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Tuesday
May302017

Regional Justice Training 2017
Saturday, June 3, 9:00-3:30
Hosted by: Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

Key Presentations Include
Sanctuary, Solidarity & Resistance – Immigrant Justice under a new administration
Join Katia Hansen, President & CEO of UU Refugee and Immigrant Services & Education (UURISE) for a conversation on the current state of immigration laws, policies and enforcement under the new administration. We will discuss what UUs and other immigrant justice activists are doing in solidarity and resistance, and how we can work together to deepen and strengthen our partnerships, strategies and congregational responses.

Climate and Water Justice
Angélica Ruiz of the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water will lead an interactive learning experience about climate and water justice in California. You will hear about front line communities impacted by drought, loss of culture and livelihoods, and threats to their daily lives as well as what they are doing to adapt; We will explore solutions and actions you can take to support the environmental justice water movement in California and beyond.

Issues Breakout & Networking
Join other UUs in the area to discuss issues such as economic justice, racial justice, environmental justice, and immigrant justice. These small group breakouts are determined based on interest the day of the event and include opportunities for justice-makers to share what they are working on in their congregations and receive updates from the Action Teams of the UU Justice Ministry.

Legislative Briefing
Evan Junker, UUJMCA Executive Director, will explain the current status of important legislation being considered in the Capitol this year. Learn about opportunities to get involved through petitions, rallies, witness events, letter-writing campaigns and lobby days among others. Discover how your congregation can participate in these statewide efforts and leave with a calendar of upcoming events.

Please bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea, water and morning snacks will be available.

Learn More or Register Today! uujmca.org/rjt-la-sfv Questions:
Beverly Boido, beverly@uujmca.org, 916-441-0018
Host Congregation Contact: Stephanie Ballard sballard@neighborhooduu.org 626-449-3470x18

 

Thursday
May042017

Social Action Circle Field Trip
Saturday May 6: Watts Towers Arts Center Campus
 
Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers/Nuestro Puebla is a 50-60 minute drive from the church.
For info on Watts Towers: www.wattstowers.org
 
General Admission: $7.00
Seniors/Youth 13-17: $3.00
Children Under 12: FREE
 
The campus opens at 10 am on Saturdays.
 
The first docent-led tour is at 10:30 am
 
We can adjourn for lunch to the nearby Watts Coffee House, which closes at 1 pm.
For info on Watts Coffee House: www.yelp.com/biz/watts-coffee-house-los-angeleswww.facebook.com/pages/Watts-Coffee-House/118238671520899
 
The Coffee House opens at 8 am, so if people would like to have breakfast there we could leave the church at 8:00 am, have breakfast and then tour the Arts Center, or we can meet at the church at 9:00 am, travel to the Towers, and then have lunch.  I am concerned that lunch might be rushed.
 
If six or more people commit to participate, we can rent a van and all travel together.
 
Please let me know if you would like to participate in the field trip by sending me a message at vp@verdugo.org
 
In your message please inform me as to whether:
-       You are willing to drive, and if so, how many passengers your car will hold.
-       Whether you prefer that we have breakfast or lunch at Watts Coffee House.
 
Please indicate that you are committed to participating by May 1.
 
David Hostetter

 

 

 

Tuesday
Feb212017

UUverdugo Social Action Bulletin #2 March 2017

We are drifting there because nations are caught up with the drum major instinct.

"I must be first." "I must be supreme." "Our nation must rule the world."

And I am sad to say that the nation in which we live is the supreme culprit.

And I'm going to continue to say it to America, because

I love this country too much to see the drift that it has taken.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

from “The Drum Major Instinct,”

the sermon Gerald Rivers presented 2/12.

For full text click HERE 

For audio: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBiFnDuCJIU 

 

COLLECTION

The SA Circle is still collecting holiday cards to send to the St. Jude’s Ranch for Children greeting card recycling program.  A grocery bag for the cards is located on the Social Action table in Fellowship Hall. For more info on the program see: www.stjudesranch.org/contribute/recycled-card-program/

 

Our next collection will be wine corks, so, if you imbibe, drink up! 

