Social Justice Action Update: 8/18/19

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: IOCP Back-to-School Supply Drive. Back-to-school is right around the corner!  IOCP is collecting school supplies for youth grades K-12 throughout the month of August. Volunteers are also needed to help distribute supplies to our families. High school youth can also sign up to help sort and organize school supplies; middle school youth need to register with a parent. Learn more at IOCP.

Family focus – Kids in Need Minnesota. Kids In Need Minnesota’s (KINMN) mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies to students most in need throughout Minnesota.  Operating as a free store for teachers serving eligible area schools, KINMN provides much needed supplies to their students for learning and excelling in the classroom. KINMN offers numerous opportunities for individuals or groups to volunteer with a variety of tasks, such as packing backpacks with school supplies. They also host a monthly Saturday Community Volunteer Day. Children as young as five can volunteer with a parent. Learn more and sign up at their website.

Sunday, August 18

Deep Canvassing Information Session, 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.., Sabes Jewish Community  Center, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., St. Louis Park.  Deep canvassing brings us into real conversations and deep listening that move past the headlines. When we listen to someone else’s experience and share ours, we have a better chance of overcoming political divisions, forging connections, and creating the changes we want to see. 

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.

Tuesday, August 20

Community Discussion: PolyMet Copper-Nickel Mine, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Plymouth Creek Center, Room 2, 14800 34th Ave. N., Plymouth. Join U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, State Reps. Patty Acomb and Ginny Klevorn for a discussion of this controversial project. PolyMet, Minnesota’s first copper-nickel sulfide mine, would cause hundreds of years of toxic pollution. WaterLegacy is challenging PolyMet permits in court and recently exposed a cover-up of EPA’s criticism of Minnesota’s weak PolyMet pollution permit. Catch up on BREAKING NEWS and learn what you and elected leaders can do to protect clean water from sulfide mining.

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 

Sunday, September 22

Family focus – Festival of Giving, 12:00-4:00 p.m., Nicollet Island Pavilion, Minneapolis.   Join Doing Good Together at their Festival of Giving, an all-ages event featuring kindness activities, service projects, multicultural performances, and community collaboration. Learn more and register at the Doing Good Together website.

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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