We are all very much looking forward to welcoming you to the 2021 Virtual Westchester Social Forum Series! The 2021 Virtual Westchester Social Forum will take place every Wednesday evening in March 2021 and will cover a topic that is part of the progressive platform for this year in this time of pandemic. Visit https://www.westchestersocialforum.org/ for workshop details and to register for the Zoom link:
On December 15, we will launch the Justice Roadmap 2021 to call for bold legislative change to decarcerate jails, prisons and immigrant detention centers and address the harms of the criminal legal and immigration systems.
Join us to demand that New York dismantle systems that criminalize, incarcerate and deport our communities and build a world where all of us can thrive
Thank you SO much to all who have already given to sustain WESPAC! In order to meet our budgetary targets, we must raise between $8,000 and $10,000 at this holiday time. A contribution in any amount will help sustain us during these challenging times. You can make a secure donation in less than a minute with any credit or debit card using this link here
With our deep appreciation in advance,
As we launch into the holiday season next week, please consider supporting certified fair trade items as gifts for yourselves and loved ones.
Here in the office, we do have a few items available that I am happy to ship to you (photo attached):
Certain Days Calendar – Freedom for Political Prisoners – view here
Soap made by women in Bangladesh – SERRV – set of two – $10
West Bank ceramics – rectangular and split dish – $22; large oval $32
Cushion covers, embroidered by refugee women in Lebanon – $25
Shawl, embroidered – $45
Handbags made in India, certified fair trade SERRV – small $40; large $70
Trivets (hot plates) from Uganda – $15
Organic Equal Exchange teas – all organic – black, jasmine green, peppermint and English Breakfast – all $4
Join us on Thursday, November 19th at noon for an interactive conversation where we learn about the challenges and joys of being a cacao grower in today’s world. Lalatiana Andrianarison, one of the Beyond Growers, will join us after a two day drive from his cacao farm to the capital (where the chocolate factory is located), a journey spanning over 800km.
We will speak with a team in Madagascar, an island country off the coast of East Africa who work with Beyond Good chocolate, a company committed to purchasing premium cocoa directly from farmers so that they can receive the best prices for their heirloom crop and avoid outsourcing their impact to a third party certification.
WESPAC fully supports this campaign and we will be reaching out to our community partners to sign on. This Town Hall scheduled for next Tuesday will be a great opportunity for us to learn more about the campaign as we move to promote this urgently needed fund for excluded workers:
“Please save the date for our Excluded Worker Organization Townhall that we will be holding in partnership with the Fiscal Policy Institute next Tuesday, Sept, 29th from 6:30pm-7:30pm
. Don’t miss this statewide exploration of New York’s need. RSVP for the town hall here
. For more information about the Excluded Worker Fund, visit our campaign website here.
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!
Manager of Member Engagement- Hudson Valley
The New York Immigration Coalition
1132 Main St., Suite 1 & 2
Peekskill, NY 10566
(914) 482-1241 (cell)