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Reviews of Antiracism Resources

Resource: Where Do We Go From Here/Chaos or Community? by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Reviewed by David Wood
 
Debbie Fagans’ review of this book led me to read it myself. Here are my comments.
 
Dr. King was dismayed by the conditions in Chicago when he tried to work in that city. There have been many changes in the half century since the publication of this book, as shown by the fact that the mayor of the city is now a Black woman. But many problems persist, as shown by the looting of Michigan Avenue’s “Miracle Mile” a couple of years ago when a Black Lives Matter march was taken over by looters.
 
It is noteworthy that White men had to be persuaded to grant the vote to women a century ago, and they were so persuaded by, in part, unremitting pressure from women marchers. King believed that similar pressure by peaceful marches by Black people and their allies will be needed to effect needed changes in the lives of BIPOC.
 
I am attaching a document that gives the Table of Contents of Dr. King’s book and five paragraphs of quotes and my further comments.


See more here.
 

Do you have an antiracism book or other resource you want to share?
 
One First Pres priority is “combating systemic racism both within and outside the church.”  Many of you are already reading and discussing books and articles that address this underlying racism, and the Membership Committee invites you to share your insights and thoughts in First Pres eblasts.  What did you find enlightening?  For whom would you recommend this particular book or article?  Reviews of other media addressing racism, such as movies, TV shows, podcasts and children’s resources are welcome.  Please email your mini review to: Carol Green.  Questions about reviews may be directed to Carol Green at email or call or text 518-331-1447.


 

Click here for past reviews

Opportunities

First Pres Church, through the Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee, has been working with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival as well as the Labor–Religion Coalition. Here are opportunities for you for education and advocacy: 
 

Workers Memorial Day
Wednesday, April 28, 12pm, Academy Park, Albany
 

Please join the Capital District Area Labor Federation with affiliated unions & community partners at the annual program to observe Workers Memorial Day, where we will come together and honor our injured and fallen workers from around the Capital District. This year most importantly, we will remember those who died due to COVID-19, and the failed policy responses that forced many to return to work and put themselves and their loved ones at risk.

For those who can't make it in person the event will also be streaming on Facebook.

 

May Day: Teach-In, Rally, March

Teach-In: Friday, April 30, 7pm, Online
Rally: Saturday, May 1, 1pm, Albany Medical Center (43 New Scotland Ave)
March: Saturday, May 1, 2pm - New Scotland Ave to Washington Park

Teach-In: Join on April 30 at 7pm for a Zoom discussion of the workers’ movement from a group of esteemed panelists who will provide insightful answers to the question, “What way forward for the workers’ movement?” RSVP for call info here.

Rally: Join Albany Med nurses and allies from labor and community to celebrate May Day, International Workers’ Day! Albany is a workers’ town, built and run by working people. Albany Med is the nurses’ house—run by NYSNA RNs.

March: After the rally the group will then march to the Washington Park Amphitheater for live music, performances and speeches, where community and labor organizations will be tabling and encouraging people to get involved in the workers’ struggle.
 
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We offer an online Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation on Thursdays at 12:30pm via Zoom. Pastor Miriam, Certified Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator, leads each session. and our time together is 30 minutes. This time is open to all, whether you’ve walked a labyrinth in the past or not.. You can register here for Thursday, April 29, to receive the zoom link. Please have a Finger Labyrinth available - you can download a paper version if you don’t have your own or Jamie in the church office. Join us!

 
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CROP Hunger Walk 2021 – Sunday, May 2
We have one goal: building a world where there is enough for all.


The CROP Hunger Walk is a community-wide event sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to help end hunger in our communities and around the world. The Albany CROP Hunger Walk 2021 will once more be a virtual event.
 
You can also walk in your own neighborhood on May 2 or any time during the month of May. You can participate in the virtual Opening Ceremony (via Zoom) at 1:30pm on May 2. Click here to register to attend the ceremony to receive the link.
  
First Presbyterian Church is committed to stamping out hunger.  Click here to sign up and join our team.  Scroll down to the “Browse Existing Teams” list and select “First Presbyterian Church of Albany.” Click on “Join the Team” in the right column. You do not have to register for team, but we do encourage you to do so to demonstrate our commitment to ending hunger. All walkers will receive a “Walking Partners” card and a “CROP WALK 2021” 40th anniversary T-Shirt.
 
Click here to donate. You can also send a check to Church office by the end of May.  Your check should be made out to “CWS/CROP” and put “CROP Walk 21” in the memo line.
 
If you have questions, please contact Annette Johnson.
 
Please support First Pres by joining the team 
or donating on behalf of First Pres.
Either way, please join us on the “Walk”!

 
 
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Education and Spiritual Formation each Sunday
Adult Education at 8:45am–9:45am
Children’s Education at 9:15am–9:45am
Virtual Youth Group at 11:00am
Find the Zoom links in Thursday’s eblast.


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Calendar

Tuesday, 4/27    9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                         12:00pm   Endowment Sub Committee Meeting
                           6:30pm   FOCUS Board

Wednes., 4/28    5:30pm    AD HOC Committee Meeting
                            6:30pm   Women's Small Group
                            7:00pm   Dads' Small Group 

Thurs., 4/29       7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                          12:30pm   Finger Labyrinth Walk and Meditation
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting

Sunday, 5/2        8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom
                           1:30pm   Virtual CROP Walk

Tuesday, 5/4      9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                           5:30pm   Outreach and Mission Committee Meeting
                           5:30pm   Property Committee Meeting
                           7:00pm   Membership Committee Meeting
                           7:30pm   Social Justice & Peacemaking Committee Meeting

Wednes., 5/5    11:00am   Staff Meeting

Thurs., 5/6         7:00am    Men's Bible Study
                            4:30pm   Anti- Racism Task Force
                            7:30pm   Chancel Choir Virtual Meeting


Sunday, 5/9        8:45am    Adult Education 
                            9:15am   Children’s Education  
                          10:00am   Live Stream Worship (communion)
                          11:00am   Virtual Youth Group
                          11:15am   Fellowship Time via Zoom

Monday, 5/10    1:00pm   Covenant Small Group meeting


Tuesday, 5/11     9:00am   Men's Bible Study
                          11:30am   Clergy Meeting





 
******* All meetings will be held via Zoom.*******
 
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