Social Justice Action Update: 7/14/19

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: Support for immigrants and refugees. Our July social justice offering goes to the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC).  MIRAC is an all-volunteer grassroots organization that organizes the immigrant community and their allies to struggle for legalization for all and equality in all aspects of life. In conjunction with this offering, and in recognition that immigration is likely to remain a politically charged topic as we move towards the 2020 election, consider talking to your children about immigration issues. There are many good online resources out there. Here are a few to start with: (1) Fitz Between the Shelves’ “Resources for Talking to Your Child About Immigration and Refugees“; (2) Little Feminist’s “How To Talk to Kids About Immigration and Family Separation“; (3) Common Sense Media’s “How To Talk About the News of Family Separations at the Border” and (4) Barefoot Mommy’s blog on “What families can do to support immigrant children in crisis.”

Family focus – Summer kindness bucket list. Looking for fun things to keep the kids busy over the summer? Check out Doing Good Together’s Summer Kindness Bucket List.

Sunday, July 21

Water Is Life Festival, Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth.  12:00-6:00 p.m. Winona LaDuke and Honor the Earth are excited to invite you to gather at the shores of Lake Superior with many of our allies across the state and region including national organizations, local partners in Minnesota, and Water Protectors  across the state for our annual Water Is Life Festival. Children under 10 are free. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.

Thursday, August 8

Family focus: Join local sports teams for Action Day 2019. Greater Twin Cities United Way is teaming up with the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center to host Action Day 2019, an all-ages, family-friendly volunteer event to help Twin Cities kids go back to class set up for success! Register now to help us meet our goal of bringing together 4,000 volunteers to help fill 40,000 backpacks with school supplies . In addition to volunteering, Action Day will be action-packed, featuring a Prize Playbook, games, prizes, and photo booths. You can register for one of three timeframes – 12-3 pm, 3-5 pm, or 5-7 pm.  All backpack assembly volunteers must be ages 8 and up. Children under the age of 8 can still complete a special volunteer project.

Through August 18

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue S., Mpls.  Presented by Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the NY 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 U.S. 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.

September 20-27

Global Climate Strike. School strikers  are calling on young people, parents, workers, and all concerned citizens to join massive climate strikes and a week of actions. People all over the world will use their power to stop “business as usual” in the face of the climate emergency. Join young people in the streets to demand an end to the fossil fuel age and emergency action to avoid climate breakdown. See 

September 24-25

Nobel Conference:  Climate Changed–Facing Our Future, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.  Nobel Conference 55 will bring together seven leading thinkers to address climate change from perspectives including paleoclimate studies, climate justice, climate modeling, and climate adaptation. We invite you to join us to grapple with the causes and consequences of climate change and with our responses to the challenges it presents us, as individuals and as a society. Tickets:

November 15-16 SAVE THE DATES

Overcoming Racism Conference, Metropolitan State University, St. Paul. Presented by the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative (FREC). Each day will include a full slate of workshops, with opportunities to reflect, connect, & commit.  Registration opens September 1st. Featuring.Distinguished Professor Joe Feagin, Texas A&M University, and Winona LaDuke, Environmentalist, Political Activist, Founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, Founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project.


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