Category: Social Justice Committee

03/08/2019: Second Friday Film Series

The Reluctant Radical: Activist Ken Ward Confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change.

Screening starts at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm for snacks and social time. Discussion following the movie. Families are welcome with a kids’ play corner available.

Free Admission.Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4418 Perry Ave NE Bremerton, WA call 360-377-4724 or email admin@kuuf.org with questions.

02/08/2019: Second Friday Film Series

This Friday’s film showing has been canceled due to snow predicted for Friday afternoon that will worsen as the day goes on.

Screening starts at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm for snacks and social time. Discussion following the movie. Families are welcome with a kids’ play corner available. Free Admission.

Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 4418 Perry Ave NE Bremerton, WA call 360-377-4724 or email admin@kuuf.org with questions.

The Bail Trap: American Ransom

THE BAIL TRAP: AMERICAN RANSOM

Money bail is one of the main causes of mass incarceration in the United States. Yet, few people know what the money bail system is, let alone how it all works or why we need to do away with it.

That’s why Brave New Films’ has produced a short film compilation about America’s broken bail system: The Bail Trap: American Ransom. This ongoing short-film series includes: Breaking Down Bail – unpacking the myths and the history of bail; Tai’s Story: College or Bail? – a documentary about a young woman and the $100,000 price-tag put on her freedom; Deal with the Devil – a cautionary film about the dangers of plea deals; How Much is Your Freedom Worth? – a compilation of spoken-word poetry performed by artists who have been formerly incarcerated; and Lessons for the Nation: New Jersey’s Cash Bail Overhaul – a success story about New Jersey’s historic money bail reform which has led to a near 20% decline in the state’s pretrial incarceration rate.

The reality is that 70% of people in jail are there for one reason: living in poverty. Low-income Americans are sitting in jails for days, months, and even years simply because they can’t afford to pay high bail amounts. All the while, private companies are profiting in the billions each year. This must end. Sign up below to screen any portion or all of The Bail Trap: American Ransom in your education communities.

Together, let’s take action against money bail and help end mass incarceration!

12/02/2018: Social Justice Committee Meeting

The Social Justice Committee will hold its regular, 1st Sunday meeting at about 11:45 on December 2 in the admin room.  The tentative agenda is as follows:

  1. Candle Lighting
  2. Visiting and ministering to those in prison
  3. 2nd Friday Film Series – upcoming “shows”
  4. South Kitsap food bank
  5. JUUstice Washington Legislative priorities from Nov. 18 Conference:
    • Ensure carbon pollution accountability
    • Reform the Legal System, End Bail
    • Provide control and regulation of oil and coal terminals, transportation
    • Reform state tax and funding structure
  1. December 7, Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights at Olympic College
  2. Coming to speak at KUUF on December 30: Sarah Van Gelder- author of The Revolution Where You Live, co-founder of Yes! Magazine, co-chair of Suquamish Neighbors and Kitsap 99%. This dynamic, local organizer has much to offer KUUFers supporting social justice in our own county.
  3. Proposal for a peace float in an armed forces parade
  4. Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center – volunteering, donations, possible sponsorship of program on local deportation system.
  5. Reminder: December 9 Congregational meeting

08/05/2018: Social Justice Meeting

The Social Justice Committee will hold its regular, monthly meeting from about 11:40 to 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 5, after the service in the Admin. room.

Agenda topics include:

  1.   KIAC Banquet & Auction
  2.  SJC Retreat – possible dates
  3.  Second Friday Film Festival
  4.  Hiroshima & Nagasaki Days – Ground Zero

At 1:00 those interested are invited to car pool to the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action at 16159 Clear Creek Road NW to hear Bill Moyer speak at 1:30. Bill founded the Backbone Campaign in 2003 to teach creative and dramatic ways to resist tyranny. This is the famous activist who mobilizes hundreds of kayaks in a giant, floating mosaic! He is a keynote speaker for Ground Zero’s August 4 – 6 commemoration of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. For more details go to http://www.gzcenter.org/event/hiroshimanagasaki-commemoration/

08/05/2018: Social Justice Committee Meeting

 

The Social Justice Committee will hold its regular, monthly meeting from about 11:40 to 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 5, after the service in the Admin. room.

