Ann Arbor Friends Meeting
•1420 Hill Street Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 •
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9am (7:45am 3rd Sundays), 11am;
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Clerks' Contact: aafmclerks@gmail.com or
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Announcements for July 2018
MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
  1. Children's Summer Program
  2. Reading & Discussion: Sunday, July 8, 22
  3. Palestine-Israel Action Group (PIAG): Thursday, July 12
  4. Membership and Outreach Committee Retreat: Saturday, July 14
  5. Property Committee Workday: Saturday, July 21
  6. Environment and Social Concerns Forum: Sunday, July 22
  7. Small World Project
  8. Peace and Social Concerns: One Human Family
  9. Poor People's Campaign Letter
  10. Update: LEYM Spiritual Formation

AMONG FRIENDS
  1. Phil Volk
  2. Graduations

LARGER CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
  1. FWCC Traveling Ministry
  2. AFSC Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: July 10, August 7
  3. FGC Spiritual Deepening Fellowship: July 11 deadline
  4. LEYM Annual Meeting: July 26-29

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
  1. Voters Not Politicians: July 14, 28
  2. Habitat for Humanity: July 17
  3. WICIR: July 20
  4. Anti-Racism 101: July 22



MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
  1. Children's Summer Program at 11:00 a.m. in the Living Room. The program is taught by Thea Torek with Mira Simonton assisting. All children are welcome.
  2. Reading and Discussion meets on the second and fourth Sundays in the Corner Room from 10:05 to 10:55. All are welcome. Look for readings on the lobby table the preceding Sunday.
    • July 8: Thomas Taylor will lead discussion on Friends General Conference (FGC) Gathering spill-over, afterglow, sharing. Friends who were there have a chance to tell about high points for them. What were some of the issues that stirred your soul during your time there?
    • July 22: Rick Plewa will lead us in a discussion of various short poems by a range of authors (including - among others - Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, Pablo Neruda, Derek Walcott, and Naomi Shihab Nye) which explore and celebrate the mystery of the human condition.
  3. Palestine-Israel Action Group (PIAG) will meet at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 12. All are welcome. Contact the convener, Helen Fox (hfox at umich.edu) for more information, including the location.
  4. Membership and Outreach Committee will have a retreat on Saturday, July 14, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in place of the committee’s typical first Sunday monthly meeting.
  5. Come enjoy summer with Friends on Property Committee Workday, Saturday, July 21.
  6. Environment and Social Concerns Committee will host a Forum on Sunday, July 22, after the monthly potluck, to prepare for the August 7 primary election. This forum is a discussion of major environmental issues in Michigan, and a review of the environmental records and platforms of candidates for state-level offices. Everyone is invited to participate.
  7. Friends are encouraged to participate in (Membership & Outreach) M&O's Small World Project, designed to widen our connections. Friends are paired for casual conversation (at time and place of their choosing): tinyurl.com/smallworldaafm.
  8. One Human Family yard sign ... now with rainbow "pride flag": Peace & Social Concerns Committe invites all F/friends to show solidarity with marginalized communities. We are one human family. Display a yard sign, show your support for those targeted by harassment and intolerance. Pride flag to include with your yard sign available at the ICPJ office (behind Meetinghouse). Donation is appreciated. Contact ICPJ at 734-663-1870 or info@icpj.org for orders more than 250
  9. The Poor People's Campaign (PPC) wrapped up 40 days of direct action from Mother's Day (May 13). Following a letter to clerk co-signed by Cassie Camman, Claire Bates, Shiela Johnson and 18 other Friends, the Meeting approved our clerk to sign a statement on water shutoffs in Detroit on behalf of the Meeting. (Please see July 2018 AAFM Newsletter for details.)
  10. UPDATE: Lake Erie Yearly Meeting (LEYM) Spiritual Formation Retreat will be held, Friday-Sunday, September 7-9, 2018, Weber Center, Adrian, MI. More information and to register: leym.org/spiritual-formation/

AMONG FRIENDS
  1. Caring for the Homeless: Phil Volk has made a year-long commitment to help with the soup kitchen at Brown Chapel AME Church in Ypsilanti, 1043 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti 48197, every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to noon. He invites anyone who may be interested in helping to drop in (no need to sign up) any Friday that fits their schedule. Phil encourages Friends to come and just talk to some of the homeless, to make sure they know people care. Phil will also be collecting clothes for the homeless (box in the Meetinghouse lobby).
  2. Graduations:
    • Elizabeth Shelley (known to many as EJ) graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a master’s degree in science (MS) in Computer Assisted Engineering. We wish her the best in her future career and job search

