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The Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief and Resiliency launch start is today, Friday, August 28, 2020. The application process is open now and being administered by the non-profit organization, The Contingent. Please see link below to apply.

The Oregon Cares Fund is a targeted investment in the Black community from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund. This fund is meant to provide the Black community with the resources it needs to weather the global health pandemic and consequent recession. The Oregon Cares Fund is for Black people, Black-owned businesses, and Black community based organizations.

With over 62 million dollars to spread to Black individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations, we want to make sure that as many Black community members are made aware of the program as possible.

I want to learn more FAQs

If you or someone you know would like to apply now, head to  https://thecontingent.org/oregon-cares/.

Multnomah County Library is cutting staff and services when you need us most

Critical library services are at risk. Library staff have been told that up to 128 library jobs may be cut. Library director Vailey Oehlke has made no effort to clarify the number of positions that will be cut to library staff. This has instilled a sense of fear and uncertainty for staff. Positions slated for elimination include clerks, the only digital equity librarian, access services assistants, library assistants, and youth librarians - including one-third of the BCLA (Black Cultural Library Advocates) youth librarians.

This means library patrons will see a significant reduction in storytimes, community events, research and job help, tech help, teen programs and lots of other services that library staff are eager to provide.

In spite of numerous staff proposals for creatively providing services to the community, library management has instead chosen to reduce services to the public when the need for accessible information and resources is at its greatest.  TAKE ACTION

Black National Convention

BACKGROUND:

Black August centers around the topic of Black rebellions in the US, and was first commemorated in 1970 after the death of two Black activist brothers (read the full story here). As it happens, their death, Emmet Till’s death, the Watts Rebellion, the March on Washington and even Nat Turner’s rebellion all occurred in August, hence the designation of this month as a time to reflect on and celebrate the uprisings and rebellious acts that have shaped the civil rights movement.

This year for Black August, M4BL is organizing a political convention to ratify a new Black agenda moving into November.

ACTION:

Watch the Black National Convention on August 28th, starting at 4pm west coast time. Familiarize yourself with the priorities of the M4BL at this key moment when they create a political platform for 2020. After the convention, their list of demands will be presented to the president-elect as demands for the first one hundred days in office, as well as to Democratic political candidates, who will have to choose whether they’re for it or against it.  

READ

This WaPost article about the ties between the original March on Washington and what’s happening now.

Here’s an LA Times article on the convention

AMPLIFY:

Let people know about this convention, and share any info or calls to action that you learn from watching!

EAT:
Support Black owned restaurants. Click HERE for a great website.

Save the Date(s) for the 47th Annual Neil Kelly Memorial Virtual Auction!

Soon you'll receive a link for registering and ordering your dinner! Our wonderful 12:30 community will be cooking a delicious meal for you to pick up the day before the auction.

The virtual auction will start a week to 10 days before the LIVE event. So, you'll be able to bid on items over the course of the week. We'll send out the exact day soon.
October 24th is the LIVE auction event. It will start at 5:30 and you'll be entertained with music, words from your friends, and the interactive event. 

Virtual - sounds weird? sounds scary? Don't worry. We'll send you easy instructions and maybe even a video!

 
We are excited about our virtual event. Our wonderful auctioneer, Ian Lindsay, and his team have mastered the art of combining fundraising and entertainment. It's an interactive event. It's more accessible to people who would not be able to attend an in person event. There's no admission, friends and relatives who live out of town can participate. There's less time commitment. No baby sitter required. And, it's COVID friendly!
 
Lots of great items, vacations, and Covid friendsly signups have been donated. If you want to make a donation contact Barbara Joy ASAP. auctiondonations1@standrewchurch.com

All donations must be in before September 15th.
FRESH FLOWERS FOR MASS
 
Thanks to Marilyn Anderson, Trish Bradley and Michael Prendergast who have been providing fresh flowers each week for our live stream Mass. Anyone who would like to bring flowers for Sunday place them on the picnic table on the deck between the church and the community center by 8:30 Am on Sunday mornings. We try to have 3 .vases of flowers each week, at the ambo, at the black lives matter shrine and under the crucifix.
What is the Season of Creation?
Aug 28, 2020 by Brian Roewe - Spirituality
 
Burning Question: The Season of Creation is a monthlong prayerful observance that calls the planet's 2.2 billion Christians to pray and care for God's creation. It is becoming more prominent, and Catholic involvement is growing. It's not just about prayer, though.  Read more HERE.
“Trust Black Women: The Importance of Black Women in U.S. Politics” by Brittney Cooper,
NEXT WEEK - Sept. 4th Register HERE.
 

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Public Research Fellows program will present a talk by Brittney Cooper, “Trust Black Women: The Importance of Black Women in U.S. Politics,” on Friday, September 4, at 3:30 p.m, as part of the Public Research Fellows 2020-2021 Virtual Series. ​Cooper’s talk was postponed from its original March date, and in keeping with COVID-19 safety protocols, will take place via Zoom.

Cooper will explore the struggle for Black women’s suffrage and the historical role of Black women’s vote, making the case for why there is no progressive politics in America without Black women.

 
Do you know someone who is thinking about becoming a catholic?
The RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the process for welcoming adult newcomers into the Catholic Church.  If you are thinking about becoming Catholic, and have not received one or more of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation), then this process is for you.To keep everyone safe during the pandemic, our preparation for the Sacraments will consist of short videos to watch at home, Zoom sessions on Sunday from 11:00-12:30 PM and informal weekly check-ins on Wednesdays evenings.. We will formally begin our sessions on Sunday September 13, 2020. For more information contact Michael Prendergast mprendergast@archdpdx.org

It's so important for every individual to be counted!
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