For questions about the Social Justice Calendar, email sjmt@rruuc.org

June 2019

Saturday, June 1, Cedar Lane UU Church: Sanctuary Support Training – 9-11am, sign in and 8:30am, light breakfast. Our friends at Cedar Lane UU have been providing sanctuary to Rose Gutierrez Lopez since December 10, 2018.  Doing so requires around-the-clock volunteers. If you wish to register for the training, there is a link in the RRUUC eWeekly and or contact RRUUC liaison, Kathleen Knepper.

Fridays, June 7, 14, 21 and 28, Black Lives Matters Vigils – Every Friday Night, 6:30-7:30pm, RRUUC at the corner of Whittier & River Road. Join us rain or shine, in witness to justice for Black Lives Matter. Come be a part of the vigil, bring a chair if you need one.  Enjoy the company of others.

Friday, June 7, National Gun Awareness Weekend – Put on your orange and prevent gun violence in our schools and cities during this weekend of events: Friday night, the National Cathedral will be bathed in orange. Wear orange on Saturday as the RR Prevent Gun Violence Task Force partners with Moms Demand Action on Veteran Plaza in Silver Spring. 10am Disarm Hate Rally; 10:30am Unity Walk through downtown Silver Spring; 11am Wear Orange Block Party. Contact: David Ward, RRUUC Prevent Gun Violence Task Force.

Sunday, June 9, “Where are the Children” Vigil – Protest immigrant child detention on the Mall between 12th and 14th Streets, 10am-5pm. Contact: Charlotte Jones Carroll.

Sunday, June 9, Mandatory Prep Meeting for RRUUC’s August 3-9 West Virginia Multigenerational Service Learning Trip, 10:30am, RRUUC. This trip, to help the people of McDowell Country, WV, through Big Creek People in Action is for anyone, incoming high school freshman and older. We’ll work during the days to make homes more warm, dry, and livable. In the evenings, we’ll get to experience some of the rich culture of Appalachia.  Contact:  Beth Irikura. Those participating should have registered at tinyurl.com/RRUUCwv19 by April 3.

Sunday, June 16, Extend the Offering – All contributions from today’s collection plate will support Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ).The mission of UUSJ is to mobilize and amplify the voices if UUs as we seek to change the world through acts of love and justice.  This year our policy emphasis is on: (1) economic equality; (2) immigration reform; (3) climate justice; (4) the integrity of our democratic process.   Contact: Charlotte Jack Lebowitz.

Sundays, June 9-16, National Week of Action – The Unitarian Universalist Association has joined with the Shut Down Homestead Child Detention Center for a National Week of Action. Please see UUA’s website for links to (1) sign a petition to close down the Homestead Child Detention Center; (2) Help children write letters to Congress; (3) Join UUs for Social Justice on June 12 to deliver the petition and letters; (4) Join Side with Love and UU Justice Florida in Homestead Florida for the June 16 Action on Father’s Day in Homestead.

Tuesday, June 11, Serving at Shepherd’s Table – For 30 years, RRUUC has served at Sheppard’s Table the Second Tuesday of the Month, 8106 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910.   Contact: Peter Benjamin

Thursday, June 13, Multicultural Dialogue, 7-9 pm, Christ Episcopal Church, 4001 Franklin Street, Kensington, MD. Curl.com/RRUUCwv19. The Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships is sponsoring three multicultural dialogues on racism and bias, “Seeing the Divine in the Other.” Participants will meet in small groups to discuss issues of unconscious bias. Register at bit.ly/SpringMCD2019.More info at https://bit.ly/2XL4EUS. Supported by Racial Justice Task Force at RRUUC.

Saturday, June 23, Animal Ministry Day at Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary, 9am-1pm – Volunteer workday at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary near Poolesville. Space is limited and RSVP is required.

Sunday, June 23, Remembering Ferguson, 7-9:30pm and Sunday, July 21, 11:30-2:00 pm, RRUUC. In August 2014, Darren Wilson’s fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO galvanized a local community previously unknown for activism and set off a chain reaction that led to the Black Lives Matter movement.  Join us as we watch together and then discuss Whose Streets?, a raw and powerful documentary film that explores the uprising after the killing of Michael Brown.

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July

Sunday, July 21, Remembering Ferguson, 11:30-2:00 pm, RRUUC – In August 2014, Darren Wilson’s fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO galvanized a local community previously unknown for activism and set off a chain reaction that led to the Black Lives Matter movement.  Join us as we watch together and then discuss Whose Streets?, a raw and powerful documentary film that explores the uprising after the killing of Michael Brown.

August

Friday, August 9, Ferguson Commemoration: Black Lives Matter Vigil, Music & Shared Meal.

Saturday, August 10, Partnering to Raise Awareness that Black Lives Matter

September

September, 15-17, Unitarian Universalist Association Conference on the Climate Emergency, Washington D.C.

September 21-October 3, Partner Church Trip