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DignityUSA
October 2016
 
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Human Rights, Angels and Bicycles
 
In This Issue
 
Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke talks about her feelings during the Religion and Diplomacy Conference of the State Department's Office of Religion and Global Affairs.  Chris Pett wants more angels and you can be one of them.  Our Transgender Caucus explains how your chapter can help locally.  Boston pedals to support AIDS organizations. And we close with a book for children.  You can read these by the links below or download the PDF version of Dateline.
 
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ALL Human Rights for ALL Humans

 
I am writing this piece just hours after the conclusion of a unique conference on Religion and Diplomacy sponsored by the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs... This two-day event brought together 300 people representing dozens of faith communities, diplomatic staff, theologians, human rights workers, international aid workers, United Nations staff, and high-level members of the Obama administration.
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Become a Guardian Angel!

 
From September 29 through October 2, DignityUSA conducted a campaign to increase the number of Guardian Angels (sustaining monthly donors) in our midst by 10%. Guardian Angels choose the amount they want to contribute each month, and the gift is automatically charged to a credit or debit card.
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Membership Renewals

 
Starting in October, renewal notices will go out via email. Members may receive up to three notices at renewal time: two months before the anniversary date, a month after the anniversary, and two months after the anniversary.
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Trans Caucus:  How Can You Help?

 

In 2012, the Trans Caucus sent a survey to all chapters. The chapters that responded gave the caucus valuable information needed for the future. The future is now!

One question on the survey was, “Would your chapter be willing to host a table at a nearby Trans Conference?” Many chapters responded positively, saying they would be glad to help.

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Dignity/Boston Is Out on the Road

 
Chapter teams participated in the 14th annual Harbor to the Bay fundraising bicycle ride to benefit four Massachusetts HIV/AIDS organizations, and walked in the Boston Arthritis Walk “with smiles on their faces and love in their hearts,” as locally-famous training ride leader Bobby Mac would say.
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Save the Date: July 6-9, 2017 in Boston

 

Our Church is a communal table around which we are all invited to take our place. But are we welcomed, and are our stories heard? When DignityUSA gathers in Boston next summer, we’ll dive into what it means for the marginalized to take their place at the table, and how the stories of the marginalized change those who tell them and those who hear them. 

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An Important, Inclusive Children’s Book

 
Inspired by a true-life incident, Made by Raffi is the story of a little boy who likes to knit and sew; at first he is teased for his hobby, but in the end he becomes a hero to his class. 
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