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16th Annual Alternative Gift Market
Dec
9
9:00 AM09:00

16th Annual Alternative Gift Market

  • Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, Ross Chapel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 16th Annual Alternative Gift Market will be held on Sunday, December 9th from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. A unique feature of our Alternative Gift Market is that it gives our congregations of 500+ Church members the opportunity to learn more about the organizations that we are fundraising for.

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Welcome, Neighbor at Highland Park Neighborhood Council Meeting
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

Welcome, Neighbor at Highland Park Neighborhood Council Meeting

Board discussion and motion to apply HHPNC to be part of the Welcome, Neighbor program in collaboration with Miry's List and Empower LA and appoint a volunteer board member or stakeholder as Welcoming Liaison. This program would give our neighborhood council and stakeholders a framework for supporting families resettling in Los Angeles as refugees. This vote is to complete the application form for Welcome, Neighbor and the programming would begin in January. Presented by Miry Whitehill of Miry's List. J. Tijerina

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Afghan Tea Party & Social Action Shabbaton
Nov
17
8:30 AM08:30

Afghan Tea Party & Social Action Shabbaton

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Miry is Keynote speaker for this community social justice day focused on immigration and welcoming the stranger. Miry will talk about how we can activate here in LA to welcome our resettling neighbors. Classic Syrian coffee, tea and desserts will be serves by a resettle cook from Syria to give guests a multi-sensory and delicious experience.

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Screening & Conversation: THIS IS HOME
Nov
14
5:30 PM17:30

Screening & Conversation: THIS IS HOME

Join WeWork members for a screening of THIS IS HOME, telling the story of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and beginning to rebuild their lives. Following the film, we will enjoy a Syrian fare reception and hear from Miry Whitehill, founder of Miry’s List, about how we can help resettling families right here in Los Angeles.

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Friendsgiving with Miry's List 2018
Nov
1
to Nov 30

Friendsgiving with Miry's List 2018

Each November is Friendsgiving at Miry's List, when we ask people in our community to invite their friends over, share a meal, and raise money for our organization and families.  All funds raised go towards supporting Miry's List and new arrival resettling families in America. Last year, over 50 Friendsgiving gatherings took place throughout November and we raised over $30,000. This year we hope to meet and exceed last year's fundraising effort and our goal is $50,000.

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Congress of Neighborhoods 2018
Sep
22
7:45 AM07:45

Congress of Neighborhoods 2018

We’re hosting a Welcome, Neighbor table at The Los Angeles Congress of Neighborhoods, an all-day event at LA City Hall event that unites leaders from the city's 98 Neighborhood Councils. Held annually at the Los Angeles City Hall in Downtown, the goal that aims to help Neighborhood Council leaders obtain the tools and establish the relationships they need to build a prosperous future for their communities.


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Syrian Break Fast in the Park with Cool Shul
Sep
19
4:00 PM16:00

Syrian Break Fast in the Park with Cool Shul

You are invited to join Cool Shul for family-friendly High Holy Days services in Woodland Hall at Temescal Gateway Park. Cool Shul services are extremely musical, casual and full of meaning - but not so long that you start looking at your watch! Child care is available for little ones. Wherever you are on your religious journey, we will meet you there. This is reorganized religion.

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USC's Beer Book Club - New Beginnings - Fundraiser for Miry's List
Sep
7
7:30 PM19:30

USC's Beer Book Club - New Beginnings - Fundraiser for Miry's List

Who we are:
Kitchen Table is a social dining app that brings people together to share dining experiences, make meals accessible, easy, and memorable, and redefine what it means to eat local.

This gathering:
Welcome to the first Left Coast meeting of the Beer Book Club. This event is a great beer tasting, potluck, and dinner party all mashed into one. Here’s how it works: BBC meets on a semi-regular basis to share and taste some great beers. The potluck part is I pick a theme, and ya’ll bring some beers that match the theme (see below for the FAQ). I provide some snacks (feel free to bring your own to help supplement), I provide tasting knowledge (aka spout some BS about what I think the beer tastes like), and everyone has a ton of fun! This BBC’s theme is new beginnings.

