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Adopt-a-Road Clean Up

Saturday, September 30

Environmentalists (or just people looking to get their steps in) are encouraged to join members of Plymouth's Justice and Peace Task Force for an hour or so of road clean up along 84th Street (one mile between Kalamazoo and Breton). Enjoy the scenery, wildflowers, and birdsong, while "Making a Difference," as we like to do at Plymouth. Meet at 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot of Cornerstone Church on the corner of Kalamazoo and 84th Street. Gloves, reflective vests, and trash bags are provided. Feel free to come out and enjoy a nice autumn morning. This is our final road clean up for the year.  


Learning from Social Movements in US and Grand Rapids History

GRIID Fall 2017 Class: Eight-week course beginning September 25

What can we learn from the history of social movements? What tactics and strategies have been effective in order for people to overcome systems of oppression? This eight-week class explores the power of social movement in U.S. and Grand Rapids history, using the book, A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn and sections from Jeffrey Kleiman’s book, Strike!: How the Furniture Workers Strike of 1911 Changed Grand Rapids and Todd Robinson’s book, A City within a City: The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan. GRIID will provide a PDF version of the chapters being used from the two books about Grand Rapids, and for those who don’t have a copy of Howard Zinn’s book, there is a PDF version online at this link. The class begins on Monday, September 25 and ends on November 13. Class will meet from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1025 3 Mile Road N.E. (lower level – enter off the parking lot) The class cost is $25, but we will not turn anyone away who is unable to pay. To sign up send an e-mail to jsmith@griid.org.


Fall Road Clean Up

Saturday, September 30
10:00 a.m.

The Justice and Peace Task Force invites you to join in its final road clean-up of the year. Meet us at Cornerstone Church (Kalamazoo and 84th) and enjoy a nice autumn morning with J&P members. Gloves, vests, and bags provided.


Looking Within Ourselves and Beyond to Eliminate Racism

Wednesday, October 4
5:00 Registration; Program begins 5:30
YWCA, 25 Sheldon Blvd.

Join this conversation with Charisse Mitchell, CEO West Central Michigan YWCA in which we explore ways to better understand ourselves, our intentions, and the human connections we can make to be allies and actors in eliminating racism. The program is free. Free parking is available after 5:00 p.m. in the Spectrum Lot at the corner of LaGrave and Weston (the parking entrance is just south of Weston on LaGrave). Accessible parking is available; e-mail for information.


Black Lives Matter in Grand Rapids

Wednesday, October 4
Rosa Parks Circle, 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Join this on-going demonstration with members of Plymouth Church, All Souls, Fountain Street, and Westminster at the corner of Monroe and Monroe Center (by the Rosa Parks statue). The group gathers the first Wednesday of every month. Placards and signs are provided.
 


Plymouth Book Club - 50 Children

 

Monday, October 9, 7:00 p.m. in the lounge

This month we read 50 Children by Steven Pressman. In early 1939, few Americans were thinking about the darkening storm clouds over Europe. Nor did they have much sympathy for the growing number of Jewish families who were increasingly threatened and brutalized by Adolf Hitler's policies in Germany and Austria. But one ordinary American couple decided that something had to be done. Despite overwhelming obstacles—in Europe and in the United States—Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus made a bold and unprecedented decision to travel into Nazi Germany in an effort to save a group of Jewish children. Fewer than 1,200 unaccompanied children were allowed into the United States throughout the entire Holocaust, in which 1.5 million children perished. The fifty children saved by the Krauses turned out to be the single largest group of unaccompanied children brought to America. Drawing from Eleanor Kraus' unpublished memoir, rare historical documents, interviews with more than a dozen of the surviving children, and illustrated with period photographs, archival materials, and memorabilia, 50 Children is a remarkable tale of personal courage and triumphant heroism that offers a fresh, unique insight into a critical period of history. Join us as we explore this story of two ordinary Americans and fifty innocent lives on one unforgettable journey! Our selection is available at Schuler Books on the Book Club Table with a 20% discount.

 


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