Category: Social Action

April 15, 2018: Kitsap Homelessness: It’s About Us. Co-sponsered by KUUF Social Justice Committee

Last night at the Kitsap SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) meeting, Kitsap SURJ signed on as a sponsor —i.e. to help get the word out— of this upcoming forum being organized by the group West Sound for Social Justice.  Many regular participants of Kitsap SURJ plan to be at this forum, and we are reaching out to encourage others to attend as well.
Also, WSSJ is still looking for more sponsors of this forum.  No money is involved in sponsorship; it’s just about spreading word about the forum among our communities.  If you know of a group, organization, etc. that would like to help do that, you can contact Cory Walster about sponsorship (corywalster@gmail.com)
“Kitsap Homelessness:  It’s About Us” – a forum by West Sound for Social Justice
Sunday, April 15th
2 – 5 p.m.
held at Bremerton United Methodist Church
1150 Marine Drive, Bremerton, WA 98312

 

West Sound for Social Justice (WSSJ) presents KITSAP HOMELESSNESS: IT’S ABOUT US on April 15 at
the Bremerton United Methodist Church, 1150 Marine Dr., Bremerton. The public is invited to join us as we
hear from the leaders in local homelessness work, learn how we can support them in their efforts, and explore
possible solutions. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for mingling, coffee, and light fare, and the program will begin
promptly at 2:00 p.m.
The Kitsap Sun’s Josh Farley will moderate the forum, which includes three panels:
LIVED EXPERIENCE – Dezerae Hamblin from Peninsula Community Health Services, Gerald Harris – a
currently-homeless local resident, and the previously-homeless author Richard LeMieux (Breakfast at Sally’s).
SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM – Bridget Callahan from the Housing Solutions Center of Kitsap County and
Kurt Wiest from the Bremerton Housing Authority.
POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS – Gina Chamberlain – a Housing Advocate, Renee Kimball – a currently-homeless
Homeless Advocate, and Mike O’Shaughnessy, Director of the Kitsap Rescue Mission. The second and third
panels will each be followed by a 20-minute Town Hall-styled Q&A.
We’ll conclude the afternoon with Monica Bernhard of Kitsap Mental Health Services, and a half-hour
facilitated session to give our input on Kitsap County’s 2018 Homeless Housing Plan, which is set for approval
by the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners on May 14.
Seeking empowerment amid the dehumanizing force of homelessness in our community, we hope to tackle
these questions and more: What is being done to address the homeless population locally? Why are the numbers
of people who are susceptible to homeless on the rise? What happens when homeless encampments are evicted
to make way for increased development? What can we do to help?

Join us as we explore the all-too-thin membrane between the housed and the houseless. Many of us are a mere
paycheck or one medical crisis away from becoming homeless. Clearly, homelessness calls for us to look
toward rather than away; it affects all of us.
Make KITSAP HOMELESSNESS: IT’S ABOUT US part of your local kick off to National Volunteer Week
(April 15 – 21) and Kitsap Great Give (April 24) as we take this opportunity to raise funds and supplies for
Bremerton Foodline, StandUp for Kids, and the Bremerton Backpack Brigade. This family-friendly event
includes child activity stations with parent helpers. It is part of an ongoing community conversation on
homelessness and affordable housing.
West Sound for Social Justice works towards a better society through the sharing of information, advocacy, and
direct action. We advocate policies that promote the general welfare of all people. Visit WSSJ online at
www.wssj.org for event background information, donation suggestions, and more.

More information Here

April 1, 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!

3/16/2018: Support Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism with Promise and Practice Sunday

Dear Congregational Leaders,

I am writing to ask you to participate in the Promise and Practice of our Faith Campaign.

If you have not already held a Promise and Practice Sunday and made a pledge or gift to support Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU), we hope you will do so before General Assembly in June 2018. You can enter your pledge and congregation’s campaign online at UUA.org/bluu-campaign.

Your contributions will be matched dollar for dollar if you make a gift or pledge of at least $10 per member. Please do not miss this wonderful opportunity.

Back in September 2017, I sent out a special ask for all congregations and fellowships to participate in The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign.

This campaign calls us to align our financial resources with our theological values of justice and equity by honoring our Board of Trustees’ commitment of $5.3 million to Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism.

This congregational phase of the campaign is your opportunity to invest in Black lives, Black leadership, and the uplifting of Black voices within our faith.

Since the 2017 New Orleans General Assembly, over 170 of your sibling UU congregations, fellowships, and organizations have participated in this special campaign!

They have held services and utilized the incredible worship resources for the campaign, which were written by UU Religious Professionals of Color.

They have reflected on the history of Black Empowerment within our faith, and have held special fundraisers and collections in honor of Black Lives of UU.

We ask you now to join in this movement.

Now, more than ever, we are being called to a deeper practice of the promise of our faith. In this country, we see systemic racism and discrimination being embolded in rhetoric and in policy. And in this moment, we are called to do more to invest in Black lives, Black leadership and resources to move forward the vision of a radically inclusive, justice centered faithful practice of the beloved community within and beyond our faith.

This call means investing more fully financially, spiritually, faithfully, and collectively in support of Black Lives.

In the next few weeks, your Board of Trustees along with UUA staff members will be reaching out to congregations to thank you for your support in this special call and to ask you for your support if you have not already pledge to the campaign.

