Can We Really Reclaim Martin Luther King?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 23rd 2015 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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What is “Unwise and Untimely”? The activists of #blacklivesmatter asked us this year to #ReclaimMLK (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) as we celebrated his life and legacy the Monday after his birthday. When I was six years old I marched in my first Martin Luther King Day parade and of course I was out there with fellow Unitarian Universalists from the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, where my family first made our spiritual home. I don’t remember that march nor what I believed I was marching for, but I’m sure it was informed by my church and my family and our general commitment to equality. I vaguely recall learning about Martin Luther King in elementary…

How We Talk About Leelah Matters

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 22nd 2015 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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This blogpost was written by young adult Samantha Ames, a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and lawyer with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The NCLR works tirelessly to make our society safer for all LGBTQ people, especially queer youth.–Ed. The suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn has prompted widespread media attention, including a focus on her description of how being sent to conversion therapy increased her sense of isolation and rejection. Now more than ever before, it is clear that there is an urgent need for more public discussion and education around the harms caused by conversion therapy. But some aspects of the recent conversations have been troubling. I’ve spent the last several years working with…

Weekend Challenge #5 – the Winner Is…

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 20th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Congratulations to the unique* Luminary Leader Rachel Milles for successfully answering our challenge! Remember Viola Liuzzo with us by reading her story, previously posted on Blue Boat.       * Rachel is unique in many ways – in this case she is the only person to have correctly answered this Weekend Challenge.  

Special Offer for Youth to Go to Selma

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, UUA // no comments

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You Must Respond By Friday, January 23, 2015 The Living Legacy Project Will Get You There Registration for the Living Legacy Project Conference is full and closed UNLESS you are a youth – in which case you must register by Friday, January 23, 2015. Also, FOR YOUTH ONLY  – the Living Legacy Project is offering financial aid to attend the conference, however you must apply by Friday, January 23.       Learn more about the Living Legacy Project here.              

People Just Shouldn’t Shoot People

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 9th 2015 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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As a Unitarian Universalist, as a person of faith, as a decent human being who cares about human life, I share this belief with a good chunk of humanity: shooting people – with the exception of extreme circumstances – is never okay, and even when the circumstances are such that shooting a human being is unavoidable, it is always a tragedy. Maybe you’re thinking, “Yes, of course, that’s obvious”, and I hope you are. But I start that way because it seems worth stating before discussing the narratives that emerge around shootings, before naming some of the sicknesses in our society that contribute to such unjust violence. People just shouldn’t shoot people, because being shot isn’t…

You Can Be The Change

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 23rd 2014 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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We Should All Be So Privileged I knew that I could vote and that that wasn’t a privilege; it was my right. Every time I tried I was shot, killed or jailed, beaten or economically deprived. – Stokely Carmichael, as quoted in Be the Change Session 5, Can We Live With Racism?     “Be the Change” By Eric Broner and Rev. Jonathan Rogers As the racial perspectives of many in our congregation have been challenged this year, we have sought through vigils, worships and discussions to make sense of what is wrong with our country. For us in the Young Religious Unitarian Universalists high school youth group of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta,…

Run the Race, Keep the Faith

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // December 17th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

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In early November 2014 the UU World magazine published a reflection by Peter Morales, the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, in which Morales said that the work of bringing justice to our world is a marathon, not a sprint. He is right. I was at the Millions March NYC on Saturday, along with tens of thousands of others. The march was permitted, making it legal, and it took place mostly during the daytime, which made the event more friendly to families with children and to anyone who cannot risk arrest due to immigration status or prior arrests.  It was organized by two young black women, Synead Nichols and Umaara Elliott, and it was huge. How huge?  Just…

Black Lives Matter – Make it So

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 9th 2014 // Mosaic, Social Justice, UUA // no comments

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We re-post the monthly newsletter of our friends of the Office of Multicultural Growth and Witness of the Unitarian Universalist Association with a call to action – pledge your support to help end racial motivated acts of police brutality. – Ed. December 2014: Black Lives Matter—Are You Signed Up? Dear Friends, Ferguson is not a flash in the pan.  The current moment is one that has broken through years of pain, anger, and organizing. Young African American organizers are leading the call for a movement that not only stops our national crisis of police killings of young Black men but also changes our society into one that refuses to tolerate the criminalization, devaluing, killing, and brutalizing…

Wait Like the World is About to Turn

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // December 4th 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // 3 comments

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For those of us who follow the Christian tradition, now is the season of Advent, a time of waiting.  And whether we are Christian or not, I believe that Unitarian Universalists and progressives of any or no faith have something to learn from this Christian season of Advent this year. Because we are waiting. Oh how we long for a day when no more unarmed black boys or men are killed by police. Oh how we long for a day when the police who do kill unarmed black men and boys are held accountable for their actions. Oh how we long for a day when every single American would rise up and say “enough is enough; we must end…

Witnessing America’s Original Sin

Written by Carey McDonald // December 2nd 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

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400 Years of Systemic Racism in One Decision Why rioting in some of the hundreds of protests across the country of the Ferguson Grand Jury decision exonerating Ofc. Darren Wilson in the killing of Mike Brown but not in others? Carey McDonald’s insightful reflection points toward an answer. -Ed. The Unitarian Universalist Association fights for Racial Justice, for ending Mass Incarceration and for stopping the systematic dehumanizing of people all over America. Join us in this cause. After experiencing Black Lives Matter Boston rally and having time to reflect, here are my thoughts on Ferguson: If you’re talking about the indictment, you’re missing the point. I’ve read so many comments about what the grand jury…