Social Justice – April 2021Posted on April 22nd 2021
Consciousness: On Sunday, May 2 at 12:15pm after our service, we will hold our fourth congregational dialogue on becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppression, multicultural congregation. These dialogues have been rich, challenging, and open, with all views welcome and a spirit of community filling the conversation. Even if you have not attend the previous dialogues, please join us on May 2! All are invited and welcome.
Please save this link to a directory of Black Businesses in Spartanburg. Support them and make a difference: https://www.blkspartanburg.com/
Share The Plate: This month, we donate to the Mother’s Day Bailout, to free mothers being held before trial simply because they can’t make bail. Honor your mother by helping send a mom home to her kids! Learn more at www.nationalbailout.org/
Environment: Contact Joyce Harrison at email@example.com to get involved with the South Carolina Aquarium littersweeps! Last weekend, a team of folks from SC Aquarium, Partners for Active Living, Keep OneSpartanburg Beautiful, and the Trees Coalition “swept” the beautiful new Three Creeks Trail on Spartanburg’s Westside. As the Trees group cleared vines and privet, more litter was exposed. They collected 2,604 items from the underbrush and the creek making the trail even more beautiful and healthier for all. Although once again, we couldn’t hold the Spartanburg Earth Day Festival, good things still happened!
Voting Rights: What we do in “off years” is critically important– Attend the League of Women Voters meetings and stay involved!
Next Social Justice Council Meeting: Wed., May 5th, 7 pm, via zoom. Everyone is always welcome. Email Alice Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the SJ mailing list and get the zoom link.
Social Justice – April 2021Posted on April 7th 2021
April Share The Plate
Share The Plate in month, we donate to the Mother’s Day Bailout, to free mothers being held before trial simply because they can’t make bail. Honor your mother by helping send a mom home to her kids! This national effort began in 2017, not just to pay bail for mothers in jail, but also with the goal of greatly increasing the release of defendants on their own recognizance (sign a written promise to appear in court as required). Approximately 100,000 women are in local U.S. jails, with a staggering two-thirds being women of color; an estimated 80 percent are mothers; and many of them (including those arrested for nonviolent offenses like changing lanes without signaling) await trial behind bars because they can’t afford to post bail. Read more at https://www.oprah.com/inspiration/national-black-mamas-bail-out-day#ixzz6rJHNm3b6
In addition to the over $9 billion wasted to incarcerate men and women who have not been convicted of a crime, pre-trial incarceration has catastrophic impacts on families and communities, on minority communities in particular. Black people are over two times more likely to be arrested and once arrested are twice as likely to be kept in jail before trial. (from www.nationalbailout.org/ ) Half a dozen states have reformed their cash bail systems and significantly reduced its use in the past decade. Washington, D.C. and a couple states have eliminated the cash bail system. Our donations will help individual mothers and support the work of reforming this broken system.
Share the Plate – March Results
Thank you, thank you for Sharing the Plate so generously with the International Women’s Convocation in March: your giving totaled $846.50. This is the largest amount our congregation has ever given to support the work of IWC – the leading international U*U organization focused on the advancement of the rights of women and children around the globe. Their Executive Director, Zsofia Sztranyiczki, has emailed her gratitude to me and will send a formal letter of appreciation to UUCS soon.
Meanwhile, to follow the work IWC is doing in multiple countries, including the U.S., go to their website, https://www.intlwomensconvo.org/
We have hosted two DHEC vaccine clinics for the Hispanic community and our church neighborhood; DHEC staff will return in three and four weeks to administer the second doses.
Patronizing Black Businesses
Minority businesses have been harder hit than white businesses during the pandemic. To make a difference, check this link when you’re looking for services: https://www.blkspartanburg.com/ and, if you’re on FB, review it!
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