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October 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG) was a model and icon for all who have been committed to, or are awakening to, the work for justice in our country. Her life and words guide us as we explore our part in this work.

  • "Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time."
  • “So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.”
  • "Don't be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment. These just zap energy and waste time."

While much of her focus was on liberation of women (“I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”) the time now is to focus on liberation of and justice for people of color. When asked how she would like to be remembered she responded: "I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.” May we each have that legacy – using our unique talent to the best of our ability – for the good of all.
“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”

What If

What if our true purpose in life was to be a force for good

What if our thoughts were less focused on our past and more open to our future 

What if instead of playing king of the mountain we play hide and seek and find each other

What if instead of being proud of our possessions, we marveled at what we could do without

What if there was only true delight in owning things that could be shared

What if only that which we create together truly mattered

What if only our inner light was important not our outward appearance

What if we studied truth, compassion and justice above all other subjects

What if we always walked with and never ahead of each other

What if we had the courage to live in simplicity together in a world where all living things could truly flourish.

What if  

What if

By Bill Bross

In This Issue
Blog: Grappling With What It Means To Be Engaged as an Activist for Justice

by Sue Staropoli 

As I engage in responding to Daniel Prude’s death, witnessing all that is happening in our city – including protests, police violence in response to protestors, divisions among city officials, elders coming together  to offer support, and much more – I'm trying to find my place.

One of the issues is the many different ways there are to "protest", to work for justice. How does one stay in partnership with others who have different approaches? (read the full post here

2020 Election

Plan Your Vote!

It is more important than ever that you – and everyone – can vote in this election! 

Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3rd) is the deadline for all voting methods.
Make sure you're registered to vote
Choose your voting method 

~ Vote with Absentee Ballot 
  • Request absentee ballot by Oct 27th - NYS BOE Absentee Voting 
  • Cast your absentee vote in any of the following ways:
    • Put it in the mail, postmark no later than Nov 3rd.
    • Bring it to the County Board of Elections Office by Nov 3rd, 9pm. 
    • Bring it to an early voting poll site (Oct 24th-Nov 1st)
    • Bring it to an election day poll site (Nov 3rd by 9pm).
~ Vote Early (in person) Early voting event! Vote Early Together: Join others on the first day of early voting, Saturday, October 24th, at 12 noon, at Rochester's Liberty Pole to march and cast our votes together. More info here!

~ Vote on Election Day, (in person): Nov 3rd
  • Go to an election day poll site on Nov 3rd - use this Voter Information Lookup tool from the Monroe County Board of Elections to find your polling place.
  • You can also hand-deliver an absentee ballot to election day poll sites.

Volunteer as a poll worker 
The Monroe County Board of Elections is still looking for members of our community to work on Election Day as Election Inspectors. See this brochure to find out more.


Community Calendar Highlights

View all upcoming events on the Community Calendar. Please contact Patricia if you have events to share.

2020 Census: Sign up and be counted 

Complete the census questionnaire yourself, and remind others to do so.

It's quick, safe, secure. Go to 
Seeds of Hope

Dismantling the Racism that Shapes Our Lives

October 4th & November 1st
1:30-3:30pm ET (on Zoom)

A two-part program that moves from outside in to inside out--in our journey as white people dismantling racism:

  • Part 1: Sunday, October 4, 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET (on Zoom), followed by 
  • Part 2: Sunday, November 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET (also on Zoom)

​How is it that unarmed Black people are still being abused, asphyxiated and shot by the police whose job is to “protect and serve”?  How is it that Rochester, a forward-looking city known for its generosity, is still one of the most segregated cities in America, with one of the highest levels of child poverty?  Racism is woven into every facet of our community and our society. White people don’t have to think about it – until something like the police asphyxiation of Daniel Prude tears off the veil and exposes the attitudes, values and assumptions of domination that are impossible to ignore.

We look forward to seeing you on October 4 and November 1. 
See the event page for more information, or register here.
Project Drawdown
The words “climate change” and “global warming” are words that tend to polarize, as people argue over their cause. In Drawdown programs, however, our focus is on SOLUTIONS – and the common desire of all people for a better and more sustainable world.
While we are focused in our Rochester community on urgent work for justice, we can’t ignore the urgency of the work around climate change, and the inter-relatedness of all life and issues.  We find ways to take action and to grieve all that is being lost.  To be inspired see this passionate message from Jane Fonda.  Our dynamic local Drawdown programs and solutions projects are part of a global movement, which is growing all over the world.  

An important recent event: Drawdown 2020: The Time is Now. Here is a link to the recording of this outstanding program.

Drawdown solutions not only lower emissions of carbon from the atmosphere, but also address issues of health, employment, environmental injustice, and wealth inequality. Working on DD solutions is supporting the movement toward a just, sustainable way of life for all. See the Drawdown section of our website to find resources, programs, action opportunities -- solutions where you can make a difference! Learn more about this growing impact in the Project Drawdown website.
Register for Drawdown Programs
From Pachamama Alliance International

Pachamama Alliance continues to be a resource for intelligent, compassionate, and motivating engagement on the issues of this time.
Further Resources
Our website is updated often with new and evolving resources such as: 
The Resources section of our website features the Community Calendar and Sustainable Shopping/Purchasing Power, which highlights ways to support black-owned restaurants and other businesses, as well as many more resources to support your journey of learning and living in a socially just and earth friendly way.

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 "Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together . . .
all things connect.” -- Chief Seattle
Do not be afraid!
These are days of power and possibility!
You are here now because you are needed!
Continue the adventure!
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