Category: Social Action

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!

02/07/2019: COLLECTING BOOKS FOR INCARCERATED IMMIGRANTS

As a follow-up to the January 13 Deported from Kitsap presentation, the Social Justice Committee is collecting paperback, Spanish language books.  Please put them in the pink bin under the table in the KUUF foyer, the same place where we collect clothes and food for KIAC.  Immigrants can be jailed in Tacoma for months or even years awaiting a hearing, without ever having committed a crime.  Let’s a least provide them something to read!  Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

01/13/2019: Deported from Kitsap County

Deported from Kitsap County

an up-close view of the American deportation system

Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship January 13, 2019 12:00 pm

What happens to the Undocumented in the current U.S. deportation system? Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church’s Justice Network presents an up-close view of the American deportation system and how it affects immigrants crossing the border as well as those living in our state. Speakers Katherine Niall and Helen Nissani will trace the steps of deportees, from their capture in Kitsap County to detention in Tacoma, their deportation, and attempts to return to their families. Highlights of the program include good works by The Samaritans and other humanitarian aid organizations.

Admission is free, all are welcome. For more information contact socialjustice@kuuf.org

12/14/2018: Second Friday Film Series

20 years since Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues shattered taboos, the stakes could not be higher. V-Day is a movement that grew out of the untold stories of women. We believe women. We believe in their right to tell their stories and we believe their stories need to be heard. Nothing is more powerful. The Vagina Monologues gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls. With creativity and determination, V-activists around the world tirelessly work to end rape, harassment, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery.

At KUUF 4418 Perry ave NE, Bremerton
Open 6:30 pm for snacks and social time Screening at 7:00 pm
Families welcome: Kid’s play corner available

12/07/2018: Kitsap County Human Rights Conference

Tickets are now on sale for Building Community In A Polarized World: Celebrating our Togetherness, the 28th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights at Olympic College Friday, December 7 from 8 am to 4 pm.

KUUF’s Marcia Christen and Peninsula UU’s Judy Arbogast are among the 12 Workshop presenters.  Judy and Marcie Mathis both serve on the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights.  Let’s support our people and connect with local, human rights activists! For details and to register, go to:

https://spf.kitsapgov.com/BOC_p/Pages/Council-for-Human-Rights.aspx

Adult registration in $40 and Youth $25.  The KUUF Social Justice Committee is happy to pay part of that cost for any KUUF member or friend of KUUF.  To make that happen, talk with Tanesha at the KUUF office before November 30.

10/20/2018: Social Justice Retreat

WHEN?  – Our Social Justice Committee Retreat will take place on Saturday, October 20 beginning at 10:00 am.   It will go as long as needed, but will be over by 4:00 pm for sure.

WHERE? –   16159 Clear Creek Rd. NW Poulsbo, WA 98370 at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.  Just turn in at the  orange cones on Clear Creek Road.  Go to the main house building.

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WHO? –   Anyone and everyone are invited.  You can simply show up without registration.  From our doodle survey, the following signed up:  Jill, Terry, Robin, Peter, Phil, Mack, Melody, Sue, Sterling, Florrie and Lisa.   But feel free to invite any KUUF member or friend of KUUF….. or just your friend!

FOOD – Coffee and tea will be available and some snacks.  However, we have agreed that you BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH!  There is a refrigerator and a kitchen area to preserve and prepare your food.  You can also bring your own beverages.

FACILITATOR –  The vary capable Jenell DeMatteo will guide us during the day.  She met with a planning group back in May.  Also, Phil and Mack took our Oct. 7 SJC meeting’s suggestions to Jenell on Wednesday.

AGENDA –  At our Sunday meeting someone said, “I need a purpose and a role in the Social Justice Committee.” We also need a program, a calendar of events and activities, a budget and an updated Charter.  We plan to work on all those things and more.

10/15/2018: Dates to look forward to

Agnus Dei Lutheran Church  is sponsoring a forum of state senate and state house candidates on Monday, Oct. 15 at 7:00 p.m. It is an opportunity for you to hear all the candidates speak and answer questions. The ballots will go out later that same week.

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Looking ahead:  Interfaith Women’s Conference  – 
SAVE THE DATE!  Biennial Interfaith Women’s Conference 2019
March 9, 2019
Curtis Jr. High School
University Place, Pierce County, WA
This website will give you information about signing up as a vendor or a sponsor. Registration for individual conference participation will “go live” November 1, 2018.

