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July 14, 2018 eNews

Miami Friends Welcome Salvadoran Refugee, Advocacy & Action on Family Separation & Detention, Upcoming Events, and news from the wider Quaker World.


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July 14, 2018


Miami Friends Meetinghouse. photo: Google Earth
SEYM News & Events
Miami Friends Welcome Salvadoran Refugee 
bartramhouseSQ“Miami Friends Meeting welcomed a Salvadoran refugee into our faith community last First Day. Her name is Morena, mother of Osmar, age 12, who was taken from her at the border crossing point two months ago. He is living in a New York immigration detention center. She has been able to speak with him twice. Each time, after reassuring her that he was being treated okay, he broke down and cried. She was barely able to tell us this without crying herself,” writes Kathy Hersh. After spending 2 months in detention, Morena is now staying in the guest room at Bartram House, awaiting her asylum hearing. Miami Meeting needs donations to help with the costs. Read Kathy’s story► 
  Bartram House  
Advocacy & Action on Family Separation & Detention
SEYM Friends have been active in protesting the separation of children from their families and the treatment of immigrants at the Mexican border— participating in demonstrations, visiting Senator Marco Rubio’s offices, and sending letters to their congresspersons. Read in depth about 2 lobbying visits—with resources for lobbying and letter-writing—and Tallahassee Meeting’s minute on the ‘Immorality of the DOJ in the Separation of Children from their Parents.’ Read more►
June Executive Committee The Minutes of our June Executive Committee Meeting are now posted online. See June EC Minutes ►
Intervisitation Sunday
 • July 29th
SPMMMeetingHouseThe Worship & Ministry committee encourages Friends to visit other Meetings or Worship Groups in your region on fifth Sundays, to bridge the geographic distance between Friends and strengthen our SEYM community. Read more►
Fall Interim Business Meeting Oct. 6th • St. Petersburg
This year’s Fall Interim Business Meeting (FIBM) will be hosted by St. Petersburg Friends. All are welcome! More details will be available soon on our ‘Business Meeting’ page ►   
Quaker Organization News & Events
Friends Committee on National Legislation Registration is open for FCNL’s Annual Meeting & Quaker Public Policy Institute 2018, Nov. 28th –  Dec. 2nd in Washington DC. Learn to Lobby, go on Lobby visits, hear speakers, help establish priorities for the coming year. Read more ►
American Friends Service Committee AFSC is helping immigrants who are in the US with Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and who face deportation as their TPS will not be renewed by the current US Administration. In places like New Jersey, Florida, and Iowa, AFSC offers legal services to TPS holders and their families, and also provides assistance to TPS holders who are organizing and advocating to protect this life-saving program, creating opportunities for TPS holders and their families to share their stories at press conferences, legislative visits, and demonstrations in their communities as well as in Washington, D.C. Read more►
(Note: In Florida alone, there are 44,800 TPS immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti, plus 28,000 of their US-born children. source: Center for American Progress)
Friends General Conference
SusanBevJohn-FGC.ChristineAshleyMany SEYM Friends attended FGC’s Annual Gathering held the week of July 4th. You can see videos from the Gathering, including Rev. William Barber’s ‘amazing’ plenary lecture, on their Facebook video page► 



SEYM Friends Susan, Beverly, & John.
photo by Christine Ashley