Social Justice Action Update: 3/17/19

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 – Women’s history month. It’s women’s history month! Consider taking time this month as a family to explore contributions that women have made in various fields. Read a book or see a movie about important women in history, or look at art created by women in one of our local art museums. Consider checking out Rebel Girls. They have produced two books (“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls” volumes 1-2), each of which contains 100 brief stories featuring women from the past and present who made contributions in art, science, social justice, government, and other areas. In the past year, they have also added a podcast, with each episode highlighting the life and contributions of women.

Family focus – MN Food Share/IOCP. Our March social generosity offering will go to support the MN Food Share food drive through IOCP. In addition to supporting this effort through UUCM, consider having children organize food drives with their family or neighbors to donate to the food shelf. Children age 14 and older can also volunteer to help at the food shelf, and youth age 5 can sign up with their parents to help “shop” at the food shelf for their home delivery service. See the IOCP website for more information. This website also offers great suggestions for service projects for kids to fight hunger.

Family focus – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The United Nations has proclaimed March 21 the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In honor of this day, here are some potentially useful resources for parents. This article from the Atlantic contains steps on how to raise children who are not racist. Some of these steps are counter intuitive to the way in which our society typically approaches race. Also check out this excellent list from Creative with Kids of books, toys, media and activities to do with children of all ages to support discussions about race.

Saturday, March 23

Environmental Ancestry Storytelling Workshops, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, 3009 27th Ave S, Mpls.  Hosted by cultural artists Ifrah Mansour & Louis Alemayehu. The Environmental Ancestry Storytelling Project brings communities together to discover our environmental ancestry stories, how this informs and empowers us in the present, and what our collective action will be – rooted in justice, place and the land. RSVP here.

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, 2019

Challenging Islamaphobia Conference, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Metropolitan State University, 700 East 7th St., St. Paul.  Join the largest regional conference on challenging Islamophobia in the nation. The conference will bring leading national experts of Islamophobia, as well as community leaders in Minnesota addressing how to challenge Islamophobia.


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