On March 5, PT member Colleen Kelly, with Theresa McGovern and John Sigmund on either sides, marched in the
“St. Pat’s For All” parade in Queens, NY.
March 7: PT member, Terry Greene, spoke at a rally at Harvard Square organized by the Harvard Islamic Society. “…Today, our 9/11 families stand beside you for true unity and security rather than superficial measures catering to fear and discrimination…” She met a young 9/11 family member and Marathon Bombing survivor, both very grateful to learn about our organization.
March 8: Canadian PT member, Ellen Judd, spoke out against Islamophobia at a CBC Town Hall on racism. Ellen adds that the Guantánamo hearings in January were postponed at the last minute and everyone was kindly offered re-scheduling.
March 17: On St. Patrick’s Day, we were represented by Gloria Williams at an event at Riverside Church in New York City to take a stand against President Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and his attacks against religious minorities. CLICK HERE to hear some or all the speeches delivered. Gloria’s comments are at the one hour and 30 minutes mark. She said:
“As time has passed and especially during the latest political season the pots that stir hatred and intolerance have been stirred vigorously and we must all join in, together we must raise our voices in protest. Some people are using the memories of our loved ones as a rallying cry and we say: “Absolutely not!” There is no place in our beloved America for attacks on the qualities that make us great, the huge beautiful mosaic of black, brown, white, yellow and red rainbow colors our faces create. Let us build bridges, not walls and welcome instead of turn away and never ever forget, we are our brother’s keeper…”
March 19: We support our Muslim brothers and sisters and endorsed the event: “Hands Around The Mosque” which was organized by American Muslim Voice and the Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara, CA. In addition, PT member, Julia Rodriguez, saw an OpEd piece published in Fosters’ Daily Democrat.
IN APRIL PT member, Andrea LeBlanc, will help bring The F Word Exhibit back to New Hampshire. Come see it at The Durham Community Church from April 8-16 and/ or at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, NH April 17-23. The exhibition is a thought provoking collection of arresting images and personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity.
We think it’s time for a members retreat this year. So many of you are re-engaged and many of you have joined for the first time. We will need a Retreat Committee which can pick the venue and determine the retreat agenda. Please contact our Steering Committee in case you are interested.
In the coming days all PT members will receive a doodle poll to find out which weekends in July and August might work for you.
To better understand which topics you would like to see discussed during the retreat, we will send a survey out later this week.
MEMBER COMMUNITY CONNECTION CALL:
Our 2017 Community Connection Calls will continue to strengthen our membership. The next call is scheduled for April 6 @ 5pm PST/ 8pm EST. Please reply to this newsletter for all call-in details.