Winter 2021
Repeal the Authorized Use of Military Force

Friends, the FCNL Advocacy Teams across the country have actually moved Congress toward shouldering its Constitutional responsibility to decide whether our nation should go to war or not. Twice this year the House has passed a bill to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force. 

The 2002 AUMF has given enormous power to three Presidents to involve the US in many conflicts. Senator Schumer says that the Senate version, Senate Joint Resolution 10 or SJ Res. 10, also has strong bipartisan support and will likely get a floor vote before the end of the year. This is real progress.

You can help by writing, emailing or phoning our Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and simply state your support for SJ Res 10, repealing the 2002 AUMF. Thank you!
 
Ruth Yarrow, IMM FCNL representative
Ways to support the community at Wounded Knee, SD
based on a post to the FSRM email list from Jill McLellan in October 2021

Farmington-Scipio Regional Meeting began a relationship with the Wounded Knee Reservation, SD, through Sondra Holland, a teacher at the [now closed] Blossom Garden Friends School in Western NYS, and her daughter Adena, both of partial Native American descent.

A few years ago, Sondra and Adena visited reservations across the country, including the Wounded Knee Reservation in the Black Hills of SD to visit, where they found beautiful mountains, open land, and trees. However their land and water has been poisoned by uranium mining (Time Magazine listed Wounded Knee among the 5 top “deadliest counties” in the U.S.) Wounded Knee was also the poorest of all the reservations they visited.

They established a relationship with Emerson Elk and his wife, Jerilyn. Several years ago, Emerson sent an appeal for help with heating propane for their community center, where tribe members all gather when the temperatures drop because the government housing is not sufficient. The floors are cold, their homes are not insulated, and the walls are flimsy and mold-contaminated. The people are not allowed to add insulation or alter the buildings. 

Emerson Elk died of COVID in November of 2020, as did many others at Wounded Knee. 

In 2020, donations from FSRM were used for a chest freezer, a microwave and heating fuel for their community center, as well as food, clothing and bedding. They said we saved their lives. FSRM opened a Sam's Club membership for food purchases, which is the main way 2021 donations will be used. 

Please consider making a donation. Donations can be sent via FSRM’s treasurer—who is also our treasurer—Pat Sewell, P.W.Sewell@gmail.com. Please send other questions you may have to Donna Beckwith, dmbeckwith@yahoo.com.

There is also a related appeal for bedding, which has to be purchased new and shipped directly to Jerilyn. The local rule is still that such items must be new and shipped directly from the source (Target, Wayfair, Amazon) at the address below.

The flannel sheets, quilts, blankets and comforters were very welcome last year. They would love some more comforters, etc. in queen size. Not all the kids have beds so families snuggle together with quilts and comforters. For questions about ordering, contact Jill McLellan at mctornow@gmail.com or 585.526.5202

Have bedding shipped to: Jerilyn Elk, PO Box 86 House 484, Wounded Knee Housing Rd., Wounded Knee SD 57794.

Where are Monthly Meeting minutes?

The minutes from Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business can be found on the right-side column of our website.
Winter Calendar of Ithaca Monthly Meeting
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Sunday, December 12, 12:30p

Please send agenda items to the Clerk by the preceding Monday. (Contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.)
Womens Fellowship
Friday, December 17, 7p

Please join us every third Friday evening for a friendly, informal virtual gathering. You don't have to attend Meeting, or even change out of your sweat pants to hang out and chat.
QuakerSpeak
Sunday, December 19, 9:15a

Join Friends to watch a brief QuakerSpeak video and discuss what you watched. In person at the Third Street Meetinghouse or through Zoom.
Peace and Social Justice Committee
Sunday, December 19, 12:30p

This is an open committee, meaning that all are welcome; participation does not go through the Nominating Committee process. Please feel free to come and bring your own concerns or interests. At this time we are meeting via Zoom; use the gray button below or: 
  • Meeting ID: 874 5684 8390
  • Password: peace
You can also join by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering Meeting ID when prompted. If you have any questions, please call Elizabeth Schneider 607-351-0057.
QuakerSpeak
Sunday, January 2, 9:15a

Join Friends to watch a brief QuakerSpeak video and discuss what you watched. In person at the Third Street Meetinghouse or through Zoom.
Earthcare Committee
Sunday, January 2, 12:30p

This committee meeting is open to all who would like to attend. Please feel free to come and bring your own concerns or interests. At this time we are meeting via Zoom; use the gray button below or:

Meeting ID: 891 7172 6300
Passcode: earthcare

You can also join by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering Meeting ID when prompted.
Mens Fellowship
Thursday, January, 6p

We are going to Ithaca Bakery! In the evening! Quaker men—and anyone who wants to hang out with Quaker men—are warmly invited.
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Sunday, January 9, 12:30p

Please send agenda items to the Clerk by the preceding Monday. (Contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.)
Womens Fellowship
Friday, January 21, 7p

Please join us every third Friday evening for a friendly, informal virtual gathering. You don't have to attend Meeting, or even change out of your sweat pants to hang out and chat.
Womens Chair Yoga now by Zoom
Monday & Thursdays, 11a to noon
This long-running group, which met for years at the meetinghouse, now runs on Zoom, making it more accessible than ever. To join in, email <jaihari10@gmail.com> The group is about half Friends and half neighbors, nurturing the Inner Light. No yoga experience required. There is a sliding-scale fee. For more info or questions, Nancy Gabriel, 607-339-7123; ntg2@cornell.edu.
120 Third Street • Ithaca NY 14850
Gina Varrichio, Clerk
clerk@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
607-272-2512

Pat Sewell, Treasurer
treasurer@ithacamonthlymeeting.org
Marin Clarkberg, Newsletter editor
clarkberg@cornell.edu
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