Tuesday, July 14, 2015

More "Faith Week" Events for SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover

For the past week or so, the Board of Directors and Social Justice Committee have been considering the UU General Assembly's “Action of Immediate Witness” on racial justice, which can be found here: http://www.uuworld.org/articles/blm-rally-general-assembly.

We are participating in the “Faith Week” of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ); learn more at http://showingupforracialjustice.org. Faith Week is July 12-18. This past Sunday, July 12, the lay worship leader shared the recent statement of Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. (You can read his statement here: http://www.uua.org/news/press-release/statement-african-american-church-burnings)

As a second early step, Lara set up a UUCiA fundraising page for the Rebuild the Churches fund. If you would like to learn more, and if you would like to make a donation, please visit: https://cccathedralstl.dntly.com/fundraiser/5302#/

For another early step, I ordered “Black Lives Matter” bumper stickers (see photo). They have the UUA's Standing onthe Side of Love logo in the background. I am giving them to the first folks that ask. (There are a few 5"x5", and more 3"x3".) I just asks that if you take one, you actually display it somewhere that it might be seen (e.g., your car if you have one, your lap top if you have one, your day/time calendar if you have one, etc.).

This Friday at 7 p.m., as suggested by SURJ, we will be showing the film “Fruitvale Station”.  See the Facebook event page at this link. As always, it will be free. Please bring your own lawn chair (or other portable chair) for extra comfort. The movie is based on the story of Oscar Grant. From a New York Times article: “In the early hours of Jan. 1, 2009, Oscar Grant III, unarmed and lying face down on a subway platform in Oakland, Calif., was shot in the back by a white Bay Area
Rapid Transit police officer. The incident, captured on video by onlookers, incited protest, unrest and arguments similar to those that would swirl around the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida a few years later. The deaths of these and other African-American young men (Mr. Grant was 22) touch some of the rawest nerves in the body politic and raise thorny and apparently intractable issues of law and order, violence and race.” This film won "best movie" at the Sundance Film Festival. The film showing will be followed by a brief group discussion. Please join us.

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