We do not lead single issue lives — Standing on the Side of Love

http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/ourstories/we-do-not-lead-single-issue-lives

“When we speak of racial justice, we are not talking about a theoretical framework. We are talking about principles and values that lead and inform the way that we do base building, create policy and monitor policy implementation. We’re talking about building power to dismantle systems of oppression.”

Namaste,
Cricket

Courage For Black Lives Matter: Love Letter to White Unitarian Universalists (and other white folks too) – See more at: http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/courage-for-blacklivesmatter-hesaid/#sthash.fngOiGJa.dpuf

“The Black Lives Matter movement is the leading struggle for racial justice of our times. It is a movement led by Black people who are women, queer, youth, working class, including Black UUs around the country. It is a movement to end institutional racism and to respect the inherent worth and dignity of all people. It is a movement for collective liberation.”

This article  by Chris Crass is about why the Black Lives Matter movement is so important to UUs. It also has some great ideas on how to support the movement towards the end of the article.

 

Namaste,

Cricket

How an Austin church agreed to offer an immigrant sanctuary | UU World

“The call for sanctuary for Sulma Franco came to First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, where I’m senior minister, because we have the reputation of being welcoming to LGBT folks, and because the Rev. Marisol Caballero, minister of religious education and congregational engagement, had been doing antiracism work within the congregation and beyond. Word had gotten out in the immigrant community.

Could we help?”

http://www.uuworld.org/articles/deciding-offer-sanctuary?utm_source=f

Courage leads to change in this world.

This congregation lived out the first and second principles.

~Namaste
Cricket

Growing our leadership and advocacy for immigrant justice

Together, we will walk a trail used by people migrating with volunteers with No More Deaths, a ministry of the UU Church of Tucson. We will witness the militarization of the border itself, observe “Operation Streamline” hearings designed to criminalize immigrants, and travel into Mexico to visit with people who have been recently deported and hear their stories. We will worship together, and help each other discern how our ministries and our movement can respond to the need for immigrant justice within broader movements to end the criminalization of communities of Color.

http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/ourstories/2015/8/21/growing-our-leadership-and-advocacy-for-immigrant-justice-join-a-border-trip

~Namaste,

Cricket

What does it mean to be an Ally?

Being an ally is more than being a friend. Being an ally means standing up. Being an ally means a lot of things to a lot of people.

In this article from the UUA, presenter Tim Wise talks about how to be an ally and the road map to racial equality.

This article from Everyday Feminism, Jamie Utt describes things that an ally can do along with the idea that being an ally isn’t a self-proclaimed identity.

#standingonthesideoflove #blacklivesmatter

~Namaste
Cricket

Week of Righteous Resistance

Black Lives Matter is both an organic, creative, and vibrant ever-evolving movement and it’s a bold strategy that is actually quite simple: center the worth and dignity of all Black people, all Black lives. Every. Single. One. It’s a strategy that centers everyday Black people as leaders, not just the respectable, educated ones.

Check out more.
http://www.standingonthesideoflove.org/ourstories/2015/7/8/this-is-worr-a-week-of-righteous-resistance

~Namaste
Cricket

Historic day for Equality

Today is an historic day. As a friend said,  “This is a once in a lifetime thing for most activists. We don’t get to WIN. Most of the time, we see incremental progress in our lifetimes, but it is rare to get a big win like this.”

UUA President Peter Morales draped the General Assembly podium with a rainbow flag and invited same-sex couples to join him on the stage this morning to celebrate the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. An ecstatic crowd wept, cheered, and then sang “We Are Standing on the Side of Love.”

(Photograph © Christopher L. Walton/UUA)podiumdrape

Have a beautiful Rainbow day!

~Namaste

Cricket