Social Justice – April 2021

Modified on: April 14, 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!


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