Saturday, June 16, 2007

A Different Setting for Writing Letters

Bread members in New Mexico had managed to get almost 1,500 letters written to Congress about the farm bill through mid-June, and we expect a few dozen more letters by this fall.

While the majority of these letters came via the traditional method (setting up tables after a service or mass), some letters were written in other kinds of settings.

Sharon Barefoot
(pictured above), a volunteer at Trinity Catholic Worker House in Albuquerque, used one of the Thursday evening gatherings to encourage letters.

Mary Singleton
had the women's group from Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church in Truchas, N.M., write letters at its Wednesday gathering, hosted by Ki Holste and Kai Harper in Pe
ñasco, N.M. on May 15. (Pictured above are Sharon Adee, Sandra Holzman and Clorinda Romero)

Estella Gahala-Lange at First United Methodist Church and Terese Rand Bridges at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church organized letter writing as part of an education forum on the farm bill. Laurel Wyckoff of the New Mexico Association of Food Banks spoke at the St. Michael and All Angels forum. Marilyn Novak and Susan Tomita at St. Bernadette Catholic Community also had their letter-writing event through their Peace and Justice Committee.

Emily Thorn, a teacher at The Menaul School in Albuquerque had students and teachers sign a banner (with the anti-hunger message of the farm bill) to present to Rep. Heather Wilson as part of Lobby Day in Washington on June 12. The banner was signed by 22 students and teachers. (See above post for short account of Lobby Day).

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