Support Ven Tenzin's Teachings and Projects
Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi’s teachings are a labor of love and she would love to continue to find ways to offer these teachings to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status. Beginning in August 2021, the Friday morning "Unlocking True Happiness" class will be offered on a “Pay It Forward” model – others have provided the means for you to access the teachings through their financial support, and if you would like for these teachings to continue in the future, consider “paying it forward” by making a donation to support future students’ access to the teachings. When she offers classes with a fee, no one will be turned away if they are unable to afford the course fee. If her labor of love enriches your life in any way, please consider offering for the benefit of all. Reliable monthly donations provide Ven. Tenzin with stability and enables her to focus her attention on offering innovative and powerful programs.
Ven. Tenzin supports herself from her course fees and as of August 2021 she receives no organizational support, and in addition to teaching she volunteers in prisons and corresponds with incarcerated students, is involved in several interfaith groups like the Islamic Networks Group and Faith in Action (an interfaith social justice group) as well as offering the “Reflections on Buddhism” radio show and the “Unlocking True Happiness” podcast. If you would like to help support Ven. Tenzin’s projects, you can make a Paypal donation by clicking the button below. (Note: the Paypal account is under the name of Patricia McWilliams, which is my legal name -- required by Paypal.)
The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County has volunteer opportunities at COVID vaccination sites, food distribution services, and much more.
Some of their current needs:
As a volunteer grocery shopper you can help to ensure that vulnerable community members are able to get the food they need as they shelter in place. We match community volunteers with seniors in need of grocery delivery and are currently looking for more volunteers to support this program. It can be as easy as getting a few extra groceries while you pick up yours.
VOLUNTEER AS A FRIENDLY CALLER OR REFER A SENIOR
Join us as a Friendly Caller through our program Stay Connected. Friendly Callers are matched with a senior for regular phone conversation and resource sharing. Callers are trained to provide information that is most relevant to the needs of local seniors including grocery delivery services, falls prevention, vaccine information, and basic technology support.
Do you know an isolated senior who might be in need of this daily connection and support? We invite you to refer them to the Stay Connected Program where they will be matched with a volunteer.
GETTING OUR MOST VULNERABLE VACCINATED
Volunteers are needed to support the running of mass vaccine clinics throughout Santa Cruz County. As a volunteer you will be asked to help confirm community member appointments, bring supplies to various stations, and complete paperwork with community members before they receive the vaccine.
Grant Clemency to Women and Girls
The National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (The National Council) is a national network of organizations led by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and girls committed to abolishing incarceration for women and girls.
The National Council has called on President Joe Biden to honor his campaign commitment to correcting the wrongs of the justice system by granting clemency to 100 women in his first 100 days in office. The First 100 Day campaign is the first leg of the national campaign to end incarceration of women and girls in the United States. We can collectively build a model for what is possible when we invest in communities instead of incarceration.
Bystander Intervention Training
Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment, and believes we all have a role to play in disrupting harassment and building a culture where it is no longer seen as “just the price you have to pay” for being a woman, LGBTQ+, a person of color, or any other marginalized identity. See a calendar of upcoming bystander intervention and harrassment prevention trainings here: https://www.ihollaback.org/harassmenttraining/
Stop Voter Suppression
In March 2021, the For the People Act passed the House. Now, it’s up to the Senate majority leader to set the path forward for a vote.
The For the People Act is a once-in-a-generation package of proven reforms that would:
Reform and update absentee ballot systems;
Reform voter registration and redistricting;
End gerrymandering so that electoral districts are fairly drawn;
Combat voter purges;
End prison-based gerrymandering and restore voting rights for people with felony convictions in federal elections; and
Create a federal holiday and ensure early voting and polling place notice.
We need a democracy where voters are protected from discrimination and can make themselves heard at the ballot box. A democracy where electoral districts are drawn fairly, so that every voter’s ballot is of equal value.
Faith in Action
Faith in Action is a national interfaith social justice organization with many local chapters. They advocate for reform in the areas of immigrant justice, mass incarceration, voting rights, gun violence, and health care.
The California state branch of Faith in Action is called PICO California and you can find a list of their legislative priorities by clicking here.
Nine Solidarity Commitments to/with Incarcerated People for 2021
People experiencing incarceration have been especially challenged the last year and a half, as COVID cases in prisons have been astronomical, personal visits and prison programming and classes have been completely disrupted, and much more. If you would like to support people experiencing incarceration with concrete actions, please check out this powerful list here.
Report to the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center
The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Our approach recognizes that in order to effectively address anti-Asian racism we must work to end all forms of structural racism leveled at Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.