Category: Social Action

01/18/2020: MLK Non-violent Vigil

The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action invites you to celebrate the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy of nonviolent resistance to racism, poverty, and war. Join us at Ground Zero Center, 16159 Clear Creek Road NW, Poulsbo WA 98370, on Saturday, January 18, at noon for a potluck, followed at 1:00 PM by a brief vigil (no arrests) at the Main Gate of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in honor of the late Dr. King. The action ends around 2:30.

This is a wonderful opportunity to honor Dr. King’s nonviolent legacy. Bring something to share at the potluck. We will provide signs and banners that we will bring to the vigil. It is a 10-15 minute walk to the gate. Transportation will be available for those needing assistance.

Webpage: https://www.gzcenter.org/event/mlk-vigil-at-bangor-trident-base-2/

Questions? contact Mack Johnson or email info@gzcenter.org.

01/17/2020: Enl!ghten- Kitsap Community Forum

In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 — the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau — as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides. Join the Conversation. Share your reflections about International Holocaust Remembrance Day on social media using #WeRemember.

Our speaker Matthew Erlich, who comes to us through the Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity, Recounts the remarkable story of his mother’s survival of the Holocaust.

Friday, January 17, 2020, 6 to 8:30 PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
700 Callahan Drive Bremerton
Donation at the Door

Enl!ghten is proud to be a new partner with Kitsap Regional Library System

To register and information, visit our website: www.enlightenKitsap.org

01/01/2020: West Sound Climate Action 01/20 Events and Meetings

January 2020 Events and Meetings

Our first meeting of the new year will be on Monday, January 6th in the Admin Room at 5:30 PM.  We will be making plans for a forum and other actions we can take.

On Friday, January 24 we are showing the movie “Cowspiracy” at 5:30 in the Admin Rm.  Rose Christen will be leading a discussion after the movie. 

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption, and pollution is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

RoseChristen is a 23-year-old, Physical Therapy Doctorate student who has been researching and practicing how to support climate justice in her everyday life.  She and her mother, Marcia Christen are both passionate about caring for the planet by being aware of what we eat and buy. They are excited to share this documentary to support awareness of the things we can do now in our everyday lives to care for the precious biosphere.

We hope you can join us to learn more about ways to take action on climate.

12/06/2019: Human Rights Conference Commentary

I was impressed by presenters who were formerly incarcerated and then are working to dismantle mass incarceration. I am familiar with a leader of Mothers for Police Accountability and DADS (Divine Alternatives for Dads Services) which help people incarcerated to be good fathers. But I have never heard people incarcerated themselves teach Social Justice advocacy to others.

-Hiroko Spees.

I attended Eternos Indocumentados: Root Causes of Forced Migration from Central America to PNW, a 90-minute documentary examining the U.S. corporations, policies, and militarization of the local police which is causing the continuing migration from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Presented by the International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA), this film is an analysis from the migrants’ point of view and exposes the U.S. policies that cause and condone the inhumane treatment in our detention centers of immigrants seeking asylum. The film is available for home screening at www.eternosindocumentados.com for a donation of $5.00. This is an excellent documentary and definitely deserves strong consideration for a revived, KUUF, Second Friday Film Series. 

-Gail Davis

I had signed up for the Human Rights Conference and I am so pleased I did. I attended two sessions about the systematic socialization of racism in this country. I was the first person of color in the sixties to attend an all-white school in the south. Needless to say, it was a very painful and lonely time for me. I was surprised to hear it was still so prevalent. Attending this conference confirmed there is still a lot of work to do.  

Verneda Byron  

Bonner concurs w/ what others have already stated but adds “I was somehow simultaneously shocked and not shocked to learn how pervasive human trafficking is not only in Washington state but here in Kitsap County.  Its local prevalence was shared by a Scarlet Road administrator and perhaps could be included in future SJC [KUUF Social Justice Committee] endeavors?”

Bonner Sams

Sheelan Abdulla shared her personal story of surviving oppression, refugee camps and immigration to America. She explained why the Kurdish people deserve a homeland, based on the universal right to speak one’s language and exist as a culture. I admire Sheelan’s activism with many causes here in Bremerton. When asked why she supports religious diversity, human rights, and democratic values, she eloquently quoted the Koran about the divinity that can be found in all people. Sheelan both informed and inspired me with her break out session.

Phil Davis

Peter and I attended the Human Rights Conference.  We were both impressed with the quality of the workshops that were provided.  We have new insights into our community and the resources that are available.  Also, we realize the needs that many of these groups have to continue their missions.  I am proud of our Social Justice Committee’s monetary support given to this Conference. 

