While I can certainly appreciate the necessity of internal systematic change, sometimes we are called to be visible and public in the expression of our beliefs. Regardless of the foundations of one's belief systems, unless they compel one to participate in the strengthening of the common good, why bother. That may be a little cavalier, but there you have it.
So, if you have ever thought, "I should really show up and let my voice and presence be known to those who hold power as well as to those for whom these realities impacttheir very lives" then the next few weeks offer a few wonderful opportunities to do so. Here are three events, gatherings, vigils that I lift up for your consideration.
I hope you can make them!
VIGIL IN SUPPORT OF FILIPINO NURSES AT CPMC: Standing solidarity for workers in order to achieve just treatment and fair opportunities.
This Wednesday the CEO of CPMC has finally agreed to meet with members of the Filipino community about allegations that surfaced this summer that CPMC discriminated against hiring Filipino nurses.
Please join us for a vigil of support in the lobby of the hospital; the entrance is on the corner for Valencia and Cesar Chavez. We will hold our vigil while the delegation of community leaders and nurses meets with the CEO. After the meeting they will report to us what happened in the meeting.
Also [click here] to sign the petition.
PRESTATION BY "INVISIBLE CHILDREN": the plight of child soldiers in Northern Uganda
DATE: Sunday, October 31, 5:30-7:00pm
LOCATION: Mission Bay Community Church, 32 Ocean Avenue, Excelsior District, SF
CONTACT: Bruce Reyes-Chow
RSVP: Please use our FB EVENT INVITE to help spread the word.
Invisible Children uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war and restore Northern Uganda to peace and prosperity. During this event we will meet at least one of the child soldiers who has escaped, see a few videos and have time for interaction. This will be suitable for all ages, to please bring the family to hear about this relatively unknown plight in the world. For their complete story and more info see: www.invisiblechildren.com.
INTERFAITH VIGIL: Call For a Vision ofHospitality & Liberty as the Federal Hearing begins for Arizona’s Immigration Law SB1070
DATE: Monday, November 1, Procession at 8:00am and the Vigil at 8:30am.
LOCATION: Start at St. Patrick's Church (756 Mission Street, SF) and end at the Federal Building, (95 7th Street, SF)
CONTACT: Rev. Deborah Lee, Organizer
SPONSORS: San Francisco Coalition on Immigrant Rights, East Bay Interfaith Immigration Coalition, Clergy and Laity United for Economica Justice and Mujeres Unidas y Activas
Please join people faith in a public show of support for undocumented immigrants in AZ as well as in the US. Part of a larger push for comprehenise immigration reform, this is a chance to show that people of faith will continue to be present in the process.
* The artwork above, "The La Pieta" was created by Arizona artist, Rafael Navarro, as a response to SB1070. It was made for and carried in the Arizona March against SB1070.