Justice, No Peace: Joining Hands For Change
Special collection for Flint MI, we will send to Redeemer MCC of Flint and the United Way of Genesee County, where donations can be made to a fund that's already helped purchase and distribute 11,000 water filter systems, 5,000 replacement filters, and thousands of cases of bottled water.
"My Death Needs To Mean Something" Saturday, January 10, 2015 @2p
A Cry for Justice (Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Trans Day of Remembrance November 2014
Remembering Our Dead HUFFPOST GAY VOICES November 20, 2014
week (see below), we marked the 50th anniversary of
the bombings at Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
by the Klan. The film Fruitvale Station is currently in art
theaters and tells the story of Oscar Grant, who was shot and
killed by transit police in Oakland. He was unarmed, handcuffed,
and lying on the ground. Trayvon Martin was shot and killed
last year by a neighborhood watch captain. He was unarmed.
Kimani Gray, 16. Kendric McDade, 19. Timothy Russell. Ervin
Jefferson, 18. All unarmed. Last week Jonathan Ferrell, former
Florida A&M University football player, was shot
10 times and killed by police. He was unarmed and had just
been in a car accident. I can't bear this anymore, and I can't
be just angry anymore without acting. If you have ideas or
suggestions of where Open Door can plug into ongoing conversations
and work from within the communities directly impacted, please
speak to me or a board member.
years ago today (September 15, 2013), at 10:22 am, four young
women were murdered at Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist
Church by a Klan bombing. “Birmingham Sunday” marked a vital
turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. The grief and anger
sparked the all-out, nonviolent voting rights campaign that
produced the 1965 Voting Rights Act—recently debilitated by
the Supreme Court. The movement’s courageous nonviolent response
also helped ensure passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.
Last Tuesday, at the United States
Capitol, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley,
and Denise McNair were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor,
the nation’s highest civilian honor, received by members of
their families. Today at 10:22 we rang our church bell for
each of these precious children, we said their names, and we
encouraged you to continue the work of racial, economic, and
environmental justice by, for example, educating yourself and
others and becoming involved in issues such as: voting rights
suppression; mass incarceration of African Americans and Latinos;
global slavery; sweatshop labor; immigrants’ rights; violence
against youth of color & against women and girls; joblessness;
age discrimination; retirement; and family debt burdens, esp.
student debt. Do not under-estimate your power to make change.
As Marianne Williamson famously said, “Never doubt that a small
group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” RING BELLS
MCC conference to focus on global justice 2013-06-26:
Videos by Tracy Baim
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March is Women's History Month
is a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972,
Public Law No. 92‑318, 86 Stat. 235 (June 23, 1972),
codified at 20 U.S.C. sections 1681 through 1688,
U.S. legislation also identified its principal
author's name as the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity
in Education Act. It states (in part) that
No person in the United
States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded
from participation in, be denied the benefits of,
or be subjected to discrimination under any education
program or activity receiving federal financial
Title IX was passed by the U.S.
Congress on June 23, 1972, and signed by President Richard
M. Nixon on July 1, 1972. It is a civil rights law prohibiting
discrimination in education programs and activities receiving
federal funds. It was the first comprehensive federal law to
prohibit sex discrimination against students and
employees in these institutions.
This law improved girls' and women's
involvement in athletics, access to higher education, career
education, employment, learning environment, math and science,
sexual harassment, standardized testing, and treatment of pregnant
and parenting teens.
Before Title IX:
schools and universities had separate entrances for male and
Female students were not allowed to take certain
courses, such as auto mechanics or criminal
justice; male students could not take home economics.
medical and law schools limited the number
of women admitted to 15 or fewer per school.
Many colleges and
universities required women to have higher test
scores and better grades than male applicants to gain admission.
living on campus were not allowed to stay out past
faculty members were excluded from faculty clubs
and encouraged to join faculty wives' clubs instead.
After winning two
gold medals in the 1964 Olympics, swimmer Donna
de Varona could not obtain a college swimming scholarship.
For women they did not exist.
Pat Genovese, who holds the record
for the standing long jump and is Hall of Fame
Lacrosse coach ranked with the 3d most wins, last year
described sports before Title IX. Women's team
had no locker rooms, showers, laundry,
or toilets. Their first uniforms were tunic
skirts. The men's gym was off limits
and women practiced around the men's schedule.
Women slept four to a bed for away games.
