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.
Within These Walls:
Peace and Justice Monthly Meetings
P & J starts meeting the same day as Balance and Accuracy in Journalism, which it supports, on the second Wednesday of the month. It welcomes all those interested to attend its meetings. Contact: 919-942-2535.
The next scheduled meeting is 6:30 p. m., Wednesday, September 13 or October 11, TBD. We welcome all justice seeking people to participate in the group with or without their own issues..
Money raised at Peace and Justice Share the Plate Collections
STP for 2017
MLK Sunday 1/15. Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association: $1784.41
Sunday 8/29. Two schools in San Ramón, Nicaragua
Sunday 10/22. Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI)
Sunday 12/3. NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture
STP for 2016
MLK Sunday 1/17. Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association: $1558
Sunday 8/14. Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) and Coalition for Peace with Justice (CPWJ): Total $815
Sunday 8/28. Two schools in San Ramón, Nicaragua: $1584
Sunday 12/4. NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture:
STP for 2015
MLK Sunday 1/18. Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association and Chapel-Hill-Carrboro Human Rights Center: $575 Each
Sunday 8/23. Two schools in San Ramón, Nicaragua: $1600
Labor Day Sunday 9/6. Farm Labor Organizing Committee and Unitarian Universalist for a Just Economic Community: $1026.80
Close to Human Rights Day, Sunday, December 6,
NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture: $1397.50
STP for 2014
MLK Sunday 1/19. Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association and Chapel-Hill-Carrboro Human Rights Center: $693 Each
Labor Day Sunday 8/31, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC): $1550.65
Near United Nations Day, Sunday 10/26. Unitarian Universalists for Justice (UUJME) and Coalition for Peace with Justice (CPWJ):
$ 462 Each
Close to Human Rights Day, Sunday, December 7, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty (PFADP) and North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NC CIT): $ 598.50 each.
STP for 2013
MLK Sunday, Jan 20, 2013, Rogers- Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) $604.50 and Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill & Carrboro (HRC) $604.50
Feb 10, 2013, Scholarship money to help defay the cost for 2 members of our congregation who wish to join the Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East human rights trip, June 25-July 4, 2013. $1,217.11
June 13, 2013, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), $508.00.
Oct 20, 2013, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) and the local Coalition for Peace with Justice (CPWJ) $ 299 Each
Dec 8, 2013, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty (PFADP) and NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT) $999.
STP for 2012
January 15, 2012, Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) and its partner, the Coalition to End Environmental Racism (CEER). $1554
June 17, 2012, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, $572.00.
Sept. 2, 2012, Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI), and Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), $713 each:
Oct 21, 2012, Unitarians Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (www.uujme.org) and Coalition for Peace with Justice (www.peace-with-justice.org).$551 each
Dec 9, 2012, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty (PFADP) $486.29 and NC Stop Torture Now (NCSTN) $486.30
STP for 2011
Jan 16, 2011, Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) ($1518.51)
May 15, 2011, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) ($1,185.00)
Aug 14, 2011, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty ($569) AND Stop Torture Now ($569)
in coordination with Community Services Ministry:
Oct 4, 2011, Hispanic Liason of Chatham County/El Vinculo Hispano ($750.00) AND El Centro Hispano ($750.00)
Sept 4, 2011, Farm Labor Organizing Committee ($618.32) AND Unitarian Universalist for a Just Economic Community ($618.33)
Dec 11, 2011, UUs for Justice in the Middle East ($671.30) AND Coalition for Peace with Justice ($671.305
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).
RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF NC COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON TORTURE Chapel Hill Town Council passed a strongly worded resolution upholding NC, US, and international law.on February 13. In December Carrboro Aldermen and Orange County Commissioners passed such a resolution and Durham's Mayor Bell made a proclamation in support..Will C3H pass such a resolution to support NCCIT (www.nccit.org) as did the Church of Reconciliation?
JOIN QUARTERLY MEETING OF MOVEMENT TO END RACISM AND ISLAMOPHOBIA (MERI). Hosted by Charles M. Jones Peace and Justice Committee of Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist. All welcome to get involved with work that MERI does (http://merinc.org/). 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 29, Jones Building,106 Purefoy Road, corner of Mason Farm Road. Contact: Mary Hulett (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Terri Brinton (email@example.com).
***** SOME CURRENT COMMUNITY EVENTS *****
OPPORTUNITIES TO DRIVE FARMWORKER-LEADERS TO AND FROM UPCOMING FLOC MEETINGS Volunteer drivers are critical to FLOC’s commitment to making this union a democratic one, with participation from as many members as possible. Commit to drive to Sunday regional meeting on August 20, or to bus for national meeting on September 7 or September 10. To support effort, contact Dave Austin, who heads Triangle Friends of Farmworkers from Eno River UU Fellowship (firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-433-6718).
OPPORTUNITY TO HELP CHOOSING AND SHIPPING BOOKS TO NC PRISONERS Come to Prison Books Collective that has sent free books to people on the inside in North Carolina and Alabama, and magazines around the country, since 2006. Volunteer workdays are 1 to 4 p. m, Sundays, 4312 Etta Rd, Durham. Directions and information: http://prisonbooks.info/get-involved/volunteer/ . Contact: email@example.com.
MODERN JOURNEYMEN: RETURN OF SKILLED TRADES Video montage on thriving old and new cultures of apprenticeship – from the guild-like Journeymen of northern Europe to the global spread of Woofers and life-changing apprenticeships of modern unions. 6:30 p. m., Friday, August 18, Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Road, Durham (parking in Food Lion lot). $ 5 suggested. http://communecos.org/.
CRIES FROM SYRIA Documentary screening and discussion with filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky and Duke professor Abdeslam Maghraoui. 6:30-9:30 p. m., Wednesday, August 23, Community Room at Haven Medical, 121 South Estes Drive, Suite D, next to Post Office, Chapel Hill. Duke University Middle East Studies Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOUSEHOLD SOLAR: HOW CALIFORNIA DID IT Bill Powers, air-quality-engineer who consults for NC WARN (www.ncwarn.org/methane-events/ ), discusses how NC can reduce carbon emissions from electricity by half by 2025 and go to zero net emissions by 2030 using local, household solar combined with battery storage. 6:30 p. m., Friday, August 25, Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Road, Durham (parking in Food Lion lot). $ 5 suggested. http://communecos.org/.
2017 WITNESS FOR PEACE SOUTHEAST ANNUAL SOLIDARITY DINNER Invitation to rice and beans fundraiser that includes a silent auction, report from Fair Trade Teen Delegation to Nicaragua, screening of Revolutionary Medicine: A Story of the First Garifuna Hospital (https://vimeo.com/96340228 ), information about work Witness for Peace Southeast does. 6-8 p. m., Sunday, August 27, United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Blvd. $25 in advance, $10 students/limited income. RSVP: www.wfpse.org/ or 919-856-9468.