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Action Alerts and Upcoming Events for Justice (Aug. 10, 2017)

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Action Alerts and Upcoming Events for Justice
 

Aug. 10, 2017
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JUSTICE NETWORK NEWS
 

  • Called to Action: Oct. 7 Justice Summit – It’s hard to imagine our UU justice work getting easier during these challenging times, but maybe, just maybe, we can do more, more easily and to greater effect, if we work together! That’s the philosophy behind our upcoming annual summit at University Unitarian Church in Seattle. More
  • Expectations for Justice Network Events – Our network is committed to supporting the work, interconnections, and leadership development of all UU activists, including those of youth. Therefore, we ask that all meetings and events sponsored by the network adhere to guidelines that support a safe and empowering experience for youth as co-participants. More


ADVOCACY ALERTS

  • Walk with Refugees and Immigrants in Portland Afghan Portland Parks for New Portlanders is partnering with Sunday Parkways to organize an Aug. 20 "Walk with Refugees & Immigrants" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come hear refugees & Immigrants share their stories, and enjoy diverse music, food and other activities, at East Portland Neighborhood Office (1017 N.E. 117th Ave.) More
  • Congregations Asked to Collect Signatures to Reduce Police Killings The De-Escalate Washington Campaign is a coalition of individuals and organizations who believe that police should use deadly force only when unavoidable and as a last resort. Initiative 940 puts a high priority on de-escalation as a strategy to reduce these violent interactions, requires training to deal with mental health issues, and requires the rendering of first aid and other measures. More
  • Help Counter White-Supremacist Rally in Virginia Hundreds of white supremacists from around the country will rally with white nationalist leaders Aug. 12 in a prominent public park in Charlottesville. Local peace activists are calling for 1,000 clergy and faith leaders to show up too, to stand in solidarity and to take non-violent direct action. More

(See more Advocacy Events in red below.)



NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
 

  • Apply to Join October Delegation to Palestine-Israel A delegation is being planned by Christian Peacemaker Teams, co-led by UU minister David Etherington. Persons of all faith backgrounds are welcome, but UUs will be given preference for the 12 spots. More
  • Strong Sanctuary Ordinance Needed in Bellingham, Wash. – FoodJustice.org’s Community to Community Initiative recently stood in solidarity with Bornstein workers and their union, UFCW21. More
  • Anti-Pipeline Group Fighting Court Warrant on its Facebook Page A July 31 hearing was held in Whatcom County, Wash. on warrants issued against the Facebook page of Red Line Salish Sea (formerly the Bellingham #NoDAPL Coalition.) The next step is expected later this month. More
  • Spotlight on Activist Congregations – Throughout the year, the UUs for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC) website has been presenting profiles of the social justice work done by different UU congregations across the country. More
  • Church Groups Provide Crucial Shelter Funding – The New Bethlehem Project and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kirkland, Wash. have teamed to step up financial support and shelter for families experiencing homelessness on the Eastside. More
  • UU Staffer Shares Immigrant Accompaniment Experience – Read a moving blog from Josh Leach, a UU Service Committee staffer who helped Love Resists accompany a much-beloved MIT custodian who was locked up for deportation after he reported to ICE. More
  • Overview of Washington Legislative Session – The 2017 Washington State Legislature finally adjourned July 20, the longest session in state history because of budget impasses. The Faith Action Network provides an overview. More The Statewide Poverty Action Network also offers an overview of both state and federal political efforts. More
  • Liquefied Natural Gas Project Canceled in B.C. Petronas announced July 25 the cancelation of the Pacific Northwest Liquefied Natural Gas project on Lelu Island near Port Edward. But opposition leaders still seek support to continue the occupation. More
  • Economics of Happiness Conference in Port Townsend, Wash. in October – Local activists, with support from Local Futures, plan an Oct. 27-29 international conference to discuss, discover and devise better systems for now and the future. Get engaged in creating the New Economy – one that works for people and the planet. More


