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Racial Justice Study Group, October 24, 2021

On October 24th at 1pm, the Morningside Racial Justice Study group will be discussing Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, PhD, Mrietta Collins, PhD, and Ann Hazard, PhD.

Something Happened to Our Town is designed to be read to children ages 4 to 8, and focuses on bias (prejudiced attitudes) and injustice (discriminatory actions) against African Americans. While this book focuses on African Americans the concepts are relevant for all children, including children from other ethnic minority groups and children with multiracial identities. This book provides messages of empowerment and positive community support, which help children to maintain a sense of balance and safety in our imperfect world. The book’s message of acceptance can also be applied to other difference between people that children may encounter. In additional to bias based on race, children may confront stereotypes based on gender, disability, economic class, culture, family type, or other factors.

There are many benefits of beginning to discuss racial bias and injustice with young children of all races and ethnicities:

  1. Children as young as three years of age notice and comment on differences in skin color;
  2. Humans of all ages tend to ascribe positive qualities to the group that they belong to and negative qualities to other groups;
  3. Despite some parents’ attempts to protect their children from frightening media content, children often become aware of incidents of community violence, including police shootings;
  4. Parents who don’t proactively talk about racial issues with their children are inadvertently teaching their children that race is a taboo subject. Parents who want to raise children to accept individuals from diverse cultures need to counter negative attitudes that their children develop from exposure to the negative racial stereotypes that persist in our society
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Save the Date! Protect Our Ocean March

June Tano shares this message with the community:

We will have a march and rally on Saturday, October 2nd. It is to stop releasing the radioactive water from Fukushima, Japan. If the voice is loud, the Japanese government and TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) may listen. So I am hoping many of you can join us. More details are on our flyer, and I will send it to you if you want.

We have a few friends kindly offered to volunteer. It would be great if you could help us too; such as taking photos and videos at the parks or/and streets. We also have some giveaway flyers and pamphlets at the sites. If you can help us, that’s great! Please let me know.

The march plan is as follows:

  • Attenders are encouraged to wear masks, and take a social distancing.
  • If you have, please wear something blue (ocean color).
  • Bring any size of paper, panel, or cloth, that has “Protect Our Ocean” sign or any message/ drawing regarding the clean ocean.
  • Meet at west side of Bryant Park (6th Ave. & 41st St.) around 10:45 am.
  • The march starts at 11:00 am from there to 42nd St. (south side) —Second Ave.(east side) —47th St.
  • The last stop is Dag Hammarskjold Plaza/ bet. First Ave. and Second Ave. & 47th St.
  • Rally will start at 12:00 noon, and end at 1:00 pm. There will be speeches, performance, singing, and information sharing. If you or your friend want to make a speech (2-3 minutes) about “Protect Our Ocean”, that’ll be great. Please let me know.

Thank you again, and I am looking forward to seeing you on October 2nd!


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Respond to CQL Survey Recommendations on September 19 at 12:45

At our last Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business the clerk invited Morningside Friends to consider recommendations from NYQM based on a survey among NYC Friends. The survey, “Study on the Needs and Concerns of Elder Quakers in New York City”, was performed under the direction of CQL (Concerns for Quaker Living) a working group under the care of NYQM Ministry and Counsel Committee.

The four recommendations to consider are:

  1. Create a detailed proposal of what could be developed to support older Friends’ housing needs
  2. Develop and maintain relationships between monthly meetings and one or two service providers for older people
  3. Grow a more cohesive capacity to communicate with individual NYC Friends
  4. Foster a culture of trust

While these four recommendations are intertwined, CQL has some thoughts about what could be developed to support housing needs of Older Friends and would like to move forward with a feasibility study, using funds previously donated for this purpose.

Morningside Meeting has been asked to respond to these recommendations at the NYQM meeting In October. In order that everyone may be as well informed as possible, Carol Wilkinson and Charlene Ray are representing CQL and will be available to talk more about the work of CQL and answer any questions, Sunday, Sept 19, 12:45pm after Meeting for Worship. The zoom link will be the same as for Meeting for Worship.

For your convenience a summary of the survey and the actual survey are available here. We hope that Morningside Friends will support this initiative.

Please feel free to contact Charlene or Carol via if you have any questions or concerns.

The Zoom link is the same as the one for meeting for worship. We will start at 12:45 and hope to see you there!

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PYM Conference Call to Assist Afghan Refugees

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is inviting NYYM Monthly Meetings to ask their representatives to join a conference call to be held Thursday, September 9th at 8:00 PM EST, in order to hear about how Quakers can support incoming Afghan refugees. PYM has invited representatives from the Church World Service, the PYM Middle East Collaborative, and other groups as well. If you can attend, please register directly with PYM at the link below.

