Weekly ESJM Roundup: April 11-18

IMMIGRATION: BRING THEM HOME RALLY
Monday, April 14th at noon, a vigil will be held outside Kay Hagan’s office downtown. Ask for justice for those still detained. Skarlett Salazar, whose mom Eva is currently detained in Arizona, will be there, along with several other family members and supporters from around the state.

Update :The past month has been long and difficult for families attempting to reunite through the Bring Them Home campaign. First, some encouraging news and some heartbreaking news: Lupe was released from detention and is now home with her children in Marion. Mariela, a Dreamer from Monroe, was deported without warning Monday night; six others remain locked up in detention centers in California and Arizona. Their families are publicizing their cases and pressuring NC elected officials to intervene.

EARTH AND SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRIES MEETING!!
Next meeting: Tuesday, April 22, Potluck at 5:30, Meeting 6pm to 6:45 Sandburg Hall

ROOM IN THE INN
April 20-26 (offsite). In partnership with Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, we will host up to twelve homeless women, and our gift to them this traditional “Easter week” will be a safe place to rest each night, as well as meals for the week. For further information on how you and your family can be part of this springtime celebration, contact Paula Massey at Massey.paula@gmail.com or Iris Williams at mnvegan@charter.net

HOPE RISES!
An Earth Day Celebration at Pritchard Park from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on April 22nd.

Western North Carolina Green Congregations invites you to join us for HOPE RISES!, an interfaith vigil celebrating God’s creation and, in response to our changing climate, calling on people of faith to care for it. We will gather, for an evening of song and ceremony, and to hear a message of hope from local faith and community leaders. Mark Ward will be speaking. All are welcome!

SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVIE NIGHT
Friday, April 25 at 7pm Sandburg Hall, “The American Teacher” Film and Discussion. FMI about Movie Night, contact Charles Wussow at 505-0839.

PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE
Ongoing campaign. Please come and get involved. Tom Dessereau

MOVE TO AMEND
The MABCO Executive Committee Meeting is Monday, May 5 at 7pm at the North Asheville, Library. contact Ruth Christie at ruthachristie@gmail.com

PEACEMAKING POTLUCK
Please join the Peacemaking Potluck on Wednesday, May 14 Discussion of the last twenty stories of A Peace of My Mind, beginning with Sami Rasouli, an Iraqi and American citizen, (p. 72), and ending with Zafar Siddiqui, an American Muslim. The May peace practice is Being for Peace.  Contact Bruce Larson 545-5459.

HAYWOOD RESPITE CARE CENTER
Please donate any of the following items for the Haywood Respite Care Center for homeless, recovering patients: look for the bin as you enter Sandburg Hall. Needs: toiletries, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, toilet paper, powder, cleaning supplies like Clorox wipes, furniture polish, etc. For more info on how to help, contact Barbara Kruszewski at bkruszewski@bellsouth.net

PRITCHARD PARK BREAKFAST
Next date in Summer, 2014. Meet in Pritchard Park to prepare breakfast for those in need. Contact Gene Zimbalkin/ Krestrel3@gmail.com

HUNGER IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY
The Hunger Committee collects healthy food donations to supplement Manna Foods provision for needed families of students at Issac Dickson Elementary School 2x a month. This involves drivers going to Manna to pick up the bags and bringing them to Edwin where we are supplementing with juice, fruit and a protein when space allows. Our biggest need are some folks to be a part of the committee. Contact Susan Steffe/ ssteffe@gmail.com

REPEAL THE DEATH PENALTY
Contact Gene Zimbalkin/ Krestrel3@gmail.com

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About Elizabeth Mount

Seminarian, UU, organizer, and badass. For faith, justice, and interdependent existence.
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