PLEASE JOIN US -- AND SPREAD THE WORD AND HELP US RAISE OUR 2018 - 2019 FUNDS BY PARTICIPATING IN THESE TWO UPCOMING EVENTS -- JUNE 2 AND JUNE 10. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!
Both our Adirondack Friends of Refugees and Immigrants and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex, New York, are co-sponsoring a series of “friendraisers” to support the work of Friends volunteers with vetted refugees from several countries in the Burlington, Vermont, area and, through a partnership with Plattsburgh Cares, with the provision of desperately-needed services to over 5,000 undocumented immigrants each month fleeing for asylum across the Canadian border at Roxham Road north of Plattsburgh.
The first of these Tea and Thee events is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, at 4pm at St. John’s Church on Church Street in Essex, New York. The event will include refreshments at the church and an afternoon tour by church member Louis Comeau of his home’s remarkable new garden and landscaping designed by a noted area professional. Suggested donation is $10 to support the work of the Friends organization.
Two local volunteer groups focused on current refugee and immigrant issues – Adirondack Friends of Refugees and Immigrants (adirondack-friends-of-refugees.com) and Plattsburgh Cares (plattsburghcares.org) - will be hosting a presentation entitled Asylum Seekers: Film and Speaker on Sunday, June 10, at 4pm at the Grange Hall building on Route 22 in Whallonsburg, New York. The event is open to the public with no admission charge, though freewill donations for Plattsburgh Cares will be accepted.
The evening will feature the showing of a recent Public Television documentary on immigrant asylum-seekers crossing the US/Canadian border at Roxham Road north of Plattsburgh, New York. Plattsburgh Cares activist Janet McFetridge, who has regularly met the refugees and their children at the border with clothing and emotional support, will then describe the intense difficulties and life struggles experienced by these undocumented immigrants seeking a safe home to avoid deportation back to desperate and often dangerous circumstances in their home countries in South America and elsewhere across the world.
Following her presentation Ms. McFetridge will answer audience questions on these issues and the efforts of Plattsburgh Cares and others to ease the suffering and untangle the bureaucratic and political complexities encountered by immigrants crossing borders into and out of this country. Members of Adirondack Friends of Refugees and Immigrants will also be available to describe and answer questions on their work with vetted refugees from several countries legally settled in the Burlington, Vermont, area.
Everyone interested in learning more about these increasingly complex and intense public-policy and humanitarian issues is encouraged to join in this opportunity for open discussion and shared, differing perspectives. Further information on the event is available by contacting Adirondack Friends of Refugees and Immigrants members Bobbi Perez at 518-983-0008 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carole Slatkin at 518-963-7073 (email@example.com).
Future, similar events are planned for the months ahead, each one featuring foods from one of the cultures of the native countries of refugees and immigrants who have fled with their families for safety and resettlement in communities locally, across America, in Canada, and around the world. Additional information on this event is available by contacting Friends members Robert Harsh at firstname.lastname@example.org (518-962-8642) or Bobbi Perez at email@example.com (518-983-0008).
SOME OF OUR PREVIOUS EVENTS.....
Our Rally for Fleeing Immigrants & Refugees - April 22, 10am in Keeseville, New York, was very successful, and had front page coverage in the Sunday, April 23, 2017 Plattsburgh Press-Republican! Click HERE and HERE to read the article.
Frame Your Story Project Connects Students in New York with Refugee Children in Germany
The Frame Your Story project, which teaches students the basics of photography so that they can picture their worlds in photos and writings, is up and running with a group of Syrian refugee children in Berlin, Germany, and a parallel group of sixth- and eighth-graders at Willsboro Central School in New York. Children on both sides of the pond will now exchange their work on electronic media platforms to learn more about each other and broaden their worldviews and friendships across cultures.
Teachers Meaghan Webb and Tara Valachovic along with Willsboro Central Superintendent Steve Broadwell are coordinating the New York project, which is themed here and abroad around the topic of dreams. Champlain Valley Friends of Refugees Chair Bob Harsh taught the basics of photography at the school.