Happy New Year! 2017 is expected to be a busy year for human rights activists. Since most Unitarian Universalists are concerned about social justice and particularly human rights, as that is a big part of our principles, we will be joining the effort. Most of our work will be in conjunction with other groups and together with other UU congregations.
Our newsletter/e-minder pointed out the Women’s March:
Saturday, January 21,
Location: Intersection of Independence Ave and Third St. SW, near the US Capitol.
Register to receive March updates from the organizers.
UUs from across the US are planning to attend the Women’s March on Washington. A specific UU gathering location nearby will be determined and then posted on the UUSJ website and UU Facebook page closer to the march date.
It will be followed by the Jan 21 Teach-In to Protect the People & Demand Democracy at All Souls Church after the march.
Besides UUSJ (Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice in the Greater DC area), we also coordinate with other UU organizations.
The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland (UULMM) is working on Climate Change this year with Maryland Climate Coalition and Don’t Frack Maryland to ban fracking in Maryland, besides other issues. UULMM is also working on a More Equitable Criminal Justice System and is having a workshop on Jan. 15. They are also having a Maryland Legislative Kick-off 2017: Having an Impact in Challenging Times on Saturday, January 28, 2017 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. If you’re a member and can attend these events, please contact Ginny Bridges, our president, so that you can represent our congregation and share what you learned with us.
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) has events in the area continuously, including the Movement for Black Lives Matter. They are fundraising to support “one of the first things we’re doing in 2017 is holding a direct action and civil disobedience training for a group of SURJ organizers who will then train their respective communities in the new year. We are emphasizing the equitable participation of rural, poor/working-class, and Southern organizers in that training because we know that the leadership, experience, and skill of these communities is critical.”
The very FIRST Black Lives of UU Convening will take place in New Orleans, LA on March 9 – 12, 2017.
Petitions and other activities are shared on our social networks (Facebook and Twitter – icons in the right column link to those pages). Feel free to let us know of other activities we have not posted if you know of any that are related.
Join us at church to meet with fellow UUs and friends who may be involved in these activities. We may be carpooling or going together on the Metro to upcoming social justice activities.