All events listed below are sponsored or co-sponsored by UU Mass Action or are hosted by our UU partners
Highlighted Event: Mass Power Forward I Love Clean Energy Day
Where: Massachusetts State House, Room 437 (updated room #)
When: Wed Feb 14, 9:45 AM 10 AM To 3:00 PM
Be Sure to Wear Red!!
On February 14th, members of the Mass Power Forward coalition will descend on Beacon Hill to demand that our legislators do everything they can to promote a clean energy future.
The stakes have never been higher. With climate deniers running the show in Washington, DC, we NEED Massachusetts to step up and lead.
Massachusetts residents from every part of the state will meet with their representatives and senators to make the case for clean energy. Register (this is really important, we’re making appointments with legislators)
JP Clean Energy Activist Training
When: Sat Feb 17, 2:00 PM
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Roanoke Ave, Jamaica Plain
We all want clean air and water for our kids and grandkids. Now, more than ever, what you and I do at the state and local level is crucial because of rising sea levels, extreme weather, and crumbling infrastructure here in Massachusetts.
- Update on Massachusetts energy and environmental legislation -Joel Wool, Clean Water Action
- What’s already being done in Boston – Boston Climate Action Network
- Demystifying the legislative process with your elected officials – Emily Norton, MA Sierra Club
Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series
Co-sponsored by First Church UU of Jamaica Plain Social Justice Action Committee and the Theodore Parker Church, West Roxbury
Where: First Parish Church, Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain
Fri Feb 23, 7:30 PM: I am Not Your Negro For full details, see FLYER
Wed March 21, 7:30 PM: The Canary Effect
Fri April 27, 7:30 PM: 13th
Bystander Training / Upstander Training
With True Story Theater
When: Sun Feb 25, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: First Church Unitarian Littleton, 19 Foster St., Littleton
Learn how to support people targeted by bigotry. Workshop includes dramatically exploring the challenges of intervening, short presentations & handouts, role plays. Light lunch at 11:30. Suggested Donation: $15 more if you can, less if you can’t. REGISTER FLYER
Creating Safe Communities Everywhere
When: Mon Feb 26, 7:00 PM
Where: Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St, Quincy
Senator Jamie Eldridge, Senate Sponsor of the Safe Communities Act, will speak about the importance of creating safety for all who live in our community, as well as communities across our Commonwealth.
· Ends police participation in civil immigration enforcement
· Protects public safety and public health.
· Allows police to focus on fighting crime
· Prohibits “287(g)” agreements that deputize law enforcement personnel as ICE agents.
· Ensures basic due process for immigrants held in our state and local facilities.
· Prohibits state support for any Muslim registry
· Conforms to federal law. The bill contains several provisions ensuring compliance with federal law
Bridgewater Black Lives Matter Film Series
Co-sponsored by the First Parish UU Church in Bridgewater and Bridgewater Citizens for Citizens for Civility and Respect.
Next Showing: “13th”
When: Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: First Parish UU Church, 50 School St., Bridgewater
The “13th”, a 2016 documentary, explores the intersection of race and mass incarceration in the United States. The title refers to the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which freed the slaves.
Local Environmental Action 2018 Conference
When: Sat March 3, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Where: Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston
For more than 30 years, we’ve brought hundreds of people together to learn, connect and be inspired, and this year is no different. We’re excited to offer workshops on everything from how to fix the grid, to the intersections between toxic chemicals and reproductive justice, to how to build coalition with allies in the labor movement. We’ll also have sessions for activists who want to learn skills like how to foster healthy group dynamics and how to recognize false solutions.
Click here to register, (early bird discount ends Feb 10th) you can also RSVP to our event on Facebook
Lead Sponsors: Toxic Action Center and MA Climate Action Network
Interfaith Book Club and Discussion, Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland
When: Sun March 4, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland, 126 Boston Post Rd, Wayland
Join us for discussion and fellowship with people of diverse faiths and backgrounds. This month’s book is: Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice and the Promise of America, by Eboo Patel (It is not required to have read the book to join the discussion)
For more information and to RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Addressing Whiteness for Collective Liberation
When: Sat March 10, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Where: UU Society, 4 Cleaves St. Rockport
A workshop for any one who seeks to move from head to heart and from idea to behavior to address whiteness
PRESENTER: Meck Groot, New England Region UUA
Systemic racism is a barrier to authentic and joyful community – not only because it excludes, exploits and destroys people and communities of color – but also because it requires that white people comply with denial, deceit and even violence in exchange for benefits and immunities. It causes suffering, keeps people from knowing themselves and each other, and makes us forget that we belong to one another.
