Friends General Conference

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Evening Programs Events

Beverly Ward serves as the co-clerk of Quaker Earthcare Witness's UN Working Group and as SEYM Secretary for Earthcare. She is a member and past clerk of Tampa Monthly Meeting and a member of the SEYM Earthcare Committee. Beverly has taught several courses at the University of South Florida where she also worked as a faculty member in a research center. Her related experience includes conducting research and providing technical assistance to communities, local state and federal agencies, including environmental and social justice. Among her publications and papers is Saving Ourselves: The Need For Knowledge Sharing and Other Technology Transfer Among the Islands and Nation-States of the American Mediterranean in Response to Climate Change and Other Extreme Events. She is a past member of the several National Academies of Science Transportation Research Board (TRB) committees and currently is the research coordinator for the TRB Environmental Justice Issues in Transportation Committee.

Evening Programs | Monday, July 1, 2019 - 7:00pm

Participants in the FGC’s Institutional Assessment on Systemic Racism, Representatives of the Task Force, and the Implementation Group will offer our stories, our joy in FGCs commitment to becoming an anti-racist faith community, and what each of us can do to bring this commitment to our own meetings.

Evening Programs | Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 7:00pm

Songwriter, Folksinger, Storyteller, Multi-Instrumentalist, and Quaker John McCutcheon will be performing at Gathering for our Wednesday night all-ages concert. John's apprenticeship to many of the legendary figures of Appalachian music imbedded a love of not only home-made music, but a sense of community and rootedness. The result is music...whether traditional or from his huge catalog of original songs...with the profound mark of place, family, and strength. His commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers. It is in live performance that John feels most at home. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage, with what critics describe as "little feats of magic," "breathtaking in their ease and grace...," and "like a conversation with an illuminating old friend."

Evening Programs | Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 7:00pm

Tony Fish is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and serves as Director of the tribes Reintegration Program. In March of 2005, Tony assisted in the development and implementation of the first ever tribal reintegration program for ex-prisoners. Through his Leadership, Tony has been able to secure funding to build a regional transitional living facility for returning citizens. Tony has been an advocate for prisoner re-entry speaking at national forums, and appearing in the documentary “Never Give Up” for an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and instrumental in working with the Oklahoma State Legislature in reform of current justice practices.

Evening Programs | Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Friends Committee on National Legislation Executive Secretary Diane Randall, Immigration and Refugee Policy Legislative Representative Hannah Graf Evans, and AFSC Immigrant Rights Organizer Itzel Hernandez will speak on "Love Thy Neighbor (No exceptions): Advocating for Welcome, Not Walls".

Evening Programs | Friday, July 5, 2019 - 7:00pm