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Social Justice Resources February 2017

on February 8, 2017

Resources for Social Justice Work

from the Building Bridges course

February 2017

 

Unitarian Universalist Resources:

  • Horizon UU’s Activism Site on Facebook: To find resources and information on upcoming opportunities for citizen activism in the North Texas area, Horizon has a new Facebook page. To join email SocialResponsibility@HorizonUU.org
  • Texas UU Justice Ministry (txuujm.org)  Learn about legislative initiatives that call for a moral stance. Help organize support for initiatives in line with Unitarian Universalist values.

 

  • Connect with the local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). (http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org) SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for racial justice while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts.

 

  • Get involved with the work of Standing on the Side of Love (SSL). Read “Facing the Dragon,” a March 16, 2016, letter by Caitlin Breedlove, SSL campaign director, about the role Unitarian Universalists can play in today’s movement for social justice. (www.standingonthesideoflove.org/ourstories/facing-the-dragon)

 

  • Organize small groups in your congregation to more deeply explore personal journeys through the lens of race. Connect with or visit the website of DRUUMM, a UU People of Color organization http://druumm.onefireplace.org (or visit the website of Unitarian Universalist Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) for resources, suggestions, and connections, http://alliesforracialequity.wildapricot.org/

 

Local and state resources:

  • Countable: Supposed to be good for keeping up with issues.  It can contact your representative but sends a form letter, it is better to put it in your own words.   https://www.countable.us/
  • Daily Action: https://dailyaction.org/ has been getting a lot of press. You get a text a day that has a short message about an issue and you can click on the number and call the relevant official.
  • Send a message to all your reps at the same time: https://democracy.io/#/ lets you write to all your Congressional representatives at once.
  • Get your reps’ contact information: If your senators and representatives aren’t saved in your phone yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223. You’ll get a text back with everyone’s contact info. It couldn’t be any easier, so get to calling to make your voice head
  • Find out ALL the ways to contact your reps: http://ow.ly/rBAN308OQHu Get all the information about contacting those who represent you, such as their websites, office addresses, email addresses, Twitter feeds, Facebook sites, and when they plan to do public meetings

 

“INDIVISIBLE: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.”

  • Indivisible booklet: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/ a downloadable guide to action created by former Congressional staffers, it gets updated pretty often.  Local groups have formed.

 

After reading, “The Third Reconstruction” by Rev. Dr. William H. Barber II:

  • Read and share “Fourteen Steps Forward Together,” from the book’s Appendix (p. 127). Gather an ongoing group to explore how to apply those steps to your congregation’s justice work.

 

  • Get to know local organizations led by people directly affected by injustice. Explore their websites or written information and attend public actions or events they sponsor. Find out how your congregation or group can be helpful and what resources the organizations offer so you can learn more. Can your congregation offer meeting space for interfaith groups or secular organizations working on justice issues using a moral argument?

 

  • Learn more about Repairers of the Breach, an organization that “works to reconnect our shared faith traditions with public policies rooted in the moral values of justice, fairness, and the general welfare, which are embedded in the federal and state Constitutions; and train clergy and lay moral leaders and advocates to become fusion-movement leaders and to freshen the great wellsprings of our democracy based on past moral movements that have made possible the great progressive victories in our history.” (www.breachrepairers.org) Watch and share videos and resources from the website. (Find out whether a moral revival event is coming to a city near you and, if one is, make plans to attend. (www.moralrevival.org)

 

  • Gather to read or reread some past Common Reads which may be helpful in your work. The UUA’s discussion guides for each include links to supplementary resources and suggestions for action. http://www.uua.org/re/adults/read

o Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (death penalty abolition; prison and criminal justice system reform)

o Reclaiming Prophetic Witness by Paul Rasor (UU moral values in public issues)

o Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman (food workers’ rights)

o The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (opposition to mass incarceration/racism in US criminal justice system)

o Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel (interfaith justice-making work)

o The Death of Josseline by Margaret Regan (immigration)


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