February 10: Social Justice Monthly Meeting
Wednesday Feb. 10 at 7 pm on Zoom
To join, click HERE to open up the meeting on Zoom.
You can call in at 646-558-8656
If prompted, enter the Meeting ID #506 956 9927 and Meeting Password 022313
Newcomers are welcome.
February Black History Month
The Diocese of Richmond joins the Archdiocese of Chicago, Diocese of Columbus, Diocese of Birmingham and the Tolton Spirituality Center for stories of enduring faith. Every Saturday in February, you will experience the lives of Black Catholics who are on the path to sainthood. You can also hear his Eminence the Most Reverend Wilton Cardinal Gregory speak on February 13 and 27. The weekly experiences are online and free. You can register HERE. Download a flyer of the weekly webinar: 2021_FebBlackHistoryProgram
Friday February 26, 2021: Social Justice Stations of the Cross
Every Friday of Lent, you are invited to zoom-in for our online stations of the cross. The stations of the cross is a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers. The Social Justice Committee will lead the parish in praying stations centered on Social Justice. If you have never prayed the Stations Of The Cross, join us!
RISC CALL TO ACTION for Mayor’s Budget
Emily Small, RISC Lead Organizer, updated us on the progress of securing dedicated funding for the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Richmond mayor Levar Stoney and City Council finally approved the fund. It will start with $2 million and add more each year to eventually reach $10 million by 2025. With thousands facing eviction, we need more funding NOW. Emily said in her email to members:
“Our city has been suffering from an affordable housing crisis, made worse over decades, and made even worse by the pandemic. $10 million, yearly, is what needs to happen.”
Mayor Stoney’s proposed budget will be publicly released on Friday, March 5. Every Monday between now and then, every RISC member needs to send Mayor Stoney an email. In your email you can urge the Mayor to put $10 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund in the city’s proposed FY22 operating budget.
Emily has prepared emails that you can send the Mayor every week. Visit https://www.riscrichmond.org/ and sign up for their email list. You will receive talking points and dates for upcoming meetings.
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