Dear Harvard Friends:
The Harvard Club of Boston and the Harvard Club of Ireland are so pleased to announce the next installment of our Allyship Series.
Following our successful events focusing on Anti Racism (October) and the LGBTQ+ community (November), in February 2021 we will host a virtual event which will be a case study in Allyship focusing on Indigenous Peoples. This event will tell the incredible story of the relationship between the people of Ireland and the Indigenous Peoples of North America—especially the Choctaw, Navajo, and Hopi people. We would like to invite Clubs and SIG’s to model allyship by co-sponsoring this event. Please let us know if you are interested in doing so by emailing Bob Manson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An amazing giving circle was started by a gift of $170 from the Choctaw people to the Irish during the Potato Famine in the mid 1800s. That life sustaining gift is now being paid forward by the Irish people to the Navajo and Hopi people during their special challenges in the face of COVID-19. Please read this article or watch this video to learn more.
The Navajo and Hopi relief fund profiled in this story is the creation of Harvard Alumni Association Elected Director and enrolled Navajo Tribal Member, Ethel Billie Branch AB '01 JD/MPP '08, who will be taking part in our February allyship event.
While our event will take place in February, the crisis that is inspiring thousands of acts of allyship by the Irish people is coming to a head over the next few weeks. Knowing this, we would like to respectfully ask for your support now, in addition to your co-sponsorship in February. The Covid19 pandemic has had a particularly devastating impact on the Navajo and Hopi people. According to the CDC, Americans living in rural areas like the Navajo and Hopi reservations are three times as likely to die from Covid-19 as those living in urban centers. Please watch this 3 minute video from Ethel’s team: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylh1s2sjSCE&feature=youtu.be
For more information on the event and how you can make a difference right now, please