Tickets are $5/person. Save your seat on Kitchen Table App: https://www.thekitchentableapp.com/meals/1565

FAQ:
The title includes the word “book.” Do I have to study beforehand?

No. There is no reading required. Just beer drinking. I’m going to have a personal tasting notebook, so feel free to bring (or start) yours too.

Who provides the beer?

We all do, it’s basically a tasting potluck. Bring enough beer for you, and if everyone does this, there’ll be plenty. If the beer you want to bring is sold in 6 packs, great! If it’s sold in 22oz bottles, also cool, bring some of those. Pre-chilled bottles are best, but if the bottle you want isn’t cold, we’ll find a way to fix that!

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Tarot & Meditation Witchy Dinner for Miry's List
Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Tarot & Meditation Witchy Dinner for Miry's List

 

Meditation + Tarot: Thurs, Aug 23 @ 8pm - Arts District - Co-Hosts Rebecca & Lindsay will host an evening of meditations, tarot readings, cocktails and authentic Syrian appetizers. Save your seats on Kitchen Table App or email Kylie@KitchenTableApp.com.

About Kitchen Table App Kitchen Table is a social dining app that brings people together to share dining experiences, make meals accessible, easy, and memorable, and redefine what it means to eat local.
 

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 Greek Night, A Kitchen Table App Benefit for Miry's List
Aug
18
7:00 PM19:00

Greek Night, A Kitchen Table App Benefit for Miry's List

Downtown LA Arts District - Kitchen Table App Host Elizabeth will be serving an authentic Greek dinner on a DTLA pool deck & share the story of new arrival refugees Maaysa & Abdul. Save your seats on Kitchen Table App or email Kylie@KitchenTableApp.com

About Kitchen Table App
Kitchen Table is a social dining app that brings people together to share dining experiences, make meals accessible, easy, and memorable, and redefine what it means to eat local.

This event:
Join us for a night benefiting two charity organizations (Miry's List and Share a Meal). Authentic Greek appetizer plates will be served along with a tasty cocktail featuring Taster's Club vodka. Enjoy Greek music while supporting two incredible nonprofits. 

Tickets for this event are $45. Book your seats on Kitchen Table App:
https://www.thekitchentableapp.com/meals/1448

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Family Wellness Workshop for New Arrival Month
Jun
30
3:00 PM15:00

Family Wellness Workshop for New Arrival Month

Join us for a yoga-forward wellness day focusing on the emotional and physical impact of resettling as a refugee in America. Led by The Yogi Doula, Kim Ritley at the one and only One Down Dog Yoga.

Highlighted speakers include:

  • Our very own Rabia Ahmadi, new Angeleno from Afghanistan, working mama and Director of Family Services for Miry's List. America’s welcome wagon for hundreds of new Americans!

  • Nina Tarnay - Nina is an immigrant from Vietnam, wife, mother of three, PTA volunteer, active member of her community, news junkie, and yes, a full-fledged American. She is also an attorney and writer.

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New Arrival Festival
Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

New Arrival Festival

  • El Pueblo de Los Angeles - Pico House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

New Arrival Festival is a an open-to-the-public event on 6/28 5-8pm at the historic Pico House in downtown. Learn what it feels like to resettle here in the City of Angels and to connect with your new neighbors through food, music, and storytelling. Guests will get access to tangible actions that anyone can take to make Los Angeles a more welcoming place for all.

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Stronger Shines the Light Inside: Month of Photography LA
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Stronger Shines the Light Inside: Month of Photography LA

Over the course of more than a year, photographer Angie Smith has documented the process of refugees rebuilding their lives in not just an American but an Idahoan context. She has photographed Rwandans in their first snowfall, teenage Iraqis in their first prom dresses, and Burmese practicing their first English words. Along with writer Hanne Steen, Smith has been invited to drink tea in the homes of new Americans from Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria, and Sudan, treated with the same hospitality and generosity that her subjects are so grateful for themselves. She has heard the laughter of children playing freely in the grassy courtyards of apartment buildings, been invited into churches, graduations, traditional wedding ceremonies, and witnessed the warmth of Idahoans sharing in the beauty and bounty of their beloved home.

