South Wedge Food Program

South Wedge Food Program Brochure Color

The Children’s Defense Fund 23rd Annual Samuel Dewitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry

2017 Sam Dewitt Proctor Inst. for Child Advocacy Notice (Flyer)

Dear CDF friend,

I hope all is well with you! I am reaching out to share about our upcoming Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.

Each year clergy, seminarians, Christian educators, young adult leaders and other faith-based advocates participate in our Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry to make a difference to end child poverty and dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline. This institute is an opportunity for spiritual renewal, networking, movement-building workshops, and continuing education about the urgent needs of children at the intersection of race and poverty.

The dates for this year’s Proctor Institute are July 17-21, 2017, and we host it in CDF’s Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee. Attached we have our postcard and application. Visit our website for more information and use this link to register.

There are a few scholarship opportunities available for youth and community advocates interested in attending Proctor! If you or someone you know is interested in this scholarship opportunity, please email me and I will share more details.

I am reaching out hoping to partner with you to share this great resource! We would like to know if it would be possible to:

  • Share the information among your networks
  • Help us identify potential young leaders (18-30) that may want to apply to the scholarship. There are limited spots and we would love to have NYC leaders be able to take advantage of this great opportunity!

Please let me know if this would be possible! Interested participants can reach out to me for any questions or if they would like to learn more about this training.

All my best,


Giovanna M. Romero Director of Programs and Youth Leadership Development Children’s Defense Fund-NY 15 Maiden Lane, Suite 1200 New York, NY 10038 p  (212) 697-1457   f   (212) 697-0566 e  [email protected]

An Invitation

An invitation from KaeLyn Rich, New York Civil Liberties Union, Genesee Valley Chapter: 


Our next scheduled monthly activist meeting is Wednesday, April 19th, from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM and the topic will be our immigration work. We’ll discuss Sanctuary Cities, the Farmworker Bill of Rights, what the two Muslim Ban executive orders mean, and how you can get involved right now! Please RSVP to [email protected] with “Volunteer Night” in the subject line so we know how much food to get. (Oh yeah, there will be refreshments!)




Two articles that may be of interest!

JPC 45th Annual Fundraising Luncheon

“Promoting Integration:  Reflections on the Reentry Movement”

Judicial Process Commission

Broad Street Ministry

Broad Street Ministry (letter/flyer)

Sanctuary City Info

Hi folks,

Attached are the various resources we’ve collected on sanctuary city/county/municipality organizing, as promised. I’ve also attached notes from Doug Noble on sanctuary work in Onondaga County that he followed up on (pasted below my email signature).

Attached are:

Thanks and I look forward to continuing work together!



KaeLyn E. L. Rich
Director, Genesee Valley Chapter
New York Civil Liberties Union
121 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, NY 14614
■ o 585-454-4334   ■ [email protected]
■ f 585-454-0516   ■ m 716-673-5960

KaeLyn and other committee members,

I offered last week to find out about the status of the sanctuary movement in Syracuse and Onondaga County. Here’s what I’ve found so far, from the Syracuse Peace Council:

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Minor is fully supportive, already calling Syracuse a sanctuary city,  and the police chief is honoring an informal agreement  not to cooperate with ICE requests. Efforts are being made to adopt the NY Attorney General’s guidelines and even go beyond these by, for example, eliminating language about felons.

The ultimate goal is to broaden existing sanctuary efforts to include green light legislation (permitting drivers licenses), rapid response protections, and other forms of protections for undocumented immigrants. A recent sanctuary training workshop held in Syracuse attracted over 100 participants and focused on rapid response, sanctuary legislation, and ”know your rights.”

Mayor Minor has suggested that attempts to move Onondaga County to adopt sanctuary measures will not be successful and that it makes more sense to focus on the state level. But while local activists have the support of Senators Gillibrand and Schumer, state legislators Upstate are pretty much uniformly opposed to the state’s sanctuary bill (“Liberty Act”), which has mostly downstate support. So local state legislators might prove to be no more promising than County officials in supporting sanctuary measures. Efforts to address local town and village officials have not yet gotten off the ground.

Members of the Syracuse  Worker Center and Sanctuary Committee might have additional information, but they were in Albany for the Green Light action today.

Doug Noble


Free Jose Coyote Rally

On Thursday, March 9th, there was an Emergency Rally to Free Jose Coyote hosted by Metro Justice, at Summerville Presbyterian Church with 150+ people in attendance.  Jose Coyote Perez is a dairy farmworker, father, and community leader in Upstate NY who has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Jose has been a longtime champion in the fight for farmworker rights and is an active leader of the Alianza Agricola and Workers’ Center of CNY.   Jose was able to telephone in from the Batavia Detention Center during the rally.

How can you help Jose and others?

    • Sign an online petition to support the release of Jose Coyote:
    • Call ICE Buffalo Fed. Detention Facility office of the Chief Counsel and demand Jose’s release. Script and number here:

Photos courtesy of Kay Michelinie

Thank you!

