India Recognizes Rights of Transgendered

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 16th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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Equal in India The Supreme Court of India handed down its decision mandating a third gender category and full legal and civil-rights for the transgendered population of India on April 15, 2014. Learn how the Unitarian Universalist Association supports equality and fairness for all people. Read the Human Rights Campaign Assessment of the UUA on LGBTQ rights.     Read about it: Supreme Court recognizes transgenders as ‘third gender’ on The Times of India. In India, Landmark Ruling Recognizes Transgender Citizens on National Public Radio. India’s Top Court Recognizes Third Gender Category on Huffington Post. Learn about LGBT rights in India on Wikipedia.  

Not K–8: K to Life

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 9th 2014 // Issues and Trends, UUA // no comments

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From Cradle to Incarceration The road to prison and exclusion from society begins for many as soon as they start school. Sonali Kolhatkar in her post, “Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’“, first published on TruthDig.com, and excerpted from Commondreams.org, notes that while African-Americans constitute only 13 percent of all Americans, nearly 50% of prison inmates are black and that their exclusion from society begins with discriminatory disciplinary practices at schools. From Kolhatkar’s post: Racial justice activists and prison abolition groups have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline funnels young black kids into the criminal justice system, with higher rates of school suspension and arrest compared with nonblack kids for…

Confronting Intolerance with Love

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 4th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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Celebrating All Families Responding to criticism for supporting diverse models of family, and in a way that would seem right at home at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Honey Maid literally turned the words of their critics against them to remind them of  a deeper message. Read this account in images on Business Insider. Learn about Marriage Equality and the UUA Find out how the UUA fights for Social Justice Watch the Honeymaid video:  

Youth Dare to Make Change Happen Now

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 4th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth // one comment

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On March 13 Boston Mobilization, YMORE, Unitarian Universalist Religious Professionals of Color and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) participated in an action of public witness for raisong the minimum wage in Massachusetts. The following is an eye-witness account of the event.–Ed. Raising the Minimum Wage in Massachusetts By Collin Kluchman As an alumni of the youth group at First Parish Lexington in Lexington Massachusetts and an organizer with Sub/Urban Justice and the YMORE (Youth of Massachusetts Organizing for a Reformed Economy) coalition, I was incredibly excited to combine forces with Finding Our Way Home, the UUA’s annual gathering for Unitarian Universalist Professionals of Color. For the past months the youth at YMORE and other organizers…

High School Youth Summer Programs

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 18th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice, youth // no comments

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Justice Training for Youth from The College of Social Justice                     by Laura Lubin, Associate for Youth & Young Adult Programs This summer the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is running a wide variety of justice trainings and trips for high school aged youth.  Whoever you are and wherever you are, we hope you’ll join us! ACTIVATE! A PRE-GENERAL ASSEMBLY TRAINING Planning to come to GA in Providence this June? Kick it off with a full day of social justice training and action on Wednesday, June 25! For more info visit uucsj.org/activate. MISSISSIPPI CIVIL RIGHTS JOURNEY Youth and adults are invited on this bus…

Solitary Confinement is Inhumane

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 17th 2014 // Social Justice // no comments

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The Head of the Colorado Prison System was locked up in solitary confinement to know the experience of thousands of inmates (the exact number is unknown). We re-post excerpts from the article of his experience from the New York Times. Learn what the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is doing to combat Mass Incarceration and other social injustice below.-Ed. Solitary Confinement is Inhumane After 20 hours in solitary confinement, the head of the Colorado prison system, Rick Raemisch stated what Unitarian Universalists and many others have said for years, “You don’t have to spend much time in a prison talking to someone in a segregation cell to realize that something is inherently wrong with that… Everything…

Love, Principle and Action

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 13th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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 AZ State Bill 1062, permitting businesses to refuse service on the basis of religious belief – passed by the Arizona legislature and ultimately vetoed by the Governor Jan Brewer – is the latest example of efforts to legalize discrimination against the LGBTQ community in Arizona. (The Arizona legislature doesn’t limit itself to discriminating against the LGBTQ community and has passed legislation targeting immigrants and other minorities as well.) Ironically, passage of this bill provoked affirmation from many businesses across the nation to of their opposition to discrimination against the LGBTQ community. We re-post this story from the Living Mosaic Blog for its message of opposition to discrimination that is delivered with passion and love.– Ed….

Bust Injustice with Us

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 7th 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Defeat Racial and Multicultural Injustice Youth are coming of age in an America that is increasingly diverse. Be The Change! (BTC) gives Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. The core BTC training is a six-session, nine-hour training program that can be used by groups of different sizes. The project also includes additional activities, further links and resources, and an online community to support groups engaging with the project.   Unitarian Universalist youth have often been at the forefront of our struggle with anti-racism, stretching back decades of national and local involvement. Though much progress has been made in addressing…

To Not Look Away

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 5th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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We repost Rev. Meg Riley’s piece, originally appearing in the Huffington Post, describing her visceral reaction to being confronted by the reality of America’s racist past and its ongoing expression through policies like Mass Incarceration and the discriminatory deportation of immigrants, today. The movie, 12 Years a Slave, which won the 2014 Academy Award Oscar for Best Picture, is based upon Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir about being born free in New York, kidnapped and enslaved in Louisiana before escaping and regaining his freedom. – Ed. For White People Who Can’t Bear to See ’12 Years a Slave’ Yet another white person said to me yesterday, “I’m not sure I can go see 12 Years a Slave….

LGBTQ Myths Exposed

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 4th 2014 // Guides and Tools // no comments

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Replace False Belief with Knowledge and Understanding “You Can Tell Just By Looking”, by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini  and Michael Amico, examines and debunks 20 common myths about “LGBT life and people”. By asking questions that are part of the national conversation on homosexuality, gender-identity and lifestyle, this book from Beacon Press answers questions, provokes re-examination of oneself and inspires transformative conversations. Is “gaydar” real? Are homosexuals born that way? Do all religions condemn homosexuality? Are Transgender people mentally ill? Do gay rights infringe on religious liberty? Are all transgender people gay? Do Hate Crime Laws prevent violence against gay people? These and other topics used by both sides in the pro/anti gay equality debate…