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Making Peace Benches for DC

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on September 24, 2017 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

CAIF worked at Washington Hebrew Congregation with their youth and Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center youth making peace benches. Rabbi Lustig talked to the kids about God being present when 2 people are face to face and he is in discussions with the DC Mayor to place these around DC in hopes they will inspire people to come together and talk face to face. The goal is for these three youth groups with youth in 7th and 8th grade to do several service projects together yearly through High School to forge a growing relationship. 

Annika: "First off, I thought it was really cool just to make the benches, and I also learned how to use power tools! It was awesome working together with people from different backgrounds, because you just ended up learning so much about them. I loved painting the benches because it was an opportunity to use my creativity and get messy at the same time. Its a project I would love to do again!”

Julia: "It was really fun to get together with people my age face to face to build and paint a peace bench together".

See our Photos page for an album of pix and to see the finished benches

CAIF Attends the Unity Walk

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on September 10, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (1)

CAIF has long attended the annual Unity Walk. It is always inspiring.  "On Sunday we went to the Unity Walk, and were in fact fortunate to have a table at the service fair. The walk was an excellent display in unity and togetherness, something our country needs especially right now. During the opening ceremony, we heard a Zoroastrian prayer and some great musical displays. After going on the walk and visiting all sorts of houses of worship, it really gave me hope for the future, since as long as events like this exist, the spirit of tolerance in this country can be kept alive." -Nick . #KnowYourNeighbor .  For more pictures, see the photo album on our website.  For an interesting article about hte walk, see this link: https://www.voanews.com/a/muslims-jews-christians-sikhs-hindus-walk-for-unity/4025009.html

BAKE SALE FOR HOUSTON WITH KINDWORKS

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on September 4, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

CAIF brought baked goods and helped sell them in downtown Bethesda at the KindWorks bake sale to benefit Houston :Flooding relief. Nearly  $700 was raised! 

Setting up a Refugee Apartment with KindWorks

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on June 30, 2017 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Yesterday we got the unique chance to set up an apartment for a refugee family from Afghanistan. We started by moving furniture from one apartment that had been set up for a family from the Congo (who'd been having trouble getting into the country) and moving it to the second apartment for the Afghan family. We tried to make everything feel as "at home" as possible for them, with a lot of attention paid to the kids' room, which we stocked with toys, stuffed animals, and fun books perfect for kids new to America learning english. After a lot of lifting and rearranging we were finally ready for them, and it was very rewarding to see our work pay off as they looked through their new home since they happened to arrive just as we were finishing up. -Nick . More pictures here.

Iftar and Movie Night

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on June 17, 2017 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday evening we were lucky enough to attend a Ramadan Iftar and private screening of Unity Productions Foundations' The Sultan and the Saint at Alex Kronemer and Luby Ismail's home. The movie is about the meeting of Saint Francis of Assissi and Sultan Al-Kamil of Egypt, which helped deescalate the crusades. Their story is one of compassion and understanding across faiths at a contentious time, and it is one we can especially learn from today. Afterwards, we ate dinner with Alex and Luby as they broke the fast and discussed over dinner our thoughts on the movie. After dinner, Luby gave an excellent talk about our desire to belong, "Longing for Belonging". Here is a link to a previously recorded version of Luby's talk.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbTh2QudBbk



Food packing for the Hungry

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on June 4, 2017 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

CAIF hosted a food packing for the hungry in Mo. Co. With kids of all faiths at Washington Hebrew Congregation's amazing Hunger Helpers Program and along with Sikh Kid2Kid and Youth Circle we packed 17,000 meals helping their program over the 750,000 program meals mark!



CAIF CELEBRATES HOLI!

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on May 19, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

CAIF attended Holi and Learned about Mantra Meditation. It was a beautiful day with laughter and people asking if they could put colors on you and we all came away looking like human tie dye! From www.holifestival.org: "Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'."


COMMUNITIES UNITED AGAINST HATE

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on April 28, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Inspiring to be at the Communities United Against Hate launch tonight! #CUAHlaunch ! Great panel of speakers and keynote by our rock star Attorney General Brian Frosh. CAIF staffed a table at the volunteer fai and connected with other groups including Sikh Kid2Kid who invited us to their temple open house on May 7 which we hope to combine with Holi Festival visit that day! 


CAIF A SPONSOR OF COMMUNITIES UNITED AGAINST HATE EVENT APRIL 23, 2017

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on April 8, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Communities United Against Hate - Montgomery County is a nonpartisan organization that unites our diverse community to combat bigotry, support victims of hate, and promote inclusiveness in Montgomery County, Maryland.  SIGN UP TO RSVP HERE : bit.ly/2nwnqQO

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FROM CAIF TO STAFF A TABLE AT THE RESOURCE FAIR. 

