16 Jan

Naki Stevens traveling to San Diego in February with supplies for migrants trapped in the camps in Tijuana

Olympia Friends Meeting is considering undertaking a project to support one of its members, Naki Stevens, in her plan to travel to San Diego in February with supplies for migrants trapped in the camps in
Tijuana.

Naki is collecting funds to support this project, which she is coordinating through a nonprofit organization in San Diego called Border Angels, and many Friends have already donated generously.

Every week Border Angels volunteers caravan over the border to the camps with water, new clothes and bedding, diapers, and other essentials for the migrants, especially the children.

Anyone interested in donating may get cash in an envelope marked “Attn: Naki” or a check (made out to Natalie Stevens) to Naki by mailing it to Naki Stevens, Olympia Friends Meeting, 3201 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia, WA 98506 no later than February 15th.

These donations can also be given directly to Naki or left for her in the Sharing Box at the Meetinghouse.

For those wishing to donate directly, that can be done at www.borderangels.org. Thank you!

15 Jan

Potluck lunch and screening of the film, “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin,” followed by discussion

Saturday, February 4, 2017, noon to 3 p.m.

Olympia Friends Meetinghouse
3201 Boston Harbor Road NE
Olympia, WA  98506-2800

Bayard Rustin was raised by his Quaker grandmother. In high school he protested segregation at a hometown restaurant and was arrested for sitting in the whites only section of a theater. Rustin’s belief in nonviolent action as a means for social change gave him a guiding vision for the civil rights movement. He helped A. Philip Randolph plan a March on Washington in June, 1941. Abraham Muste, executive secretary of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, who had also been involved in planning that march, then appointed Rustin as FOR’s secretary for student and general affairs. Rustin met Martin Luther King Jr. in 1956 after traveling to Montgomery, Alabama, to assist with the boycott of the city’s segregated bus system, and is credited with helping to mold the younger King into an international symbol of nonviolence.

Bayard Rustin was the primary organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.

Despite these achievements, Rustin was silenced, threatened and fired from leadership positions – sometimes because of his uncompromising political beliefs, but more often because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. BROTHER OUTSIDER reveals the price that Rustin paid for this openness, chronicling both the triumphs and setbacks of his remarkable 60-year career.

This free event was sponsored by the Oympia Friends (Quakers) Meeting’s Peace and Social Justice Subcommittee on Institutional Racism.

The resource packet shared at this event which was put together by PFLAG Olympia is available here: Tapestry – PFLAG-Olympia’s 02-19-2010 Outreach Packet for African-American History Month (PDF format)

Questions? Contact Gabi Clayton, 360-888-5291
http://olympiafriends.org

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