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The Whiteness Study Group – Who We Are and How You Can Join!

Next meeting!  March 27, 2018 at 4 p.m. (in the Meeting Library)

The Whiteness Study Group (WSG) is a self-created group of AMM members/attenders with a dedication to understanding issues of race and whiteness and facilitating ways for AMM to participate in this process.  The WSG is not a committee! While most members of this group also participate in the ongoing Education Committee’s book group on Fit for Freedom, Not Friendship, we feel both need and urgency to bring our (and the Meeting’s) study of these matters further along (as per AMM’s minuted commitments to studying this issue that go back as far as 2012).  We are engaged in studying this issue, reflecting on how it impacts our own individual, spiritual lives and the collective life of the Meeting.  We presented a proposal for how AMM may productively devote the agreed upon 15 minutes per month at MFWFB to consideration of race and whiteness.  The WSG is actively engaged in preparing these presentations, including a monthly presentation, a monthly movie night, and (as of this writing) at least two workshops open to members and attenders in 2018. Organization:  We are a loosely organized group!  However, we are meeting regularly with each meeting date/time established at the time of the previous meeting.  Next meeting! March 27, 2018 at 4 p.m. (in the Meeting Library). Interested?  Just show up!  (Email in advance to receive an agenda before each meeting.)  We also  welcome your input and responses.  You may email them to: sarahmalone1949@gmail.com.

Listserv Guidelines FINAL

FINAL AMM Guidelines for Listserv Use:

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      • Announcements arriving after 12:00 noon might not be posted until the next day.
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Report from Standing Rock a year later

October 28, 2017

It has been almost a year since I travelled to Standing Rock with the support of our Meeting, carrying our Minute of Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in their struggle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of one of the most pivotal moments in that struggle: Oct 27, the day Water Protectors were forcefully removed from their Treaty Camp at the site of the pipeline construction. The following report came out yesterday, recognizing the significance of that day. I share it here as one way to follow-up on our collective witness to this struggle:

https://theintercept.com/2017/10/27/law-enforcement-descended-on-standing-rock-a-year-ago-and-changed-the-dapl-fight-forever/

Yours in the Light,
Tina Kachele, Presiding Clerk, AMM

Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship

We are reading & discussing the book Fit for Freedom not for Friendship by Donald McDaniel and Vanessa Julye. We meet every 2nd Sunday after Meeting for Worship, 12:15-1:45.

Fit for Freedom is a history of American Friends subtitled “Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice.” This is a chance to look at the real, not idealized, history of Friends as a way of illuminating where we are now and clarifying our next steps.

We are reading one chapter a month – Ch. 4 for the July 9 session, Ch. 5 for the August 13, Ch. 6 for September 10, etc. All are welcome, whether you’ve read the chapter or not! Please join us. robpierson0@gmail.com 

Faith & Practice: Equality

Our Faith & Practice topic for the summer is Equality. We meet Sunday mornings at 9:00 –worship sharing on 1st & 3rd Sundays and discussions on 2nd and 4th Sundays.

The Advices on Equality from our Faith & Practice begin with the line “Since the time of George Fox, Friends have believed that all people are spiritually equal before God.” But what does spiritual equality entail in practice? Curiously, this is the shortest section of Advices in our entire Faith & Practice.  Why is that?  We have the whole summer to ponder in connection with our other related ongoing activities – like the Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship book group. Drop in and join us any time!

Questions?: robpierson0@gmail.com 

Contemplative Reading: Gitanjali

The Contemplative Reading Group is reading a new edition of the Gitanjali (“Song Offerings” or “Prayer Offerings of Song”). It is a book of spiritual poems by Rabindranath Tagore, a Bengali poet, who received the Nobel Prize for his work.  The new edition is based on Tagore’s original Bengali and English texts.

The Contemplative Reading Group meets once a week, Fridays at noon in the meetinghouse.  We have read Quaker, Christian, and Buddhist classics using a method similar to Lectio Divina — We read the same short passage several times out of silence and then reflect and share on what arises for us from the text and our own experience.   It’s easy to join us at any time. Please feel free to “drop in” and give it a try!