REFLECTION

Saturday Feb. 11 ten people from UUVerdugo toured the new exhibit about the Tuna Canyon Detention Station currently on display at the Japanese American National Museum.  The “Only the Oaks Remain” exhibit tells the story of the Detention Station that stood on the grounds of what is, for the moment, the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. Frances Kuraoka, whose father was detained for several months at Tuna Canyon, pointed out his name on the Honor Roll portion of the exhibit. Her face told the story of a sad, avoidable tragedy in our national history.  It seems that we haven’t learned the lessons of past tragedies as once again racism is being imposed by executive fiat.  “Only The Oaks Remain” will be on display at the JANM through April 9.  It can be viewed again this summer at Bolton Hall July 9 – August 9.  For more information see: www.tunacanyon.org

 

 

Frances Kuraoka points to her father’s name on the Tuna Canyon Honor Roll

 

ACTION

Amy Starbin, knitter extraordinaire, is glad to make you a hat for marching! Pink hats were abundant at the recent Women’s March some members attended.  Amy is glad to make hats appropriate to up coming demonstrations.  You can find her contact info in the directory.                                                                                              

The Crescenta Valley Weekly is seeking letters to the editor in response to articles in the paper and happenings in our community.  This is a great way to reach people in our neighborhood.  Letters of 350 words or less should be submitted to the editor via email at robin@cvweekly.com

 

Measure H is on the March 7 ballot for L.A. County voters.  A “Yes” vote approves a new sales tax to raise money to address homelessness.

For more info on Measure H see:

www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-county-measure-h-campaign-20170214-story.html.   For info on how to find your polling place see:

www.lavote.net/home/voting-elections/current-elections/find-my-election-information?polling-location

 

United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the U.S. is providing online resources to deal with the immigration crackdown.  A card to keep by the phone, available in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and English, as well as other useful tools are available at

http://unitedwedream.org/thank-deportation-defense-card-handy-phone/

 

Another UUVerdugo Social Action Fieldtrip is tentatively scheduled for Saturday May 6.  Plans are abrew to visit the Watts Towers Arts Center and have lunch at the nearby Watts Coffee House.  Watch this space for more details.

Learn about upcoming actions in our area and around the world by at https://www.resistancecalendar.org

 

JUUSTICE LA is a Facebook page for UUs and friends to connect with ideas, updates and actions for social justice. See: www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=juustice%20la

 

White People for Racial Justice is encouraging participation in series of workshops on Black Radical Thought. For info: www.facebook.com/WhitePeople4RacialJusticeSGV/

 

 

UPCOMING SOCIAL ACTION MEETINGS:

Sundays: March 19,  April 9,  May 21

Wednesday
Nov302016

Social Justice, Social Action Committee

“Justice is what love looks like in public.” —Dr. Cornel West

 Unitarian Universalism is a religion without spiritual walls, a community that puts love into action, and a movement to create a better world for all.  Unitarian Universalists are diverse in our beliefs, backgrounds, and identities—and we are united in living a ministry that seeks justice. We value all people as blessings. We act in solidarity with those who are excluded and victims of violence and oppression. As we strive to change the system, we foster inclusion, empathy, and respect—in our own lives and in the world. 

Our actions:

1.         How do we show up- we are in good relationship- We show up with Ascencia, BTAC, gifts for children, JUUsticeLA, Black Lives Matter, White Allies, Interfaith connections and more. 

2.         Being present- when we as a church/congregation and denomination Standing on the Side of Love as a way of being in the world. That means we show up, write checks, attend meetings, engage other communities. In fact we are on our way and I’m hoping we will do more. Opportunities are coming our way. 

3.         Being aware- As a UU church it is vitally important that we learn, teach, preach, dialog about the current needs, values, and ethos of our congregation, the denomination, the region and the world. This is our legacy, this is our calling. Let’s live fully into these values today, tomorrow and ongoing.

4.         Being available- I’m looking for more activism. Maybe it’s you that wants to get more involved? Maybe it’s your children? Maybe it’s the neighbor or co-worker that will come do the good works with us. I came here with a heart for doing. And thankfully the few of us in this congregation have been active. But my friends the work is hard and we need more people. Invite your family, friends and neighbors into our activities. January to June is going to be busy!

5.         Being concerned- I know the heart of many of you. I even have been a part of the social actions we have committed to thus far in my year and a half together.  Let’s take our concerns and put them fully into action.  Love will guide us.  We need a new chair for the Social Action Committee moving forward in January.  Details will follow.  If you are ready, willing and able to step up see me, see Lisa and let’s get it on.

