Resources to Turn to in These Times  Undoing Racism

Our 8th Principle

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” 

A Framework for Reconciliation – Providence  1 hr. recording

On July 15, 2020, Honorable Mayor Jorge O. Elorza signed an Executive Order that identified and created a process of Truth, Reconciliation, and Municipal Reparations to address institutional and systemic bias and racism affecting Black, Indigenous people, and people of color within the City of Providence. Working together, a team of city and state historical institutions has crafted a comprehensive narrative for public education, public interpretation, and future policy-making efforts.

Submitted by Etta Zasloff

Whose land are you on?

Identify whose land you are living on HERE. 

A profound conversation with activists Ruby Sales and Brittany Packnett Cunningham, moderated by Rev. Tracy Blackman in the wake of the January 6, 2021 Insurrection on the Capitol. 

A Matter of Truth documents the struggle of African American and Indigenous people’s equal rights in Providence, RI from 1620-2020 by the RI Black Heritage Society and the 1696 Heritage Group and RW University. PDF document.

Submitted by Etta Zasloff

“A vital, urgent, stirring, beautifully written book . . . a compassionate road map out of our present troubled moment.”—George Saunders, New York Times bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap and the Case for Reparations Discussion
From NonProfit Quarterly, Feb. 22, 2021
1 hr. recording 

Movement for Black Lives
Reparations Now Toolkit

PDF Document

Submitted by Etta Zasloff

2021 Reading Across Rhode Island

The unflinching nineteenth-century autobiography that broke the silence on the psychosexual exploitation of Black women

“Drawing from years of monthly twenty-four-hour duty—and immersion journalism—Brooks guides us past two barbed-wire-encircled arguments (‘the police are racist and unnecessary’ and ‘get rid of a few bad apples and all’s fine’) to a radically better way of staying safe. A brilliant, important, timely book and gobble-up read.” —Arlie Russell Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Advancing Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Cultures Worldwide

We know that real community protection does not criminalize us or our neighbors. This UUA article is in response to concerns and questions raised around congregations facing harm for living their values.
A digital resource that envisions the end of policing as we know it, replaced by something more beautiful and peaceful.
Calling the police often escalates situations, puts people at risk, and leads to violence. Sometimes people feel that calling the police is the only way to deal with problems. But we can build trusted networks of mutual aid that allow us to better handle conflicts ourselves and move toward forms of transformative justice, while keeping police away from our neighborhoods.

Undoing Racism Resources from the UUCSC Racial Justice Committee

Submitted by
Jean Bowen, Chair

Native Voices, PBS Series Native America

in partnership with Tomaquag Museum created these three short films

 

First Peoples Rhode Tour

Submttted by Loren Spears, Director Tomaquag Museum

ELIJAH

Written by Bill Harley, arranged for chorus by Peter Amidon.
“In memory of all who have died and suffered for the color of their skin.
Submitted by Johnnie Rodriguez

Tomaquag Museum

Submitted by Amber Collins.


Just Mercy is a 2019 American legal drama film that tells the true story of Walter McMillian, who, with the help of young defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, appeals his murder conviction. 
 Submitted by Val Follett

From Black Lives UU

 We — those of us at the Movement for Black Lives Convening, along with other Black UUs — created this document to present to our faith the 7 Principles of Black Lives.

Embrace SURJ!

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.

Ibram X. Kendi speaks about his book, How to be an  Anti-racist.

Submitted by Etta Zasloff

KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES AND ELECTED OFFICIALS T.A.S.K. Forums

In case you missed …
Sunday, October 18, 2020

Recorded Live

T.A.S.K Facebook Page

Submitted by Etta Zasloff


Submitted by Johnnie Rodriguez

 

Taking A Collective Breath: Deepening our alignment with the Movement for Black Lives, a five-session series built around the elements of the BREATHE Act and created in a collaboration between Side With Love and UUSC. 

Submitted by Rev. DL Helfer

GA 2020  Approved Responsive Resolutions

Full text of all three here.

1-Widening the Circle: Establishing Ongoing Intersectional Accountability Commission and Sunsetting the JTWTC

2-Supporting and Investing In Youth and Young Adults in Unitarian Universalism

3-The Pandemic: A Religious Response

Submitted by Rev. DL Helfer