My mother was the youngest of seven children: 6 girls and 1 boy. She grew up working on my grandparents’ farm in Pennsylvania in a conservative Anabaptist community. Most of my aunts wore plain clothes and small caps called coverings until the sixties. I imagine that some of the neighbors considered my grandparents unlucky to have mostly girls to work the farm but apparently my grandfather had a different future in mind for them. As my mother tells it, he was adamant that all of his daughters would get an education, even though many people in their community thought this was wasteful at the time and he himself had stopped going to school after 8th grade.… Continue
I bring you greetings, and challenges, from Ecumenical Advocacy Days. Rev. Traci Blackmon, of the UCC, passionately reminded us, of the traditional Masai greeting – not “How are You?” but “How are the children? The question comes out of the belief that the viability of any people is rooted in how well the children are doing.
So I bring you greetings. And I ask you, How are the children when there are 64 thousand black women and girls missing in America?
How are the children of Syria facing chemical warfare and barrel bombs?
How are the children famished in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen?… Continue
I started volunteering at IRIS (IRIS is the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services headquartered on Nicoll St.) 7 years ago. I’ve worked in different capacities. I helped out with the CT Foodbank pick-ups, stocking the food pantry at IRIS (which is where I met the wonderful Betty Whitney). I have helped prepare apartments for new arrivals and transported volunteers. But My Latest, and perhaps favorite so far is what I am specifically talking about today and that is the IRIS Afterschool Program that is held at the Fair Haven Middle school.
Many school-aged refugee children have never entered a classroom before coming to the US.… Continue
Last Sunday Pastor Susan asked how many of us participated in the Women’s Marches. An impressive number of hands went up. Did we achieve justice for all, yet?
This morning, Good Morning America interviewed at Yale PhD. Student researching in Afghanistan and unable to come home. It occurs to me to ask how many of us have students or colleagues affected by the Executive Order? I see three or four.
We have more to do!
I can’t tell that the Publican in chief has even acknowledged the concerns of the people. (Think about it. The head of the Republican Party owns hotels and bars and is now chief tax collector.)
So, what can we do now?… Continue