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Social Justice – April 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/

Mary

Community

Covid

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!


Pictorial Directory

Dear UUCS Members & Friends,

A team of church members has developed a pictorial directory to help us all know one another better. This directory has been painstakingly compiled from submitted and publicly available pictures researched by the team, including some from the previous directory from more than a decade ago! The directory is password protected for privacy. It may be viewed here. If you are a member or friend who does not have the password, please e-mail office@uucs.org to receive it.

Since September 2020, 3 people have let us know they do not want their picture included in the directory, and we have honored their request. 119 people have indicated that they do want to be included. However, we still have not heard either way from more than 128 people. We want to protect everyone’s privacy, and we want to include as many people as possible in the directory so it is as useful as possible. This is a wonderful way for us to know one another better, especially during the pandemic.

Following the church policy adopted in 2015 for password protected, private publications, we ask that you please tell us if you do not want to have your picture included in the directory. If we do not hear from you by March 7, we will include your picture until you indicate otherwise. E-mail photo@uucs.org telling us not to include your picture. You may ask to have your picture excluded or removed from the directory at any time. You may also submit a new picture of yourself at any time. Just e-mail your picture to photo@uucs.org.

We encourage you to upload your picture to Breeze as well, and update your Breeze profile anytime you have a change of address or phone number. This is extremely helpful to keep our records current so we can stay in touch with you. If you need assistance, please contact office@uucs.org.

Thank you to everyone who has made this project possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me (minister@uucs.org).

On behalf of the pictorial directory team—

Scott Neely



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