10/11/2018: El Norte Updated Information

Our discussion panel will include Jose (first language Spanish), Silveria (first language Mam), Suzanne & Phil (first language English).  All 4 speak Spanish as a common language for translation purposes between panel members or with the audience.

The panel met last night and decided that it was best to have short discussion after Act I  – Guatemala, Act II Mexico and then Act III USA.   Some people don’t like to interrupt a movie that way, but there are 3 distinct parts to this powerful and poetic film.  We decided to go with that format.

Feel free to invite any Mexican or Guatemalan friends with the confidence that they can participate.  Act I of the movie is entirely in Spanish and Quiche, but there are English subtitles throughout the film.

For those who grew up with English in the USA, the movie offers a powerful, immersion experience in “point of view.”  You see and experience first Guatemala, then Mexico, then the USA from another cultural and economic point of view.  When you are an immigrant house waiter or domestic worker without documents, the United States and its citizens look somewhat different.

09/19/2018: Kitsap Immigration and Assistance Center Donations

Kitsap Immigration and Assistance Center is having their next Give Away event for clients on Sept 19th.
KIAC is looking particularly for donations of new underwear, new socks and laundry soap.
Any and all  kids sizes. Women’s underwear in 7 or medium and smaller. Men’s in small or medium.  [No large and X large please]
KIAC has a give away event every 3rd Wed of the month and will always accept clean, gently used clothing in smaller sizes, [again no large and X-large]. Also personal care items, ie shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, sanitary pads [ tampons are not commonly used], diapers, lotion, laundry soap etc.
No travel sizes.
Also non-perishable foods. Canned peaches are a favorite, refried beans, salsa, rice etc.
Items can be left in the box in the foyer or taken to KIAC at 3627 Wheaton Way – Light house Plaza- around back.
KIAC is also looking for volunteers with a truck who would be available on an as needed basis, at your convenience, to pick up a mattress or piece of furniture etc and take it to a client’s house.  If you are interested, talk to Annika Turner at KIAC and sign a confidentiality form.  Then if there was a client who needed, for example, a bed and a bed was donated then we could put the 2 together with the truck person to decide on the time that would work for everyone.
Thank you for doing what you can.

09/14/2018: Social Justice Committee 2nd Friday Film Series

All films start at 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.
Dates of the Movies:

September 14 : Shelter:  full length documentary (2016, 1 hour 20 minutes) Shelter is a movie about Covenant House in New Orleans, LA, which provides housing and services for “the most damaged population of youth that exists in society today”.  The staff at Covenant House help homeless, abused, traumatized youth and young adults to get off the streets.

More information and review:
October 12
November 9
December 14
January 11
More information to come.

08/04/2018: NUCLEAR WEAPONS? NO DEAL!

KUUFers and their friends are invited to attend all or part of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action’s 2018 Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration and actions promoting nuclear disarmament.  Meals are provided.  The Ground Zero Center is located at 16159 Clear Creek Road, Poulsbo,  Visit www.gzcenter.org  and go to the Events page for a full schedule of events:
Saturday, August 4:  Breakfast and welcome at GZ, welcome Peace Walk at 11:00, carpool to Hood Canal for Boats By Bangor water protest, evening concert with Irthlingz duo.
Sunday, August 5:  Nonviolence training, keynote addresses by Ray McGovern of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, planning and discernment for nonviolent direct action on Monday, Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen memorial.
Monday, August 6 (Hiroshima anniversary):  gather at 6:30 AM for vigil and civil disobedience action at Bangor gates.
With the current world situation, we need voices of restraint and sanity more than ever to avoid nuclear war and to abolish these horrific weapons that Archbishop Hunthausen called “the Auschwitz of Puget Sound”.
Contact Mack Johnson or Phil Davis for more information.

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/

06/23/2018: Is it Just Me?

is it just me?

FROM CLOSETED

PENTECOSTAL

TO  FABULOUS

UNITARIAN

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FEATURING

eric lane barnes

heather gonio

paul rosenberg

PLUS

Diverse Harmony and Spectrum

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June 23,  2018 7:30 pm

East Shore Unitarian Church 12 700 SE 32nd st

Bellevue, WA

$15/20 at eastshorelive.com/at the door

 

East Shore Live Presents “Is It Just Me?”: Saturday, June 23, 7:30 p.m.

‘Is It Just Me?’ traces a young man’s journey out of the dark depths of a Pentecostal church (“everything but the snakes”) through the hazards and mishaps of early gay adulthood, to a place of relative peace and contentment. Songs, scenes, monologues and a frank and open use of puppets fuel the show. The show is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 at East Shore Unitarian Church (12700 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue) Get tickets here!