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STEPS TO SOCIAL JUSTICE
A Newsletter from the Unitarian Society of Germantown - June, 2020
USG members and friends are committed social justice agents. Each month, we take actions to improve our society and world. 
As we publish this newsletter, USG remains closed as a precaution against the spread of the Coronavirus. All events are held either via conference call or online. Please check ahead with the committee or group leaders for necessary information. If any group leaders need assistance with an online meeting, please call the USG Office (215-844-1157) or email communications@usguu.org
UU The Vote
Pennsylvania Primary Election Day: Tuesday, June 2

Voting by mail-in ballot:  You have until 8pm, June 2, Election Day, to get it to your county board of elections.
Voting in person – Please check your polling place as many polling places have been relocated or consolidated.  Check here:  
votespa.com.

Volunteer on primary day – volunteers who are willing to help provide guidance to voters and ensure social distancing are needed at many polling places throughout Philadelphia and the suburbs.
Volunteer with USG for voter contact this summer – we have partners who are organizing Virtual Voter Phone Banks, or contacting voters by text messaging. We are planning a couple of afternoons or evenings to do voter outreach Virtually from your home. Sign up here for an invitation to join together to to engage voters over the summer and fall:
uuthevote@usguu.org.

 
This month's newsletter includes:
Social Justice VIRTUAL Events

EVENTS ON SPECIFIC DAYS
  • VOLUNTEER NEEDED for Food Delivery - Wednesday, June 3, 9:00-12:00am (& every other subsequent Wednesday)
  • Engaging the BLUU Box – Sunday, June 7 - 2:00pm
  • Ending Racism Committee (ERC) Meeting - Sunday, June 7 - 3:00pm
  • Racism Book Study Group – Monday, June 8 - 7:30pm
  • POWER LOC Open Meeting – Sunday, June 21 – 9:00am
THROUGHOUT JUNE 
  • Share the Plate in June – UU House Outreach
  • CAMI (Coalition Against Mass Incarceration) – Weekly, Wednesdays at 3:00pm
Other Ways to Serve and Stay Informed     
 You Can Make a Difference, Too...
  • What’s next with the 8th Principle?
  • POWER – New Affordable Housing Team
  • Join UUPLAN
  • Be a part of USG’s Social Justice Activities
  • UU Greater Philly Social Justice Facebook Page
  • Social Justice Newsletter Articles Deadline
Social Justice Events
EVENTS ON SPECIFIC DAYS
VOLUNTEER(S) NEEDED for Food Collection & Delivery,
Wednesday, June 3, 9:00am-12:00noon
(and every other subsequent Wednesday for awhile)

Lynne Kalish has been our food delivery superhero, but now her time is taken with her sister Peggy's medical needs. We need someone to at least temporarily do what Lynne has done:
  • Wait in the USG courtyard from 9:00 till 11:00am on Wednesday mornings for people to drop off nonperishable foods.
  • Then drive those goods to St. Vincent’s Food Pantry in Germantown, which is only 5 minutes away from USG.
If you can help, please send an e-mail to Carolyn Scott in the office: communications@usguu.org.
Engage the BLUU Box, Sunday, June 7, 2:00-3:00pm
Black Lives of UU (BLUU) creates a Box each month that contains a prayer to center us in joy, affirm us and ground us in spiritually challenging times. It continues with a reflection on contemporary issues informed by a Black UU faith perspective and information about prominent Black UUs who have shaped and informed our living faith tradition. It ends with a brief guided meditation.
 

Ending Racism Committee meeting - Sunday, June 7, 3:00 -4:00pm
Join the discussion and help create upcoming Ending Racism adventures.
 
Both the Engage the BLUU Box and the Ending Racism Committee meetings will be held on Zoom at 2:00pm and 3:00 respectively. All are welcome to either or both. To obtain the ZOOM information, please email
endingracism@usguu.org.

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As you maintain your social distance, here is a two and a half minute tour of the Johnson House, a Germantown stop on the Underground Railroad and Mother Bethel AME Church with Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter of Grammy award-winning hip-hop band The Roots and lifestyle editor Cory Townes.  
Racism Book Study Group, Monday, June 8, 7:30pm
For
this month’s meeting, we're reading chapters 6 through the Author's Note of A Black Women's History of the US by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross.

You can find an 
interview with the authors on Radio Times here.
 
And here is a 
Discussion Guide from Beacon Press who published the book.

Email bookstudy@usguu.org to borrow the book or to obtain instructions for remote participation.
ZOOM into our LOC for POWER! – Sunday, June 21, 9:00-9:45am
Get the link and Zoom in. Learn about USG’s and POWER’s new Affordable Housing Initiative with USG’s Local Organizing Committee, LOC. Discuss outreach and recruitment for the new initiative and other POWER campaigns. If you’re not on the POWER email list, please email power@usguu.org to join the meeting. You will make the difference! 
THROUGHOUT MAY

Share the Plate (STP) –- This month’s STP donations will support UU House Outreach. UU House Outreach which provides a wide range of services for the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of older adults in Northwest Philadelphia. Assistance focuses on finances, medical services, maintaining healthy aging habits, nutritional needs, and more.

Please, CLICK HERE to learn how to make this or any donation online or by text.
 
If you want
 to find out more about Share the Plate and how you can nominate an organization to be a Share the Plate recipient, please CLICK HERE.
CAMI - Weekly Meetings - Wednesdays, 3:00pm
CAMI (Coalition Against Mass Incarceration) meets every Wednesday at 3:00pm. Volunteers work with the Germantown
Participatory Defense Hub. It helps people navigate the criminal justice system. All volunteers must have training. Please contact cami@usguu.org to learn about the meetings.  
Other Ways to Serve and Stay Informed
You can make a difference.

You Can Make a Difference, Too...

What's Next with the 8th Principle?
There is a denomination-wide working group led by Paula Cole Jones that meets monthly on Zoom. USG adopted the
8th Principle a year ago, but has not determined how to use it to help us "accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions." If you are interested in helping move this process forward, please contact endingracism@usguu.org.
POWER - Join POWER’s New Affordable Housing Team
Interested in easing access to affordable housing? Find out about
POWERs new Affordable Housing Initiative. Use your experience, contacts or curiosity to assist others. You’ll help develop research and create strategies that improve affordable housing access. For more information, email power@usguu.org.

Join or renew your membership in UUPLAN by going to www.uuplan.org.

You can be a part of USG's Social Justice activities by:
  • Participating in one of our many Social Justice activities.
  • Following UUPLAN’s legislative priorities and activities on its website.
  • Contacting the Social Justice Council Co-Chairs please email socialjustice@usguu.org if you would like more information about USG’s Social Justice activities.  

UU Greater Philly Social Justice Facebook Page

USG members are involved in a multitude of social justice projects. To view the latest activities and post new ones, join the UU Greater Philly Social Justice Group on Facebook.

Social Justice Newsletter Articles

Articles for the Social Justice Newsletter are due on the second Thursday of the month preceding publication. Send your article to sjnews@usg.org.

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