Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ Matters to Us

This congregation values the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Recently, a movement has begun that asks our society to take a harder look at continued state violence and institutionalized racism against minorities–especially Black Americans–and our congregation has decided to stand in solidarity with that movement.

A statement on the Unitarian Universalist Association web site makes it clearer:

Black Lives Matter is a movement and a stance in response to this reality: the United States was built on a legacy of slavery, racism, and oppression that continues to take new, ever-changing forms. To say that “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t mean that Black lives are more important than other lives, or that all lives don’t matter. The systemic devaluing of Black lives calls us to bear witness, even as we acknowledge that oppression takes many intersecting forms.
Please take a look at our Opinion Editorial, “‘Why Black Lives Matter’ Matters to SLO Church” published in the Tribune August 22, 2015, and the accompanying link to Adam Dyer’s essay, “Where is Your Faith?
Visit Standing on the Side of Love to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and the Black Lives Matter movement.

AB 953 Signed into Law
In October, 2015 Governor Brown signed into law the Racial and Identity Profiling Act (AB953). This new law will have an effect on the way policing is done in our communities. The Social Justice Committee held a public forum on racial profiling and policing in January, 2016.

Here are some helpful websites that summarize AB 953:

Racial profiling bill (AB 953) moves out of California Assembly

Social Justice Committee sponsored a congregational Black Lives Matter Continuing Conversation evening. Here are the links to the NY Times “Op-Doc” videos that were shown at that meeting. If you missed the conversation, watch these five minute videos and see what you think about why it is so difficult to talk about racism and how we can lessen the stigma of being Black in America for young African American men and boys and their parents. We welcome your feedback. Contact Gina at uuspirit@me.com if you want more information.