• 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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  • Social Justice News, March 2018

    During February’s potluck meeting, Mark Miner, lead of the Green Sanctuary Project, gave the first of three update reports on Green Sanctuary at UUCB. The main effort of the Green Sanctuary Project focused on church infrastructure and kitchen practices. Mark has joined the Building and Grounds Committee to promote environmental sustainability and has been impressed with the expertise of all its members. Given the cost of the urgent repairs, however, it will take time to bring energy efficiency and sustainability into the equation.

    Future composting for the kitchen at UUCB, except for special efforts by individuals during singular events, is dependent on the City of Kensington’s instituting a weekly composting pickup. Mark suggested that we might encourage Kensington to contract for this waste management service from El Cerrito as is done for fire protection. Mark’s next report will be about the Marin Community Energy option coming to Kensington in the coming months.

    UUCB will be hosting the monthly Immigrant Justice vigil at the West Contra Costa County Detention Center later this spring. The vigil takes place in front of the detention center on the first Saturday of the month.

    January’s Good Neighbor recipient, Berkeley Food Pantry, received $2366 from the Sunday collection. February’s recipient was Youth Emergency Advocacy Housing (YEAH) of Berkeley, which provides daily shelter and services to 30 young adults and their pets. Planting Justice is the Good Neighbor recipient for March. Planting Justice is a grassroots organization with a mission to empower people impacted by mass incarceration and other social inequalities with the skills and resources to cultivate sovereignty, economic justice, and community healing.

    On Sunday, May 6, the LFDC Annual Guest Speaker Luncheon (postponed from March 4) will feature Professor James Lance Taylor, author of Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama, which earned a 2012 “Outstanding Academic Title” rating 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 from 2012-15, as faculty coordinator of the African American Studies Program from 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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