Social Justice Council, 2/4/2020

Attending: Jim Bigelow, Rob Ham, Betty Van Gheluwe, Don Stepich


Agenda:

  • January meeting:  https://boiseuu.org/social-justice-council-1-14-20/ 
  • someone to do the opening and closing at the Mar. 3rd meeting
    • Rob will do the opening and closing
  • Jim to check with Rachel about March 15th social justice & volunteers Inquires class
  • March 7th Workshop
    • Date: March 7, 9  – Noon
    • From Rev. Sara ,
      • “have a lot of ideas about creating a space for spiritual nourishment, reflection, healing, and a little bit of action. I’m imagining a space that invites people to try some practices, where we invite … practitioners like chair massage and acupuncture, and have a little bit of content about #UUtheVote.”
    • Jim to work with Rev. Sara on finalizing the details.
  • Round Table
    • Justice Ministries
      • Climate & Environment Justice:
        • BUUF Climate Action Team – Rob
          • Zero Waste grocery presentation at the January CAT meeting
          • 2 session class on how to lessen your carbon footprint by Lisa Hecht
          • presented the plate partner check to Citizen’s Climate Lobby
        • UU Climate Action & UU Ministry For Earth: -Jim
          • Spring for Change: A Season for Sacred Activism
          • CreateClimateJustice.net : Gives UU climate and environmental  justice activists and coalition partners a valuable tool for education, collaboration, and organizing.
        • Earth Day Climate Strikes 4/22 – 4/24  – Jim
        • Idaho Interfaith Council on Climate Change
          • Jim: copy email thread to Rob
        • Request by Boise XR to use the sanc for a retreat
          • see email from Hobart S.
          • Jim to Dennis & Sharon about Climate Action Team support for XR
      • Economic Justice: GrubClub, ChowWagon, Interfaith Sanctuary
        • New group ChowWagon
      • Immigrant Justice: Refugee, Immigrants and Asylum Seekers
        • R&I M — taking a break for a while, majority of effort w/ Asylum
          • cannot help the IRC with Citizenship training
          • did the plate partner check presentation to IJI
        • Asylum
          • Asylee is in detention in Tacoma
            • changing policies have effected him
              • there had been a domestic complaint against him in Hondurus
          • has legal representation now
            • hope to get him released
            • working to get necessary documents
          • keep going with the special appeal 
            • we want to support asylum seeking in general
        • Idaho Conference on Refugees
          • attending: Rev Sara, Sandstroms, Betty, Roger Sherman, Diana Barreo-Low
            • Scott did a workshop on refugee physicians
          • very good conference.
          • Betty picked up a flyer for the Human Rights Certification Program
      • LGBTQ+ Justice: Pride
        • no information
      • Racial Justice:  RJM
        • Feb program on white fragility
          • well attended (17 with 8 new)
          • good discussions
        • Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves e-course
          • 6 people, 
          • technical problems, 
          • didn’t work out too well
          • People are encouraged to connect on their own
        • boiseuu.org/justice/racial-justice-ministry
          • viewed by team, looks good
      • Reproductive Justice:
        • nothing to report now
      • Voting Rights:  UUTheVote
    • Plate Partners
      • 2019 – 2020 Plate Partners
        • Feb: — went well
        • March: Idaho Indigenous Alliance?
          • Give them to the end of the week
            • if no show see if BHM or WCA can come. 
        • April: Black History Museum
          • send Don the contact email
        • May: Women’s and Children’s Alliance
      • 2020 – 2021 Nominations: 
        • 6 nominations so far
  • Create Climate Justice
    • Priority Areas
      • Solidarity with Indigenous Front line Communities
      • Catalyzing a Just Transition to an Ecological Civilization Through Partnership & Civic Engagement
      • Strengthen UU Communications & Mutual Support Networks for Climate Justice
    • Create Climate Justice (createclimatejustice.net) is an organizing hub to directly connect as many of us as possible to share information, resources and let each other know what we need to be more effective.
      • Intro and Q&A via zoom conferences monthly on the 2nd Tuesday, 5pm Mountain time.
  • UU the Vote 2020
    • Goals
      • Mobilizing voters
      • Challenging voter suppression
      • Holding values-based conversations to persuade our neighbors on the issues that matter
      • Opening the doors of our congregations to the activities of front line communities and justice partners
      • Providing the spiritual sustenance and movement chaplaincy to ground our faith and respond to the injustices we confront through the work
    • Using the Toolkit: https://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/uu_the_vote_2020_launch_guide.pdf
      • Building and UU the Vote team & holding a launch party
      • Identifying possible partners
      • Asset mapping BUUF
      • Appyling for support from the UU Funding Program
      • Learn more about organizing
  • Fall 2020 Social Justice Workshop
    • Draw Down & the New Green Deal  ?
    • UU the Vote in September & October?