Saturday, May 20, 2017

Have time to do just one thing to make the world a more just place?

Adrienne Little, our social justice ministry's representative to Congregations for Social Justice, passes along these ideas.

1 - Take Action! Tell the Department of Homeland Security to Extend TPS for Haitians in the U.S. from Cathy Tamsberg
In 2010 an earthquake left Haiti in disastrous conditions. An estimated 50,000 Haitians who were in the United States at the time were granted permission to remain and to work lawfully through temporary protected status (TPS). However, the Trump administration has indicated that there is a strong possibility that TPS may no longer be extended to Haitians living in the U.S.

Ending temporary protected status for Haitians would put thousands of people at risk for deportation.

The devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 have made it difficult for ] Haiti to improve its infrastructure and living conditions. Just like the communities of Eastern North Carolina, Haiti is struggling to rebuild what was damaged and lost in that hurricane. With the cancellation of TPS, Haitians would be returning home to loss, poor conditions, unemployment, and uncertainty. If deported, they would also be leaving behind families and small children who would not be able to prosper on their own, many of whom are U.S. citizens.

Sending Haitians back now would be devastating for those who are working and contributing to life in the U.S., as well as a blow to aid agencies and the Haitian government who may be forced to contend with tens of thousands of additional people to incorporate into relief and recovery programs.

TAKE ACTION! Call the Department of Homeland Security Comment Line - 202-282-8495 and ask to extend TPS for Haitians in the U.S.

2 - East College Park Job Fair from Judye Jacobs
       East College Park Job Fair
       Thursday, June 15 - 6:30-8:30 pm
       Tarboro Road Community Center (121 N Tarboro St)
Job-seekers will be able to apply for positions associated with the East College Park homebuilding and infrastructure projects.
These projects include housing construction, administration, water, sewer, milling/paving, storm drainage replacement, and grading. Representatives from the general contractor company TA Loving and several homebuilding companies will be present to answer applicant questions.

3 - Wake County Network of Care from Margi Keating
Wake Network of Care is a new comprehensive online resource database with enhanced features designed to increase access to all resources of Wake County.
The URL is:    You can access the website on your phone with a Mobile App for Android, and a translation feature with over 100 languages.
Wake County's Network of Care can greatly assist individuals, families, and service providers to access services and resources.
It has "one stop shopping" for :
    1. A complete directory of service providers by zip code.
    2. A library of more than 30,00 articles, fact sheets and reports.
    3. Options for low-cost health insurance.
    4. A list of current state and federal bills, and a link to lawmakers for advocacy.
    5. A Learning Center with information on Depression, Alcohol and Drugs, ADHD, Cancer, etc.
    6. A Mobile App to locate a list of resources with complete descriptions closest to your location.
    7. Topic-based Social network groups to engage others on topics that are important to you.
    8. A community calendar with date listings of all agency, faith community, educational and social activities and events in Wake County.
    9. Links to local, state, and national advocacy organizations.
   10. Links to make it easy to find online information about government programs and nonprofit organizations that are important to you!
For more information contact: Dave Mullin, M.Div.,MTS

4 - Cary Town Council - May 25 - Not! from Joe Rappl  
No need to go to the May 25 Cary Town Council meeting.
Just received word from Habitat for Humanity Director, Kevin Campbell, that their Trimble Ave project is Cary was removed form the May 25th Town Council meeting. Kevin and Habitat are working with the town to make some changes and hope to be back with the Cary council meeting perhaps as early as the end of June.
So no need to attend the May 25th meeting in support of Habitat's project.