Bethesda Friends Meeting (BFM) puts its faith into action through engagement in peace-building, social justice, and environmental stewardship. Advocacy, education, and financial support of community groups are among the paths toward that goal. This work is led by the Peace and Social Justice Committee (P&SJ) and by other groups set up by BFM Friends, such as the Environmental Sustainability Group.
Bethesda Friends Meeting sponsors various Forums and Workshops, usually at the Morella Library in downtown Bethesda. Some of these programs will now be scheduled via Zoom.
BFM "Monday Event"
October 5 and 6 at 7:00 p.m.
A White Historian Explores Black Voting Rights
--with Susan Strasser
BACKGROUND: American voting has historically been restricted on the basis of many things other than race, including gender, class, ethnicity, religion, age, and personal history. But race stands out. Only African Americans have had the right to vote granted and repeatedly taken away. Voting has been one aspect of a larger system of racist laws and customs, and the right to vote has been intertwined with the rights to good education, housing, and jobs. And that system has been backed by violence, terror, and intimidation.
THIS PROGRAM: Using nearly sixty images and maps, "A White Historian Explores Black Voting Rights" surveys this history, with emphasis on two moments of possibility—Reconstruction and the early 1960s— and on recent attacks on the right to vote. Historian Susan Strasser seeks to serve people grappling with contemporary issues of race and racism. This is the third of a series of her illustrated talks, "A White Historian Reads Black History."
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you have questions, please email forum [at] bethesdafriends.org.
Monday, June 10, 2019: Workshop on "Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown"
Links to the handouts (click to see and print)
March 18, 2019: Forum on Climate Change Policy in 2019: What Citizens Can Do at Federal, State & Local Levels.
As dire warnings abound regarding the threat of global climate change, have you stopped to examine your household’s carbon footprint?
Calculating your carbon footprint is simple, and we’ll show you how. It’s sure to be an eye-opener!