Social Action Committee Meeting October 18, 2015
Attended: Trish Sullivan, Linda Weltner, Susan Morison, Barbara Kasler, Jean Hamburg, Jack Weltner, Gordie Corzine, Nicki Moore, Jill Frucci, Carolyn Corzine.
Updates and New Projects:
Nepal Disaster Response Trish Sullivan presented her work in Nepal. There are two goals 1) to ship winter clothing, coats , hats scarfs and gloves to Nepal. (The clothing is already collected. Now the need is to find funds or airline contacts to ship the items to Katmandu .) 2) to build a 50 bed rehab and training center for physical therapy at a cost of $2,000,000. The group brain-stormed ways to contact airlines who might transport the goods to Katmandu; and fund-raising possibilities. Trish had already had some success with the Rotary. Jack Weltner and Jean Hamburg agreed to meet with Trish to work on fundraising.
7th Principle (Climate Change) Linda Weltner said that she would investigate the possibility of installing solar panels on the church roof. She also said she would follow up on this morning’s presentation in the Sunday morning discussion group by contacting Jeff Cohen to make a presentation at the church.
Racism Susan Morrison reported that our church in collaboration with a town wide task force would be presenting a film called Traces of the Trade, documenting the involvement of local sea merchants in the slave trade. Nov. 15 th at 2PM there will be a 2nd showing of the film Making Whiteness Visible at the Abbot PublicLlibrary. A bigger event which could use promotional help is an invitation to Debby Irving to speak Jan. 31st on her book Waking Up White. Location yet to be decided. Susan noted that reading groups might be started to become familiar with the book before she came.
Jane Kasler said that she was interested in researching the need for, and advocating for the opening of more drug and alcohol treatment centers. Jack Weltner and Jean Hamburg suggested that she begin by contacting the MCCC which has worked in this area in the past, and the Gloucester Police Department that has developed a successful program with addicts.
Jack Weltner reported that four different groups were preparing meals for Lifebridge and all was going well.
Family Promise is still working with the town to acquire the appropriate permits following all the repairs made to the building this summer. Nicki reports that it is hope to house our first families in January. Patrice Helmuth is conducting a campaign of outreach to the local community to enlist their support and understanding of the program.
On the continued theme of Housing, Jill Frucci reported that she has begun working with theLynn Home for Women in Washington Square. Within this program, supported by and NGO and grants, there are 42 apartments housing low income women of all ages, who would otherwise be homeless. She says that these people could use winter clothing, blankets and pots and pans. It would also be helpful to have a social worker meet with some of these women.
UUs for Justice in the Middle East Carolyn Corzine reported that Sunday Oct. 25th Alice Rothchild, physician, photographer and activist will be presenting Eyewitness Gaza: From Disaster to Resilience at the Gloucester Town Hall from 3-5. Alice documents the unmet needs of the Gazans as they struggle to cope after the 2014 attacks.
Communication Gordie Corzine reported on his work with Alisa to familiarize himself with the Social Action portion of the church Web site. Since a major piece of our work is to inform others in our congregation and beyond about the work being done by members of the SAC it is important we keep the web site up to date. Gordie will upload any information individual members contribute to the website. Please use his services. Send any data to be uploaded by him to Gordie@ties.org. Please also use the Bulletin Board and keep it up to date. I attach here the Newletter information sent to me by Christina Aubin. One can arrange for announcements to be listed for more than one week. Let’s get all the words out!
Additions and corrections appreciated.