Social Justice Action Updates: October 2019

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

Friday, October 25

YOU are invited to MUUSJA JAMS (Justice Awards & Musical Soiree) MUUSJA, the Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance, serves like the powerful mirrors of a lighthouse amplifying your UU candles, beaming through the foggy dark to warn of dangers and light a way towards justice for the earth and all its people. MUUSJA JAMS features great music, awards and accolades, memories, good food and kids’ space! We’re planning “watch parties” hosted at churches in Greater Minnesota so that everyone can sing and celebrate together. For folks in the Cities, please be a “host home” and offer a bed for out of towners, if you can! From anywhere in Minnesota, please join together on Friday, October 25, 5:30-8:30pm at United Theological Seminary in Saint Paul & LIVE-STREAMED statewide to your homes or satellite parties. Supper is free & kids are welcome! Register at https://www.muusja.org/youre-invited-to-muusja-jams/ Contact Director@MUUSJA.org or 612-927-2072 for accommodations & questions. Check out muusja.org or LIKE them on Facebook, and sign up for updates via the email newsletter at http://bit.ly/MUUSJA_090819.

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. 

FAMILY FOCUS

Family Focus – LGBT History Month. October is LGBT History Month, which is scheduled to coincide with National Coming Out Day (October 11). There is a growing amount of great resources online to help children understand diverse identities related to gender and sexual orientation.  One fun resource is Queer Kids Stuff, a You Tube channel where “Lindsey and her teddy bear unpack important LGBTQ issues for kids.” The Human Rights Campaign also offers these resources for talking with kids about LGBT issues.

Family focus – volunteer food packing events. The Sheridan Story, located in Roseville, works to combat hunger by filling the gaps to food access that children face: primarily on weekends and summers. Volunteers are needed to help assemble meal bags for students and families.  Two-hour shifts are available, and families age eight and older are eligible to volunteer. Registration is available online.

Family focus – Provision Community Restaurant. Provision Community Restaurant is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to eliminating hunger, food waste, and social barriers in Minneapolis.  They provide daily dinners for all people, regardless of their ability to pay. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks, such as preparing and serving food. Most shifts are two and one-half hours.  Families with children age 10 and older are welcome to participate. Volunteers under 18 years of age must provide a signed waiver and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Click here for more details.

Family focus – Make a difference day October 27.  Since 1992, Make a Difference Day has been held on the 4th Saturday of October. Make a Difference Day is one of the largest single days of service nationwide. Consider doing a family service project on this day. Many good ideas for service projects can be found at Volunteer Match, Doing Good Together, or Hands on Twin Cities.

Family focus – Halloween. As we celebrate Halloween, it can be an important time to talk to children about making sure that costumes are respectful and inclusive. Here are some tips from the Anti-Defamation League, Raising Race Conscious Children, and Insider.com.

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.


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