EVENTS

  • Thu. Aug. 10 (Seattle) – Conversation/RaceJoin a series of inter-race conversations from 6-8 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, at Tougo Coffee (1410 18th Ave.) More
  • Sat. Aug. 12 (Mt. Vernon, Wash.) – Rally/Planned ParenthoodSkagit UU Fellowship members are among activists who plan to spend one hour, 11 a.m. to noon, in front of Planned Parenthood waving at people and showing support signs. If the weather is too miserable, this month’s event will be called off. Responses have been very positive from the people driving by on this busy road. More information: call Pat Young at 360-757-3286.
  • Sat. Aug. 12 (Tacoma, Wash.)Immigration/Civil LibertiesJoin other UUs for a second-Saturday-of-the-month vigil from 8:45-11:45 a.m. at the Northwest Detention Center (1623 East J St.) This Washington New Sanctuary Movement project is supported by the Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship. Email Melvin Mackey for more information.
  • Sat. Aug. 12 (Belleview, Wash.) – Training/Hate-Crime InterventionThe Beloved Racial Justice team at East Shore Unitarian Church (12700 S.E. 32nd St.) will use role play and experiential exercises to teach how to respond to hate crimes and harassment and engage in conversations to become inspired and empowered to act in the moment. More
  • Sun. Aug. 13 (Issaquah, Wash.) – Picket/Black Lives Matter A Black Lives Matter “flash stance” happens from noon to 1 p.m. at the corner of East Lake Sammamish Parkway and 56th St. Signs are provided. Contact Emily for more information.
  • Sun. Aug. 20 (Portland, Ore.) – Support Walk/Refugees and Immigrants Afghan Portland Parks for New Portlanders is partnering with Sunday Parkways to organize "Walk with Refugees & Immigrants" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come hear refugees & Immigrants share their stories, and enjoy diverse music, food and other activities, at East Portland Neighborhood Office (1017 N.E. 117th Ave.) More
  • Mon. Aug. 21 (Online) – Conversation/Global Days of Listening Afghan Peace Volunteers invite us to the next Global Days of Listening, at 4:30-7:30 a.m. PST. You may just listen, join the conversation or listen to previous events. More
  • Mon. Aug. 21 (Online) – All IssuesToday is the deadline for submitting news for the late August issue of this Events and Alerts e-blast. Alerts and Events come out Thursday of the same week. Submit your event, action alert or other information here. Email Diane Brooks, News Coordinator, with questions.
  • Thu. Aug. 24 (Olympia, Wash.) – Presentation/JusticePatrick O'Connor, the new director of the Thurston County public defense office, will speak on "Justice not Jails" at the Olympia UU Congregation (2315 Division St. N.W.) at 7 p.m. He will discuss his vision for the office and talk about how groups like Justice Not Jails can support him. More
  • Sat. Aug. 26 (Kirkland and Tacoma, Wash.) Immigration/Civil LibertiesJoin the fourth-Saturday-of-the-month Interfaith Eastside Vigil at Tacoma NW Detention Center (1623 E. J St.) Carpools from Northlake UU Church in Kirkland leave at 10:45 a.m. Contact Suzanne Grogan, 425-803-9570, to join, meet them at the front gate at noon.
  • Mon. Aug. 28 (Everett, Wash.) – Meeting/350.org The Greater Everett Chapter of 350.org meets on the fourth Monday of the month at the United Church of Christ (2624 Rockefeller Ave.) with a 6:30 p.m. potluck followed at 7 p.m. with business, discussion, planning and speakers. Working groups include: Bringing Youth into the Discussion, Witnessing Local Decision Makers, Divestment, Fossil Fuel and Clean Energy.
  • Mon. Sept. 4 (Online) – All IssuesToday is the deadline for submitting news for the early September issue of this Events and Alerts e-blast. Alerts and Events come out Thursday of the same week. Submit your event, action alert or other information here. Email Diane Brooks, News Coordinator, with questions
  • Thu. Sept. 7 (Online) – Organizing Event/Young Adults for Climate JusticeParticipate in this first-Thursday-of-the month 9 a.m. UU young adults meeting by joining online or by phone (408-638-0968.) More
  • Sat. Sept. 9 (Mt. Vernon, Wash.) – Rally/Planned ParenthoodSkagit UU Fellowship members are among activists who plan to spend one hour, 11 a.m. to noon, in front of Planned Parenthood waving at people and showing support signs. If the weather is too miserable, this month’s event will be called off. Responses have been very positive from the people driving by on this busy road. More information: call Pat Young at 360-757-3286.
  • Sat. Sept. 9 (Tacoma, Wash.)Immigration/Civil LibertiesJoin other UUs for a second-Saturday-of-the-month noon "vigil/visitor support" at the Northwest Detention Center (1623 East J St.) This Washington New Sanctuary Movement project is supported by the Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship. Email Melvin Mackey for more information.
  • Thu. Sept. 14 (Seattle) – Conversation/RaceJoin a series of inter-race conversations from 6-8 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, at Tougo Coffee (1410 18th Ave.) More
  • Sat. Sept. 16 (Seattle) – Author Event/Historical RacismThe Treacy Levine Center presents Jim Wallis: Race, Privilege and the Bridge to a New America; a lecture, panel discussion and Q&A at McCaw Hall at Seattle Center (321 Mercer St.) Wallis is a New York Times best-selling author, editor of Sojourners magazine, theologian and social activist. More
  • Mon. Sept. 18 (Online) – All IssuesToday is the deadline for submitting news for the late September issue of this Events and Alerts e-blast. Alerts and Events come out Thursday of the same week. Submit your event, action alert or other information here. Email Diane Brooks, News Coordinator, with questions
  • Thu. Sept. 21 (Online) – Conversation/Global Days of Listening Afghan Peace Volunteers invite us to the next Global Days of Listening, at 4:30-7:30 a.m. PST. You may just listen, join the conversation or listen to previous events. More
  • Sat. Sept. 23 (Kirkland and Tacoma, Wash.) Immigration/Civil LibertiesJoin the fourth-Saturday-of-the-month Interfaith Eastside Vigil at Tacoma NW Detention Center (1623 E. J St.) Carpools from Northlake UU Church in Kirkland leave at 10:45 a.m. Contact Suzanne Grogan, 425-803-9570, to join, meet them at the front gate at noon.

