Category Archives: Activism

Women’s History Videos

We can now post two videos of presentations given here during Women’s History month this year, arranged by Tucker Farley.

First, Clare Coss, discussing Political Theater, Women, Race, Class and Power.

Second, Eleanor Roosvelt Comes to Collington, with Blanche Cook, distinguished biographer.

Another Way for Collington to Support the Paris Agreement

The New York Times has this absolutely unprecedented story about the reaction to the President’s plan to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Change Agreement:

Representatives of American cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.

The unnamed group — which, so far, includes 30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses — is negotiating with the United Nations to have its submission accepted alongside contributions to the Paris climate deal by other nations.

“We’re going to do everything America would have done if it had stayed committed,” Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who is coordinating the effort, said in an interview.

By redoubling their climate efforts, he said, cities, states and corporations could achieve, or even surpass, the pledge of the administration of former President Barack Obama to reduce America’s planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025, from their levels in 2005.

I have only one question — where do we sign up and get counted?


Collington and Climate Change

What can individual and collective citizens of what now might be seen to be a “rogue nation” do?

These thoughts, that are obviously not necessarily those of Collington, Kendal, the Resident Association, or others here, were recently posted in slightly different form on a different blog.  The are shared here in the hope that they may be of use in triggering discussion in this and other such communities as we consider the implications of our stewardship obligations and opportunities.  (Alternative points of view from those connected to our communities, very welcome.)

If you can, buy goods made in states that are making every effort to comply with Paris goals.  The less industrial activity in non-compliant states, the lower the emissions.

If you can not make a US “Humanity First” purchase, consider the costs and benefits of buying goods made in countries that are still committed to meeting the Paris goals.  (Yes, its hard to boycott your own country, and there will be political blow-back, but surely environmentally it is the logical thing to do (after considering transportation issues).  After all, tragically, lessened industrial activity in the US will reduce worldwide emissions.

Make investment decisions based on companies, states’ and countries’ efforts to support the Paris goals.

Encourage organizations to make their decisions on the same criteria. .  .  .

Accelerate your planting and environmental plans, personally and organizationally.


Collington, Kendal and Sustainability

Kendal, the network of which Collington is a part, has a set of 13 goals on sustainability.

The attached is our Sustainability Committee’s Sustainability assessment, lining up goals, progress and additional needed steps with respect to each of those goals.

It has to be read.  The Committee and management are deserving of huge praise for our progress and for this clear monitoring and reporting.



Reminder About IRA Mandatory Distributions and Quaker Values

While Collington welcomes those of all faiths (and none), we do have a commitment to Quaker values and process.

So, as tax time approaches, it may be worth reminding that those who want or need to make distributions out of IRA’s that the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), as well as a myriad other organizations of every political hue, have tax exempt divisions that can provide favorable tax treatment to such distributions.

As a memo from FCNL puts it:

Good news! Congress has made permanent the IRA Charitable Rollover originally enacted in 2006. This means that if you are 70 1/2 years or older, you can make a gift to FCNL Education Fund directly from your IRA and it won’t count towards your taxable income for the year.

The provision permanently extends the ability of individuals at least 70 1/2 years of age to exclude from their gross income qualified charitable distributions from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). The exclusion may not exceed $100,000 per taxpayer in any tax year.

Qualified charitable distributions must be transferred directly from your IRA custodian to the FCNL Education Fund by December 31 in order to be counted as qualified charitable distributions.

Now, of all times, it makes sense to ensure that information is shared and voices are heard on all sides.  That website provides more detailed “how to” information.