Social Justice Action Update: 4/21/19

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 – National Volunteer Month
It’s National Volunteer Month, a time to celebrate volunteers and engage in the community. Volunteering isn’t just for adults. Volunteering as a family can be a powerful strategy to promote compassion, empathy, and a commitment to addressing community needs. A good local resource for family volunteering  is Doing Good Together ( Their website contains many resources for family volunteering, and you can sign up to receive a monthly list of family-friendly volunteer opportunities.

Family focus – Environmental justice. Our April offering is going to MN Interfaith Power and Light. Learning to Give has a great toolkit of environmental justice information and recommended projects for kids.

Sunday, April 21

Let’s Talk About Climate Change – Conversation with MN Interfaith Power and Light, 11:15 a.m. in the UUCM sanctuary. Stick around after the church service for an interactive discussion of climate issues in Minnesota. The forum will be lead by Joshua Marzahn from Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, our social generosity recipient for April.

Monday, April 22

Earth Day–Family Focus. Since 1970, Earth Day’s mission is “to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.” Check out Family Fun Twin Cities‘ compilation of ways to honor Earth Day, including celebration events and park clean-up activities.

Thursday, April 25

LGBTQ Lobby Day, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Minnesota State Capitol. The day starts with our Lobby Day Institute Workshops about LGBTQ advocacy and activism led by some of the fabulous people on the frontlines of our work. Then, gather on the steps of the Capitol to hear some of the leaders in our movement and our legislature speak to how far we have come and where we are headed. If the weather is unfavorable we will move the rally into the Capitol Rotunda, so feel confident coming rain or shine. Stick around to attend another one or two Lobby Day Institute Workshops or speak DIRECTLY to your legislator about the issues important to you! If you can’t join us for the whole day, that is just fine. Just make sure you don’t miss the rally! Please join us and help spread the word. Register

Thursday, April 25

Let’s Talk About Racism, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Hopkins High School Cafeteria, Join the Hopkins Race and Equity Initiative for a community conversation on the places and ways that racism still exists in our schools, communities and places of worship.  More information about the event available at

Saturday, April 27

Fifth Annual Red Affair: A Fundraiser for Avenues for Homeless Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Mary’s University Center, 2540 Park Ave., Mpls.  The Red Affair 2019 will be a night of community support through cause-based entertainment, including: Cocktail Hour with hors d’oeuvres by Nightingale, Live & Silent Auctions, Raffle, Gift Card Grab, Amusements & Prizes, and Performance by Members of The Sounds of Blackness. Tickets.

Sunday, April 28

Solar Garden Party: Co-Sponsored by UUCM, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Learn from experts about rooftop solar for homeowners; Community Solar Gardens as an option that doesn’t require panel installation; energy efficiency; and ways to reduce your household’s energy consumption.  Social half hour with appetizers, 4:00-4:30. Presented by MNIPL (our April social generosity recipient), Citizens Utility Board of MN, All Energy Solar, Center for Energy and Environment and Green Home Doctor. Located at St Luke Presbyterian Church: 3121 Groveland School Rd in Minnetonka.

Monday, April 29

National Call To Organize White Men Against Patriarchy and White Supremacy, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Please register here. Why are white men largely absent from feminist and anti-racist organizing and how might we change that? How can white men best support the organizing and leadership of others? On this call, we will discuss the need for this work, learn about the work people are already doing, and consider where each of us can plug in to engage our organizations, institutions, and communities.

Wednesday, May 1

Tap the Constitution: Privacy Edition, 6:00-8:00 p.m., La Dona Cerveceria, 241 Fremont Ave. N., Mpls.. ACLU-MN Legislative Director Ben Feist will fill you in on what’s up at the state Capitol, including our efforts to require warrants for drone surveillance and to prevent employers from invading your personal social media. Free.  RSVP TODAY.

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 21-22

Family focus – Movement for Violence Prevention – Tubman’s Movement for Violence Prevention (MVP) series helps youth organize around violence prevention. This class will help teens expand their knowledge about violence prevention strategies and will also give them tools to provide presentations to other youth so they can create safer communities. Participants receive a flash drive with a pre-loaded PowerPoint presentation and a certificate recognizing graduates of Tubman’s MVP action team after completing the course. Participation in this course also serves as a great resume builder that showcases a commitment to making a difference. MVP helps youth organize social justice projects about violence prevention. There is no cost to join, but participants must attend two sessions to complete MVP. An additional session will be held July 16-17. Learn more and register online.

Tuesday, June 18 and 25

Know Your Somali Neighbor, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Eisenhower Community Center, Room 217, 1001 Hwy. 7, Hopkins.  Join a lively discussion on the misconceptions about Islam which can sometimes hinder the relationship between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.  Learn about our newer neighbors and be part of promoting mutual understanding. $29. Register:


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