Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ Matters to Us

 

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship values the inherent worth and dignity of all people; recently, a movement has begun that asks our society 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.

UPDATES

Understanding Whiteness

PLEASE NOTE – the dates have changed.

We are swimming in a sea of racism, and sometimes we can’t even see the water around us! The idea that we may be active participants in a racist culture raises resistance and fear. The way to begin transforming the fear, resistance and racism in our culture is to begin with ourselves. Participating in “Understanding Whiteness” is a way to do just that.

Organizational meetings will be held on Sunday, August 27 after service, and on Wednesday evening, August 30, at 6:00pm.

Alice and I invite you read this short litany by Megan Foley and Rev. Theresa Soto:

https://www.uua.org/worship/words/litany/all-us-need-all-us-make-it

Contact Gina Whitaker at uuspirit@me.com or Alice Reinheimer at alicer1@charter.net  for more info or to sign up.

 

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 is planning a public forum on racial profiling and policing for January, 2016, and this new law will undoubtedly play an important role in planning the forum.

Here are some helpful websites that summarize AB 953:
https://www.aclunc.org/sites/default/files/AB953_fact_sheet.pdf
https://www.aclunc.org/our-work/legislation/bills-curb-racial-bias-policing-ab-953-and-ab-619

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


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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.