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Equality – Or Equity? What Is Our Testimony?

Equality - or Equity? What is Our Testimony?

Many Friends in SEYM and the wider Quaker world have started using the word 'Equity' in place of 'Equality' to better describe a testimony to anti-racism and to social and economic justice. Beverly Ward, member of Tampa Meeting and the SEYM Committee for Ministry on Racism (and Field Secretary for…

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Invitation: Confronting White Supremacy In SEYM

Invitation: Confronting White Supremacy in SEYM

At Winter Interim Business Meeting, the Youth Committee and Committee for Ministry on Racism brought forward this report on their joint efforts towards confronting White supremacy within SEYM. Their report is “An invitation to one way forward together, as Friends are led, in confronting White supremacy within SEYM, meeting each…

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Ft. Myers Meeting: Statement On Police Violence & Accountability

Ft. Myers Meeting: Statement on Police Violence & Accountability

At our Fall Interim Business Meeting, Friends minuted their recommendation that SEYM adopt Fort Myers Meeting’s ‘Statement on Police Violence and Accountability.’ Meetings and Worship Groups are encouraged to adopt this or similar statements as their own. The FIBM Clerk will send the statement to Monthly Meetings for discernment for adoption by…

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St. Petersburg Meeting: Statement On Black Lives Matter

St. Petersburg Meeting: Statement on Black Lives Matter

At our Fall Interim Business Meeting, Friends minuted their recommendation that SEYM adopt St. Petersburg Meeting’s 'Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter Movement.' They also encourage Meetings and Worship Groups to adopt this or similar statements as their own. The FIBM Clerk will send the statement to Monthly Meetings…

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Toward Right Relationship: Land Acknowledgement

Toward Right Relationship: Land Acknowledgement

This Land Acknowledgment statement was read at the beginning of our SEYM 2019 Annual Sessions, at the request of the Committee for Ministry on Racism. Let’s begin by acknowledging, with humility, that for many centuries, the land where we sit and stand tonight was the home of the Timucuan (tee-MOO-qua)…

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Resources For Ministry On Racism

Resources for Ministry on Racism

The SEYM Committee for Ministry on Racism recommends these resources for Friends, Meetings, and Worship Groups to deepen our understanding of racism, discrimination, bias and inequality in their many forms, and to help us work for the equality, inclusiveness, and love that build Blessed Community. This list is not exhaustive,…

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Grassy Narrows: Injustice, Resistance & Resilience

Grassy Narrows: Injustice, Resistance & Resilience

As a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams, Kody Hersh (Miami) went with a delegation of the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Team in May on a visit to Grassy Narrows, the Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation in Ontario. He sends us this story: It would be easy to talk about Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows) First…

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“White Privilege: Unpacking The Invisible Knapsack”

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

The Committee for Ministry on Racism recommends that SEYM Friends and other visitors to this website read Peggy McIntosh’s "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack." Simply click on the link below to access her article. Peggy McIntosh founded, and is the senior associate, of the National Seed (Seeking Educational Equity…

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The Ministry on Racism Committee’s

Resources

Quaker Organizations 

working to end racism, discrimination, inequality

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has several resources for groups to on their Ending racism page >. They also have a Study Guide for groups reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

Quaker Network to End Mass Incarceration 

Acting in Faith connects Quaker Meetings to the work of AFSC. They have several posts on Undoing Racism >

Campaign to End the New Jim Crow: a project of the Riverside Church Prison Ministry and the American Friends Service Committee (NY) is a national coalition of organizations and individuals committed to ending mass incarceration and the collateral consequences coined the New Jim Crow.

Friends General Conference has resources to Help Your Meeting Challenge Racism>. FGC recently completed their own Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism; see the Summary and Recommendations.