Connecting to the Greater World of UU Social Action

Check out Adrienne’s new website section, with an impressive list of local, national, and international UU entities with resources, events, actions, workshops, working groups, connections, associations, trips, and more!  In addition to activities listed in FP Weekly, follow our “First Parish in Concord: Social Action Community” Facebook Page.

Family-Friendly Social Action Opportunities

First Parish in Concord’s Junior Youth Group Joins “June Journeys”

Our Jr. Youth Group created a StoryWalk around our labyrinth of “Let’s Talk About Race” by Julius Lester with a combination of original artwork and illustrations by Karen Barbour. We invite all ages to engage with this powerful story which begins, “I am a story. So are you. So is everyone.” This Story Walk is part of “June Journeys”, a month long series of community events focused on racial awareness and social justice, sponsored by COAR (Communities Organizing Against Racism). Check out the website for a list of in-person events and online opportunities: https://www.coaraction.org/junejourneys

June Journeys to Raise Awareness Around Racial Justice

Entire month of June

Racial equity and social justice begin with self awareness.  Attend a full month of activities and events in Concord Carlisle on this theme.  Explore Communities Organizing Against Racism for the calendar. https://www.coaraction.org/

https://www.coaraction.org/junejourneys 

Free Online Climate Change Camp for Students

June 23rd – August 25th, every Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Intermediate and High School Students? Are you interested in learning more about climate change? climatedu is an online mini course about climate science and sustainability made by students, designed by students. Our mission is to bring climate education opportunities to students everywhere, and we are excited to invite middle and high schoolers to enroll in a free virtual CAMP CLIMATEDU! They will be exploring the online course, hearing from some amazing and interesting speakers, and doing some fun activities! Visit   Learn more and REGISTER.

 

Celebrate Race Amity Day

June 19th – July 3rd

All art forms welcome! Photos from school or community events showing race amity encouraged! Exhibition of visual art at LexArt Gallery June 19 – July 3, 2021 Celebrate Race Amity Day! Presented By The Lexington Human Rights Committee For more information visit: https://lexraceamity.wixsite.com/lexraceamityday For information on Race Amity visit: https://raceamity.org

Easy Nature Adventures to Enjoy Near You

Naturalist, Matthew Miller, lays out easy family nature activities to do near your own home.  Includes animal tracks, scavenger hunts, duck spotting, moth hunting, nature journaling, and more!    https://blog.nature.org/science/2021/02/23/easy-nature-adventures-to-enjoy-near-you/

Help Young Children Understand and Respond to Racism with Sesame Street

Find plenty of Sesame Street character skits and videos and other resources.  Coming Together is Sesame Workshop’s commitment to racial justice–believing in a world where all children can reach their full potential and humanity—and do so in celebration of their races, ethnicities, and cultures. Together with experts, are designed developmentally appropriate resources to help you guide your child to be smarter, stronger, and kinder—and an upstander to racism.   YOUTUBE    WEBSITE

Help Our Neighbors by Gardening

Saturday, July 3rd, 8:00 – 9:30 in the Morning

Kids old enough to avoid stepping on plants are welcome at the Lexington Interfaith Garden, whose growing season is underway with work shifts on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m, and Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. Fresh produce is already going to the Lexington Food Pantry, harvested and walked over on the Saturday morning shift. Volunteer on Saturday morning of July 3rd.  Come wearing your mask and prepared to get dirty, but instruction is provided. If you want to try it, contact Janet Lane by emailing: garden@follen.org

Regular Social Action Opportunities

UUA Widening the Circle of Concern 5-Year Implementation Plan 

“The UUA is preparing to present a five-year implementation plan to take up recommendations in Widening the Circle of Concern…The UUA is already adapting its policies and practices to embody its antiracist and anti-oppressive commitments and urges congregations and other UU organizations to do the same. ‘This is not just another initiative,’ said UUA Executive Vice President Carey McDonald. ‘It’s at the center of all our initiatives for the coming years. It’s the foundation.’”—”UUA will present five-year institutional change plan,” UU World, Spring 2021.  Read about the UUA Commission on Institutional Change’s report, Widening the Circle of Concern: https://firstparish.org/wp/widening-the-circle/

No Fracked Gas on Tribal Lands: Take Action Through UUSC

June

Sign UUSC’s solidarity pledge to show support for the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe in Texas and their struggle to protect their inherent rights and resist the exploitation of Native land. For years, the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of South Texas (Esto’k Gna) has defended their lands from the triple threat of militarization, desecration, and environmental racism. 

Support Citizenship for Essential Workers

June

Leverage the power of UUs across the nation who are all asking their Senators (online form) to support pathways to citizenship for essential workers and their families. Encourage them to support S.264 – DREAM Act (sponsors Durbin and Graham), S.306 SECURE Act (for TPS holders – sponsors Van Hollen and Cardin), and the Farm Workforce Modernization Act sent to the Senate as (H.R.1603), and to go beyond that by finding ways to incorporate citizenship for essential workers and their families in must-pass legislation.  LEARN MORE from UUs for Social Justice.   

D.C. Statehood is a Racial Justice Issue

June

Tell Congress (online form), UUs support support H.R.51/S.51 — the Washington, D.C. Admission Act — because we support Universal Voting Rights!  LEARN MORE  from UUs for Social Justice. 

