QUAKERS AND THE IMMIGRANT RIGHTS MOVEMENT
The Society of Friends’ belief in the inherent worth of every individual leads us to work for the promotion and protection of human rights for all.
The Society of Friends (used interchangeably with Quakers) has long worked on the issue of displaced people, helping to advance the international legal standards and structures designed to protect their rights and dignity and offering aid and refuge in times of emergency. When large numbers of people are forced to cross borders, this is a symptom of a failure to prevent conflict and uphold rights, which runs counter to our vision of a world where peace and justice prevail.
· At the structural level we work through the Our Human Rights and Refugee programs of QUNO the Quaker United Nations Office. Website: Refugeesmigrants.un.org (212) 682-2745
· To impact US policy at the National Level we work through FCNL, the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Website:FCNL.ORG (800) 630-1330 and the American Friends Service Committee www.AFSC.org American Friends Immigrant Services (AFIS) North Miami, FL (305) 600-5441
· To impact US policy at the regional, state and local level we do our work through education and direct action programs supported by the American Friends Service Committee, and the Peace and Social Concerns Committees of regional Yearly Meetings and local monthly Meetings. The Quaker Meetings of Florida belong to an umbrella group, The Southeast Yearly Meeting (SEYM). The SEYM newsletter announces programs and actions sponsored by the Peace and Social Concerns Committees of SEYM and individual Meetings in Florida http:// www.seymquakers.org
WHAT ARE QUAKERS IN ST. PETERSBURG DOING ABOUT IMMIGRATION INJUSTICE?
The St. Petersburg Quaker Meeting is focusing on immigrants/refugee issues by educating ourselves and others about supporting immigrant movements. We try to show the links between our many concerns:
· We attend rallies, visit congressional offices and sponsor postcard writing/calling campaigns
· We staff education booths at social action oriented gatherings where we sell bumper stickers and buttons with timely slogans and give away literature that draws the connections between:
*Deliberate fomenting of fear and hatred and the denial of citizenship/ scapegoating of immigrants
*Gun violence and violence against marginalized people
*Gender rights and human rights for all
*Economic justice and political disenfranchisement
*Environmental issues related to climate change, sustainability, and corporate control
· We sponsor interactive art projects to creatively stimulate commitment to grass roots organizing.
· We sponsor CIRCUS McGURKIS The People’s Fair for Peace and Justice Sat. Oct. 30th 9-4 PM (tentative date) Gibbs High School 850 34th St. S, St. Peter FL. Non-Profit Social Justice, service and advocacy groups, music, food, vendors: A day to re-inspire ourselves by envisioning a peaceful world.
St. Petersburg Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) 130 19th Ave. SE www.StPetersburgQuakers.org
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
LOCAL GROUPS working on Immigrant rights including zero tolerance and immigrant incarceration programs, ICE abuses and the lawless corruption and legal impunity of the US Border Patrol.
· St. Petersburg Quaker Meeting http://www.StPetersburgQuakers.org : legislative delegations
· Border Patrol Victims Network http://email@example.com (727)303-5053 FACEBOOK actions
· Women’s March Florida Chapter http://firstname.lastname@example.org FACEBOOK actions and alerts
· Fired Up Pinellas http:// info@FiredUpPinellas.org FACEBOOK action alerts
· Dream Defenders Allendale United Methodist Church www.allendaleumc.org (727) 527-6694
· League of Women Voters St. Petersburg, Immigration Action Group http://wspa.org (727) 896-5197
WHERE TO DONATE Find them on the web and on FACEBOOK
Groups that need donations and some suggestions on how you can help migrant children and their families who are being separated at the border and detained:
· Call Sen. Marco Rubio: (202) 224-3041 Tell him to support S.3036 Keep Families Together Act. Demand an end to family separation at the border. The Senate switchboard is (202) 224-3121. Ask for your Senator's office. Don't worry if you cry-- Just convey to whomever answers the phone that immigrants without papers must not be ripped from their homes and jobs or incarcerated at the borders. No human is illegal! We must reunite immigrant families and EXPAND our citizenship program
· American Friends Service Committee Sanctuary Program: legal and material aid http://AFSC.org/sanctuary American Friends Immigration Services (AFIS) N. Miami FL (305) 600-5441
· http://Raices raicestexas.org: Provides bond money to release parents from detention so they can look for their kids. Send money to Raices Bond Fund, http://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/bondfund.
· Send coloring books to detained kids or pay for volunteer lawyers' housing. Check out the links at the Cara Pro Bono Project, http://caraprobono.org/donate.
· Volunteer over the phone (translate for lawyers assisting clients on the border): needs Spanish-speaking interpreters and lawyers. Immigration Justice Campaign, http:// immigrationjustice.us/contactus
· http:// PuebloSinFronteras.org : humanitarian aid
· Al Otro Lado http://Olotrolado.org legal support for immigrants
SHOW UP AND BE COUNTED : Tue. June 26th at 10:30 AM in front of Sen. Rubio's office Gibbons U.S. Courthouse 801 North Florida Avenue Tampa, FL Support the delegation that will be speaking with Sen. Rubio’s staff inside his office Sat. June 30th 10 AM Joe Chillura Courthouse Square 600 E. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL .
Thurs. July 19th 4-7 PM at Border Control Office CBP 1624 E.7th Ave. Suite 101 in Ybor City, Tampa
St. Petersburg Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) 130 19th Ave. SE Sunday 10:30 -11: Silent Worship and Youth 1st Day School 9:30-10:15: Adult 1st Day School http://www.StPetersburgQuakers.org (727) 896-0310