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Commentary: Black Lives Matter

By Kerridwen Henry, UU Congregation of Columbia, MD


Kerridwen Henry (right) and Walter Ellis (left) each received a 2015 UUSJ Emerging Leader Award at the UUSJ Social Justice Awards Gala last fall. Below is a portion of Kerridwen's remarks:

“It is an honor to receive this award. While I am proud of the work I have done in the last year for the Black Lives Matter movement, I am most proud that I keep trying – even after I say (and do) the wrong things. I will not allow my own mistakes, inadequacies, and insecurities stop me from showing up – even though my mistakes continue to be significant and there is so much at stake. I will not quit.” Read the full commentary...

Editor's Note: The 2016 proposed UUA Congregational Study/Action Issues includes one directly relevant to Black Lives Matter, entitled 'A National Conversation on Race.' Deadline for the congregational poll to select an issue is Feb. 1; deadline for comments on the progress of the current 2014-2018 CSAI on Escalating Inequality is March 1. Full details on all of the proposed 2016 Congregational Study/Action Issues can be accessed at uua.org/statements/current.

What we're doing: UUSJ Capitol Hill visits

UUSJ delivered a letter expressing outrage at the Obama Administration's recent deportation of undocumented families and children to three elected officials and urged them to reject the Safe Act. Read the letter...

Thursday, December 17 - Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA)
Wednesday, January 13 - Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Friday, January 15 - Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
Wednesday, January 20 - Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

How you can help: Tell the DHS to stop the raids!

1. Take action with UU Service Committee and tell Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to stop the raids.
2. Become a refugee family advocate. Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is looking for people to help recently arrived refugees find support services. Arlington and Washington, DC are priority cities.
3. Come to Texas and volunteer to help end family detention. The UU College of Social Justice is seeking skilled volunteers, including fluent Spanish speakers, lawyers, law students, and paralegals, to work with families currently in detention this upcoming summer.