Let’s Celebrate MLK Day 2019

The famous speech “I have a dream” is what many remember the Baptist preacher Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for, but there is more to his legacy. The activist led the civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until he was assassinated in 1968. MLK was greatly responsible for the passing of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act for African Americans, both in the mid-1960s. We now celebrate his life and achievements every third week in January, just days after his actual birthday, January 15.

Today we would like you to remember and celebrate what he has done to pave the way for our future and rights. It’s not just a day off from school or work.

You can celebrate with different events today in Lancaster. United Way is encouraging you to engage with the community in acts of service (link below). The YWCA Lancaster is hosting many for children 3-12 (link below). BOTH FREE to the public. Just remember you don’t need a holiday to get out and help your community.

UNITED WAY-  https://uwlanc.galaxydigital.com/aem/general/event/?doc_id=5246&fbclid=IwAR3krkPD5dqggT22f79fyCy6l2jjDBDKLTao0OXIse7MmBgwXcj8llT359k

YWCA Lancaster- https://ywcalancaster.org/mlkday/

-Jessica Yingling, Administrative Manager

 

Food Stamps Affected by Shutdown: Be Prepared!

An important alert via Dr. Latinia Shell:

“Please spread the word! Anyone who receives Food Stamps will receive their February benefit Friday January 18th. This will be the last Food Stamp benefit until the Government Shutdown is lifted. This was confirmed today on WGAL by News Reporter Ron Martin.”

Other related resources:

Area food banks listed here.

Local soup kitchens and food banks listed here.

Pennsylvania United Way link here for comprehensive assistance resources (or dial 2-1-1). If using the website you can use search terms such as “food, Lancaster” to show multiple resources.

New York Passes Landmark LGBTQ Equality Legislation

New York State Bans Dangerous Conversion “Therapy,” Protects Gender Expression in legislation passed today:

Pennsylvania is NOT among the states to have passed a statewide ban on conversion “therapy.” Only 18% of our population is estimated to be protected by local bans in our state. Check out the maps on this site for more information:

 

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Following Midterm Results

(Above: early voters in Columbus, Ledger-Enquirer)

Polling sites are crowded with record numbers of voters exercising their rights to a voice!

After you vote, connect with your friends, loved ones, and other social support network members to follow the election results. Reach out to others: this is not a time to isolate if you can help it.

Important voting issues you may be following, an hour-by-hour guide:

Follow the results coverage live on PBS:

 

Your Vote is Your Voice!

Voting is an important part of creating social change. If it wasn’t important, there would be no such thing as voter suppression and gerrymandering.

Check your registration status and VOTE TOMORROW!

Rabbi Ruti Regan has posted some very helpful resources for ANY voters having trouble:

“If you see something scary or discouraging about voting, do NOT assume that you can’t vote…”

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Progressive Office-Mate Wanted for Downtown Lancaster Location

We’re looking for an office-mate in mental health care or an allied/complementary profession! If you’re dedicated to helping others in a context of improving civil rights and equality for all kinds of people, your kind of business is probably right for sharing our space.

Fantastic location and beautiful Victorian-era building. First floor office. Very centrally located in  downtown Lancaster right next to the Public Library and very near the city bus station.

Individual office with shared restroom, waiting room and common/hall area (see photos below). Office space is 143 sq. ft. (13X11) for $550 per month. Security door with numeric keypad. Public street parking and off-street private parking available. Private phone line and internet also available.

Please email Intersectionallife@gmail.com if you have any questions or are interested!

 

 

 

A Local Relaxation Resource

Brian Murr, Licensed Massage Therapist and member of American Massage Therapy Association:

“What we bring with us to the massage table goes beyond muscle or joint pain. We bring our stresses, our anxieties and an excess of frustration—caused by work, family and our daily social interactions. Massage is far more than relieving tension & pain. It is holistic, a process of mind & body working together toward a goal of wellness.

My positive outlook, intuitive massage skills, laidback demeanor, physical & mental fitness, and my snappy conversation all enhance the benefits of your massage.”

To schedule a massage with Brian, click here for e-mail or call [717] 629-4314.

Murr Massage, LLC website

 

[Note: I sometimes refer clients to Brian for massage and I also use his services myself!

– Dr. Liz]