In this experiential workshop, we will explore how this system traps both those victimized and those privileged by it. We will consider the spiritual and political call to and our role in collective liberation.
More particularly, we will:
· ground our learning in our vision of Beloved Community
· explore how racism is a complex system everyone in the U.S. is trapped inside
· examine some of the characteristics of dominant white culture
· identify how and why individuals and congregations participate in this culture — even unconsciously
· consider how we might engage our spiritual leadership to interrupt participation in this system toward liberation for everyone
Learning takes root more effectively when four or more people from the same community attend together. You are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop with a team.
REGISTRATION FEE: $10 per person, includes program, lunch and refreshments REGISTER
CHILDCARE: Will you need child care to participate? If so, please indicate on the registration form by the registration deadline of March 2.
Sustainable Houses of Worship, Sponsor: Massachusetts Interfaith Light & Power
When: Sat March 10, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: St Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 435 Central St., Acton
Leading by example can be a powerful part of our moral responsibility to care for creation. By reducing the carbon footprints at our houses of worship we also lower energy bills and free up funds needed for other important purposes. Participants will learn what to do about:
- Electricity — How to recognize the major energy hogs — and what to do about them.
- Solar Power — Is solar an option for your congregation?
- Heat & Air Conditioning — Is it time for an upgrade?
- Building Envelope — How to make your congregation more comfortable & save money.
- Behavior — How simple actions can reduce your energy bill – and carbon footprint – by 10% or more.
8:30 am: Registration, refreshments and networking.
9:00 am-12:30 pm: Workshop presentations. Presenters aree Jim Nail, Tom Nutt-powell, and Bill Schroeder.
All faiths welcome! Clergy, lay leaders, building & creation care committee members encouraged to attend. We recommend at least 2 attendees per House of Worship. Light refreshments will be served. Fee is $20/person payable online through PayPal, or at the door by check.
Register in advance at http://conta.cc/2jDc7a5.
Children Caught in Family Homelessness: How they are Hurt and How we Can Help
When: Sun March 18, 3:00-5:00 PM
Where: First Parish in Concord 20 Lexington Rd., Concord
Sponsor: The Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness
Family homelessness in Massachusetts remains a severe problem. Over 3,500 families are in shelters nightly throughout the state with an average stay of 253 days. Another 600-700 families, otherwise eligible for shelter, are required to prove they are sleeping in a place unfit for human habitation before being accepted into a state-run emergency shelter. This year’s Advocacy Network Forum will focus on the children who suffer long-term physical, social and emotional damage from the horrors of having no home.
Dr. Megan Sandel, Associate Director of the GROW Clinic at Boston Medical Center, Principal Investigator with Children’s Health Watch and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University will speak on the effects of unstable housing and homelessness on children and their caregivers.
Carl Howell, Division Director of Housing and Homeless Services for Community Teamwork, Lowell, MA will address challenges for families moving in and out of shelter.
Kelly Turley, Associate Director, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, will discuss ways every citizen can advocate with their local legislators to fund the state’s homelessness prevention programs.
Learn how to your advocacy can help children and their families in our communities. The forum is free and open to all. State legislators will be available for Q & A and discussion. For more information, see www.endfamilyhomelessness.net. FLYER
UU Mass Action Advocacy Day
When: Tue April 10, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Arlington St Church, 351 Boylston St., Boston & the State House!
Tickets are now on sale Early bird rate $25 through March 26th:
CLICK HERE for tickets
This year our program will include:
- Music – Matt Meyer, Rhythm Revelations
- Spoken Word Poet – Anthony Thomas
- Keynote – Rev Elizabeth Nguyen, Senior Strategist -Side with Love, Witness Ministries in Multicultural growth and Witness
There are many important bills that need to pass this session. Most of the priority legislation will be climate bills, but we will also be advocating for the Safe Communities Act, Raise the Minimum Wage and Paid Family and Medical Leave.
Vision: A world where all people are honored and valued