SOCIAL JUSTICE: 23 May

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23 May 2022
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Food Drop-Off • Sunday, June 12 • 10:45 AM -12:30 PM • Near GUUF Front Entrance
Since GUUF is now open, we’re holding our next food drive on a Sunday. Look for Janet Aguilar and her car near the main entrance. We’re collecting non-perishable food and supplies for Food Not Bombs (FNB). We’re also accepting checks. Make your check out to GUUF and include “Food Not Bombs” on the memo line and we’ll purchase items on your behalf.
In addition to canned food that can be eaten cold (like Vienna sausages), FNB needs complete pancake mix, syrup, rice, canned red/black beans, pasta, mayo, soups, pasta sauce, spices, salt, oil, sugar, masa, etc. (food for the 30 family grocery bags they share each week), plastic grocery bags, band aids, liquid hand & bar soap and backpacks.
Please note: FNB is a grassroots community effort. Therefore, any donations made are non-tax deductible.
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To Solve Climate Change: Put Women & Girls First
The goal of the Women and Girls Campaign of the Upstate SC Chapter of the Climate Reality Project is to inform the upstate community of the disproportionate effects of climate change on women and girls—locally and globally—and to identify areas where we can make a difference. Here’s the link:
https://actionnetwork.org/forms/join-the-women-girls-initiative-to-solve-climate-change
Sponsored by the Upstate SC Chapter of the Climate Reality Project.
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Volunteer Gardening Opportunities at Annie’s House
Food and energy costs create a burden that reduces the ability for low-income individuals to break out of poverty. Help break the cycle by volunteering at Annie’s House. Volunteers are welcome every Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm and Friday 8:00-9:00am. The house is located at 60 Baxter Street in the Nicholtown Community. For more info, contact them directly at (864) 626-6437 or hello@sustainingway.com
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Youth vs Gov Film • Now Available On Netflix
If you missed this powerful movie at GUUF, it’s now available on Netflix. If you watch the film, we highly recommend this companion piece, Youth v Gov webinar. Interfaith Power & Light moderated a conversation with the filmmaker, Christi Cooper and two plaintiffs in the case, Miko Vergun and Nathan Baring. Miko, who is Jewish and Nathan, who is Quaker, share how their faith played a part in their motivation to be a part of this important lawsuit featured in the film. Here’s the webinar link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unsYCmSleF8
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Honduran Family Update
Update from Chris Corry: Good news for the Honduran family that the fellowship has “adopted.” They were accepted into the United Ministries housing program and moved last weekend (with the help of Lynda Molnar) into the Rowland McFerrin House. Maria and her children were very excited, especially the kindergartener who couldn’t stop prancing about and beaming. Thanks to John Melson and the volunteers who painted, cleaned and repaired the duplex—it looked great! Maria has been living in a one bedroom home of her brother and sister-in-law since the family arrived from the border about nine months ago. She can now stay at Roland McFerrin House for 12 months, potentially, giving her and her children (7, 11 and 14) much needed stability. Another kind GUUFer, Garrett has been helping fix the family’s bike to make transportation to jobs easier. And the youngest girl proudly told me that she now is asked by her teachers to interpret for the other Spanish-speaking children in the class—after only 9 months of English! 
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Volunteers Needed • Rowland-McFerrin House • Date & Time TBD

We had to postpone painting Unit A due to unforeseen wall repair and electrical work. Once that’s completed, we’ll need volunteers to paint the walls and doors. We hope to do this quickly, so the next deserving family can move in as soon as possible. To sign up, please contact John Melson at johntmelson@outlook.com Thank you!
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