusive Catholic Church (our spiritual tenant!) has taken lead. More information to follow. 
 

Kathy Baros Friedt provided a handoutwith details on several of these efforts.  Contact Kathy if Immigration and Refugee Protection Proclamation from Governor Jay Inslee.

 

Social Justice Ministry notes from May 21, 2017 

Eight interested SBC members held their first discussion exploring what a social justice ministry might look like at SBC.  Father Ed opened the conversation with prayer and urging that as Christians we are called upon to act out Christ’s values, to effectuate change on behalf of those most vulnerable in our daily lives. Others talked about the desire to apply our own humanity when we see injustice. 

Ministry leader, Kathy Baros Friedt, acknowledged that many SBC individuals are certainly  involved in social justice issues one-by-one or in small group efforts.  There is a list at the end of this article.

Many folks have heard about Interfaith Works but don’t really know what it does and how SBC connects to its activities.  Kathy shared IFW pamphlet which among other things listed the nearly thirty member faith communities. www.interfaith-works.org  At that same website, IFW’s May-June 2017 newsletter, Interfaith Connection includes an article looking at what kinds of activities Interfaith Member Congregations are interested in doing.

Some talked about how social justice activity is not only about resisting systems but more about advocating for how things should be carried out in love and justice--- promoting the Holy Spirit.

Current immigration and deportation fears is on the agenda for the 9:15 mtg on June 11, but because there was such interest in the topic, the group spent some time hearing about what currently is going on locally and asking what kinds of actions can be taken.  More on the topic of Immigration and what local faith communities are considering as ways to be involved, will be dealt with specifically on June 11. Interested SBC members are invited to attend!  Questions?  Kathy Baros Friedt     kbfriedt@comcast.net

St Benedict Episcopal Church honors all those members who volunteer their time to make our community strong

·      Monthly provide community dinner – mostly Oxford House attendees but open to homeless,. 3-4 church members are involved in this

·      4 SBC members volunteer as overnight hosts at the Sacred Heart (next door) men’s shelter.  Several shifts Nov-March.

·      Two members are SBC delegates to InterFaith Works and report back to the congregation

·      One member reports regularly on his participation in Jail Ministry.  Congregation participates in cookie and sock campaigns during the yr

·      SBC does have an Earth Ministry

·      Several members chair Easter Baskets for homeless children and the congregation is generous in providing dozens of baskets

·      Participated in the Pride Parade in the past.

·      Individual members participated in the Women’s March this yr

·      One member  is lead on  gathering of hundreds of calendars for SeaFarers ministry

·      One member is lead on gathering of volunteers to participate as part of a veterans event in the summer.

·      Individual church members belong to or participate in various nonprofit organizations as individuals, not representing SBC.

·      One member isactive in promoting communication, safety and peace in the Gaza Strip

·      Current Vicar involved in ministry in the Philippines

Information through local TV

  • Fear is UP! Immigration is a major issue for all those concerned about protecting a very vulnerable population: Local TV station, TCTV will be showing during the month of May, interviews by Glen Anderson from Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation on the topic of immigration with local activists. Those who have cable TV can watch it on TCTV cable channel 22, available at three times a week during May. Every Monday at 1:30 p.m. * Every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and *Every Thursday at 9:00 p.m.

  • The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s May 2017 interview…”Protect Immigrant Rights” can also be viewed through the “TV Programs” part of www.olympiafor.org. Next to that link for watching the program is a Word document that summarizes what is said during the interview. There are many other links available for more information.