Don't agonize, organize

Make your voice heard now that the election is over.

 From “Standing on the Side of Love.” See www.standingonthesideoflove.org for more.

1. Join the We Say Enough! campaign of the Interfaith Organizing Initiative (a coalition of denominations and organizing networks). Sign the Moral Manifesto, sign up for the On Call for the Movement Virtual Mass Meetings, and attend or host a radical truth-telling speak-out in your community.

2. Step up our support for Black Lives of UU and the Movement for Black Lives. We are launching a campaign next week at the request of Black Lives Matter to transform Black Friday and contribute to their effort to purchase books and clothing for Black children (watch for our special alert next week). Partner with an organization in your community.

3. Report hate: The Southern Poverty Law Center has set up a special web page to report hate incidents and crimes.

4. Be prepared to intervene when you see people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, Muslims, women, and people with disabilities being harassed or threatened.

5. Connect with the Sanctuary Movement to fight for migrant and refugee rights and to provide welcome and safe harbor. The Sanctuary movement helps congregations become sanctuaries, support others that are sanctuaries, and advocate for sanctuary city policies in their communities. 

6. Support Standing Rock by contributing to Black Lives Matter Stand with Standing Rock Fund, Bismarck-Mandan UU congregation's ministry to Standing Rock, and the UU Presence at Oceti Sakowin Yurt Fund.

7. Engage in the UUA Social Witness Process. Our draft Statement on Escalating Inequality is now up for review and comment. The new Study Action Guide on the Corruption of Our Democracy (the Congregational Study Action Issue that was chosen at General Assembly) is now posted as well. Both look at how structural racism undergirds these systemic problems and are timely for the moment we face.
 

From the Southern Poverty Law Center. www.splcenter.org

Tell Donald Trump to take a strong, decisive stand on hateful harassment, intimidation, and violence and vow to support victims with meaningful protections. See www.splcenter.org to sign a petition.
 

From Marybeth Danielson, United UUC:

Meet and encourage arrested and incarcerated undocumented immigrants through Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants. Teams of volunteers visit people in immigrant detention every Tuesday at McHenry County Jail in Woodstock, Ill., every Thursday at Kenosha County Detention Center in Kenosha, Wis., and every Saturday at Dodge Detention Facility in Juneau, Wis. Since Illinois’ Access to Religious Ministry Act became law in 2008, volunteers have been providing pastoral care to people in detention.

To find out how you can volunteer, call 773-779-6011, ext. 3846

 

 How you can take action for Standing Rock human rights:

 Make these calls re: Standing Rock. Demand an end to the human rights abuses and a withdrawal of militarized police forces. Ask that the White House cancel the DAPL.
White House 202-456-1111
White House Situation Room 202-456-9431
North Dakota Governor 701-328-2200
Morton County Sheriff's Dept. (701) 667-3330
NoDak National Guard 701-333-2000
Army Corps of Engineers: 202-761-0011, Option #9 from the menu
Army Corps regulatory complaints: 202-761-5903
Department of Justice Main Switchboard: 202-514-2000, push 4
Department Comment Line: 202-353-1555