LARGER CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
  1. Applications available for Friends World Committee Traveling Ministry Corps (TMC). TMC uses traditional Quaker practices to build 21st century skills in cross-cultural dialogue and rural and urban leadership development: leym.org/2018/06/18/apply-now-for-fwccs-2019-traveling-ministry-corps/.
  2. American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) presents Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-racist practice for Sanctuary, Accompaniment, and Resistance, a free 4-session, monthly, interactive e-course / webinar for groups to explore, reflect, and act for social change (May 1, June 5, July 10, August 7). Learn more at AFSC website: afsc.org/csco.
  3. Friends General Conference (FGC) has an opening for a nine-month, paid Spiritual Deepening Fellow. Strong writing and communication skills and desire to gain an understanding of non-profit program coordination and Quaker religious education required. Apply by: Friday, July 11, 5:00 pm. Anticipated start: September 4. More details and application available at fgcquaker.org/serve/opportunities/spiritual-deepening-program-fellow.
  4. Lake Erie Yearly Meeting (LEYM) 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at Bluffton University, Bluffton, OH, July 26-29 (Thu-Sun). Online registration is now available (one form per person). Full details including registration can be found in the Spring Bulletin. To access both, please go to: leym.org/leym-bulletins/ (or email Peggy Daub & Jeff Cooper at bulletinleym@gmail.com).

COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS

  1. Voters Not Politicians the grassroots, volunteer-driven campaign working to end partisan gerrymandering, whose organizing efforts are endorsed by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice (ICPJ), invites you to their Volunteer Training (attend any one training session). Training: Saturdays, July 14, 28, August 11, 25, 10:00 am, ICPJ office, 1414 Hill St (behind Meetinghouse). RSVP at votersnotpoliticians.com.
  2. Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley invites you on a Habitat Home Walking Tour, Tuesday, July 17, 6-7 pm, 1212 East Clark, Ypsilanti, MI. We'll be visiting a house we haven't worked on and ending at a house we recently completed for a future Habitat homebuyer. We'll discuss the impact we are making on our future homeowners' lives, as well as the community as a whole, and answer any questions. RSVP by July 13, jhannah@h4h.org or call 734-882-2003.
  3. Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (WICIR) invites you to participate in their Volunteer Training to help support immigrants in Washtenaw County on Friday, July 20, 6:00-8:30 p.m., at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Room B780, 1080 S. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI.
  4. Anti-Racism 101 series facilitated by award-winning storyteller and anti-racism educator, La’Ron Williams presented by ICPJ & Ypsilanti District Library. Next event: "How Structural Racism Works", Sunday, July 22, 2 pm, Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Dr. Tricia Rose, professor of Africana studies and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA), at Brown University, will speak on structural racism, what it is, and how it shows up in our everyday lives. By using specific examples, stories, and evidence, Dr. Rose explores how to transform a condition of relative public indifference into one of concern and commitment to undoing chronic and widespread racial disparities. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 734-663-1970 or email Chuck Warpehoski at chuck@icpj.org.
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Peace & Social Concerns Committee says "Let Them Hear From YOU!"

Here is Why You Should Call, Not Email, Your Legislators

Activists of all political stripes recommend calling legislators, not just emailing and certainly not just venting on social media. Several lawmakers, along with those who work for them, said so in interviews, according to Daniel Victor in the New York Times last November. A phone call from a constituent can, indeed, hold more weight than an email, and far outweighs a Facebook post or a tweet. To understand why, it helps to know what happens when someone answers the phone at a legislator's office. Even if you don't speak directly to the lawmaker, staff members often pass the message along in one form or another.

Emily Ellsworth, whose jobs have included answering phones in the district offices of two Republican representatives, said the way your points reach a lawmaker depends on how many calls the office is getting at the time and how you present your story. In some cases, it's a simple process. When a caller offered an opinion, staff members would write the comments down in a spreadsheet, compile them each month and present reports to top officials, she said. But a large volume of calls on an issue could bring an office to a halt, sometimes spurring the legislator to put out a statement on his or her position, Ms. Ellsworth said. She recommended the tactic of a series of tweets shared thousands of times. "It brings a legislative issue right to the top of the mind of a member", she said. "It makes it impossible to ignore for the whole staff. You don't get a whole lot else done."

While scripts found on the internet can be useful for people uncomfortable talking on the phone, she suggested making the phone calls as personal as possible. In some cases, if she was moved by a call, she would pass on the comments to her district director, she said. "What representatives and staffers want to hear is the individual impact of your individual story", she said. "I couldn't listen to people's stories for six to eight hours a day and not be profoundly impacted by them."

Sen. Debbie Stabenow
202-224-4822 (DC)
313-961-4330
www.stabenow.senate.gov

Sen. Gary Peters
202-224-6221 (DC)
313-224-6221
www.peters.senate.gov

Rep. Debbie Dingell
202-225-4071 (DC)
734-481-1100
www.debbiedingell.house.gov

Rep. Tim Walberg
202-225-6276 (DC)
517-780-9075
www.walberg.house.gov

Rep. Mike Bishop
202-225-4872 (DC)
517-702-8000
www.mikebishop.house.gov

Toll-free numbers:
U.S. Capitol Switchboard:
866-220-0044
White House Comment Line: 888-225-8418


Want to Keep Up with MQEA? The Environmental and Social Concerns Committee has begun a group called Michigan Quakers for Environmental Action, which is intended to promote better environmental policy and legislation in the state. If you would like to join MQEA and receive occasional updates, please contact Peggy Daub (peggydaub at hotmail.com).

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