At 1:00 those interested are invited to car pool to the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action at 16159 Clear Creek Road NW to hear Bill Moyer speak at 1:30. Bill founded the Backbone Campaign in 2003 to teach creative and dramatic ways to resist tyranny. This is the famous activist who mobilizes hundreds of kayaks in a giant, floating mosaic! He is a keynote speaker for Ground Zero’s August 4 – 6 commemoration of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. For more details go to http://www.gzcenter.org/event/hiroshimanagasaki-commemoration/

06/03/2018: Social Justice Meeting

The KUUF Social Justice Committee will hold its regular, monthly meeting at 11:45 in the admin room. Tentative agenda:

  1. Faith over Fear event June 21
  2. Collecting Used glasses to Re-cycle abroad
  3. Hiroshima & Nagasaki memorial days at Ground Zero
  4. Social Justice films
  5. Report on NAACP banquet
  6. KUUF Booth at Juneteenth Celebration
  7. Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Banquet Sept. 8
  8. Social Justice Committee meeting July 1 ?
  9. Retreat
  10. End of 2017-18 financial year
  11. Inter Group Training
  12. Black Lives Matter sign

04/01/2018: Tentative Social Justice Committee Agenda

April 1, 2018 at about 11:45 in the Admin Room

And we are not fooling!

Consent Agenda Motions

  1. The SJC supports the NAACP’s Freedom Fund banquet on Saturday, May 19
  2. The SJC co-sponsors the April 15 Forum Kitsap Homelessness – It’s About Us.  
  3. SJC sponsors a visit by the Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba in July.

Action Agenda

  1. Retreat planning
  2. Mother’s Day Service & Task Force spending
  3. Motions to spend or re-assign money from our 2017-18 budget, concluding our fiscal year April 30.
  4. Social Justice Committee Movie night

Announcements & Information Sharing

  1. Update on Charitable Giving
  2. KUUF Annual Meeting April 22

Regular SJC meeting are the first Sunday of every month.   To get an item on the agenda, please e-mail co-chairs Phil Davis philipjdavis@comcast.net or Mack Johnson telemackj@gmail.com one week ahead of the scheduled meeting.  We try to fit everything in and take last minute suggestions when possible, but our agenda are crowded.  Anyone and everyone is invited to attend our meetings and/or join our e-mail & Facebook groups!

02/04/2018: Social Justice Committee Meeting

Sunday 11:45am, KUUF Admin Room

Social Justice Committee Agenda

  1. SJC volunteer sign-up, looking for more potluck organizer volunteers
  2. 2017-18 Spending update
  3. More Social Justice films at KUUF, including invitations to collaborate
  4. Inter-Group Dialogue Feb. 16-18 update
  5. Banner Box update
  6. Budget Sub – Committee Report — Planning Budget for 2018-19
  7. KUUF Homeless Response team affiliated with Kitsap Community Resources
  8. Voting in KUUF Committees and signing the membership book
  9. Almira Street Homeless Camp removal & donations to Stor-N-Lok storage rentals
  10. Upcoming Charitable Giving nomination and vote at annual meeting
  11. Retreat, Looking at the larger picture with our committee, SJC leadership for next year (chair or co-chairs, SJC spending monitor, etc.)
  12. The presently required “Social Justice Committee” lettering on the bottom of our Black Lives Matter banner, and possible routes to removing it
  13. “Tiny houses” as shelters for homeless people

01/20/2018: Connecting Neighbors

Saturday, 8:30am, Bremerton United Methodist Church

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, plan to attend a free emergency
preparedness training, provided through the United Methodist
Committee on Relief (UMCOR). This training has three areas of focus:
Personal and home readiness; church readiness; and readiness to serve
your neighbors in case of an emergency.
Location: Bremerton United Methodist Church
1150 Marine Drive
Bremerton, WA 98312
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Trainers: Wendy Riddle and Becky Platt.

