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).
THANKS FOR CONGREGATION'S DONATION December 3 of $3,271, given to North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture toward its publication of a report by 11 Commissioners using evidence from 20 witnesses who testified at Hearings held November 30 and December 1 in Raleigh. This document concerning NC's role in extraordinary rendition will provide transparency of those enabling torture, seek restitution to victims and/or their families, and establish torture is unacceptable, against the law, ineffective, and immoral.
***** SOME CURRENT COMMUNITY EVENTS *****
RECLAIMING THE RULE OF LAW: NC COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON TORTURE NCCIT executive director Catherine Read and board member Christina Cowger review CIA torture program and North Carolina's role in facilitating that program. Then they focus on North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture: genesis, goals, accomplishments, plans, and how public can participate. Video testimony from survivors. Q&A follows. 7 p.m., Thursday, May 24, Beth Meyer Synagogue, 504 Newton Road, Raleigh. 919-637-7678.
ONGOING WAR ON IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES Memorial Day commemoration for victims of war featuring Rev. Issac S. Villegas, Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina. Memorial Day proclamations from offices of Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle and Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger. Readings, Music, and Poetry emphasizing costs of human displacement and casualties. Songs for Peace and Justice by Raging Grannies. 2 – 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 28, Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Orange County Peace Coalition, 919-929-3316.
PUERTO RICO’S LONG BLACKOUT Video/Slide preview of new documentary in progress, based on research/recent footage since beginning of 2018, by Sandy Smith-Nonini (UNC Anthropology) in collaboration with Brooklyn-based filmmaker Roque Nonini. 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 1, Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Road, Durham. Suggested donation $5. Park in rear or next door in Food Lion lot.
CULTURAL EVENT: RAMADAN IFTAR--SERVE HOPE Join ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid), that addresses development and humanitarian needs of Palestinians and other marginalized communities in Palestine and Lebanon, for this special Iftar to send food and relief to families there. Teen Vogue’s Abeer Najjar, will demonstrate and share a delicious dessert creation. 7:30-10 p.m., Sunday, June 3, Mediterranean Deli, 410 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. Iftar starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $50. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNC STUDENT FIGHT AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACY Effort to educate public about Silent Sam statue and build support to remove it continues. Join Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom—Triangle Branch to vigil and distribute information about history of Silent Sam’s presence on UNC campus. Noon to 2 p.m., Wednesdays, Silent Sam, East Franklin Street by Pettigrew Hall. Community contact: email@example.com or 252-944-7474.
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.