Peter and Robin Kreidler

Yes, it was a very good conference.  The concluding panel discussion [Community Leadership at the Center of Human Rights and Policing] was probably the high point but the other sessions were excellent as well.

Alan Newberg

The discussion Alan refers to was taped and will be aired on BKAT television, as well as eventually be posted here:

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

The annual conference and the Youth Rally for Human Rights in March are presented by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights. Two KUUF members serve on the Council: Judy Arbogast and Marcie Mathis, with Marcie serving as chair.

The Social Justice Committee was a sponsor and provided two scholarships for KUUF members to attend. At our table, we handed out 20 KUUF buttons and distributed leaflets about our local church and national UU organization.

Interested KUUF members should circle the date of December 11, 2020. The annual conference is usually scheduled for a date near the December 10 anniversary of the United Nations’ 1948, Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Olympic College serves as host. The conference offers a unique opportunity to network and informs oneself about social justice issues in Kitsap County. 

12/06/2019: Annual Kitsap Human Rights Conference

Tickets now on sale for 29th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights

The 29th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2019, at Olympic College, 1600 Chester Ave., Bremerton. This year’s theme is “Policing Human Rights: our bodies, our spaces, our cultures.” The conference is organized by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights and sponsors include Olympic College and the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners.

General ticket categories: Adult, Youth, Adult with Informational Table for Non-Profit or Community Group. Sponsorship levels of support are also available, with proceeds helping to fund youth scholarships.
To purchase tickets, go to  https://kitsap2019conferenceforhumanrights.brownpapertickets.com/

This year’s conference begins with a complimentary continental breakfast and welcome. The rest of the morning and early afternoon feature opportunities to select from 20 interactive programs (listed below) exploring the theme of the conference. A delicious lunch is followed by a human rights and social justice sing-along. The afternoon culminates in a facilitated panel discussion with organizations engaging community around policing issues and impacts.
2019 Interactive Programs (content and schedule may shift slightly):

> “Working with the Brain: An Embodied Approach to Flight, Fight, and Freeze,” Life Keys Energy

> “Teaching Consent: Tips for Advocating for Yourself and Others,” Planned Parenthood West Sound Teen Council

> “The Origins of Policing in America, Civil Survival

> “Kurdish Culture,” Sheelan Abdulla

> “Understanding Immigration Policy Changes and Local Impacts,” Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center

> “Police And Communities Together,” Partnering for Youth Achievement

> “Eternos Indocumentados: Root Causes of Forced Migration from Central America to PNW,” International Migrants Alliance and Kitsap Advocating for Immigrant Rights and Equality

> “Mindfulness,” Kendra Broadbent

> “Policing Black Bodies: History of Black Codes, White Supremacy, and Racial Terror after Emancipation, ” Peggi Erickson & Karen Vargas

> “The Welcome Home Project: A Human Dignity Re-entry Model,” Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe

> “Building a Welcoming Community: Promoting Equity and Advancing Human Rights”Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and Kitsap Showing Up for Racial Justice

> “Biases: We All Have Them,” Maria Fergus

> “Steps to Building Trust Between Police and Community,” Not This Time

> Open respite space for chilling, coloring, journaling, chatting, etc., hosted by Kitsap County Council for Human Rights

> “Policing Disabled Bodies through Policy and Perception,” Sheila Northrop

> “Suspension, Expulsion, and Disrupting the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline: How Prevention Policies and Advocacy Promote Equity and Reduce the Impact of Implicit Bias in Education,” Annette B. Weyerhaeuser Early Learning Center at Tacoma Community College

> “Pull Together: Fighting Trans Mountain” (Pipeline and Tar Sands Expansion in Tsleil Waututh First Nation Territory), Mary Lovell & Kayah George

> “The Worldwide Impacts of the Systemic Dismantling of the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program,” Washington Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance

> “The Cost of Choice for Human Trafficking Survivors,” Scarlet Road

> “Pete Seeger: A Lifetime of Singing for Human Rights and Social Justice, ” Hank & Claire

If you need special accommodations, you will be asked to provide details when you receive a confirmation for your ticket purchase.
Meals will feature vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu items.
For more information and to inquire about scholarships, contact Rebecca Pirtle in the Commissioners’ Office at (360) 337-4650, rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.

12/04/2019: RESULTS LTE Writing Seminar

Thank you for your support of RESULTS.  Your support and that of others like you who care about ending global poverty was essential in achieving our most recent important victory.  In September, the U.S., despite all odds against it, made a full pledge to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, which leveraged a total of $14 billion dollars.  Our decades of advocacy for the Global Fund created strong support in Congress for this largest global health fund pledge ever, which will save 16 million lives in the next three years.  THANK YOU!