 

 

Click Here to view the Curriculum

Lunch will be provided.
Registration deadline: Saturday, January 13, 2018. Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connecting-neighbors-tickets-40947796963
For more information, please contact Wendy Riddle at wriddle56@gmail.com

01/15/2018: MLK Seattle Celebration

Monday, Garfield Highschool, Seattle

MLK Seattle Celebration:  The 2018 annual MLK celebration will be held at Garfield High School on MLK Day, January 15, 2018.
This is a big event, with speakers, music, dozens of workshops, and a march from Garfield to the Federal building downtown that typically draws at least 5,000 participants.

01/13/2018: Ground Zero MLK Anti-Nuclear Vigil

Saturday, 10am, Bangor Main Gate – Ground Zero MLK Anti-nuclear Vigil:  Join Ground Zero members at 10:00am on Saturday, January 13 to walk to the Bangor main gate for an 10:30am vigil in support of nuclear abolition.

Contact Mack Johnson for more information.

Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

12/21/2017: Kitsap Interfaith Network’s Longest Night Vigil for the Homeless

Thursday, 5:30pm, The Courtyard at First Christian Church, Bremerton
Kitsap Interfaith Network’s
Longest Night Vigil for the Homeless
December 21st, 5:30 pm
The Courtyard at First Christian Church
During this busy winter holiday season, we take a few minutes to remember our homeless community members; we will remember the ones who have died this past year with our presence, and remember those still struggling with our gifts. The service is short and out doors.
Bring gifts of winter coats, hats, socks, gloves, sleeping bags, toiletries, etc. with you or drop them off at the building. Business hours are 9-4 Mondaythrough Thursday, and the building is open Wednesday early evenings. Call 360-373-2444 for more times.

12/03/2017: Social Justice Committee Meeting

Sunday 11:45am, KUUF Admin Room

The Social Justice Committee will hold its regular, “1st Sunday of the month” meeting on Dec. 3 in the admin room beginning at about 11:45.  Anyone interested is invited to attend!

Agenda

  1. Proposed SJC spending for 2018-19
  2. Should we solicit a Local Homeless Project proposal, to be funded in the 2018-19 budget year?
  3. LGBTQ Welcoming Renewal Task Force, including urgent call for support of a beyond binary (male/female) “X” option on Washington State birth certificates
  4. SJC chair position
  5. Brick for Marvin Williams Center
  6. Author Saab Lofton speaking after a KUUF service
  7. Hanging the Black Lives Matter banner and constructing a display box.
  8. Intergroup Dialogue training
  9. Kitsap County Council for Human Rights Conference Dec. 15
  10. Revisions to Social Justice Committee by-laws

11/22/2017: Welcoming Congregations Survey

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The world can be a difficult place, and even more so for those in the LGBTQ+ community.  As a congregation, we want to ensure that we make all people feel welcome and appreciated.  We can show the community our commitment to this goal via the process of renewing our status as a LGBTQ+ Welcoming Congregation.

We ask people to take a few minutes, after the service or at home, “Welcoming Congregation Assessment of Commitments” to help the Welcoming Task Force identity our strengths and our challenges.  Additionally, please join us in Conversations with the Board, as we discuss LGBTQ+-friendly language.  We will be joined by Amanda Collins, a woman who is new to our KUUF community, and who is transgender.

Please know, as a newcomer and a member of the LGBTQ comity, I have found these efforts to be so comforting and inviting, like a beacon of hope, in a divisive era.  Thank you, for your individual ad community efforts!  —Gina Voladora