Tell U.S. Congress to Stop Abetting Corruption in Honduras

June

UUSC addresses the underlying causes of migration from Central America to the U.S.   In February, eight U.S. senators introduced the Honduras Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Act of 2021. Among its many provisions, this bill would impose targeted sanctions on President Hernández for his role in facilitating corruption, while funding the work of UN human rights observers in Honduras to root out violence, corruption, and impunity in the Honduran government and institutions.  Take ACTION

Register for UU General Assembly (fully online during pandemic)

Wednesday, June 23 – Sunday June 27

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to have voting delegates. Stacey Abrams is one of the distinguished speakers! Registration is $200 with financial support and payment plans available.  REGISTER

Phone Bank for the Safe Communities Act — Immigration Justice

Wednesday, June 23rd, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Please join us in June for a virtual Phone Bank to mobilize constituents in swing districts to call their Massachusetts legislators! The Massachusetts Safe Communities Act (S.1579 and H.2418) has now been referred to the Joint Committee on Public Safety, which will hold a public hearing on the bill sometime this year, likely this fall.  Thanks to the 1,200 emails UUs sent, we’ve won 75 House cosponsors, and 20 Senate cosponsors. That’s half the Senate, and nearly half the House! Register, and UUMassAction will contact you with details, and provide training and support throughout. Don’t forget to invite your friends—you can create your own phone bank party!  LINK

UU Mass Action June Action Hour

Thursday, June 24th, 12:00 noon

Hear updates about all UU Mass Action’s  campaigns and take action together, such as calling your legislators, signing petitions, and more to support our frontline and coalition partners. The focus is on our key issues areas: climate, immigration, economic, indigenous, and criminal justice. This will also be a chance to connect with other UUs from across the state!  There will be an optional half hour from 11:30-12:00 for those who want to drop in if you anticipate needing extra tech support. Email tsmookler@uumassaction.org with any questions.

This Year’s GA Action — Liberate Milwaukee!

Saturday, June 26th, 11:00 a.m.

Join the African-American Round Table’s Liberate MKE campaign and Wisconsin UUs, for a phonebank to reimagine community safety and fight for a moral budget in Milwaukee, WI.  This is a UU Side With Love project to divest from police and invest in community safety and care.  SIGN UP

Strengthen Local Climate Commitments Monthly Call

Wednesday, July 7th, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The SLCC campaign of UU Climate Net supports UUs and partners in local advocacy and oversight of climate emergency declarations, climate action pledges, and climate policy implementation plans. Are you ready to strengthen local climate commitments where you live?  Monthly on the first Wednesday, until Dec 2, 2021.  To receive the Wednesday call information and more information about the SLCC campaign SIGN UP 
Immigration Justice Task Force Meeting – First Parish in Concord

Monday, July 12th, 7:00 p.m.

Part One of FY 22 Planning, via hybrid, (location Regina’s house)   Contact for more info:  ijtf-contact-us@googlegroups.com  (Hybrid means an in-person gathering for those who are vaccinated and interested AND a zoom link for those who prefer to call in.) 

Join Monthly National UU Climate Action Call

Wednesday, July 14th, 8:00 p.m.  

The UU Climate Action Roundtable is a monthly opportunity for UUs and friends to come together, the second Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m. online or by phone for conversation about spiritual resources, current events, stories, questions and struggles, and calls for action and solidarity towards climate justice.  Sign up to join the Climate Action Roundtable mailing list and get dial-in information for the next call/zoom meeting.  LINK 

UU the Vote Skill Up Training

Sunday, July 18th, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Our Unitarian Universalist faith calls us to be lifelong learners, and organizing traditions teach that we need to share what we know for our movements to grow. So we are kicking off Squad Skill Ups – a monthly series of trainings on organizing skills to help build our UUtheVote Volunteer Squads and help YOU build stronger teams in your congregation and community. We’ll start the session with some spiritual fun and then launch into our training for using Zoom to host action events. This is also a chance to find out how to get more involved as a UU the Vote volunteer and meet members of the Volunteer Squads. Whether you use Zoom with UU the Vote, your work, other volunteer work, or haven’t yet done anything in Zoom, please join us!  Sign Up Now

Immigration Justice Task Force Meeting – First Parish in Concord

Monday, August 2nd, 7:00 p.m.

Part Two of FY 22 Planning, via hybrid, location (Tony’s house) Contact for more info  ijtf-contact-us@googlegroups.com  (Hybrid means an in-person gathering for those who are vaccinated and interested AND a zoom link for those who prefer to call in.)

Strengthen Local Climate Commitments Monthly Call

Wednesday, August 4th, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The SLCC campaign of UU Climate Net supports UUs and partners in local advocacy and oversight of climate emergency declarations, climate action pledges, and climate policy implementation plans. Are you ready to strengthen local climate commitments where you live?  Monthly on the first Wednesday, until Dec 2, 2021.  To receive the Wednesday call information and more information about the SLCC campaign SIGN UP 

Reparations: A Congregational Opportunity to Engage Repair

Sunday, August 8th, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a rich and comprehensive webinar on Reparations and how UUA New England Region congregations are engaging in this important work. Inspired by the recommendations of the Commission on Institutional Change in the Widening the Circle of Concern report, this webinar will highlight Reparations within Unitarian Universalism as a theological imperative. It will also invite congregations into examining implications for accounting and redress of injustices as well as opportunities to engage the labor of repair together.  REGISTER   (Deadline is August 2nd.)

UU the Vote Skill Up Training

Sunday, August 15th, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Our Unitarian Universalist faith calls us to be lifelong learners, and organizing traditions teach that we need to share what we know for our movements to grow. So we are kicking off Squad Skill Ups – a monthly series of trainings on organizing skills to help build our UUtheVote Volunteer Squads and help YOU build stronger teams in your congregation and community. We’ll start the session with some spiritual fun and then launch into our training (subject TBD). This is also a chance to find out how to get more involved as a UU the Vote volunteer and meet members of the Volunteer Squads. Please join us!  Sign Up Now  UU the Vote Skill Up