Please do excuse the typos…Â but do make calls to your US Congress Elected Officials – Not One More Day Will We Wait…
November 1, 2019
Dear Family & Friends,
Addition’s to the Katrina’s Dream Team
This has been an amazing year.Â So many wonderful things taking place with the ministry of Katrinaâ€™s Dream.Â We have new Board MemberÂ Bishop Musonda Trevor Selwyn MwambaÂ who brings a worldly perspective to our organization as the Retired Bishop of Botswana and the Honorary Bishop of Chelmsford in Barking (London, England).Â We also are built bridges of peace and love with our newest consultant from hails from the Middle East, Mahmood Allahmeen King, a Bedouin who resides in Qatar.Â As a member of the Islamic faith, he prays for peace for everyone, everything, everywhere. Â He too believes in Equality for all. We are blessed to call him a team member sharing his wisdom on inter-religious relationships as we continue to move forward and towards mutual respect for believers and non-believers alike across the globe.Â I invite you to peruse our website page of our Board Members and Consultants brief bioâ€™s.Â PleaseÂ Click Here.
Let’s Pass the Equal Rights Amendment
We continue to promote and educate folks here in the USA and around the world to the importance of the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A.), originally introduced as the Lucretia Mott Amendment, into the U.S. Constitution.Â We holdÂ The Call, a weekly national non-partisan program to pass the E.R.A., with our colleagues Sharon J. Hill of Public Eye Reports and Tammy Simkins of ERA Action.Â Both women are diligent in the various groups they are members or are working with, which include the League of Women Voters, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Organization for Women, just to name a few.Â Please read on up these amazing women dedicated to Removing the Deadline on the ERA and the ratification of just one more state.Â We are blessed with their many and varied gifts that bring to the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Earlier this year our board member, Bishop MwambaÂ welcomed folks to our Letâ€™s Pass the Equal Rights Amendment Panel and Workshop, a parallel event, as part of the 63rdÂ United Nationâ€™s Commission on the Status of Women Conference held at the headquarters held on March 11, 2019 in New York City, New York.Â Katrinaâ€™s Dream submitted written testimony and entered in the record by Representative Steve Cohen on theÂ April 30, 2019 hearing on H.J. Res. 38Â – Removing the deadline on the ERA. And this year through the efforts of those who participate in our weekly programÂ The CallÂ we are now nearing the number of 218 co-sponsors, which Speaker of the House imposed after the April 30, 2019 hearing on H.J. Res. 38, we pray that there will no further delays coming from her offices, (as may or may not be aware myÂ pilgrimageÂ across the United States covering the then 15 unratified states was cited in the Nevada General Assembly Record as being the spark that lite the fire for Nevada to ratify becoming the first state in the 21 Century to ratify and was also part of theÂ written record in 2017). Most recently the folksÂ of ERA Taskforce AZÂ staffed our table at the Episcopal Diocesan Convention for Arizona, we look forward to having more tables at other diocesan events over the months and years to come.
Sustainable Social Justice Ministries
We are very much still active in addressing a wide gambit of societal concerns here in the USA which range from sustainable practices in oneâ€™s personal, business, and/or professional life and in governance of this country.Â On a local community level here in Park Slope, New York in the borough of Brooklyn at my late brotherâ€™s businessÂ Mailboxes on Fifth, we are continuing in the Carpenter tradition of putting everything to good use, we recycle used shipping boxes, we are using the walls to promote the artistry and crafts of painters and sculptors alike, we have shelving for DVDâ€™s and CDâ€™s, and books and greetings cards, and other knick-knacks.Â On wall of our weighing and packing station we have various literature from the pilgrimage and other church related program. Â And we remain dedicated to my father-in-law, the Rev. George Swansonâ€™s ministry addressing variousÂ Prison ReformÂ concepts.Â Â This year California suspended the executing folks on Death Row which accomplished with the swift pen ofÂ Governor Gavin Newsome, and as many of you might recall my late husband William held a weekly candlelight vigil for several years calling for the Closing of the Death Chamber.Â Â So in that vein, we invite folks to put together their own production ofÂ Natural Causes Killed VictorÂ a folk opera written by George Swanson and performed atÂ St. Saviourâ€™s Episcopal ChurchÂ in Bar Harbor, Maine a few years back.Â On the global scale we look forward to our continuing relationship with Bishop Pradip Kamble and his wife the Rev. Magda Kamble, as we further explore how to best proceed with our visionary program serving all the peoples of India. Then, we are also in the very early stages of addressing the issues of poverty and strife in the Middle East and have launched our new ministries Save Syria and Yea! Love 2 Yemen.Â All this we look forward to showcasingÂ 21stÂ Century ChurchÂ concepts and theology andÂ our ministriesÂ at The Marketplace at next yearâ€™s Lambeth Conference 2020.
Prayers and Support
I pray that each and everyone who reads this email takes a moment to call their US Congressional Members and call for their support ofÂ H.J. Res. 38Â in the US House andÂ S.J. Res. 6Â in the US Senate.
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Most important please do pray to the G-d of your understanding for the realization of Equality for All, and Peace and Prosperity for all of the worldâ€™s peoples.
I like to end this report with aÂ thank youÂ in advance for your continued prayers and support.
Love and Light in Christ and Shalom,
Helene de Boissiere – Swanson,Â Katrina’s Dream
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