Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Olympia Monthly Meeting (Quakers) creates a “Friends Ugandan Safe Transport” project to aid LGTBQ Ugandans

This is something I am involved in, passionate about and need your help on. This is a Minute from Olympia Friends Meeting (Quakers) which I am involved with:
Olympia Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends has noted with deep concern the Ugandan Government’s passage of a law targeting the LGTBQ population.  This law has created a climate where the life, health, and freedom of all LGTBQ Ugandans and those who help them are at immediate risk.  We are appalled at hearing about those who have already been kicked out of their homes, denied basic rights, abandoned, beaten, imprisoned, or killed, or who live in constant fear.

Olympia Monthly Meeting has been called to create a “Friends Ugandan Safe Transport” project (originally named Friends New Underground Railroad) to aid LGTBQ Ugandans who are fleeing their homeland for their lives and safety.   We have been given an opportunity to provide direct assistance that will save lives. In the first few weeks of this effort we have helped 17 LGTBQ Ugandans get to safety and freedom.  Many others remain at risk, and are trying to escape. 

We call on all Friends, both individually and in their Meetings, Friends' organizations, and all people of good will, to help us in in this effort. 
For more information, contact me, Gabi Clayton, Co-Clerk, Peace and Social Justice Committee, Olympia Monthly Meeting: 360 888-5291;

Send checks to:
Olympia Friends Meeting
1717 18th Court NE
Olympia, WA 98506

Make checks out to Olympia Friends Meeting and put “for Uganda” or “New Underground Railroad Project” in the memo line.

Please let me know privately if you are donating so we can plan.
And please share this link: with your friends to help us ask them for assistance.

Thank you,
Gabi Clayton

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