Social Justice Action Update: 1/20/19

UUCM’s Social Justice Ministry keeps members and friends informed about upcoming social justice events and activities of interest. We encourage you to participate and help build the congregation’s capacity to educate, serve, witness, and advocate for social justice. If you have a social justice event you would like to publicize, contact John Ziegenhagen.

Volunteer Opportunity

Tutor Children in English

Jackie Smolen needs two volunteers to help tutor children in English at the Hopkins library on Mondays or Wednesdays from 4:15-6:15 p.m.  Contact Jackie at for more information.


Family focus – Write For Rights. Older youth (approximately age 13 and up) may be interested in participating in Write for Rights,  Amnesty International’s largest annual human rights campaign. Through the power of collective action, people around the world write letters to convince government officials to free people unjustly imprisoned and end other abuses. This year’s 11 cases are women human rights defenders under threat. The website provides a number of resources and guides to support letter writing efforts. The website also includes materials geared for educators, some of which can be adapted for use by parents. Letters need to be written by January 31 2019, and documented on their website by February 28, 2019.

Family focus – Honoring Martin Luther King. As we remember and honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, this is a great time to talk to children about King’s legacy, the civil rights movement, and racial equity. There are numerous resources online, but here are a few suggestions to get started: (1) Black Enterprise’s “The best online resources for learning about MLK; (2) Time magazine’s “How to talk to your kids about Martin Luther King any day of the year”; and (3) Parent Map’s recommendations for 7 apps for kids to learn about the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 21

29th Annual MLK, Jr. Breakfast 2019: Doing for Others–A Call to Social Action
7:00 a.m., The Armory, 500 S. Sixth St., Mpls. Keynote Speaker:  CNN’s Don Lemon. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” Those were the words of Dr. King, who believed that everybody can achieve greatness through service. Even at our most divided, helping others can heal. This breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate Dr. King by ‘doing for others’, together. Proceeds will benefit UNCF Minneapolis Area office in providing four-year college scholarships to deserving low-income students. This year’s keynote speaker is Don Lemon, an Emmy Award-Winning news anchor and journalist, who currently hosts “CNN Tonight.” In 2009, Ebony named him as one of the 150 most influential African Americans. He has won an Edward R. Murrow award for his coverage on the Washington, D.C. snipers, as well as various other awards for his reporting on the AIDS epidemic in Africa and Hurricane Katrina. Please join us in serving others on January 21. Tickets:

Thursday, January 24

Webinar: Water Unites Us, 6:30 p.m.  UU Reverends Rose Edington and Mel Hoover will build upon the stories and lessons learned that are shared in their chapter “Water Unites Us” in the current UUA Common Read,  Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, & Environment.  View online or by phone, with RSVP for the call info.

Thursday, January 24

Free Movie:  “This Is Home: A Refugee Story.” 7:00 p.m., 2400 Park Ave. S. Mpls. Lutheran Social Services is offering a FREE movie screening of the Sundance award-winning film “This Is Home: A Refugee Story.” This movie follows four Syrian refugee families as they are resettled to Baltimore and begin to navigate life in America. Movie Trailer:

Wednesday, January 30

Gun Violence Prevention 2018: Prospects and Strategies for Gun Reform in Minnesota, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina.  Edina Indivisible and Protect Minnesota are hosting a free event for you to learn about prospects and strategies for gun reform this year from Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, Executive Director of Protect Minnesota, the only independent, state-based gun violence prevention group in Minnesota. Since 1991, Protect Minnesota has been committed to the public health approach to gun violence, focusing on prevention through evidence-based solutions. Participants will learn about effective messaging and create their own 1-minute messages in support of sensible gun laws to share with their legislators.

Thursday, January 31

Our Future, Our Right: Launch the MN Green New Deal w MN Youth, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul.  Join youth of Minnesota as we introduce a Minnesota Green New Deal bill to address the urgency and scale of the climate crisis by: eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, investing in communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution, and building a more sustainable economy with thousands of green new jobs.  Sponsored by Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light. Learn more

Sunday, February 10 and 24

Be the Spark: Climate Change Leadership Development Training. 2:00-7:00 p.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul. Sponsored by Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, these two session will help you build organizing skills and learn strategic approaches for engaging your faith community in Climate Change solutions. Register here.

Saturday, March 9

1,000 Who CAIR. 1:00-4:00 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Theater, St. Catherine University, St. Paul.  Stay tuned for more information.  


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