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  LA Jews for Refugees Assembly
Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

LA Jews for Refugees Assembly

After a year of attacks on the U.S. refugee program, the number of refugees entering the country has dramatically slowed. At a time of unprecedented global need, the U.S. is failing to meet a basic obligation to victims of war, terror, torture, and persecution. In response, a coalition of Jewish congregations and organizations have come together with HIAS to hold a community-wide Jews For Refugees Assembly.

We are proud to be offering delicious Syrian fare from New Arrival Supper Club, featuring new arrival chefs from resettled families in the Miry's List program, and Miry will be speaking at the event as well.

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Home for the Holidays with Miry's List
Dec
12
to Jan 2

Home for the Holidays with Miry's List

Home is where the heart is!

So many people in our community asked for a way to give directly to our beloved New Arrival families this holiday season. So we answered with Home for the Holidays, your opportunity to sponsor a New Arrival family's wishlist between December 12, 2017-January 2, 2018. 

To sign up, email HomeForTheHolidays@miryslist.org with the subject "I WANT TO HELP" and we'll reply back with your matched family's wishlist and bio.

Together we'll complete our family wishlists and our newest neighbors will end the year with abundance and love! 

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Friendsgiving with Miry's List
Nov
1
to Nov 30

Friendsgiving with Miry's List

This November, add an element of giving back to your holiday gatherings.

In 2017, over 50,000 refugees will be resettled in the U.S. Mostly families with young kids, they leave behind family, friends, and virtually everything they own to find safety and a brighter future. 

Miry's List is a nonprofit organization that provides a mechanism for people to directly help New Arrival families from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq with the things, people, and services they need to thrive in their new lives in America.

This month, we're empowering the Miry's List community around the world to support our next 100 New Arrival families by gathering with friends, sharing a meal, and raising money to support these new members of our community. 

Use this site to create a team, set a goal, and host a holiday meal with your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors. Cook, have it catered, or do it potluck-style. Each guest makes a contribution to Miry’s List in whatever amount they can.

100% of your Friendsgiving with Miry's List donations will provide life-changing programming and services to New Arrival families resettling in America.

Our goal is to raise $75,000 this month for our next 100 families. Whether we're successful or not, these families WILL arrive before the end of 2017. Join us to ensure that each of these families get the warm, loving welcome to America that they deserve.

Register Now >

 

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Baby Shower for Naseema
Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Baby Shower for Naseema

I'm The One Pushing is teaming up with Yolk Design Store and Miry's List to host a baby shower for new arrival mom Naseema. Please join us in helping her prepare for her baby boy due in mid-October!

You can purchase anything at the store for our mom-to-be (and for yourself!), and a percentage of all proceeds will go to Miry's List. If you prefer, you could also gift money to the family or select something from Naseema's Amazon wish list here: 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/giftlist/1WYXQKANX7J7A/ref=cm_wl_sortbar_o_page_1?ie=UTF8&sort=rank&_encoding=UTF8&tag=irysist-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=6f5b262f26d75f1d7ba89655155d3dbe&camp=1789&creative=9325

Naseema and her husband Bashir moved from Afghanistan to California this past March with their 2 year-old daughter. Bashir worked as an interpreter with the US Army and also US Embassy in Kabul. We're all excited to help them welcome their new baby boy. 

There will be a short book reading by local author Ivettecita García Dávila as well as snacks and refreshments. Kids are welcome.

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BOOTY BOOK BABY: A Community Diaper Drive & Book Party Benefiting Miry’s List Families
Aug
20
to Aug 27

BOOTY BOOK BABY: A Community Diaper Drive & Book Party Benefiting Miry’s List Families

Community Diaper Drive: August 20-27th from 10AM-10PM (come by any day/anytime, but do not leave diapers outside the store!)

Book Party: August 27th from 12-2PM **Special Guests announced in the coming weeks!**

WHO:

You! You can get involved with BOOTY BOOK BABY by dropping off unused disposable diapers to be distributed to families in September.

HOW:

Gather up any of the following and head to Skylight Books!