Women's team coaches were unpaid, their
meal per diem was 1/6 of the men's team, and their
school boxed lunches were less than ½
of men's. Genovese coached pregnant because
she feared the school would terminate
the position if she took leave.
After Title IX:
More than 6x the numbers of women
are involved in athletics. in the last 14
years alone nearly 3 thousand
intercollegiate women's teams were added across the
country. And if women were a country, they would
have taken 2d place in 2012 summer
olympic gold medals.
Additionally, in 1973, 43% of
female high school graduates were enrolled in college.
This grew to 63% in 1994.
In 1972, women received 9% of
medical degrees but by 1994 that number had moved up
to 38%; 1% of dental degrees grew to 38% in 1994; and
the percentage of law degrees earned by women
had moved from 7% in 1971 to 43% in 1994.
Today, more than 100,000 women
participate in intercollegiate athletics, a four-fold
increase from 1971.
80% of female managers of
Fortune 500 companies have a sports background.
prohibits schools from suspending, expelling or
discriminating against pregnant high school students in
educational programs and activities. From 1980 to 1990,
dropout rates for pregnant students declined 30%, increasing
the chances the mothers will be able to support and care
for their children.
High school girls
who participate in team sports are less likely
to drop out of school, smoke, drink, or become pregnant.
IX: 25 Years of Progress, U.S. Department of Education,
Title IX Blog http://title-ix.blogspot.com/ [Founders & Contributors: Erin
Buzuvis, Professor of Law, Western New England University;
Kristine Newhall, Ph.D. candidate in Women's Studies, University
of Iowa] (editor's insertion)
Cultural Center of Gaithersburg
The International Cultural Center in
Montgomery Village (right over by Ledo Pizza) is working for
interfaith dialogue that goes beyond merely recognizing the
other as non-alien and non-enemy. Opportunities exist for education
and community services, including a youth-oriented program
Against Hunger, packing lunches for distribution
and good for school community service credits. Fliers and info
cards are in the foyer, or speak to me for more information.
From the Website: "Sharing Cultures, Building Communities" ICC
is dedicated to providing service-based interfaith programs that bridge gaps
in understanding among diverse communities. Through actions of sharing cultural,
intellectual, and spiritual experiences of various religious and nonreligious
communities, we build a common ground to tackle greater social challenges together.
We seek to strengthen the bonds of social cohesion through community service.
and upcoming events, please visit the ICC Website.
Day of Remembrance on November 20th
dead are not something to talk about respectfully in civilized
society, in polite company. The media and law enforcement and
courts keep letting us know that our lives, and our deaths, are
not matters that warrant much reflection by well-mannered circles. In
remembering our dead, we refuse to let them slide into gentle,
polite obscurity. In remembering our dead we assert that
there is no shame in our lives, and that our people are good
people, and that our murders are untenable acts. And we
speak the names of our dead and we tell their stories and we
grieve their loss.
our dead this year. There are a number of services or rallies
to attend. Join together in anger, in sorrow,
in hope; but do not be resigned to the shutting away of
loving hearts in the hard ground.
Wipe out TRANSPHOBIA
LGBTQ Community Center Events
Regular events are scheduled for the Frederick-area LGBTQ communities. See
event details on their Facebook Page.
Immigration Equality is planning a number of initiatives to continue to build
support for the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), a bill which would end
discrimination against LGBT immigrant families. To that end, we are looking
for LGBT binational couples who are interested in reaching out to their elected
officials to push for the passage of UAFA. We are specifically looking for
couples in the following states: NY, NJ, CT, MA, PA, and MD. If you know of
a binational couple and they would be interested in participating in this work,
please have them contact: Connie Utada (email@example.com).
the third Sunday of the month all food pantry donations will
be shared with the county program, Western
Upper Montgomery County HELP, which provides assistance with
food, medications, and transportation to medical appointments.
On this Sunday please be especially
careful to place your pantry donation in the basket at the front
door so that it can be added to the good work at HELP. Thank
Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission
is to provide quick and friendly assistance to needy
persons in Western Upper Montgomery County (Poolesville,
Barnesville, Beallsville, Boyds, Dickerson and surrounding
areas) in times of crisis. It provides emergency help
with rent and mortgage, medical expenses, utilities,
car repairs, transportation, prescription medicine
and limited childcare subsidies. It operates a holiday
basket and toy program in the area. It also coordinates
a paratransit type bus service for seniors and disabled
in the area.
Phone: (301) 972-8481 Fax: (301) 916-3236