6.         Up-coming events of interest-

Saturday, December 3, 1:00 - 4:00pm, AWARE-LA Monthly Saturday Dialogue group for white anti-racists. New members should arrive by 12:30 for a short orientation. If there are any questions please reach out to Jacqueline B. Swezey, at (775) 750-1770 or rjswezjk@aol.com.
UU Church of Santa Monica, 1246 18th Street, Santa Monica.

Saturday, December 10, 7pm, screening of “Profiled,” a film about fighting racism on the street and in the schools of Brooklyn, NY. One of the teachers will be there to introduce us to this ongoing struggle. UU Church of Santa Monica, 1260 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA.

Sunday, December 11, 12 noon - 3pm, Our local chapter of Black Lives Matter -- BLMDENA Winter Clothing & Christmas Gift Drive! https://www.facebook.com/events/1890922264469013/
La Pintoresca Park, 45 East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena, CA

December 11, 12:30-2:30pm, Free screening of Ken Burns PBS film, "Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War." This recently released documentary tells the story of UU minister Waitstill Sharp and social worker Martha Sharp. The couple left behind their children and their parish in Massachusetts to conduct several secret missions in Europe during WWII, rescuing political dissidents and Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi occupation. http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/defying-the-nazis-the-sharps-        war/home/  Ross Chapel, Neighborhood Church, 301 Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA.  

Thursday, Dec 15, 7pm, White People for Racial Justice of San Gabriel Valley meeting.
Neighborhood Church,
301 Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA  

 

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, January TBD, 2017, JUUSTICE LA General meeting.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, January 21, thousands of people will participate in a Women's March on Washington. In SoCal there will be a March on Washington, LA, and Pasadena at 9am. Look for details to come.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, February 4, at UCLA for a SoCal SURJ Summit. Showing Up for Racial Justice is a national organization that coordinates local groups of white anti-racist allies, including WP4RJ-SGV.

Of course, we will have our usual events with Ascencia, BTAC, and hopefully, FINALLY Habitat for Humanity.  And while I’m asking for so much for you I might as well go all the way.  I’m hoping to start us on the process of becoming a Green Sanctuary.  Details to follow.  Happy Holidays to all and too all may justice pervade your hearts!

 

Wednesday
Nov302016

Social Justice, Social Action Committee “Justice is what love looks like in public.” —Dr. Cornel West Unitarian Universalism is a religion without spiritual walls, a community that puts love into action, and a movement to create a better world for all. Unitarian Universalists are diverse in our beliefs, backgrounds, and identities—and we are united in living a ministry that seeks justice. We va

Wednesday
Apr202016

 

Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.

Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in 196 countries to build environmental democracy. We work through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

- See more at: http://www.earthday.org/about/#sthash.nTnhEc8V.dpuf

 

 

 

Tuesday
Apr012014

 

Kiva is an online organization that takes donations from contributors and loans out that money to entrepreneurs in developing countries around the world. The loans are then paid back at an agreed upon rate, the money is credited to the contributor, who can then make another loan.  

Here are just a few of the people that have loans that we currently carry:

Scarleth Del Rosario is a 23-year-old student in law in Managua, Nicaragua. She is married and has one son. She is using the money from her loan to help her through the final stage of her education. When she starts practicing law following her graduation, she will be able to plan a better future for her son.

Vu is from Bac Ninh, Vietnam. She and her husband operate a carpentry shop and a farm. The loan she made is for the purchase of more wood to continue the carpentry work. She hopes to make a better life for her children by enlarging the supply of raw material for her shop. This is the second loan from Kiva, the first of which was paid back as promised.

Tengiz is from Khoni, in the country of Georgia. He owns a small farm where he grows kiwifruit. He also has a store selling goods to the people in his area. The loan that he took out has gone for the purchase of anti-parasite drugs to sell to local farmers. This loan was recently paid in full.

Another loan that was recently paid back is one made to Norma. Norma lives in Latacunga, Ecuador, where she and her husband own a brick-making shop. She used her loan to buy supplies to make concrete blocks. The demand for building materials is very high in her area, there is a high demand for the product.

This is just a few of the borrowers that your money is going to help people improve the lives for them and their families. Soon, we hope to improve more lives by continuing to loan out the money that is repaid from previous loans.

Jerry Buchanan, Chair, Social Action Circle