Please join us for the launch of Communities United Against Hate

#CUAHLaunch

Keynote Speaker

Hon. Brian Frosh, Maryland Attorney General

Panel on Combating Hate and Bigotry in Today's Era

James Stowe, Director, County Office of Human Rights

Althea, Local High School Student and LGBTQIA Activist

Doron Ezickson, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League, Washington, DC

Mimi Hassanein, Middle Eastern Liaison, County Office of Community Partnerships

Dr. Rajwant Singh, Senior Advisor, National Sikh Campaign

Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, Co-Chair, Faith Community Working Group

Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA of Maryland

Volunteer Fair

An opportunity to meet and learn about organizations working to combat hate at the county, state, and national levels. We have room for more groups to join the Volunteer Fair. If your organization would like to participate, please register by April 16th.

Sunday, April 23

4:30-6:30pm

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

4301 East-West Highway

Bethesda, MD 20814

Sponsors

US Sen. Chris Van Hollen • US Rep. John Sarbanes, District 3 • US Rep. John Delaney, District 6 • US Rep. Jamie Raskin, District 8 • MD Sen. Susan C. Lee, District 16 • MD Sen. Cheryl Kagan, District 17 • MD Sen. Rich Madaleno, District 18 • MD Sen. William C. Smith Jr., District 20 • Howie Denis, Former MD Senator and County Council Member • MD Del. Pamela Queen, District 14 • MD Del. Aruna Miller, District 17 • MD Del. Jeff Waldstreicher, District 18 • MD Del. Marice Morales, District 19 • MD Del. Jheanelle Wilkins, District 20 • MD Del. Sheila Hixson, District 20 • Nancy Floreen, County Council Member, At-Large • Marc Elrich, County Council Member, At-Large • George Leventhal, County Council Member, At-Large • Hans Riemer, County Council Member, At-Large • Roger Berliner, County Council President, District 1 • Craig Rice, County Council Member, District 2 • Sidney Katz, County Council Member, District 3 • Nancy Navarro, County Council Member, District 4 • Tom Hucker, County Council Member, District 5 • Montgomery County Office of Human Rights • Montgomery County Human Rights Commission • Montgomery County Committee on Hate/Violence

 

​Jews United for Justice (CUAH Fiscal Sponsor) • Anti-Defamation League • Association of Black Democrats, Montgomery County • Association of Vietnamese Americans • Bethesda Neighbors United • Capital Area Interfaith Friends • CASA • Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church • Chevy Chase United Methodist Church • Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland • Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County • Faith Community Working Group • Gap Busters, Inc. • Guru Gobind Sing Foundation Rockville • Guru Nanak Foundation of America • Hindu American Foundation • Impact Silver Spring • Indian American Democratic Club • Islamic Society of Germantown • Jewish Community Relations Council • Korean American Association of Montgomery County • Latino Democratic Club of Montgomery County • Lincoln Park Historical Foundation • Maryland Immigrant Rights Coalition • MoCo Pride Center • Montgomery County Chapter, National Organization for Women • Montgomery County Education Association • NAACP - Montgomery County Branch • NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland • National Council of Negro Women - Montgomery County Section • Neighbors for Good • Show Up! Stand Up! Takoma Mobilization Rapid Response • OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates – DC Chapter • Sikh Kid2Kid • Sixth & I Historic Synagogue • Trans*Unity • University of Maryland SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors • Woman's Democratic Club of Montgomery County

CAIF: Founding Member of Communities United Against Hate (CUAH)

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on March 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Several CAIF members attended a planning meeting for the newly formed non-profit Communities United Against Hate (CUAH) and CAIF was asked to be a founding organization. The youth will work particularly in the school arena. From CUAH:

"As you know, hate crimes, bigotry and discrimination are on the rise around the country and in our own backyard. The number of hate crimes and hate groups nationwide rose sharply following the election. We must take action to protect our community and its members, and Communities United Against Hate has mobilized to help do that.

In the first 34 days after the election the Southern Poverty Law Center recorded 1,094 bias incidents nationally, and at the end of 2016, they counted 917 formalized hate groups in operation in the United States – the second highest number in 30 years of tracking hate. Montgomery County saw its own increase in hate and bigotry. According to local police, hate crimes increased 42 percent between 2015 and 2016, reaching 94 reported bias incidents in 2016. Many of these incidents took place in our schools, on bathroom walls, and even among elementary school children, while other incidents occurred at homes or in places of worship. 2017 has ushered in insecurity for many of our immigrant and refugee community members.

CUAH is a Coalition of diverse groups from across the County that focuses on:

  Strengthening law enforcement response to hate crimes, and supporting law enforcement sensitivity to the needs of minority and immigrant communities;

 Pushing for programmatic reforms within the school system to address hate and bigotry;

 Disseminating quality resource materials on addressing hate and bigotry;

 Supporting effective rapid response to hate incidents; and

 Advocating for public policy to address hate/bigotry at the federal, state and local level.

 




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