The situation in Afghanistan and the desperation of the people have left many feeling helpless. There are many amazing organizations out there that are working to make the best out of a terrible situation. Here are a few of them.
Woman for Women International is an organization that ” invest where inequality is the greatest by helping women who are forgotten— the women survivors of war and conflict.” They have an emergency program for Afghanistan.
The International Rescue Committee “responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.” They are taking donations for an emergency Afghanistan program.
If you want to help out locally United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania is having a fundraiser to “welcome Afghan SIV refugees to their new lives in Pittsburgh”. You donation “will be allocated directly to help ensure their needs are met with safe housing, food and clothing.”
Inequality has many forms and perspectives. Whether it be on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation or income, it is something that is important to be mindful of and to discuss.
In(equality) will be the topic of this week’s Community Circle. Community Circle provides a chance to dig into big life issues we all deal with, and to connect with others in a cozy space. The event will be hybrid, giving community members the choice of participating in person or virtually.
If you’d like to join us IN PERSON for this Community Circle (in Swisshelm Park), please message us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Weather permitting, we will gather outside; otherwise, we’ll be masked indoors. If you’re joining VIRTUALLY, please check back here for the Zoom link the day of the event.
When: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 @ 7p – 8p
Where: Online or virtual
Visit sapgh.org/virtual for the Zoom link the day of the event!
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/533571137952396
The July Assembly is both Virtual and In-Person this month! If you need the link to participate virtually, here it is:
Topic: SAPgh July Assembly: Your Power
Time: Jul 18, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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DUE TO THE RAIN AND STORMS IN THE FORECAST, THIS MORNING’S SUNDAY ASSEMBLY WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM ONLY!
UNFORTUNATELY, there will be NO IN-PERSON EVENT as previously planned!
We are so sorry for any inconvenience this may cause!
Dates: June 18 – 20, 2021
“SisTers PGH, a nonprofit founded and operated by Black, Pittsburgh-grown transwomxn and femmes, has been organizing the People’s Pride PGH March and Music Festival every year since
2017. It was created to uplift Black, trans and nonbinary folks who have for too long been segregated and abused by the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh.”
Dates: June 26, 2021 @ 12pm
Location: 518 Grant Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15209
“Join us Saturday June 26th, 2021 starting at 12PM for the first ever PRIDE right here in MILLVALE! This will be a day long celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community. We cannot wait to show support, acceptance, and LOVE for our gay, trans, poc, and marginalized folx within the queer community. This event aims at highlighting Millvale’s “safe spaces and faces”, showcasing the businesses and organizations within our town and surrounding areas that value diversity and work hard at nourishing inclusive environments for all that come through– all while standing in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ youth and adults both near and far!”
Also known as Freedom Day, this is the day Union General Gordon Granger proclaimed Texas to be free of slavery on June 19, 1865. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed two years prior, it was not enforced in many of the southern states, including Texas.
Many Black people in America consider this holiday to be their Independence Day and is considered to be the “longest-running African-American holiday”. Juneteenth is celebrated every June on the third Saturday.
World Humanist Day occurs on June 21st and was developed in the 1980s by chapters of the American Humanist Association (AHA). The AHA and the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) decided World Humanist Day would fall on the northern summer solstice.
Today World Humanist Day is celebrated around the world with activities and events. It is a time for humanist to reflect on values of humanism.
Summer Solstice is the when the Earth’s poles tilt the most towards the Sun – it falls between June 20th and 22nd, depending on the shift of the calendar. Summer Solstice is recognized and celebrated in many cultures with rituals and festivals.
Blog Post Contributed by Edward Wrenn, SAPgh Board of Directors
Earth day is this Thursday, April 22, with activities happening during the next few days. We also need Earth Month, Year, Decade, Century, Seven Generations, etc. There are many environmental organizations and activities in our area to join in symbiosis!
Earth Day Events in and Around Pittsburgh:
|Happy Earth Day from PFC! This Thursday, April 22, is the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. Join us in celebrating by reading our statement about how you can (re)dedicate yourself to creating a healthy and sustainable planet for all life that will benefit for generations to come. Visit the official Earth Day website to learn more about what you can do for environmental justice. Image credit|
I am especially interested in reducing plastic waste. I am on the steering committee of PASUP- Pittsburghers Against Single-Use Plastic, and I encourage you to join us by going to our website pasupnow.org and submitting your email address. We also have a very helpful website about recycling in the city of Pittsburgh: recyclethisnowpittsburgh.com.
The theme for the March Assembly is ‘Women’s Empowerment’ ! The main speaker will be Meg Prall!
Meg (she/her) has been involved with Girls Rock! Pittsburgh since the inaugural program in 2013. She is on her second term on the Board of Directors, where she is currently serving as Volunteer Outreach Chair. Meg also serves as the Pittsburgh representative to the Girls Rock Camp Alliance Global Network where she connects with rock camp organizers from all over the world. While not a musician herself, she used the DIY lessons she has learned over the years to teach young people about empowerment, teamwork, and finding their voice. Meg holds a B.F.A. with concentrations in Sculpture and Printmaking and maintains a studio as an artist member of Radiant Hall.
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Hello! If you’re new and reading this, WELCOME to Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh. If you’re a regular member of our community, we love you and are glad you are still here with us in 2021. As the new President of SAPgh (and in an effort to refresh our blog posting as a community), I am writing to reflect on our first quarter, as we revitalize after a tough year for everyone. I’d also like to invite you to deepen your involvement with our community in 2021. SAPgh has been fortunate to stay consistent and solid with our membership and programming throughout the pandemic, but we also have big goals and dreams for expansion and reconnecting, as the world (safely) opens back up throughout the year. We miss hugging you, we miss playing live music with you, and we miss drinking coffee IRL with you. Until those cozy days return, check out what we have put together on Zoom so far. We’ve had a lovely start to 2021 (how is Q1 almost over already?!), and hope you join us as much as you can this year.
Again, thank you for being a part of our family here at SAPgh, and we hope to keep loving you with emojis on Zoom or hugs IRL this year and every year.
Sunday Assembly Pittsburgh (SAPGH) is a 501 (c)(3) community benefit organization that operates on all community donations. SAPGH gives the gift of community and connection throughout the year, and wants to reach as many people as possible to improve lives. We are looking for members of the community to fill a few key roles on the Outreach Committee. A summary of the roles are below:
This role will be responsible for the production and organization of
photographs and videos on social media, the website, and other forms of media.
This role will be responsible for collaborating with other marketing roles to
ensuring Sunday Assembly remains consistent with its branding with graphics, images etc.
This role will be responsible for gaining and maintaining relationships with local media
outlets to help get the word out about Sunday Assembly
This role will be responsible for publishing, outreach and maintaining
engagement on Sunday Assembly’s social media pages
This role will be responsible for up keeping and publishing content online, on flyers,
and other traditional media forms
If you’re interested please email email@example.com with a ~50-word paragraph telling us about your experience and skills you have to offer!