Social Justice Council meeting, 5/5/20

Social Justice Council meeting, 5/5/206 pm, MDT (via Zoom)

Attending:  Sue Philley, Jim Bigelow,  Betty Van Gheluwe, Don Stepich, Mark Bussolini , Dennis & Sharron Rockwood, Rob Ham
Agenda: 

  • April Meeting notes: https://boiseuu.org/social-justice-council-4-7-20/
  • Round Table:
    • Climate Justice
      • enroads presentation, part of the Earth Month
        • provides an opportunity for everyone to learn what they can do and policies that can address Climate Change
      • May 13th presentation – climate realities in the age of Covid-91
      • May 20 — Q&A with the director of the The Divide (Movie)
      • May 24  Earth service to wrap up the Earth Month
    • Economic Justice  – Mark
      • spending time talking to people, thinking about what the new normal is
      • People who have received a stimulus check are trying to decide what to do with them
      • Interfaith Sanctuary – moved people to Riverside hotel (city will pay) so allowed to accept  more people,  People are healthy there so far, good access to food. 
      • Has access to more food. looking at getting food fro the Idaho Foodbank to groups to dispense. 
      • Got donations from his neighborhood for the folks at the Riverside.  
      • Seeing lots of generosity & kindness. 
    • Immigrant Justice
      • things are on hold, next meeting in the middle of june
      • any hearings for Romel, our hosted Asylum Seeker,  are on hold. Trying to get authorization for him to work.
      • thinking about a November celebration of his being hosted BUUF
    • Racial Justice
    • Reproductive Justice
      • ACLU file suite
    • Voting Rights
      • Idaho has voting by mail for the May 19 primary.  Ballots are available until May 19.  Ballots must be received by June 2. 
      • The online request form for the mail-in ballot also allows you to request one for the Nov. election. 
  • Plate Partner Nominations
    • Review of the Plate Partner voting form: https://forms.gle/fRRFivFcSK3gz2Xs8
      • how to un-vote?, if can’t un-vote then put zero  vote undo
        • Jim added a zero vote option in case a person changes their mind
    • voting time line:
      • Form is approved by the council
      • Notice that voting is open set out by the usual BUUF channels
      • Voting is open for a week.
      • Results are tabulated by the Social Justice Council  and sent to Rev. Sara
  • 2019-2020 Plate Partners
    • June — Giraffe Laugh, BUUF contact: Betty
      • need to figure how contact them, Betty with help from Sue. 
    • July  —  Black History Museum: BUUF contact: Don
    • August — PIFF — Jim to investigate
  • Fall 2020 Social Justice Seminar
    • From March 6th email asking for ideas:
      • Diana Borrero-Lowe 3/8: “Lots of people at Immigration Celebration Day loved the story sessions and I have had conversations with others about a story day.  How to tell a good story, how does the story affect the media presentation of the story, stories from Americans with immigrant roots, stories from refugees, what intrigues us about stories, etc. etc. etc.  “
      • Rev. Sara, 3/10: “The Racial Justice Ministry Team is in conversation with Rev. Jonipher Kwong (Pacific Western Regional UUA staff) to facilitate what the UUA calls a “Multi Cultural Transformation Day.  https://www.uua.org/pacific-western/webinars-workshops-and-trainings/multicultural-transformation-day
        We’ve held a Saturday in early October on the calendar and Rev. Kwong would Preach the following day. Perhaps this could be our summit focus? We are holding a zoom call with Rev. Kwong next week and will have more to share—but I wanted to offer this as a thought.”
    • Keep checking and see how this develops.
  • What about a SJ retreat in August
    • could we do a dispersed meeting?
  • Could we have some part in a service to inform people of who we are and what we do,?  How about a volunteer Sunday as we used to do?
    •  Jim to talk with Rev. Sara about how this would fit in. 
  • Next meeting : June 2nd.