Stories of Justice
by David Oh
Following Manzoor Cheema's talk on Dismantling Racism and Islamophobia, I felt moved to make a difference. I was glad to learn that exactly one week after Mr. Cheema's talk at ERUUF, I had an opportunity to canvas with the Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP) and the Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia (MERI).
The Justice Council has approved a Resolution Supporting the Right of Contingent Faculty at Duke University to Organize a Union. The text of the resolution can be found here.
After some hateful, anti-Islam statements on social media in Burlington, NC, the ERUUF Justice Council and Multicultural Team sent a statement of support to the NAACP and related groups. For a copy of the complete statement and the responses from the local NAACP and the Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia, click here
“Greenacres is the place to be” broke out in chorus among the dozen-plus ERUUFians gathered in the grassy space next to the Fellowship Hall. Maybe it was having a pitchfork, rake, or shovel in hand on a beautiful November day that led to the singing (mimicking the classic 60s TV show), happy with our efforts and time spent together. We had just completed a project to plant fruit trees and berry bushes, part of the Community Edible Landscape Program (CELP).
Seven ERUUFians joined 150-170 Durham CAN members at the September 10 Durham City Council work session to show support for creating affordable housiing near the proposed stops of the light rail. The effort was successful at eliminating the option of a direct sale of the land to a developer. However, no final decision was made about how the land would be used. The City's Development Office is recommending a mixed use plan that would not necessarily include affordable housing.
On July 13, 15 ERUUFians joined UUs from all over the US at the Moral Monday march and witness for voters' rights in Winston-Salem, timed to coincide with the start of the trial of the case against North Carolina's voter suppression law in Federal Court. UUA President Peter Morales joined with Rev. Dr. William Barber, NAACP state President, and other religious leaders at the rally.
- Affordable Housing
- Opportunities for Youth
- Jobs & Living Wages
- Resource Development (Fundraising)
For the past four years ERUUF has had a strategic initiative aimed at helping the Fellowship understand who we are in the context of an increasingly diverse, multicultural community, and to build the skills needed to live out our Unitarian Universalist values in a multicultural context--both inside our walls and in the communities around us. As part of this ongoing effort, the Board of Trustees and Multicultural Team together applied for and received major financial support from the Eno River Fellowship Foundation. Grateful for this funding, we’re excited to launch a major congregation-wide initiative called “Dismantling Racism.”
Some history behind the upcoming RJ Reynolds shareholders meeting, and why you’re needed
by Dave Austin