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CQL Report on the Needs of Elder Quakers

The report “Study on the Needs and Concerns of Elder Quakers in New York City” is available on the website of the New York Quarterly Meeting. The full report can be found here.

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Vanessa Julye Talk on Racial Justice

On September 13, Vanessa Julye is giving the Stephen G Cary Memorial lecture on Radical Transformation—Long Overdue for the Religious Society of Friends, via Zoom, 7:30-9pm, free but registration is required on the Pendle Hill website.

Co-author of Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship, this is how she describes her topic: How have Friends collaborated with and sustained the global system of White Supremacy? George Fox, the founder of the Religious Society of Friends envisioned a revolutionary religion which professes the belief that every person has a direct relationship with God. Early Friends proclaimed our capacity for spiritual wholeness comes from the seed of God planted in our hearts. What structures are preventing Friends from living into these beliefs and growing God’s seed?

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Maris College research study on religious experiences, LGBTQ+ identity, allyship, activism, and health

Marist College is recruiting participants for a research study on religious experiences, LGBTQ+ identity, allyship, activism, and health. This study has been approved by the Marist College Institutional Review Board (IRB).

“We are looking for people who currently practice or have previously practiced a religion AND identify as LGBTQ+ or as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. We define LGBTQ+ ally as any person (including those who are members of the LGBTQ+ community) who actively supports or advocates for those who are LGBTQ+. The study is completely online and anonymous and should take 20-30 minutes to complete. You will be asked to respond to a number of questions related to current and previous religious beliefs and experiences, allyship and activism, identity, and mental and physical health.

If you wish to confidentially participate, please click this link: If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Thomas Killian, PhD (, Emma Fredrick (, or Kimery Levering ( ). Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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Flushing Interfaith Council Annual Picnic

Flushing Interfaith Council Annual Picnic is Sunday, August 8, 2021, starting at 1:00 PM ( weather permitting) at the Flushing Meeting House located at 137-16 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NewYork 11354. Please bring prayers or words of wisdom from your faith tradition, and a favorite vegetarian dish to share, while practicing safe social distancing.

The Flushing Interfaith Council continues to bring faith communities together to share, connect, and build solidarity through our interfaith unity walks, community forums, picnics, and dinners as these events are a time to share, get to know our neighbors, and to find common ground.

If you have questions or need more information please contact us at (646) 926-7844 or

The Flushing Interfaith Council works to create understanding and common ground among various faith traditions in our community.

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Racial Justice Study Group Suggested Summer Reading List

David Fletcher, Karen Taborn, and Helen Garay Toppins share the following message:

The Racial Justice Study Group will not meet over the summer, so we are providing Friends with suggestions for further study. Be well.

Black Theology and Black Power – James H. Cone

Born on the Water Picture Book, 1619 Project – Nikole Hannah-Jones, Renée Watson, Nikkolas Smith (Illustrator)

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America – Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 – Kendi, Ibram X.

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom – David W. Blight

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine – based on documents released by the Israeli Government. – Ilan Pappe (Israeli historian)

The Iron Wall – a history of Zionism and the policies of the Israeli Government, with documents released by the Israeli Government – Avi Schlaim (Israeli historian)

How Black Women Broke Barriers, Insisted on Equality for All – Martha S. Jones

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson

Let’s Talk about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – Trevor Noah (YouTube)

Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism – Rosalind S. Chou, Joe R. Feagin

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander

Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm – Robin DiAngelo

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies – Resmaa Menakem

On Juneteenth – Annette Gordon-Reed

Settler Colonialism as Structure: A Framework for Comparative Studies of U.S. Race and Gender Formation – Evelyn Nakano Glenn:

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story – Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ed, The NYT Magazine

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II – Douglas A. Blackmon

Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts – Rebecca Hall

Walking Harlem: The Ultimate Guide to the Cultural Capital of Black America – Karen Taborn

The War against the People – examines the use of arms to maintain hegemony over the Third World by major powers and Israel’s role in this activity. Jeff Halper (Israeli activist)

What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? - Frederick Douglass | July 5, 1852

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin J. DiAngelo, Michael Eric Dyson

“Til Kingdom Come”: Evangelicals, Israel/Palestine, and Messianic Politics (YouTube)

Ministry and Counsel

Letter to the Government of Japan and Minute on a March Against the Release of Radioactive Water from Fukushima

The materials discussed today at the called meeting for worship with a concern for business are available for review on the “Documents” section of the Peace and Social Concerns committe page. We also provide links below:

A Letter to METI and MOFA

Proposed Minute on release of radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

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