South Central Yearly Meeting
Approved on the floor of Yearly Meeting Sessions 04.21.2019
The following minute on family separation was approved by Friends Meeting of San Antonio. They ask that SCYM meetings and worship groups consider affirming this minute or creating their own. Please let firstname.lastname@example.org know if your meeting approves such an minute on this or other matters of interest to the whole of SCYM.
"Friends Meeting of San Antonio finds the policy of the present administration of separating children from their families at the border to be shameful and contrary to American values. Further, using the Gospel to claim that “God has ordained” such actions is appalling to us as a people of faith. We also insist that our government follow international law and open our ports of entry for people seeking asylum. We call on all government officials, from the President, Attorney General, Senators, and Representatives, to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection to cease and desist separating infants and older children from their parents. Compassion is called for in welcoming those who flee violence, seeking asylum in America." ~ Val Liveoak and Gretchen Haynes, Co-Clerks
A letter to President Obama from Howard Hawhee, Clerk of South Central Yearly Meeting:
Ways for Individals and faith communities to counter oppression.
A follow up message from Howard Hawhee, Clerk of SCYM.
Oklahomans passed two state questions, SQ 780 and 781, aimed at lowering the prison population. SQ 780 reduces some felonies, such as low level drug charges, to misdemeanors; and SQ 781 uses savings for mental heatlh treatment.
For more information, check out this link: http://www.newson6.com/story/33660471/oklahoma-voters-approve-criminal-reform-measures.
Friends, are you familiar with QuakerSpeak videos? They are produced by Friends Journal and can be found on YouTube. They come out weekly and are very informational, while also being very succinct. Here is a link to one of particular interest: https://youtu.be/wLoUu_YIV3s.