To thank you for that support, and to build our grassroots skills, RESULTS volunteers are inviting you to attend a 90 Seminar on how to write an effective and powerful letter to the editor (on the topic of your choice).  I encourage you to come.  Red wine and dark chocolate will be served.  

The LTE Seminar will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4th at 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship building on the top end of Perry Avenue in Manette.  Childcare will be provided if you need it.  
Is this something you would like to attend?  If so, should I put your name down on our list of those coming?  Will you need childcare?  

Thanks so much for your support over the years for ending global poverty.  You have been part of saving the lives of people who will never know you.  But we know and you know and we celebrate our amazing democracy that allows this to happen.

10/11/2019: The Deported

This October, KIAC is partnering with Free-range Films, Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Historic Roxy Theatre to screen The Deported, a documentary film which follows four long-term residents of the United States, each with an Order of Deportation over their head, and their families, as they have to make critical decisions that will either keep their families together or separate them. Click here for a preview of The Deported.

Come out and join other community members for a shared viewing of the film, followed by discussion.  There are two screenings:
Friday, October 11th at 7 p.m. at Suquamish United Church of Christ
Monday, October 14th at 7 p.m. at Historic Roxy Theatre in Bremerton
Admission is free; donations to KIAC are gladly accepted.

10/01/2019: October Sock Drive

Chalice Circle 7 is collecting new socks for people who are in need during the month of October.  Just bring a package of NEW men’s or women’s socks to the foyer any Sunday in October

Your gifts will be distributed at the Lord’s Neighborhood Diner where we know they will be appreciated!

Warm hearts, minds, and toes!

09/20/2019: Global Climate Strike

Thousands of people around the world will be joining Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist, in drawing attention to the climate crisis. Find out how you can join in a week of activism at this website: globalclimatestrike.net

I lie awake at night thinking of the Amazon and Arctic fires. Suffering around the world is multiplying. We must all do everything we can to address this issue.  -Marty Bishop

07/31/2019: Cross Cultural Partner Church Pilgrimage

Experience Transylvania alongside Khasi Unitarians from NE India!

By bringing together three very different embodiments of our global Unitarian/Universalist faith, this pilgrimage helps travelers deepen their U/U roots AND experience the breadth of our faith. Together, Khasi Unitarians and North American UUs will spend 2 weeks visiting historic Unitarian sites, Medieval cities and castles, spend time with Transylcanian Unitarians and enjoy the pastoral beauty of central Transylvania – all for less than $100/day

To register or to learn more, visit: https://uupcc.org/pilgrimages/pilgrimage-opportunities

Deadline to Register: May 7, 2019

Price: From $1,195/person + $150 registration fee

07/12/2019: Second Friday Film Series

One summer in Indianapolis, there was a tent city under a bridge and a man named Maurice. His camp becomes a real community, supported by church volunteers, until police and bulldozers close in to shut it down.

Screening 7:00; Open at 6:30 for snacks and social time

Discussion following the movie

Families welcome: Kid’s play corner available

Free admission. Donations welcome.

07/08/2019: Second Friday Film Series POSTPONED!!

KUUF’s Second Friday Film Series for July—“Under the Bridge”—has been POSTPONED in order that people can stand in solidarity ON THE BRIDGE.   This is part of a nationwide “Lights for Liberty” protest of the situation and conditions at the camps on our southern border. We will show “Under the Bridge” on the second Friday in August.  Please join us ON THE east side of the Manette BRIDGE at 7 pm this Friday.   Together we stand, and together we are stonger!

06/14/2019: Second Friday Film Series

Lyle Quasim of the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective speaks to the audience at the May 10 screening of Love and Solidarity, a film on the life of civil rights and labor activist James Lawson. To offset the effects of the long daylight hours, the film was shown facing the back of the Sanctuary! The next Second Friday film will be Big Joy:  The Adventures of James Broughton showing on June 14. Popcorn provided.

06/14/2019: Second Friday Film Series

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

James Broughton, pioneer of experimental cinema in the 1940’s and trickster poet, was a precursor to the San Francisco beat movement. BIG JOY explores how the life and art of a very colorful character has the power to save lives an make the world a better place.

Screening 7:00; Open at 6:30 for snacks and social time

Discussion following the movie

Families welcome: Kid’s play corner available

Free admission. Donations welcome.

05/10/2019: Second Friday Film Series

Love and Solidarity

Told with passion and sharp political insight, Love and Solidarity brings the voices of people on the front lines of social change, most especially James Lawson, a decades-long practitioner of nonviolence.

Screening 7:00; Open at 6:30 for snacks and social time

Discussion following the movie

Families welcome: Kid’s play corner available

Free admission. Donations welcome.