Social Justice in Action

We have many activities around Social Justice at First Unitarian Society (more to come after summer construction!). Here are some of them.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Active Voices, Tuesdays, 11:30 am-12:30 pm in the Dietrich Room. Join other folks from FUS and the wider community as we engage our local, state, and national representatives on issues that matter most to us. If you can’t make it on Tuesdays, join the Rapid Response Network for up-to-date emails on what actions you can take right now.  to be included on the list. Please note: Active Voices will not meet Tuesday, July 4.


Community Service Sunday, July 23: This annual FUS summer tradition continues with ctivities for all ages after Assembly and mini-meal. Work outside (Lowry Park or Midtown Greenway cleanup), inside (sandwich making, postcard writing), or offsite (Women’s Prison Book Project). All are welcome to participate as we take our values out into the world. Hats off to FUS member Lilly Bubser for her continued leadership of this important work. Contact with questions.


Spotlight on where & how to focus your activist energy: Folks have asked if there are websites that have comprehensive lists of progressive actions and activities in the Twin Cities. Here are several. You will find suggestions for issue advocacy, numbers for phone calls, local and national watchdog groups, and two of my favorites: the TC Radical Calendar, and Resist MPLS. Both lists include public actions, rallies, trainings, and various ways to organize in making our voices heard.

ABOUT Active Voices

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Our grassroots group Active Voices got started after the election in November. Join this group and receive Action Alerts on specific issues. You will get clear information about the issue, who to contact by phone, email, or letter to address the concern. You will usually be given a suggestion about what to say. Can you find 5 minutes a day to help make a difference? Join us!

To sign up for the Rapid Response Network and receive Action Alerts, please and look forward to more info soon. You can also find out what the Active Voices group has been up to the previous Tuesday by checking out the newsprint on Rev. Kelli’s office window. There are suggestions there for what actions you might take in the coming week. Many thanks to FUS members Anita Martinez and Mary Ann Lundquist for their efforts organizing this group and helping us all share our UU values with our elected officials.

Active Voice Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 pm in the Library
Join other folks from FUS and the wider community as we engage our local, state, and national representatives on issues that matter most to us. Each Sunday, look on Rev. Kelli’s office windows to see what Active Voices was up to the week prior. Want to be a part of work but can’t make it on Tuesdays? Join the Rapid Response Network for up-to-date emails on what actions you can take right now.  to be included on the list. 

Resistance School: Join fellow FUSers for this four-part online training program led by Harvard activists and scholars. We’re meeting in homes because of major construction at FUS. Contact  to get connected and gain tools and skills for fighting back in these troubling times. For the full calendar and syllabus, visit resistanceschool.com


Emergency Rental Assistance
DCEH provides emergency assistance for those who have housing but need a little help to stay in their homes. If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, please contact  for an application.


COMING IN FALL

Talking about Race and Racism with Kids, September to October 2017, Sundays noon-1:30 pm. Our Religious Explorers program is bringing in educator Denise Konen for a five week workshop on how to talk to your kids about race. This is in-depth work aimed at building communities that are able to engage in productive conversations about racism and whiteness with kids. Note: families registered and signed up to volunteer for the FUS RE program in 2017-2018 are eligible for a fee waiver. Space for this workshop is limited. For more information on how to register for it, please .