UUverdugo Social Action Bulletin #2 March 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 11:26AM

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 



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! 


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



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:



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



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/




Sundays: March 19,  April 9,  May 21

Article originally appeared on Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills, La Crescenta, CA (http://www.uuverdugo.org/).
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