On Sept. 28th, 2018, the Willits Book Trust of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting presented copies of the Autobiography of an American Slave to a group of Cumberland County College Equal Opportunity Fund Students at Historic Bethel Othello African Methodist Church in Greenwich, New Jersey. The students were taking part in a Freedom Tour, Freedom Seekers, Free People of Color and Communities of Faith in the Greenwich Area to explore Underground Railroad sites near Delaware Bay. [Read more…] about The Willits Book Trust Committee presents Books to Cumberland County Students in partnership with the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives
On May 16, 2018, Fran Sheldon (Providence Meeting) and Paul Sheldon (Lansdowne Meeting) participated in a Demand the Ban action in Philadelphia to demand that Senator Toomey co-sponsor Senate Bill 2095 that bans the sale of assault weapons. [Read more…] about Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Friends support arrestees at Demand the Ban action outside Senator Toomey’s office in Philadelphia
This photo is not a screen grab of the Brady Bunch. It is an action photo showing old dogs learning new tricks!
Yesterday was the big Eagles Parade that closed Center City Philadelphia to all but those wearing green, to celebrate the self-proclaimed Underdog Philadelphia Eagles. The PYM Granting Committee was scheduled to meet there as well. But we thought better of it. Instead, we tried new software, Zoom, that allowed us to conference call with visuals from our homes or officers. Ten in attendance, and apparently the software would accommodate up to 100. The sound quality was great. You can all view the same document together; can view each face participating by video, and also hear the folks who have phoned in. It was a very successful first attempt. Thanks to Carol Walz and Ken Park for cheerleading us through the process. [Read more…] about Grantmakers Go High Tech!
On June 15, 2016, the Willits Book Trust Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting presented a copy of William Still’s seminal work, The Underground Railroad, to Gloria Ann Whittico, Associate Professor of Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, VA and faculty advisor to the Regent Chapter of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA). Regent University, founded by Dr. M. G. “Pat” Robertson, is an evangelical, non-denominational Christian University. Students from Regent’s BLSA Chapter tutor inmates of local juvenile detention centers to prepare and coach youths as they make their individual journeys towards literacy and freedom. The gift from Willits was presented in recognition of the dedication of Professor Whittico, the shared Christian heritage and social justice concerns of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Regent University and the activism and community contributions of BLSA students.