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 *****
JUNTEENTH Chatham County’s Observance of Human Rights. Food, music, education, storytelling. 11 a.m., - 3 p. m., Saturday, June 23, Chatham Community Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N, Pittsboro. 919-545-8084
THE TALK One-man performance, written and performed Sonny Kelly, addressing need to prepare a child for a world that enacts and condones violence against people of color. Panel discussion with Sonny Kelly and various community members follows. 7 – 9 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Hosted by Carolina K-12. Co-sponsored by Chapel Hill Public Library, Southern Oral History Project, and Center for Study of American South.
HELP NATIONWIDE BOYCOTT OF RJ REYNOLDS’ E-CIGARETTE Durham joins 45-minute monthly rallies at same Circle-Ks, suppliers of VUSE, to get RJR’s attention to negotiate with Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) to end abuses and human rights violations in its supply chain. Demand Circle-K take VUSE off its shelves. 5 - 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, Circle K convenience store, 106 East NC 54, corner of 54 and Fayetteville Street, just north of I-40 exit to Fayetteville Street, Durham. Contact: daustin@mindspring.
CELEBRATION OF FOURTH OF JULY IN CARRBORO AND CHAPEL HILL Carrboro Family Fourth (https://festivalnet.com/15134/Carrboro-North-Carolina/Holiday-Celebrations/Carrboro-Family-Fourth-of-July-Celebration): parade, music, food, games, family activities, tables of local activist organizations; 9:30 a.m. ‑ 4 p.m., Town Hall Grounds. Chapel Hill ( https://www.visitchapelhill.org/event/chapel-hills-4th-of-july-celebration/9058/): live music, fireworks, games, face painting, old-fashioned family fun; 7 – 10 p. m., Kenan Memorial Stadium, 104 Stadium Drive.
ANNUAL PUBLIC READING OF DOUGLASS' FOURTH OF JULY ADDRESS Join 5th Annual Community Reading of Frederick Douglass’ essay, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro,” that reflects a sobering point of view about what is commonly considered to be America’s Independence Day. Introductory remarks provided by William Sturkey, UNC history professor. Noon – 1: 30 p.m., Carrboro Century Center - Century Hall, 100 North Greensboro Street. www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/Calendar.aspx?EID=2191 , 919-918-7310.
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 1 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.