Social Justice Action Update: 5/19/19

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.


Family focus – Stay Woke website. Stay Woke is an online resource for youth in grades 9 and up. Their tagline is “Learn-Build-Resist”, and they organize youth in working groups to effect change in policy, data, elections, and design. Stay Woke is a citizen-driven effort to organize and engage Americans to advance equity and justice. Users must fill out a simple Google form with their interests and zip code.

Saturday, May 18

Climate Justice – A Better Future for Us All, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., First Unitarian Society, 900 Mount Curve, Mpls.  This workshop will build a narrative on the human right to a safe and habitable environment and the challenges posed by over consumption and a rapidly industrializing world. Panel members will share stories and creative solutions to address the degradation of our environment and the inequalities within our communities. Come learn from energy experts, climate activists, farmers, community organizers, and medical professionals about how we can ensure climate justice for all. Speaker list and full schedule (which includes free lunch) available hereRSVP on Facebook.

Saturday, May 18

Family focus – Nerf battle for Violence Prevention. Project My Neighborhood is hosting the “World’s Largest Toy Battle & Bullying Prevention Event.” They are hosting this event to raise funds for a bullying prevention efforts. The nerf battle is intended for ages 5 and up. Tickets are $10 and you can register online.

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, May 21

What’s Your Solar Plan? Energy Efficiency, Solar and More. 6:30-8:30 p.m., MNIPL Office, 4407 E. Lake St., Mpls.  Join in a conversation about your energy consumption and how to transition to solar power in a way that works for you! Groups that will be presenting include the Center for the Energy and the Environment (home energy audits), Apadana Solar (roof-top solar), Citizens Utility Board (understanding your energy bill), and Cooperative Energy Futures (community solar). Bring your energy bill with you so that you get the most out of this great evening. RSVP here.

June 2-August 18

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue S., Mpls.  Tickets are now on sale. Presented by Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the New York Times calls the exhibition “much-anticipated” and ArtForum says it’s “groundbreaking.” Women have long been the creative force behind Native art. Presented in close cooperation with top Native women artists and Native-art scholars, this first major exhibition of artwork by Native women honors the achievements of over 115 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years. Their triumphs—from pottery, textiles, and painting, to photographs, videos, and a gleaming El Camino—show astonishing innovation and technical mastery.

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:

Sunday, June 23

March in the Twin Cities Pride Parade with UUCM
Loring Park – 1382 Willow Street in Minneapolis
The Twin Cities Pride Festival is a CELEBRATION of the LGBTQ+ Community. There will  be 400 exhibitor booths, 40 food vendors, and 4 free stages with music and other performances. All LGBTQ+ people and allies are welcome! The event is FREE. Click here to learn more. UUCM is registered to be a part of the MUUSJA group, and we need to have an idea of the number of people who can attend. Contact Mary Cotton at 763-442-5808 or to sign up or with any questions. Please RSVP by Sunday, May 19.


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