• Social Justice News, June 2018

    Literature, Film and Drama Contingent

    Professor James L. Taylor took the LFDC to school on May 6th. Some comments from attendees:  “He was a gift … exciting … visionary … humble … authentic; wow!” “I enjoyed Dr. Taylor’s talk, especially the descriptions of people that made them human, fallible, and yet still the heroes and heroines we admire. He also gave us something to think about with his focus on individuals and not large programs.” “I enjoyed the little-known facts he discussed, like that MLK Sr. & Jr. changed their names from ‘Michael King’ to ‘Martin Luther,’ to honor the theologian they admired. And that Rosa Parks was not the shy little lady who got tired one day, but a true activist all along.” We’ll have him back, for sure!

    Save the Date!!

    June 9, 11 am–12 noon (Only this time on 2nd Saturday) — West County Detention Facility Vigil to Support Detained Immigrants and their families with UUCB hosting. 5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond. Carpool from UUCB at 10:15 am. For info, contact Sheldon Jones, sejones1950@gmail.com.

    June 23, 1–5pm Healing Justice – Documentary and discussion facilitated by Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston (Cracking the Codes), UUCB Social Hall. Explore Criminal Justice Reform, School to Prison Pipeline and Restorative Justice. Open to all. $10 suggested donation. Register at Eventbrite.com. For more info email hj_uucb@yahoo.com.

    June 28, 6–8 pm – Pastors for Peace Cuban Caravan Send-Off, Atrium:  Spend the evening learning about ELAM, the Latin America School of Medicine; hear from John Waller representing IFCO; and updates regarding Cuba.

    August 4, 8 pm – Roy Zimmerman in Concert at UUCB – Funny songs about peace and justice. Help us publicize this to the wider community.

    Announcements!!

    Support Scholars’ Fund by participating in “Congrads to Grads.”  See Lonnie Moseley to contribute to the fund and come to SJC July meeting for the celebration/presentation to graduating UUCBers.

    Good Neighbor Nominations Coming this Fall for the Next Year. On-line form is available.

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  • Social Justice, May 2018

    The LFDC shared MAUBs and our lives at a very special meeting on April 1. We also worked out our book/event list for the remainder of the year:

    May 6: Guest speaker Professor James L. Taylor. Held in the sanctuary (more info below)
    June 3: Book discussion: The Color of Water, by James McBride.
    June 23: Special Event: Screening of Healing Justice, by Shakti Butler (discussion facilitated by Ami Gaston).
    July 1: Book discussion: Citizen, by Claudia Rankine.
    August 5: Guest speaker Shahrnush Parsipur will discuss her work.
    Sept. 2: Book discussion: White Rage, by Carol Anderson.
    Oct. 7: Fishbowl Exercise, facilitated by Julie Rogers.
    Nov. 4: Book discussion: Sign My Name to Freedom, by Betty Reid Soskin.
    Dec. 2: Book discussion: Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell.

    Sunday, May 6, LFDC, Annual Guest Speaker Event (postponed from March 4). Professor James Lance Taylor is the author of Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama, which earned a 2012 “Outstanding Academic Title” from Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. He is a former president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, served as chair of the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco 2012–15, as faculty coordinator of the African American Studies Program 2015–17, and chair of the Committee on the Status of Blacks in Political Science for the American Political Science Association, 2016–17.

    Recently, the Social Justice Council voted to support a proposal addressing the issue of trafficking of children for commercial sexual exploitation. The Bay Area is a major hub of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Approximately 80% of these victims are people of color and female. What can we do as a community of faith and love to help protect our most important asset, our children?  The Social Justice Council hopes to shine a spotlight on this issue using education and advocacy as tools of discovery and action over the course of the next two years. This proposal will be presented at the May congregational meeting for approval by the members of UUCB.

    On June 9th UUCB will host the monthly vigil held at the West County Detention Facility. We invite you to join us and make this an ALL-CHURCH, intergenerational event! These vigils are held to call attention to the fact that the sheriff of Contra Costa County has a contract with ICE to detain undocumented people at WCDF. The vigils started in 2011 and have been held each month since then. We will carpool to WCDF from UUCB. We, as UUCBers, will all be hosts to the other folks at the vigil, greeting them and handing out programs. We will provide light refreshments. AND, we are looking for people who like to sing!

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  • Social Justice, April 2018

    Undie Sunday, April 29: As done in the past, we will have our annual UNDIE SUNDAY on the last Sunday in April, which gives you the opportunity to donate packaged underwear, as well as socks and pajamas, to the residents of the GRIP (Greater Richmond Interfaith Program) Family Shelter. This tradition is one of the many ways that UUCB has lovingly supported GRIP over the years. So please bring your gifts of packaged underwear, socks and/or pajamas for men, women, and children, and put them in the collection basket next to the Social Justice table. BTW, your donations don’t have to be limited to underwear—any clothing for the GRIP residents would be most appreciated. Thank you. If you have questions about this, contact Ray Westergard.

    Sunday, May 6, LFDC, Annual Guest Speaker Luncheon (postponed from March 4). Professor James Lance Taylor is the author of Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama, which earned a 2012 “Outstanding Academic Title” from Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. He is a former president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, served as chair of the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco 2012–15, as faculty coordinator of the African American Studies Program 2015–17, and chair of the Committee on the Status of Blacks in Political Science for the American Political Science Association, 2016–17.

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