Social Justice in Action

We have many activities around Social Justice at First Unitarian Society. Here are some of them for this month.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Good Friday Solidarity Day at Planned Parenthood, Friday, April 14, 10am-3pm.
671 Vandalia St, St. Paul. Every year on Good Friday, thousands of anti-choice protesters descend on the PP clinic in St. Paul. Join us for this annual event to support the excellent healthcare and dignity that PP provides for every patient. Entrance at corner of Pillsbury St. & Charles Ave. RSVP & ID required. More info here.

March for Science, Earth Day, April 2211am-2pm, St. Paul.
As humanists, we believe in scientific method. On Earth Day we will join with Minnesotans from all professions and walks of life to affirm discovery, access, and understanding of scientific information. Let’s work together to protect and defend science funding, regulatory agencies, and evidence based policy-making. More info here.

Come to a rally sign-making party on Friday, April 21 from 6-8pm in the Lower Assembly Hall. If you like, bring snacks to share! Have great sign ideas but can’t come? Send them to .


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


ONGOING

Social Justice Roundtable, Sunday, April 16, 9:30-10:15am, Dietrich Room.
The REAL work: Racial Equity Action and Learning. What’s it about, what’s next, how to get involved at FUS. All are welcome! Contact for more info.

Yarn Donations, through April 30 at FUS. Attention Fiber Fiends, Stash Hounds, Yarn-a-holics: We’re collecting yarn of any and all weight and content, along with crochet needles and fiberfill, for incarcerated men at Sandstone Prison. They are learning to crochet stuffed animals for their own children and those in need in their communities. Our donation drive supports a UU student at the U of M studying child psychology and incarceration. Contact  with questions.

Book and Toy Drive during April at FUS.
MCTC has a Student Parent Center where busy parents can come to study, use computers, get advice or relax and meet with other parents (kids are welcome there too). We’re collecting kids books and toys to be used in the Center or for parents to take home for the kids. Please drop off donations in the FUS office. For more info, email .

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.