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  • Pam Kristan
  • Gregory Williams
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  • Sr Teresa Conner
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Which of the following are of interest to you?
Meeting my Neighbors
How long have you lived or worked in your neighborhood? (Private)
More than five yrs


My spiritual journey has been pretty central to my life since I was very young. I am a member of a Quaker Meeting (congregation), Beacon Hill Friends Meeting in Boston. A fledgling Quaker worship group, JP Quakers, has been meeting monthly for several years. Look for upcoming news on our second annual Teen Peace Essay Contest this spring! Judaism has been a grounding anchor for me as well - check out Nehar Shalom (River of Peace) Community Synagogue in JP.

Other Joys: Postpartum nurse (and Birth Sister (community doula) at heart!), JP Gender Role Free English Country Dancing, commuting by bicycle, cross country skiing

My paternal great grandparents and my mother are Hungarian immigrants to this country. As a Birth Sister and now as a nurse, II work closely with immigrant families from around the world who have settled in Boston. I am grieved by the legacies of colonialism and today's trade policies which have devastated economies in the global South. Desperate policy and violence drive families to leave and seek new lives in the US - but for most, a visa is impossible to get. This situation is convenient for employers - desperation & the lack of choices fuels the influx of undocumented migrants, who are then easily exploited out of fear of immigration authorities - underpaid (or unpaid), and often working long hours in unsafe conditions. So much of our comforts depend on their work, and our country closes its eyes to the gifts that they - like my great-grandparents - bring to this soil. I try to do whatever writing and organizing I can do in my free time.

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At 9:39pm on March 24, 2011, Pam Kristan said…
Hi Judy -- I haven't gotten into N4N much, but it's a nice surprise to receive your request. So much good stuff going on. I'm in the Time Trade Circle now, which I found out about at the JP Forum. That sounds good to me.
At 6:37pm on March 8, 2009, Loie Hayes said…
Hi Judy,

I just joined N4N and have started a group for Boston Climate Action Network. Hope you'll check it out.

At 6:21pm on May 16, 2008, Sr Teresa Conner said…
Hi Judy,
It was nice to see your face here as one my neighbors. I remember you every time I receive a minsters group email and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming peace rally.
Sister Teresa Conner
At 12:42pm on April 21, 2008, Loay said…
Admire your sentiments Judy. I have worked in this area for a long time and your courage.
At 9:01pm on February 22, 2008, Joseph Porcelli (Chief Neighbor) said…
Welcome Judy, thanks for joining us!

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