The mission of the Charles M. Jones Peace and Justice Committee of the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist is to lead and engage all ages of the congregation in working for peace and justice through study, action and financial support. The Committee focuses on challenging systems and addressing the root causes of injustice, inequality, war, and oppression locally, nationally and internationally. The Committee strives to carry on the activist tradition of the Community Church both beyond and within our church walls in the spirit of Rev. Charles M. Jones, this Church's first minister.
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Events within and beyond Church Walls
Peace and Justice Committee has interest in the congregation's undertaking the UU Congregational Study Action Issue, Escalating Inequality, passed by the General Assembly in 2014 June for four years of study. It fits values expressed in the Moral Movement and the ongoing struggles in this state.
Challenging Racism and Islamophobia Program Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist Sanctuary, February 10, 2016 Members of the Church and Community surround the speaker, Manzoor Cheema, 4th person from left: Paige Smith (2nd from left), Peggy Misch (3rd from left), Bob Weston (center, 6th from left), Mary Hulett (2nd from right). Photographer, Jerry Markatos. Event sponsored by Balance and Accuracy in Journalism (BAJ).
***** SOME ONGOING CONNECTIONS *****
Forward Together!!! The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina (www.uuforwardtogether.org ) is a progressive, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt, 501c3 faith-based justice organization that works to “give life the shape of justice” in North Carolina. UU congregations send representatives to its quarterly meetings (email@example.com , 919-249-7939).
On Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Eno River UU Fellowship hosts the first annual Forward Together gathering. Keynote speaker is UNC law professor Gene Nichol..(www.uuforwardtogether.org/events/forward-together-annual-gathering/ ). Register on-line: www.tinyurl.com/ForwardTogether2018. Then at 7:30 PM Community Church hosts a performance by Emma’s Revolution, a benefit $20 advance ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), $ 25 at the door,.
Unitarian Universalists forJustice in the Middle East (UUJME, https://uujme.org/) is still offering travel scholarships to young adult UUs ages 18-35 to help finance trips to Israel-Palestine that will take place during the remainder of 2018 through all of 2019. If you are—or know of—a young adult UU interested in traveling to Israel-Palestine, please see the scholarship announcement below and feel free to forward it to any potentially interested young adults or young adult groups. If you have questions, or to submit proposals, send an email to YAtravel@uujme.org. Mary Hulett and Peggy Misch have both taken a trip to Palestine with UUJME.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC, https://www.uusc.org/) advances human rights through grassroots collaborations. Check it. On August 14, 2018 it sent an email stating, "Without a doubt, in recent months we have witnessed the depths of cruelty and absurdity from those seeking to criminalize immigrants, impede humanitarian aid, and systematically degrade fundamental rights. Yet, we have also seen the boundless energy of supporters and partners who have joined us at every turn to counter these attacks." "Explore our resource library here: uusc.org/resources/. "
Chapel Hill Carrboro NAACP: branch meetings held first Saturday of the month, 1 - 3 PM, Rogers Road Community Center, 101 Edgar Drive, Chapel Hill. Community Church has been a longtime supporter of NAACP and at least one member of Peace and Justice Committee has been a member attending its monthly meetings. www.chapelhillcarrboronaacp.com, email@example.com.
Balance & Accuracy in Journalism (BAJ), a close ally of Peace and Justice Committee for years, holds programs in the sanctuary 7:30 PM, 2nd Wednesday of the month, on current social justice issues. Programs include films, speakers, and/or discussions. Jerry Markatos , 919-542-2139.
Orange County Peace Coalition, of which Peace and Justice was a founding member when Joe Straley served as an active participant, consists of an alliance of 9 local groups that support promoting peace through education and outreach. Representatives meet bimonthly and plan community events. Its current co-chairs are Wes Hare (919-929-3316) and Jan Broughton ( 919-419-1261).
Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI, http://merinc.org/) meets quarterly in Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill. Peace and Justice Committee has hosted and sent representatives to this group. Its most recent meeting: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, The Light House, 202 North Tarboro Street, Raleigh. Contact: 919- 619-9935.
MORE WAYS TO ASSIST SENDING BOOKS TO NC PRISONERS Prison Books Collective‘s volunteer workdays packing free books remain 1 to 4 p. m, Sundays, 4312 Etta Rd, Durham, when books may be donated. Donate money online or mail. Directions and information: https://prisonbooks.info/, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHARE THE PLATE FOR NC COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON TORTURE On September 30 you have a chance to help provide funding for necessary copies for needed dissemination of NCCIT Report, prepared by 10 Commissioners from testimony given by 20 witnesses during two days of hearings last fall (www.nccit.org). The launch of NCCIT Report on September 27 is anticipated to provide transparency, seek restitution to victims, and establish torture is unacceptable, against the law, ineffective, and immoral.
*****SOME CURRENT LOCAL JUSTICE EVENTS*****
2018 PEACEMAKER AWARD DESSERT AND COFFEE SOCIAL Honoring as Peacemakers: Tuesdays with Tillis, a group organized by Karen Ziegler that gathers each week to highlight issues and demonstrate outside office of Senator Thom Tillis calling attention to vital priorities too often overlooked by press or elected officials. Keynote speaker: activist Vicki Ryder. 7 p.m., Saturday, September 22, Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh. Requested: $ 20. RSVP: email@example.com or 704-460-0523. NC Peace Action.
COMMUNITY CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYERING AT GROUND ZERO Attorneys Mark Dorosin and Elizabeth Haddix of Julius Chambers Center for Civil Rights discuss struggles for civil rights in NC today. 1:15PM Monday, September 24, Carol Woods Assembly Hall, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. Presented by Forum for Peace and Justice, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TORTURE FLIGHTS REPORT LAUNCH NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture’s official public report, presented to press with NCCIT Commissioners, faith leaders, and veteran military officers speaking, includes new data and analysis, findings of NC’s role in torture, roles of private contractors and public officials, identities of 49 NC-connected victims and survivors as well as recommendations to officials to promote transparency. 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 27, NC State Capitol, 1 East Edenton Street, Raleigh. www.nccit.org, 919-480-1048.
CONFRONTING NC’S ROLE IN TORTURE Candlelight vigil calling people of faith to join together in prayer to stop torture and learn about NC’s role in the illegal rendition and torture program, to have a vision of NC as a “no torture” state. 6 – 7 p.m., Thursday, September 27, Pullen Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh. Presented by NC Council of Churches, 919-828-6501.
HISPANIC HERITAGE FIESTA IN SILER CITY Celebration of rich cultural traditions of Latin America as well as contributions of Hispanic community to region and state. Live music, delicious food, folkloric dance groups, kids’ activities, over 30 business and non-profit booths, and a parade of traditional Latin-American and quinceañera outfits. Raffle tickets $2. 1 - 7 p.m., Saturday, September 29, 200 North Chatham Avenue, Siler City. The Hispanic Liaison: www.hispanicliaison.org , 919-742-1448.
CONFRONTING JOHNSTON COUNTY’S ROLE IN TORTURE Candlelight vigil calling people of faith together in prayer to stop torture and learn about NC’s role in the torture program and to greet Johnston County Commissioners, who come to their monthly meeting and will be presented NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture’s report already made public earlier. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Monday, October 1, Johnston County Courthouse, 212 East Market Street, Smithfield. Presented by NC Council of Churches, 919-828-6501.