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).
CHURCH MEMBERS ARE URGED TO TAKE ACTION TO SUPPORT NC COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON TORTURE
The public is invited to attend the 2-day Hearings of the North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture (www.nccit.org) 9 AM - 5 PM, Thursday , November 30 and 9 AM to 3 PM, Friday, December 1, Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh. The 11 Commissioners will evaluate the testimonies of just under 20 individuals providing credible evidence for two days.
On December 3, when the Peace and Justice Committee holds a Share The Platefor NCCIT, the congregation has the opportunity to support financially the completion of its work after the Hearings. The significance of the Commissioners' report due in June 2018 will be its expected providing transparency, advocating for justice for those enabling torture, seeking restitution to the victims and/or their families, and establishment that torture is unacceptable, against the law, ineffective, and immoral.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has alerted members to cases of torture since its STOP (Stop Torture Permanently) Campaign of 2006.
In 2016 and 2017 the Carrboro Aldermen, Orange County Commissioners, and Chapel Hill Town Council passed resolutions to support the NCCIT. Durham's Mayor Bell also made a proclamation in support.
***** SOME CURRENT COMMUNITY EVENTS *****
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.
CHALLENGING ISLAMOPHOBIA AND RACISM WORKSHOP Program for MERI members, leaders, and partners (including Peace and Justice Committee and Standing on Side of Love Team), framing Islamophobia in intersectional and international contexts and focusing on moving people to take action/organize against Islamophobia, led by people most impacted. 3-6 p. m., Sunday, November 12, Vital Link School/As Salaam Islamic Center, 1214 E. Lenoir Street, corner of Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh. RSVP here or RSVP 919-619-9935.
PERSPECTIVES ON CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS AND STATUES Discussion led by Ed Yoder, Carol Woods resident and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Anna Richards, President of Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP. 1:15 p. m., Monday, November 13, Carol Woods Assembly Hall, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. Elders for Peace, firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPEN BETHLEHEM Documentary film, directed by Leila Sansour, tells personal story and details seven years in life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of beauty and political strife under occupation. OPEN BETHLEHEM is an international campaign that works to promote global engagement with Bethlehem as a real and contemporary city (www.openbethlehem.org/the-campaign.html). 6:30 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 14, UNC’s Dey Hall, Room 307 (next to Wilson Library; free parking at Bell Tower Lot). Sponsored by One Voice at UNC, www.openbethlehem.org/.
50 YEARS OF OCCUPATION, 1967-2017: ISRAEL/PALESTINE, HISTORIES, AND FUTURES Daniel Seidemann discusses current trajectory of conflict in the city, and how it interfaces with broader geopolitical dynamics between Israelis and Palestinians. 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., Thursday, November 16, 011 Old Chem, next to Perkins Library, West Campus Quad (parking at Bryan Center lot, http://fsp.trinity.duke.edu/find-us). Cosponsored by Duke Center for Jewish Studies, Forum for Scholars and Publics, Franklin Humanities Institute, and Middle East Studies Center.