Weekend Challenge Three

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 22nd 2014 // Events and Opportunities // 2 comments

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We Started It All What happened on November 18, 2003 making this an auspicious date for civil rights?   Bonus (or clue, as the case may be): As of the weekend of November 22–23, in how many states are these rights now recognized? Add your answer to the comments selection below. First response wins a copy of “Acts of Faith“, Eboo Patel‘s inspiring account of coming to believe in religious pluralism from his experience growing up Muslim in America, and his ambition to harness the power and passion of young people in service of Interfaith Youth Core. Subsequent responses will receive a different prize.    

Be Seen Standing on the Side of Love and Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 20th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

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Calling All Yellow Shirts of Love, Tolerance and Justice The Grand Jury investigation of the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson is likely to announce its findings this Friday, November 21. On the day of and after the Grand Jury announcement, people will gather at events around the country calling for an end to racist policing, police brutality and the culture of Mass Incarceration. Make this a moment of public witness, and speaking out in the spirit of love and justice – and plan on sharing the Unitarian Universalist message of love and justice far and wide by documenting the event you attend and sharing your images or tweets – here is how:…

Houston UUs vs Westboro: Love Wins

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 11th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // one comment

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Because That is What We Do Members of the Westboro Baptist Church came to Houston, Texas protesting – as quoted  on the KHOU-TV website,“‘This Mayor Annise Parker, whatever her name is, is an out of the closet lesbian. She is a spectacle and she has attention all over the country. So we are gonna say our part, said Marc Hill of Westboro.” KHOU reported the Westboro protesters were met by members of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, who answered Westboro’s message of hate in force, reporting, “‘We are singing in the light of love!’ sang another group about twice the size of the Westboro group. A Progressive Voice in the Public Square And when…

More than Just Journeys

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 7th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Social Justice, young adults, youth // no comments

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Incomparable Justice Learning Experiences from the UUCSJ The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) has updated its calendar of events and trainings. All events through January 2015 ARE FULL. It’s not too early to apply. Don’t wait until it is too late!       February 2015 Haiti Just Recovery: February 7–14, 2015: open enrollment; register by December 7, 2014 Border Justice: February 12–16, 2015: open enrollment; register by December 14, 2014 Theology and Climate Justice: February 21–28, 2015: for seminarians; register by December 21, 2014 March 2015 Alternative Spring Break: March 7–14; register by January 11, 2014 Theology and Immigration Justice: March 21–27, 2015: for seminarians register by January 18, 2015 April 2015…

Immigration: As American as Apple Pie

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 29th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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Wanna Know Why its Called the WORLD Series? This sports.mic infographic eloquently reminds that immigration is an integral part of our social fabric. Read the full article on .mic The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) stands for Immigrant Justice

Reproductive Justice in Moving Pictures

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 24th 2014 // Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

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The youth group of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus has just released two videos, sharing what they learned about Reproductive Justice and the impact it has on the lives of real people – watch them here:  What is Reproductive Justice? Learn about the Unitarian Universalist Association and Reproductive Justice Reproductive Justice Stories Read the youth group’s Reproductive Justice Trip Daily Blog.

How Will You Show Up?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // October 23rd 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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RESIST Mass Incarceration and Police Brutality This October Holding the megaphone in my hand felt like standing at the top of a high dive.  It looks easy when someone else dives off, but once you’re up there, you wonder why you thought this was a good idea. “Oh, I’m not sure I can do this.  I don’t know what to say.” “Just say why you came here today.” OK. Well the thing is, there were many reasons why I was out in the chilly, misty, windy weather with a rag tag band of revolutionary communists wearing orange jumpsuits, an assortment of Northeastern students, my housemate and my partner. There were many reasons I was handing…

Beat ALEC at its Own Game

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 22nd 2014 // Issues and Trends, UUA // no comments

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A Call to Action From the President’s Pen President Peter Morales writes in response to ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) raising funds to counter pressure brought by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) against this organization that works to undermine social, economic and environmental justice. – Ed.   Friends, Last Friday, October 17, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) sent out an email asking their supporters for funds to fight the “smear campaign” waged against them by the Unitarian Universalist Church. ALEC claims that we UUs wish to “silence competing ideas and speech” because we have shone a light on their secretive activities to undercut voter registration, pass anti-immigrant legislation, harm the environment, and block…

Say No More, Just #Change the Name

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 10th 2014 // Social Justice // no comments

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October 12, 2015: Columbus Day INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY Sign this petition today it’ll make a difference next year, and every year thereafter. From Beacon Press – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (author of An Indigenous’ Peoples History of the U.S. has a special message for President Barack Obama: The United States should honor Native American nations and communities over a symbol of colonization and genocide… Change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day! ADD YOUR VOICE: Click here to read the appeal and sign the official petition.(http://wh.gov/i3Isc) Then share this message. READ MORE ABOUT IT ON BLUE BOAT  

Dr. Cornel West Speaks

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 8th 2014 // Social Justice // one comment

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Notes from the Interview of Dr. Cornel West by Owen Huelsbeck Young Adult and former GA Youth Caucus Dean Owen Huelsbeck furnished the Blue Boat notes from his meeting with Dr. Cornel West on the occasion of Dr. West’s appearance at Santa Clara University.  (Dr. West will also deliver the Ware Lecture at General Assembly 2015) The following is a transcript of quotes by Dr. West from that meeting. Read Owen Huelsbeck’s impressions of his meeting with Dr. West here. – Ed. On Ferguson – Racism in America makes black people so intimidated and scared they never want to straighten their backs, stick their necks out and fight back. Every 28 hours a black youth…