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STEPS TO SOCIAL JUSTICE
A Newsletter from the Unitarian Society of Germantown - March, 2021
USG members and friends are committed social justice agents. Each month, we take actions to improve our society and world. 
The USG building remains closed as a precaution against spreading the Coronavirus. Groups of no more than twelve people may request an outdoor gathering space under the Members tab (sign-in needed) at usguu.org. Most events are held virtually. Please check in advance 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.  
This month's newsletter includes:
Social Justice Action
SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIONS
Join the
Social Justice Council Meeting
and help imagine the good we can do in our own neighborhood.
Wednesday, March 10, 6:00pm
For the link, contact the Social Justice Chairs:
 socialjustice@usguu.org
Social Justice VIRTUAL Events

EVENTS ON SPECIFIC DAYS
  • Ending Racism Committee Meeting - Sunday, March 7 - 2:00pm
  • Racism Book Study Group - Monday, March 8 - 7:30pm
  • Social Justice Council - Wednesday, March 10 - 6:00pm
  • POWER LOC Open Meeting – Sunday, March 21 – 9:00am
  • Engage the BLUU Box – Sunday, March 21 – 2:00pm
THROUGHOUT MARCH
  • Share the Plate – Maternity Care Coalition
  • NEW - Trauma Healing Body Practices - Thursdays - 8:00pm
  • Food Cupboard Donations – Wednesdays, March 3, 17 and 31 – 9-11am
  • CAMI (Coalition Against Mass Incarceration) – Weekly, Wednesdays - 5:30pm
  • COVID Financial Relief
  • Black Lives Matter Vigil – on hiatus
Other Ways to Serve and Stay Informed     
 You Can Make a Difference, Too...
  • Be a part of USG’s Social Justice Activities
  • UU Greater Philly Social Justice Facebook Page
  • Social Justice Newsletter Articles Deadline
SOCIAL JUSTICE VIRTUAL EVENTS
Virtual Events on Specific Dates
Ending Racism Committee Meeting - Sunday, March 7, 2:00-3:00pm
Learn the progress USG members are making in acknowledging the use of Indigenous peoples' traditional land, find ways you can show respect for Native Americans’ contributions, and share the book you read for February's African American Read In.
Use this link to join:  bit.ly/endingracism
Racism Book Study Group – Monday, March 8 - 7:30pm
We will discuss chapters 1-4 and exchange experiences and enhance our methods for using the body practices in My Grandmother’s Hands. Please do the reading prior to the meeting.
 
Books are available to purchase or borrow in the name tag foyer at USG.  Treva Burger facilitates the group, contact her with questions or for the Zoom link,
 bookstudy@usguu.org.
Social Justice Council Meeting – Wednesday, March 10 – 6:00-7:00pm
Join the growing teams of USGers who are working to improve the world. You can help with the Social Justice initiatives for immigration, POWER, Criminal Justice, Climate Change, and/or New Sanctuary. To join this zoom meeting or contact the Social Justice chairs for more information email:
socialjustice@usguu.org.
ZOOM into our LOC for POWER! – Sunday, March 21, 9:00–9:45am
Learn about POWER’s progress in new and existing campaigns from USG's Local Organizing Committee, LOC. Get the link and Zoom in. If you’re not on the POWER distribution list, please email
power@usguu.org to join the meeting. Otherwise, you can use the same link as usual. You will make the difference! 
Engage the BLUU Box – Sunday, March 21 - 2:00-300pm
Explore a Black UU perspective of our current time and discover heroes from our past. 
Click this link to join: https://bit.ly/BLUUBox
Throughout March
Share the Plate (STP) – The Maternity Care Coalition will receive this month’s STP donations. They provide vital needs for families with children from 0 to 3 years old.

Please CLICK HERE to make 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.
NEW - Trauma Healing Body Practices – Thursdays – 8:00-8:20pm
This group is using the book 
My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem. Each week members will take turns leading body practices designed to heal racial trauma suffered by all peoples affected by the racism in our world. You do not need to have read the book to join.

Contact Treva Burger with questions or for the Zoom link,
 bookstudy@usguu.org.
Food Collection – Wednesdays, March 3, 17 and 31 – 9:00-11:00am in person OR any day by appointment.

Share your bounty and help needy families. You can drop non-perishable food off every other Wednesday in the USG Courtyard for St. Vincent's Food Pantry, where a volunteer will wait to collect and deliver.

Can't make Wednesday mornings? Email usgadmin@usguu.org to schedule another time.
CAMI - Weekly Meetings - Wednesdays, 5:30pm
CAMI (Coalition Against Mass Incarceration) volunteers help people navigate the criminal justice system. You’ll receive training and work with Germantown
Participatory Defense Hub. All volunteers must have training. Please contact cami@usguu.org to learn about the meetings.  
Covid Financial Relief Available

Are You or Someone You Know:
  • Unable to Make a Mortgage Payment This Month or Next?
  • Suffering from Food Insecurity?
  • Experiencing Reduced hours at your job or a furlough or layoff?
  • Sick and Unable to Work?
  • Feeling Isolated and Alone in This Unusual Time?
USG Can Help!

For Help with Financial Needs: A Covid Financial Relief Fund has been established with the goal of raising and distributing $50,000 to those experiencing financial hardship. Email
covidrelief@usguu.org or contact USG Staff for details in complete confidence.

For help with Social Connections and Short Term Food Needs: email
caring@usguu.org or call the church at 215-844-1157 and we will contact the Caring Team.
Standing in Solidarity for Racial Justice
Black Lives Matter Vigil – on hiatus
Other Ways to Serve and Stay Informed
You can make a difference.

You Can Make a Difference, Too...

You can be a part of USG's Social Justice activities by:
  • Participating in one of our many Social Justice activities.
  • Following UUJusticePA’s legislative priorities and activities.
  • 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 Greater Philly UU’s  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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