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advocacy work has continued and we were also able to grow as
an organization. We believe that inner healing allows us to do the work of transferring
knowledge, equipping others to in:luence advocacy and engage in activism that builds
the foundation to transform the way society responds to homicide.” The Louis D. Brown Institute for Peace
Transforming Society’s Response to Homicide through: Services: That are consistent and compassionate for families of murdered loved ones and families of incarcerated loved ones to prevent cycles of retaliatory violence.
Training: That instills the value of peace and equips Institutional stakeholders to respond equitably and effectively to families dealing with murder, trauma, grief and loss.
Advocacy: That promotes dignity and compassion for all families impacted by murder.
If you want to get involved with Sharon Interfaith Action, please contact Ellen Schoenfeld-Beeks or Janet Schmidt.
Cultural Competence and Anti-Racism in Our Schools
THIS PETITION WAS CREATED BY SHARON INTERFAITH ACTION*
The town of Sharon, like countless other towns, has struggled this past year not only with the pandemic but also with rising evidence of systemic racism within a community which prides itself on its diversity. We believe that a commitment to dismantling racism – particularly in our school system – will contribute to the academic and social success of all our children. In the 21st century, cultural competence – the ability to work effectively cross-culturally – is a necessity, not only for students but for the community as a whole.
We the undersigned commit ourselves to take action and support efforts to remedy systemic inequities in the Sharon public school system. In the words of political scientist Robert Putnam, we believe that “all kids are our kids.” Whether or not we personally have children in the school system, we commit to speaking up and speaking out for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice for all our children.
We intend to hold elected officials – and in particular School Committee members – accountable to serving the academic, social and emotional needs of all our children. To that end, we urge every member of and candidate for School Committee to publicly commit to:
- supporting programs to develop the cultural competence of students, staff, administrators, parents, town employees and residents
- supporting curriculum changes that both include and celebrate the work of authors, historians, scientists, and change-makers worldwide, particularly Black, Asian, Indian, Native American, and people of color; as well as other curriculum changes recommended by school administrators, teachers, and state guidelines
- prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in hiring
- supporting anti-racism efforts in the schools (particularly student- and teacher-initiated)
- supporting as well as participating in ongoing anti-racism training for all school personnel and elected school committee members
- closing the opportunity gap with the understanding that our children have different starting points, insuring that all children have access to a rigorous and excellent education
NOTE: Sharon School Committee Candidates Forum April 11 @ 7:00pm on Zoom. We will be asking them to respond to this petition.
*Sharon Interfaith Action: loving our neighbors and pursuing justice
Sharon Interfaith Action (SIA) is a community organizing group confronting local issues of racial and economic justice. We partner with Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC), mobilizing the power of our faith communities to manifest the world as it should be. Our work is grounded in the development of loving relationships, and focused on holding public officials accountable to the needs of the entire community.
New England Black in Philanthropy is hosting a “Couch Conversation” on Thursday, April 29th at 6PM on Defunding the Police. The panel will consist of 3 activists, each with “strikingly different stories, but all [of whom] are committed to a singular goal: a system of community safety that doesn’t inflict harm on the people it purports to protect.” For more information or to register go to https://www.nebip.org/2021/04/06/the-couch-conversations-presents-defund-the-police-one-year-later/
Stackable Garden Project Updates:
Would you like to join a growing group and participate in the Stackable Garden Project on the church grounds this summer? Please sign up by March 31st by e-mailing Tawnya Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those signed up by this date will receive information about planting dates TDB. If you would like to donate funds, seeds, seedlings, soil, compost, or manure, that would also be most welcome.
The Other King: The Radical Call to Genuine Equality, a MLK Day program sponsored by the Anti-Racism Working Group: if you missed this provocative event, view the program here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1CWSAVTZXF5GbQh7w75b3KO1j7ymjtnaU?usp=sharing
EATING TO SAVE THE PLANET
INTRODUCTION This excerpt from the book Drawdown, explains why it’s necessary to change our eating habits if we are committed to addressing global warming and saving our planet.
Plant-rich diets reduce emissions and also tend to be healthier, leading to lower rates of chronic disease. According to a 2016 study, business-as-usual emissions could be reduced by as much as 70 percent through adopting a vegan diet and 63 percent for a vegetarian diet, which includes cheese, milk, and eggs. $1 trillion in annual health-care costs and lost productivity would be saved.
As Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh has said, making the transition to a plant-based diet may be the most effective way an individual can stop climate change.
For more information, check out the Project Drawdown website: https://drawdown.org/solutions/plant-rich-diets
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY RECIPES
Cinnamon Buns to make ahead of time
Ruebens start ahead of time but oh so worth it. I use caramelized red cabbage and onions instead of sauerkraut
Guacamole Salad (not exactly in season but quick and easy)
Magic Squares to satisfy a sweet tooth
Blueberry Scones with our without the glaze
Easy Vegan Lunches you can make in 15 minutes or less
Morrcan Stew easy, yummy and satisfying