Social Justice Action Update: 9/15/19

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.


EVENTS

Family Focus – On-Farm Gleaning: The Food Group is sponsoring a gleaning (harvesting otherwise unable-to-sell produce directly from farm fields). They are hosting shifts every Thursday morning from 10:30 am – 1 pm through November (first and third Thursday at Big River Farm in Marine on St. Croix and the second and fourth Thursday at Waxwing Farm in Webster MN). Families with children age 12 and older are welcome to attend. Volunteers will spend some time harvesting vegetables, and then wash them and prepare them for delivery to a local food shelf. Registration is available online.

Family Focus – Promoting racial equity at school: As children head back to school, it’s important to remember that schools can play an important role in promoting racial equity for youth. The University of Texas offers these recommendations for Equity Questions Every Parent Must Ask During Back-to-School Night. If you have concerns about your school’s educational or discipline practices, consider Embrace Race’s 5 Tips for Organizing Parents to Fight for Racial Equity at Their Children’s Schools.

Monday, September 16

Minnetonka Climate Initiative, 6:30 p.m., Minnetonka City Hall.  Come help urge the Minnetonka City Council to create a Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Commission with youth involvement.  Please RSVP to Judy Gregg at amelia42jg@gmail.com to indicate you can come and/or to get more information.

Friday, September 20

Global Climate Strike March11:30 a.m., St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Ave., St. Paul.  March to Capitol for a rally. 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. 

Saturday, September 21

Destiny Hill Church Open House, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 13207 Lake St. Extension, Minnetonka.  UUCM members have been invited to this open house. The church appreciated our members attending their worship service and for our support.

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.

Tuesday, September 24

Ensuring the Security of Minnesota’s Elections.  7:00-8:30 p.m., St. Louis Park City Council Chambers, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park.  Presenter: Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. Free, open to the public. 

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: https://gustavus.edu/events/nobelconference/attendee.php

Saturday, September 28

Family Focus – National Good Neighbor Day: An annual day to celebrate being a good neighbor. Kids can brainstorm ideas for ways to show appreciation and support to their neighbors. Some sample ideas for celebrating Good Neighbor day can be found here and here.

Friday, October 25

MUUSJA JAMS, 5:30-8:30 p.m., MUUSJA JAMS (Justice Awards Musical Soiree) features great music, awards and accolades, memories, good food and kids’ space! Registration and location information coming soon.

October 30-November 2

Harper-Jordan Memorial Symposium, Hotel InterContinental, 11 Kellogg Blvd. E., St. Paul.  BLUU (Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism) is hosting this symposium.  Paul. This is an amazing opportunity to “open ourselves up to an articulation of Unitarian Universalism that is unapologetically Black.” All are welcome. Go to https://www.blacklivesuu.com/about for more details and to register. BLUU is offering a sliding scale from $25-$150.

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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