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 // Events and Opportunities, Issues and Trends // 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 // Events and Opportunities, 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…

Dr. Cornel West Interviewed about Ferguson

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 6th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Issues and Trends, Social Justice // 5 comments

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Owen Huelsbeck, first-year student and Johnson Scholar at Santa Clara University, was chosen to interview Dr. Cornel West during his visit to the University. Owen is a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Luminary Leader and former Dean of the UUA General Assembly Youth Caucus– Ed.  “Love the Hell Out of Ferguson” By Owen Huelsbeck Read the transcribed notes from Owen Huelsbeck’s interview of Dr. West here. During the interview before Dr. West’s talk to the University he talked pretty candidly about Ferguson, but mostly in regards to the large, organized demonstrations taking place there soon that Dr. West will attend. (Protests will be held in Ferguson, Mo. Oct. 10–13, 2014 – Ed.) He spoke about how…

Honor the Originals on October 13

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 6th 2014 // Issues and Trends, UUA // one comment

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Not Columbus Day: Indigenous People’s Day Columbus Day celebrates the eponymous explorer’s landing of the on the shores of the Americas in 1492. Indigenous People’s Day celebrates the people and cultures of the Americas whose destiny was changed by his arrival. Columbus’ voyage was the result of a papal policy of religious conquest – the effects of which continue to harm indigenous people all over the world. ** UPDATED 10/07/14** – Seattle City Council unanimously replaces “Columbus Day” with “Indigenous People’s Day. Read more. Unitarian Universalist Principles and Beliefs call upon the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to establish social justice for native American and indigenous people’s. Honor Indigenous People’s Day with the UUA. Resources from the UUA…

Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Chicago

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // September 29th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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Welcome to the Spotlight Series! Each month we’ll feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults.– Ed. A unique and engaging model for local young adult ministry Chicago Chalice Connection is a one of a kind young adult program that is connecting Unitarian Universalists from all over the Chicagoland area with spiritual engagement, social justice and service opportunities, and a peer group for support and socializing. What makes Chicago Chalice Connection different from many of our young adult ministries? It’s connected to a geographic area rather than a specific institution (such as a congregation or college) and it is led by paid young adult…

UUs Support Hunger Strike for Immigration Reform

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 19th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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This story of Unitarian Universalist beliefs and principles in action come from the Standing on the Side of Love facebook feed.–Ed. Standing on the Side of Love and Justice UU’s from around Puget Sound supported Veronica Noriega as she engaged in a fast to draw attention to the suffering of her family and the millions of others caused by our cruel immigration practices. She camped outside the Northwest Detention Center, risking arrest and deportation, and fasted from Sept. 2 through 9, prior to the deportation hearing for her partner, Ramon Mendoza Pascual. Mr. Mendoza Pascual, who hasn’t been able to hug their three children for a full year, was one of the key leaders in…

UUCEF Joins Call for Investor Action

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 19th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, UUA // no comments

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The Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF) has joined other institutional investors in calling for Carbon Pricing and a comprehensive agreement to deal with the effects of climate change on people and the environment. Read the statement on uucef.org