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Items To Donate For Refugee Relief Kits

Posted by admin on Aug 7, 2016 in Meeting News, Uncategorized
    Peace & Earth Committee is collecting supplies for school kits and hygiene kits for refugees on August 7 and August 14. P&E reminds Friends that all donations should be new, unopened items.

    SCHOOL KITS

89,958 shipped last year to Jordan, Syria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon, Haiti, U.S., Serbia, Honduras and more.

Contents (NEW items only)

    • 4 spiral or perforated notebooks (8 1⁄2 x 10 1⁄2 in and 70 sheets)
    • 8 unsharpened pencils
    • 1 ruler (flat, flexible plastic; indicating both 30 cm and 12 in)
    • 12 colored pencils (in packaging)
    • 1 large pencil eraser

Thank you for limiting your generosity to the items listed.

    RELIEF KITS

14,507 shipped last year to Jordan, Syria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Lebanon, Ukraine and Serbia.

Contents (NEW items only, in original packaging)

    • 4 large bars bath soap
    • 1 plastic bottle shampoo (13–24 oz; place in resealable plastic bag)
    • 4 large bars laundry soap (Fels Naptha®, Sunlight® or Zote® brands)
    • 4 adult-size toothbrushes
    • 4 new bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors)
    • 2 wide-tooth combs (6–8 in)
    • 1 fingernail clipper (good quality)
    • 1 box adhesive bandages (minimum 40 count, assorted)
    • 1 package sanitary pads (18–24 count thin maxi)

Due to strict regulations some countries have on the expiration date of toothpaste, MCC no longer asks for toothpaste to be donated with the kits. Instead, we will provide toothpaste with the kits when they ship from our warehouse. The kit will be re-packed in a new 5-gallon plastic pail with lid.

Soap specifications: New bars of bath or laundry soap: All sizes and brands of bar soap are welcome. Please leave in wrapper.

Towel specifications: NEW bath towels: Good quality, dark or bright colors, medium weight preferred. Washcloths are not needed.

Thank you for limiting your generosity to the items listed,

THANK YOU FOR HELPING OUT WITH THIS EFFORT!!!

 
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Minute of Concern about Excessive Police Force

Posted by admin on Aug 4, 2016 in Meeting News
Asheville Friends Meeting approved the following Minute, as recommended by AFM Racial Justice Committee, at a called Meeting For Business on 7/17/2016, with actions to to be discussed and taken as opportunity arises and Spirit leads:

“Our hearts are cracked open by the excessive use of force by police in our nation and in our own community, against people of color, especially young black men and Jerry Williams in particular. We acknowledge that this long history of institutionalized violence has repeatedly broken the hearts and shattered the lives of people in our community.

We recognize that our silence makes us complicit. If we fail to speak now, our silence will be deafening. Therefore, we are called to take the following actions:
• To bear Quaker witness and speak “Truth to power” in our community
• To support the family and community most impacted by racial violence: to stand with them, believe in them, and affirm their vital importance to this city.”

 
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Reflections from a Friend

Posted by admin on Aug 4, 2016 in Meeting News
    Asheville Friends Meeting joins many others in their concern about racial injustice and has formed a committee to address it. We are trying to discern the mission of this committee but have not yet come to unity on the particular wording. The term “white supremacy/racism” preferred by the committee has deeply hurt and offended some of us. Others recognize this term as an academic definition of an historic and ongoing system in which structural or societal racism privileges white people over others, regardless of the presence or absence of racial hatred.

    In the manner of Friends, we continue to hold each other in the Light and hopefully treat each other with respect, tenderness and understanding. I invite each of us to look deep within to examine whether our attitudes, reflections & reactions are derived from Spirit or from our own unresolved issues.

    The following comments are my own personal opinion and do not necessarily reflect the the thinking of the Asheville Friends Meeting:

    As we continue to discern the mission statement of our Racial Justice Committee, let us for a moment or two take our thoughts to a less personal level and try to see the issue as a more systemic reality.

    Let’s pretend for now we’re from Mars or some other planet and we’re looking at the history of planet earth from a few hundred years ago. We see the North American continent with many people of darker skin living and working, raising families and taking care of themselves and their part of Earth. We also see the European continent with white skinned people doing some of the same actions.

    One day, some of these light-skinned people decide to go on an adventure in hopes of gaining more land and wealth. They get in ships and sail away to the American continent. When they get to this far-away place, they see that the people have a different way of doing things and a different way of being. The light-skinned folks don’t particularly like these other ways and they tell the darker-skinned people we have a better way. We will take this land and do things our way so you’ll have a good life. We know better than you what’s best for you.

    Of course, the dark-skinned ones don’t like this and there is much conflict. But the light skins set up laws, systems and institutions to be sure they are in charge and have power over the dark skins. As we keep looking at this history, we see the light skins continue to be in charge and they suppress the dark skins so they can maintain their power over them. The light skins say we have more knowledge and expertise than you so our way is superior to yours. We’ll build the best of all worlds here and for your own good, you’ll help us do things our way.

    Now as an outsider from another planet, wouldn’t we say this scenario illustrates how the light skinned (white) people have supremacy over people of color? Today we can’t change any of this history but can’t we at least acknowledge that our systems, institutions and culture elevate white people to a supreme position? It doesn’t necessarily mean a particular individual has supremacist attitudes but that our white skin automatically puts us at a higher level than dark-skinned folks. My understanding is that our Racial Justice Ministry uses the term “white supremacy” to name and acknowledge this fact.

    ~Patricia M. Johnson

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