Category Archives: ACTION

ACTION: Call Publix in support of farmworkers

Below is an excerpt from an action alert that Interfaith Action of SW Florida is circulating:

CIW at Publix headquarters“…Instead of engaging in dialogue, Publix’s PR Department continues to distort the nature of the Fair Food program. As Oscar from the CIW explained, “They argue the Fair Food initiative needs to put the penny in the price, when that’s exactly how the program already works; they suggest the CIW wants Publix to pay workers directly, when that’s not what we are asking. Publix would simply pay a penny-per-pound premium — much like Publix-brand fair trade coffee — that tomato growers would distribute to their employees in their normal paychecks.”

Publix’s guarantee to customers is that “We will never knowingly disappoint you.” If you are disappointed by Publix’s refusal to even learn about the Fair Food Program, please call and let them know. Let Mr. Crenshaw that you are tired of misleading PR statements and hope that he will do the right thing.  Call today: 

Office of Mr. Crenshaw: 863-688-1188, ext. 52347
Consumer Relations: 1-800-242-1227…

To read the alert posted on Pax Christi USA’s website, click here.

ACTION: Parking Lot Garden Joins Global Work Party

This weekend we were happy to join our gardening efforts to Sunday’s “Global Work Party” organized by Bill McKibben’s 350.org. Scientists say that 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity – but we’re currently at 388. 350.org encouraged folks worldwide to band together to start projects that will help curb climate change. Our humble effort to lower food miles by sourcing our food closer to home at our next door parking lot was in solidarity with nearly 8000 projects worldwide – some big, some small. Climate change is one thing we’re going to have to figure out a way to work together on. It was heartwarming to see our little garden in this context. Thanks so much to Santa Fe Colleges “Saints for Sustainability” for their support and hard work!

Click here to read the rest on Kelli’s blog.

ACTION: Gainesville Community Response to the Qu’ran Book-Burning

PLEASE NOTE: I made a mistake on the original post regarding the date of the event at Trinity United Methodist Church. It is on FRIDAY evening!

We are dismayed at the publicity a tiny “church” in our city has received for their misguided antics. They have fifty individuals on their rolls and fewer than 30 members attending on any given Sunday, yet the Wall Street Journal described them as a “mega-church,” and similar articles have fueled worldwide concern and protest.

We encourage folks NOT to protest the planned book burning on the church grounds, but to attend alternative gatherings offered this weekend – a very family-friendly “Gathering for Peace, Understanding, and Hope” on FRIDAY at Trinity Methodist Church, and “A Day of Peace and Unity” sponsored by the Gainesville Muslim Initiative at the Downtown Plaza (see below for details).

Maybe there will be enough of us at these peaceful, productive gatherings to lure the press in a better direction.

A Gathering for Peace, Understanding and Hope

Friday, September 10, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
@Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Avenue, on 53rd Avenue next to 43rd St.
Hosted by the Gainesville Interfaith Forum
The Trinity United Methodist Church along with the support of the Gainesville Interfaith Forum, will be hosting a Gathering for Peace, Understanding and Hope. We will have activities for children of our different faiths to play together, arts and educational crafts, cultural displays, foods from various regions of the world, and a time of prayer.


Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Unity hosted by Gainesville Muslim Initiative

Make a stand for peace and unity between the different religions, cultures and ethnic groups that make up the fabric of the American society. We believe in the right of people to be different, and we believe in the right of people to be respected for their difference. Why should we focus on our differences while there is so much we can do together to overcome our challenges as the human race? Let us all make a stand together for charity by feeding the homeless , for compassion by donating blood, and for tolerance by lighting a candle .

Program: Saturday, September 11, Downtown Plaza

5:00 to 6:00 pm:
Project Downtown Gainesville will be feeding the homeless. Food will be provided by local families but if you want to help setting up the tables and serving the plates, please come by 4:30 pm.

5:00 to 7:00 pm:
Blood Drive: Help save a life by donating blood and encouraging your friends to do the same. Life South will be present at the event with two buses. Our local hospitals are in dire need of blood and our objective for the evening will be 60 donors.

Book Drive: When books are being burnt, knowledge is being lost. In this day and age, we should be expanding our knowledge or at least preserving it. The Gainesville Public Library, will be present at the event with a wish list of books. Please stop by their booth and contribute however much you can to fulfill their need. Also, if you have a collection of books that you would like to donate they will be more than willing to have it.

Food Drive: Feeding the homeless one meal is a good thing, but making sure that that a system is in place for them when they will need another meal is even better. We will be collecting non perishable food items during the whole event. Everything collected will be given to local charities that provide weekly meals to the homeless people.

7:00 pm: National Anthem

7:05 to 8:00 pm: Brief declaration by community leaders

8:00 to 8:15 pm: Candlelight Vigil

8:15 to 8:16 pm: One minute of silence will be observed

8:16 to 9:00 pm: Resume the blood, book and food drives

ACTION: Coalition of Immokalee Workers to Gainesville, October 24-25

Dear friends,

Our good friends from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers will be in Gainesville the weekend of October 24-25. They’ll be staying here with us at the Blue House. They are looking to speak to groups, especially churches, on Sunday morning, October 25. Read the blurb below:

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

“Farmworkers of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will be visiting Gainesville on the weekend of Oct. 24th and 25th and are available to share in congregations about the conditions faced by farmworkers and how people of faith can join in improving them. They are available for Minute for Missions or a presentation after services or to share with youth or adults at religious education classes. The CIW is a community-based farmworker organization that has uncovered and assisted the US Department of Justice in prosecuting six cases of modern-day slavery in the Florida fields, freeing over 1,000 workers. Members of the CIW have been recognized with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, 2007 Anti-Slavery International Award, and the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award. For more information or if you are interested in having a farmworker share with your congregation, please contact Brigitte at info@interfaithact.org or 239-986-0688.”

If anyone is interested, contact Brigitte.

Peace,

John

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