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).
***** SOME ONGOING CONNECTIONS *****
Forward Together!!! The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina (www.uuforwardtogether.org ) is a progressive, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt, 501c3 faith-based justice organization that works to “give life the shape of justice” in North Carolina. UU congregations send representatives to its quarterly meetings (firstname.lastname@example.org , 919-249-7939).
Unitarian Universalists forJustice in the Middle East (UUJME, https://uujme.org/) is still offering travel scholarships to young adult UUs ages 18-35 to help finance trips to Israel-Palestine that will take place during the remainder of 2018 through all of 2019. If you are—or know of—a young adult UU interested in traveling to Israel-Palestine, please see the scholarship announcement below and feel free to forward it to any potentially interested young adults or young adult groups. If you have questions, or to submit proposals, send an email to YAtravel@uujme.org. Mary Hulett and Peggy Misch have both taken a trip to Palestine with UUJME.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC, https://www.uusc.org/) advances human rights through grassroots collaborations. Explore our resource library here: uusc.org/resources/. "
Chapel Hill Carrboro NAACP: branch meetings held first Saturday of the month, 1 - 3 PM, Rogers Road Community Center, 101 Edgar Drive, Chapel Hill. Community Church has been a longtime supporter of NAACP and at least one member of Peace and Justice Committee has been a member attending its monthly meetings. www.chapelhillcarrboronaacp.com, email@example.com.
Balance & Accuracy in Journalism (BAJ), a close ally of Peace and Justice Committee for years, holds programs in the sanctuary 7:30 PM, 2nd Wednesday of the month, on current social justice issues. Programs include films, speakers, and/or discussions. Jerry Markatos , 919-542-2139.
Orange County Peace Coalition, of which Peace and Justice was a founding member when Joe Straley served as an active participant, consists of an alliance of 9 local groups that support promoting peace through education and outreach. Representatives meet bimonthly and plan community events. Its current co-chairs are Wes Hare (919-929-3316) and Jan Broughton ( 919-419-1261).
Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI, http://merinc.org/) meets quarterly in Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill. Peace and Justice Committee has hosted and sent representatives to this group. Tarboro Street, Raleigh. Contact: 919- 619-9935.
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.
SHARE THE PLATE FOR FARM LABOR ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (FLOC) happenens on December 2. Volunteers to help welcomed.
*****SOME CURRENT LOCAL JUSTICE EVENTS*****
WHITE AND BLACK: POLITICAL CARTOONS FROM PALESTINE Speaker Mohammad Sabaaneh, resident of Ramallah, West Bank, spent five months in Israeli prison, mostly in solitary confinement in 2013. Sabaaneh (https://www.facebook.com/events/1884529424966664/) now is lead political cartoonist for daily paper Al-Hayat al-Jadida, work distributed throughout the Arab world. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 6, UNC’s Greenlaw 223, next to Undergrad Library by The Pit, near South Road. Co-sponsored by UNC-CH Students for Justice in Palestine and Coalition for Peace with Justice.
ACADEMIC FREEDOM DAY: THREATS FROM INSIDE AND OUT Speakers Joan Scott and Nancy MacLean; panelists Gene Nichol, Erika Wilson, Mark Dorosin, Julius Chambers, Elyse Crystall, Sandy Nonini, Sarah Birken, Sherryl Kleinman, Michael Behrent; discussion led by Erik Gellman and Jay Smith. 5:30-7p.m., Thursday, November 8 and 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday, November 9, UNC’s Hyde Hall (4th building from East Franklin Street, directly opposite US Post Office). RSVP for free lunch: email@example.com.
TORTURE FLIGHTS: NC’S ROLE IN CIA RENDITION AND TORTURE Jim Coleman, Duke Law School and NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture (NCCIT, www.nccit.org) Commissioner; Christina Cowger, NC Stop Torture Now Coordinator; Jayne Huckerby, Duke Law School and NCCIT expert witness and advisor; Robin Kirk, Duke Department of Cultural Anthropology and NCCIT Commissioner; and Catherine Read, NCCIT Executive Director; discuss work of Commission. 2:30 - 1:15 p. m., Monday, November 12, Duke Law School, Room 3037, Science Drive.