For more details: robpierson0@gmail.com

Standing Rock : **UPDATE June 2017**

June 2017: catching up on news from Standing Rock, this week saw big news regarding the environmental assessment!
You can read about it here:
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/dakota-access-standing-rock-sioux-victory-court/530427/
and about militarized repression here:
https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/16/standing_rock_sioux_chair_on_militarized

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From late 2016:
On Dec 4, the US Army Corps of Engineers denied the easement to drill and DAPL attempted to have that decision overturned later that week. They now have until Jan 31 to present their case about why the pipeline should go forward. Meanwhile, the drill site is still active so the work to stop the pipeline is not over! Due to harsh winter conditions, many have left the camp but there is still a strong presence of Water Protectors! The sacred fire at Oceti Sackowin was put out by the elders who started it, and a new fire (and new prayer) has begun. That camp is now called Oceti Oyate (The Peoples’ Camp) and is populated by about 1000. There are also about 300 people at Rosebud Camp (the youth camp), and about 1000 at Sacred Stone Camp. Two Spirit Camp plans to stay through the winter as well (located within Oceti Oyate), and Red Warrior Camp has moved on to build a mobile resistance movement (see more here: http://ancestralpride.org/december-2016-official-red-warrior-camp-communique/).

Support is still needed! Prayers are still needed!  

For more info, see:

 

Coalition Statement on what’s next: http://sacredstonecamp.org/blog/2016/12/8/coalition-statement-whats-next-for-the-water-protectors-at-standing-rock

The Beginning is Near: The Deep North, Evictions and Pipeline Deadlines  http://www.indiancountrynews.com/index.php/columnists/winona-laduke/14339-the-beginning-is-near-the-deep-north-evictions-and-pipeline-deadlines

Terra Nullius and the History of Broken Treaties at Standing Rock  http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/38399-terra-nullius-and-the-history-of-broken-treaties-at-standing-rock

We are our own medicine: Report from Standing Rock (AFSC delegation)   https://www.afsc.org/story/we-are-our-own-medicine-report-afsc-delegation-to-standing-rock

Epistle from Travelers to Standing Rock (NEYM)  http://neym.org/news/epistle-travelers-standing-rock

 

If you can send support, here are a couple of fund me sites: 

 

Two Spirit Camp (one of the leaders in this camp is Albuquerque’s own Alma Rosa, Director of the LGBTQ Resource Center at UNM):  https://fundly.com/water-is-life-we-support-the-two-spirit-warroirs

 

Oceti Sackowin Camp: http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org/donate

STANDING ROCK Minute of Support from AMM : November 2016

In November, the Meeting approved a minute of support for those engaged in the ongoing action at Standing Rock and a minute to accompany our clerk, Tina Kachele, as she journeyed for one week to Standing Rock. (see minute below). She and others who traveled from Albuquerque brought donated supplies and cash to the growing community from around the world who stand alongside the Native American Water Protectors as they engage in peaceful ceremony and witness.  Tina presented an account of her time at Standing Rock at rise of Meeting on November 27 and at the December Meeting for Business.  An interfaith prayer event will be held December 4 at 9:00 at the meetinghouse.  Please stay aware of the situation as events continue to develop rapidly.

 

Minute:

Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

1600 5th Street

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87125

November 6, 2016

Minute 2016.11.4

Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) affirms our support for all those engaged in non-violent resistance to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and our support for the sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposing DAPL. This pipeline is being built without full and proper consultation with the Tribe on whose land it is being constructed, and as such, is an assault on Tribal Sovereignty.

The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) will endanger sacred sites as well as the Missouri River and all life that depends on it for clean water. We support the efforts of hundreds of Indigenous People and Tribes, as well as Non-Indigenous People, who are actively opposing DAPL on site (as Water Protectors), and rebuke the violence being perpetrated by police, the National Guard, and security forces against the Water Protectors.

We affirm our support for the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, and we call on all government agencies–most directly, President Obama and the Federal Government, the Government of North Dakota, and the Army Corps of Engineers–to use their power to stop the illegal seizure of land for the pipeline by Energy Transfer Partners, and to honor the Sovereignty and Treaty Rights of all Indigenous Nations in North America.

We recognize that this movement to stop DAPL began and continues to be held in prayer and ceremony. As Quakers, we add our prayers and will hold in the Light all who are engaged in this struggle for justice, for the land and water, and for the health of future generations.

Signed,

Sharon Gross, Acting Clerk

Albuquerque Monthly Meeting