Now is the time to lead and become the change we want to see in our communities across the world.

Please visit the campaign’s webpage for resources and materials at UUA.org/bluu-campaign. If you have further questions, please contact our Campaign Coordinator, Cheri Taylor, at ctaylor@uua.org.

Kitsap Woman’s March Events


Planning for 2018

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us Wednesday evening at our latest meetup. We heard lots of great ideas for projects and issues to tackle in 2018, as well as more local organizations we can partner with and support. You can find notes from that meeting here.

We will continue to hold these meetups on the second Thursday of each month, except those months that we have a more formal workshop or event planned. (Right now, we’re looking at doing a service project in April, but we will keep you posted.)

At next month’s meetup, we will be hearing more about the Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center and collecting items for their clients. (If you can’t make it to that meetup but would like to donate items, let us know and we can arrange another time for dropoff.)

Now here’s a look at next week! As always, you can find details for these events and more on our calendar.

Together we rise.

Women’s March Kitsap
www.womensmarchkitsap.com

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

Amanda Collins – My Life as a Transgender Person

On Sunday, January 7, from about 11:45 to 12:15 Amanda Collins will give a talk entitled “My Life as a Transgender Person.” Please stay after service, if you are able, to be introduced to and to welcome Amanda, a person new to our community and unlike any that most of us have met before.

Amanda Collins is a trans woman, and a member of the KUUF Social Justice Committee. Some trans people look for a spiritual community where they can simply attend as members, and don’t want special attention drawn to them. Amanda felt called to join the KUUF Social Justice Committee because she is an activist for transgender education and justice. She is also a member of the sub-committee working towards re-certifying our congregation as a Welcoming Congregation.

01/21/2018: Seeing the Racial Water: A Workshop with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THAT THIS WILL SELL OUT.  SO BUY YOUR TICKETS AND REGISTER BELOW TO HAVE A PLACE.

 Dr. DiAngelo’s workshop made possible through generous funding from The Evergreen State College and the Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

 

Seeing the Racial Water:

A Workshop with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

 

January 21, 2018, 1 pm

Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation

2315 Division St. NW, Olympia WA
360-786-6383

Cost:  OUUC members and students:  $10; general admission: $15

Register at:  www.ouuc.org/robindiangeloworkshop

Please join us at OUUC for a meaningful conversation with author and noted academic and consultant Dr. Robin DiAngelo.
This workshop will explore the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity.  Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society. This session will:

  • Differentiate between: prejudice, discrimination, and systematic racism
  • Understand the basic dynamics of current race relations in the U.S.
  • Examine the concept of whiteness and white racial socialization

During the workshop, participants will learn skills in bridging racial divides by discussing ways to identify more constructive cross-racial practices, and experience new and effective ways to comfortably talk about race.

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Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington.
Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle’s Race & Social Justice Initiative Training. Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.

Black Lives Matter: the Life and Writings of Saab Lofton

Money distorts political talk in America, amplifying some views while others are silenced or ignored. After the service on Sunday 1/14/18 grab a cup a coffee and stick around to hear a different kind of voice — Saab Lofton.

“Saab Lofton is much of a democratic socialist and something of a Black nationalist, but I dare not define him with labels. Even his fiction is well researched and carefully documented. Saab is prophetic, sometimes controversial–and always intelligent,” says KUUF Social Justice co-chair Phil Davis.

Check out Saab’s short story, What a Difference a Shade Makes at http://saablofton.com/wdsm/. He’s re-written the Superman myth, making Clark Kent Black instead of White. Saab also reminds us that our Superhero was an undocumented alien who arrived from another planet, Phil adds.

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.

01/14/2018: The Life and Writings of Saab Lofton

Sunday, 11:45am, KUUF sanctuary, 

KUUF Social Justice Committee Presents

Black Lives Matter – the life and writings of Saab Lofton

Sunday, January 14, 2018 – at 11:45 a.m.

Phil Davis, KUUF Social Justice Committee co-chair, writes, “Money distorts political talk in America. Right wing radio and Koch brothers funding amplify some views; others are silenced or ignored. Please circle Sunday, January 14, on your calendar to hear a different kind of voice– my friend Saab.”

“Saab Lofton is much of a democratic socialist and something of a Black nationalist, but I dare not define him with labels. Even his fiction is well researched and carefully documented. Saab is prophetic, sometimes controversial–and always intelligent.”

“White nationalists are shouting and marching. Conservatives have captured the capital. The big lie has taken a ‘sacred’ place alongside a literal, Old Testament, interpretation of the Christian bible. We need another view–strongly spoken,” Phil emphasizes.

“I also am hosting an informal breakfast for Saab at 9 a.m., January 14, at Shari’s Restaurant– 4220 Wheaten Way before the service. Eight places still are available. Make reservations by e-mailing me at philipjdavis@comcast.net.

 

 

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

December 2017: Fill-A-Truck For Hunger

Every Sunday in December – Fill a Truck for the Food Bank!
The KUUF Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a food drive during the month of December. Each Sunday and at the Christmas Eve service there will be a truck or boxes available to fill to overflowing for our less fortunate neighbors.
Bring non-perishable foods, toiletries and even money! All this will be delivered to local food banks each week. When all feels like chaos, giving to others is calming and within our control. Let’s do it!

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.