Rural and Migrant Ministry: Menu of Hope

Menu of Hope (flyer)

Keeping Vigilant on Religious Liberty

The Commission on Christian Muslim Relations (A GRCC Subgroup) is sponsoring the following program on Religious Liberty on March 19 at 5:30 pm, at the Islamic Center @ 727 Westfall Road, Rochester NY.  (See Attachment)

CCMR 3-19-17 Medley Program -Keeping Vigilant on Religious Liberty

Presbyterian Mission Peacemaking Program

2017 Travel Study Seminars Opportunities, for more information click:  Presbyterian Mission Promotional flyer for 2017

Mission Day Movement

As we journey through resurrection and the season of rebirth we are likely moved to new projects and new actions. Some of these new actions may be individual and some may be corporate. Outreach to our community is a great new action for this season of change.   This year rather than participating in a presbytery-wide event, PGV churches and neighborhoods are encouraged to develop mission and outreach activities suitable to their own context.  Given our evolution to the new PGV model of “bottom-up” support to churches (rather than “top-down” ) the Mission & Advocacy and Resource & Education Committees stand ready to provide support (e.g. resources, publicity, connections, etc.) for the formation and implementation of  church developed mission activities or events. Hopefully the collaboration between congregations will result in some unique new events – or rebirth of previous mission activities. Contact Susan Orr at [email protected] to make connections or for more information on creating new mission events.

Disaster Preparedness Training

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance – Presbyterian Women

PW DP NY Flyer April 2017

Ecumenical Advocacy Days

EAD 2017 Details

2017 EAD flier rev (Click for details)

Deadline is March 10th!

Volunteers build community as they work for change

Our own YAV Jeremy Glidden, along with others, making a change!

Asheville Young Adult Volunteers meet challenges of a growing city

The Syria-Lebanon Partnership Network

The Syria-Lebanon Partnership Network  (Click for Newsletter)

A Thank You from The Garden’s Edge

Garden’s Edge 2016 Report

We Choose Welcome

We Choose Welcome

Motor City Mission Corps

The Presbytery of Detroit has two Work Groups that would like to promote service opportunities to the newsletters of close by Presbyteries. A brief overview is below. Are you the right person to send that information to for your Presbytery or could you point me in the right direction?

The Hands on Mission Work Group Inbound Mission Subcommittee sponsors both Summer Work Groups and Alternative Spring Break groups to serve within the Presbytery of Detroit.

The Motor City Mission Corps Work Group seeks 18-30 year olds who would be willing to come to live and serve for a year in our Presbytery.

Peg Carpenter, member of both of the above Work Groups.

Motor City Mission Corps Flyer (1)

Advocacy Training

Details:  Advocacy Training Weekend April 21

We’re Changing Our Dining “Habits”!

Kirkhaven Action

The Children’s Agenda

As we head into the final weeks of New York State budget negotiations, it’s more important than ever that our NYS Senators and Assemblymembers hear from us.  Do your part by letting them know that you want increased investments in high quality early care and education for our children. Send a message to your representatives right now saying “Thanks” to those who have already signed on in support of child care and to urge all of them to stand up for kids and working families during this budget session by advocating for:

  • Rejection of the Executive Budget proposal to transfer $27M in Title XX funding from current critical local services to child care, pitting necessary programs against each other on the local level. Keep both programs whole to ensure current children and families do not lose services.
  • Investment of $100M in subsidies.
  • Creation of an early childhood learning fund with a dedicated revenue stream to serve significantly more children who are eligible but going unserved because of lack of funding. NYS currently only services about 17% of those who are eligible.
  • Implementation of the new federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) regulations without passing costs onto providers.

Budget decisions will be made in the next few weeks, so please take action today! Thank you.

Light the Way

Light the Way flier

Update from the Holy Land – October 2016

To Read, Click:

Update from the Holy Land Newsletter


REACH Home is now BRIDGE Home!

Urgent!  Reach Home is now Bridge Home! flier

Rochester Emergency Action Committee for the Homeless (REACH)

REACH October 2016 funding letter

PC(USA) Peace & Global Witness Special Offering: Blessed are the Peacemakers

2016 Peace Global Witness

Sarah Noble Moag’s Women of Faith video


RCRGL: Rochester Coalition for Reasonable Gun Laws

RCRGL Ltr for Sponsors

PC(USA) young adults get down on the farm

Greetings and good afternoon from the Presbyterian Mission Agency! Our latest story from Stony Point Center on its Food Justice and Sustainable Agriculture retreats – and the lasting impact that the retreat has had on a young adult group from Gates Presbyterian Church – just went live this afternoon at:


Webinar on Gun Violence with Rev. J Herbert Nelson

If you were not all able to participate on the live feed, here is a link to the recording of the webinar. Please share far and wide.