**Open packages of new diapers
**Closed packages of new diapers
**Loose new diapers in bags
**Any diaper brand
**Any diaper size - but please note - families are in need of sizes 2,3,4,5,6. The most donated sizes are Newborn and size 1.

Or you can support a local business by buying diapers from The Pump Station's website!

Just select diapers, use the code DIAPERDRIVE at checkout to receive $1 off your purchase, and the Pump Station staff will deliver your diaper donation to the Book Party at Skylight Books on August 27th! http://bit.ly/PSDiapers 

And learn more about The Pump Station and their services here: http://www.pumpstation.com/

WHY:

A little story, from Michelle Franke of PEN Center USA, it'll make your heart feel good...

A few weekends ago, I was reading a 2015 piece in The Atlantic, "The Diaper Dilemma". Reporter Olga Kazan writes:

"Infants use about 240 diapers per month. A year’s supply of diapers costs $936. That means a single mother mother working full time at the minimum wage can expect to spend 6 percent of her annual pay on Pampers alone. Meanwhile, the two biggest programs that assist low-income mothers, SNAP (food stamps) and WIC, don’t cover diapers or baby wipes. That might be why, in a study of 877 pregnant and parenting women published in Pediatrics in 2013, a team of researchers found that needing diapers and not being able to buy them was a leading cause of mental health problems among new moms.

For the study, Megan Smith, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, approached women in New Haven, Connecticut, and asked them one simple question:

“If you have children in diapers, do you ever feel that you do not have enough diapers to change them as often as you would like?”

Almost 30 percent of the women responded “yes”—they often lacked sufficient diapers. Their explanations of what they did to “stretch” the diapers reflect the harrowing reasons why so many new moms feel depressed and anxious. Mothers would take the diapers off, dump out the poop, and put the diapers back on. They would air-dry the diapers. They’d let their kids sit in wet diapers for longer than they should—a practice that can lead to UTIs and other infections. Other moms have reported potty training infants who are less than a year old—at least six months earlier than is recommended—in order to save money."

Here's the full piece. Please read it.

As a new mom, I have been thinking a lot about diaper donation. Our son is 6 months old and sizing out of diapers quickly. Once he does, we're left with loose diapers - sometimes a few, sometimes a lot. We often wonder - what's the most direct way to donate these diapers to families who need them? I posed this exact question to my Facebook community, saying I wanted to get involved, wanted to learn more about diaper donation, and that I'd be willing to coordinate a diaper drive.

A friend popped on the chain and offered to intro me to someone from Miry's List. Do you know about Miry's list? They help refugee families from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and more, create new lives in the US after fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. Read about their work here: https://www.miryslist.org/about-us/. Amazing what citizens can do together, right?

Waiting to hear back, I thought maybe Miry's List families would want our diapers. Next question was - Where would this diaper drive take place? Most of my professional contacts in LA are literary ones, as I'm the Executive Director of PEN Center USA, a literary arts nonprofit based in LA.Diapers and books might seen unrelated, but I think there's an important connection between them.

See, I love books. I have since I was a girl. I love words and writing and writers. I believe these things are endlessly powerful, that they create strong, empathetic people and communities. Book love can't be experienced if basic needs aren't met though. It's hard for a baby who is uncomfortable and a parent who doesn't feel confident to sit down and read together.

So I asked Skylight Books if they would host a Diaper Drive and Book Party featuring local authors reading their favorite children's books... and they said yes!

Diapers and books. A perfect fit!

And you know who emailed me the day after I talked to Skylight Books? Miry herself! Turns out Miry's families do need our diapers - 95% of families the org serves have children in diapers and 11 babies are on the way! That's a lot of diapers, folks. But I believe in us.

So here we go - "BOOTY BOOK BABY: A Community Diaper Drive & Book Party Benefiting Miry’s List Families" is happening from August 20-27th at Skylight Books. On the 27th the drive will conclude with a Book Party from 12-2 PM.

And if you have any questions or if you want to volunteer at the Book Party on August 27th - email michelle@penusa.org. And if you're an org that might need diapers in the future - email me at michelle@penusa.org

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