Social Justice Council News, September 2018

Literature, Film and Drama Contingent:

Some of us thought a lot was “lost in translation,” even with translators in the room, on August 5th. Shahrnush Parsipur, the LFDC’s guest novelist, memoirist and writer of children’s books, did not understand our awe of her courage, stamina and will to live during four incarcerations in prison, wherein she withstood – and watched others suffer worse – ill-treatment and abuse. We surmised that her writing was her salvation. Many thanks to Fereshte and Frank Mofidi, Mac Lingo, and especially to Susan Singh, who introduced us to Shahrnush. For September, we’re reading the works of Tim Wise: Dear White People: Letter to a New Minority, and White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. All are welcome to join us!

Immigrant Justice:

In the campaign to raise money for bond for those immigrant adults detained at the West County Detention Facility by the Sheriff’s department under contract from ICE, UUCB has raised over $6500 and efforts throughout the area have raised over $100,000. There are no longer any federal ICE detainees being held at WCDF. Unfortunately for those who have been transferred, this has created negative consequences to their immigration court cases and access to legal counsel and family visitation. We will continue to support them and their families as they fight to come back home. There will be one last interfaith vigil at the WCDF on September 1, 11 am–noon.

The Social Justice Council is soliciting nominations for next year’s Good Neighbor program.  Proposed organizations must be 501(c)3 nonprofits that promote social, economic, racial and/or environmental justice or peace. The organization needs to be based in Alameda or Contra Costa County. We will be reviewing all of the proposed nonprofits at our next Social Justice Council meeting on the evening of Sunday, September 9. Nomination forms can be picked up at the Social Justice Council table before or after the service. Please turn in your completed form to the social justice council mailbox in the office. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Campbell at

Upcoming Event:

The Social Justice Council invites you to join us on Saturday, October 13, at 7 pm for a FREE screening of the film HUMAN FLOW by Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei. After years of house arrest, he was given back his passport two years ago and relocated to Berlin. He then visited 23 countries within a year, filming refugees in camps around the globe.  FYI: This event coincides with Parents Night Out, when the church offers free childcare.

The doors open at 5:30 pm for art-making with Sylvia Parisotto; story-telling with our guests; and light refreshments.   FREE — tix REQUIRED:


Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?