 

MOVIES FOR JUSTICE

  • American Winter Filmmakers followed Portland hotline callers to tell poignant personal stories of the daily struggles of families as they dealt with dwindling resources and the specter of heat shut offs, food insecurity and health issues and expenses.
    • Thu. Sept. 14 (Vancouver, Wash.) – Meaningful Movies at Cascade Park presents a free film (donations welcome) at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Cascade Park Library (600 N.E. 136th Ave.) Trailer and more
  • Ask Us Who We Are Vermont film producer and director Bess O’Brien lets Vermont foster children, birth parents, relatives, foster parents and others give first-hand accounts of what the system means to them.
    • Thu. Aug. 24 (Tacoma, Wash.) – Meaningful Movies Tacoma presents a free film (donations welcome) at 6:30 p.m. at The Grand Cinema (606 Fawcett Ave.) Trailer and more
  • Best Money Democracy Can Buy When Donald Trump says, “This election is rigged,” he should know. His buddies are rigging it. Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida’s electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans’ dark operation, Crosscheck, designed to steal a million votes by November.
    • Sat. Sept. 9 (Seattle) – Queen Anne Meaningful Movies usually presents a free film (donations welcome) at 7 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Queen Anne United Methodist Church (1606 5th Ave. W.) Trailer and more
  • Bring it to the Table Filmmaker Julie Winokur travels across the country, sitting down with people and examining her own biases and misconceptions. If you’re tired of hyper-partisanship, come see the film and learn an effective way of reaching across the divide to start conversations again.
    • Wed. Aug. 23 (Ridgefield, Wash.) – Meaningful Movies in Ridgefield presents a free film (donations welcome) at 7:30 p.m. followed by a forum for respectful discussion on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Old Liberty Theater (115 N. Main Ave.) Trailer and more
  • Command and Control The long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980 is the basis of this chilling documentary exposing the terrifying truth about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us.
    • Wed. Sept. 27 (Ridgefield, Wash.) – Meaningful Movies in Ridgefield presents a free film (donations welcome) at 7:30 p.m. followed by a forum for respectful discussion on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Old Liberty Theater (115 N. Main Ave.) Trailer and more
  • The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code This film recounts a little-known story of historical truth, spirituality, and resistance, told on behalf of the original nations and peoples of this continent, this hemisphere, and elsewhere on Earth. Based on an 1823 ruling by United States Supreme Court Justice John Marshall, the Doctrine of Discovery established the premise that ownership of land is based on who discovered the land.
    • Mon. Aug. 14 (Seattle) – Movie Night at St. Andrew’s Church (111 N.E. 80th St.) presents this film at 7 p.m. along with refreshments and a discussion. Trailer and more
  • Indivisible: Love Knows No Borders Renata, Evelyn, and Antonio were young children when their parents brought them to the U.S. in search of a better life; they were teenagers when their families were deported. Today, they are known as Dreamers. “Indivisible” takes place at a pivotal moment in their lives, as they fight for a pathway to citizenship and a chance to be reunited with their loved ones.
    • Tue. Sept. 12 (Seattle) – Backbone Meaningful Movies on Vashon presents a free film (donations welcome) at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Vashon Theatre (17723 Vashon Highway S.W.) Trailer and more
  • Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think The Gallup organization asked Muslims in 35 countries from Indonesia to South Asia to the Middle East, as well as minority communities in the US and Europe, what they thought about issues such as gender equality, terrorism, and democracy. Islamic scholars and the Gallup members themselves give context and try to provide explanations for the fascinating results.
    • Fri. Sept. 1 (Seattle) – Wallingford Meaningful Movies presents a free film (donations welcome) film and discussion at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ (5019 Keystone Pl. N.) Trailer and more
  • Killswitch: The Battle to Control the Internet The fate of the internet will determine our future, but it’s under attack. Free speech, innovation and democracy are all up for grabs.
    • Thu. Aug. 10 (Vancouver, Wash.) – Meaningful Movies at Cascade Park presents a free film (donations welcome) at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Cascade Park Library (600 N.E. 136th Ave.) Trailer and more
  • Landfill Harmonic This film follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town. The film is a testimony to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit.
    • Thu. Aug. 10 (Seattle) – Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies presents a free film (donations welcome) on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza (17th Ave S. and S. Lander St. Double the entertainment tonight with a fabulous movie and a fun mini-concert by the local singing group the Beaconettes. Trailer and more
  • The Mask You Live In This documentary was written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, exploring harmful notions about masculinity in American culture. The film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, they confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence.
    • Sat. Sept. 16 (Edmonds, Wash.) – Sno-King Meaningful Movies presents a free film (donations welcome) at 7 p.m. on the second Saturday of odd-numbered months at Edmonds UU Church (8109 224th St. S.W.) Trailer and more
  • Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds This documentary describes the status of the world's seed supply: our dependence on it, its declining diversity, and who is seeking to control it all.
    • Fri. Aug. 11 (Seattle) – Wedgwood Meaningful Movies usually offers a free film (donations welcome) at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church (8900 35th Ave. N.E.) Trailer and more
  • Rachel Carson This 2017 documentary directed by Michelle Ferrarit is based on the life and work of Rachel Carson, a marine biologist and conservationist. Her 1962 book “Silent Spring” would serve to advance the environmental movement. The film aired on the PBS series American Experience.
    • Fri. Sept. 8 (Gig Harbor, Wash.) – Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor presents a free film (donations welcome) on the second Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Agnus Dei Lutheran Church (10511 Peacock Hill Ave. N.W.) Trailer and more
  • Storied Streets: Reframing the way we see homelessness This film, a journey covering 13 cities across the country, will shatter the stereotypes most of us have about the homeless population.
    • Fri. Aug. 11 (Gig Harbor, Wash.) – Film/Homelessness Meaningful Movies in Gig Harbor presents a free film (donations welcome) on the second Friday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Agnus Dei Lutheran Church (10511 Peacock Hill Ave. N.W.) The movie will be followed with a community discussion and the opportunity to meet and listen to Richard LeMieux of Bremerton, formerly homeless author of "Breakfast at Sally's." Trailer and more

 

 

*Dates often change. We recommend you double-check our calendar
or that of the hosting organization before you head off to your event.
 

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NWuuJN, N. (2017). Action Alerts and Upcoming Events for Justice (Aug. 10, 2017). Retrieved from http://www.nwuujn.org/view/article/598bc0ca0cf213903927136c

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