Social Justice Action Update: 2/17/19

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 – Parent resource for discussing police shootings. In  February, our social generosity offering is going to the Philando Castile Relief Foundation. One of the Foundation’s goals is to support victims of police violence, which can be a difficult topic for parents to discuss with children. One useful resource is a children’s book that came out last year, titled “Something happened in our town: A child’s story about racial injustice” (authors Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard). The book follows two families — one White, one Black — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children’s questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives. The book includes an extensive note to parents and caregivers with guidelines for discussing race and racism with children, child-friendly definitions, and sample dialogues.

Family focus –African American history month.  February is African American history month. There are many good resources available for teaching kids of all ages about African American history. Here are some useful starting points: (1) list of resources compiled by The University of Illinois Extension and (2) book lists compiled by and Social  Justice Books.

Family focus – Youth Day at the Capitol – February 27, 2019
Youth (middle school or older) may be interested in attending Youth Day at the Capitol. The event includes  advocacy training, meetings with legislators, and a tour of the “Somalis + Minnesota” exhibit at the Minnesota History Center. Learn more and register on  EventBrite.

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.

Thursday, February 28

Understanding Climate Justice–Webinar. 6:30 p.m.  Mark your calendars for this webinar with Paula Cole Jones, founder of ADORE (A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity) and former president of DRUUMM (Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries).  Paul will speak on the inequities of climate change and the importance of climate justice. Learn more

Saturday, March 9

1,000 Who CAIR. 1:00-4:00 p.m., O’Shaughnessy Theater, St. Catherine University, St. Paul.  1,000 Who CAIR builds upon the momentum of March 2017’s 1,000 Who CAIR event; we’d like to capture the same enthusiasm and spirit of what ignited in 2017 and keep up the good work that’s being done in our community to fight Islamophobia wherever it exists. This event will feature civil rights speakers, politicians, performance artists and dancers who will inspire Muslims and non-Muslims alike to stand up for civil rights and against Islamophobia. The event is meant to educate the audience as to the current state of affairs for Minnesota Muslims. Tickets.

Thursday, March 21

ACLU-MN Night at “Roe”: Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St., Mpls.  Join the ACLU of Minnesota at “Roe,” a play that explores the Supreme Court case establishing a woman’s right to an abortion.  The evening features special benefits. Before the play, you can mix and mingle as ACLU Executive Director John Gordon and Mixed Blood’s Artistic Director Jack Reuler talk about the play and the threats facing a woman’s right to choose. Buy tickets using the code ACLU-MN and get a free drink, a free Constitution and ACLU swag. Purchase tickets

Thursday, March 28

Climate Justice Night at the Museum, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Bell Museum of Natural History, 2088 Larpenteur Ave W., St. Paul.  Help celebrate Minnesota Power and Light’s network and its bold vision for a just, sustainable world.

We’ll gather in the new Bell Museum’s beautiful Horizon Hall for an inspiring program and buffet-style dinner, with the opportunity to view the new special exhibit, Weather to Climate: Our Changing World. We’ll share music, poetry, and stories of visionary projects at the intersection of carbon reduction and social justice.  Reserve tickets at the early bird rate of $45.


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