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 *****
WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED Film produced by Charles Thompson and Chris Potter of Durham about Tillery, NC, a New Deal Resettlement Community of African-American farmers and their struggles to hold on to their land despite systemic discrimination and debt. 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 9, Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Road, Durham (parking in Food Lion lot). $ 5 suggested. http://communecos.org/.
WHO COMES FIRST? TRUMP PRIORITIES AND PROGRESSIVES' RESPONSES Speaker Nancy Milio, a leader in public health policy and education, who originated notion of healthy public policy that addresses effects of all areas of public policy on health and has been adopted internationally, including by World Health Organization. 1:15 p.m., Monday, March 12 , Carol Woods Building 1 classroom, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. Elders for Peace, email@example.com.
SEVENTEEN MINUTES TO RING OUT FOR WALK OUT United Church of Chapel Hill invites all members and friends to gather around its bell at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, “to offer witness, prayer, and commitment to action” as it rings its bell once each minute and between ringings recites “names of the innocent who have been murdered in recent acts of mass gun violence.” Materials available for taking action locally and nationally. https://unitedchurch.org/event/8118/.
ALL LABOR HAS DIGNITY Program to commemorate and celebrate March 18, 1968, speech of Martin Luther King Jr., given in Memphis during strike of city sanitation workers. King spoke of racism, unemployment and underemployment, poverty, wealth gap. 3 - 5:30 p.m., Sunday, March 18, United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Co-sponsors: Chapel Hill/Carrboro NAACP, NC State AFL-CIO, Fight For $15 And A Union, Black Workers For Justice, NC Public Service Workers Union-U.E.Local 150.
BUILDING A MOVEMENT AGAINST STRUCTURAL OPPRESSION Manzoor Cheema, Coordinator of Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI), challenges racism and islamophobia and discusses Islamophobia in schools and how to end all forms of bigotry at educational institutions. 6:30 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Co-sponsored by Campaign for Racial Equity in our Schools, Chapel Hill’s Justice in Action Committee, Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP.
UNC STUDENT FIGHT AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACY Effort to educate public about Silent Sam statue and build support to remove it. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. From now to March 15, Ben and Jerry’s, 102 W Franklin Street, will give a scoop of ice cream for each donated book and 2 scoops for every English, Spanish-English, medical, or law dictionary. Donate money online or mail. Directions and information:https://prisonbooks.info/about/, email@example.com. Submitted by P&J