Jan 16 – Feb 14 Are Thirty Days of Love 2017

January 16 through February 14 marks this year’s “Thirty Days of Love.” The UUFSD Social Justice Action Group has put together a series of events and actions to commemorate “Thirty Days of Love.” We are preparing letters of appreciation to various partner organizations which have worked with us in a variety of actions during 2016. These include, the Encinitas Library, North County Immigration Task Force, North County LGBTQ Resource Center, Brady Campaign, Moms Demand Action, UURISE, NAMI North Coastal,Citizens Climate Lobby, Standing Up For Racial Justice and the Encinitas Community Resource Center.

There are two major efforts the Social Justice Action Group is undertaking to mark “Thirty Days of Love.”

The first is in coordination with our Religious Education and Gun Violence Prevention programs. We are embarking on what we hope will become a multi-level approach to Gun Violence Prevention. We encourage the parents of our children to sign the Brady Campaign “ASK” pledge. (Sundays, February 5 & 12) ASK encourages parents to ask the following question when their children visit other homes: “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?” We look forward to expanding this program by asking our parents to go to their children’s schools and ask for the PTA’s to adopt “ASK.”

Contact socialaction@uufsd.org for more information.

Jan 21 – Million Woman March in San Diego and San Marcos

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There are two rallies scheduled in San Diego County in support of the Washington D.C. Million Woman March:

  • MILLION WOMAN MARCH – SAN DIEGO
    When: Saturday January 21, 10 am to Noon
    Where: San Diego Civic Center , 1200 Third St, San Diego
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  • MILLION WOMAN MARCH – SAN MARCOS
    When: Saturday January 21, 11 am to 1 pm
    Where: San Marcos City Hall, : 1 Civic Center Dr, San Marcos

For more information, contact Irv Himelblau at SocialAction@uufsd.org.

Jan 8 – Social Justice Action Quarterly Meeting

The UUFSD Social Justice Action meets quarterly to discuss current and future projects. Everyone is welcome to attend on Sunday, January 8. The meeting will start at 12:20 pm sharp in the Palmer Library, a light lunch will be served. Our agenda includes:

  1. Rev. Meghan – Ministerial Candidate Presentation
  2. Brief report from subcommittees and task force coordinators
  3. New Initiatives
    • Action of the Week Project: Karen Reimus
    • Beloved Conversations (Black Lives Matter): Robin Sales and Rev Meghan
    • Environmental Justice and Urban Initiatives: Todd Elvins
    • Rapid Response Process: Irv Himelblau (Partner organizations)
    • Thirty Days of Love: (Jan 16- Feb 14) Irv Himelblau and Rev Meghan
    • Voter Registration
  4. SJA Budget

For more information, contact Irv Himelblau at SocialAction@uufsd.org.

Jan 8 – Issues Surrounding Disposal of Nuclear Waste at San Onofre

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Chief (Delbert) Black Fox is the great-great-grandson of Sitting Bull and a water protector. He’s a supporter of Standing Rock, and as such is also supporting the non-profit organization, Public Watchdog, as it identifies the situation at San Onofre as our community’s “Standing Rock.” Come hear more on Sunday, January 8 at 4 pm in Founders’ Hall.

For more information, contact Betsy Gilpin at betsygilpin01 (at) gmail.com

UUFSD Social Justice Action Needs a Donation of Southwest Airlines Miles

Does anyone have Southwest Airlines miles they can donate to UUFSD Social Justice Action? We are looking for miles to cover a round trip from Oakland to San Diego. As part of our Beloved Conversations Program (An Experiential Curriculum on Race and Ethnicity), we need to provide round-trip transportation for the program’s instructor of facilitators.

If you have Southwest Airlines mileage you can donate, please contact Robin Sales at rls728@hotmail.com.

UUFSD Volunteers Needed at the Community Resource Center (CRC)

UUFSD volunteers needed at the Community Resource Center (CRC), 656 Second Street, Encinitas on Thursdays from 10am-12:30pm. Activities include helping CRC clients “shop” for food from the pantry shelves, unloading/sorting incoming donations of food and household items, and re-stocking pantry shelves. No need to make an ongoing commitment – we’re in need of occasional volunteers to join our regular team of 3-5 UUFSD member volunteers. To apply to volunteer or for more information, please visit our Sign Up Genius page at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054fa8a823ab9-volunteering or contact Susan Miller at susan3733@gmail.com. No experience necessary!

Jan. 5 Food Bank Volunteer Night!

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Service is our Prayer in ACTION! The Food Bank Volunteer Night is always from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, and just 20 minutes from UUFSD. Anyone over 7 years old can help! Mostly we just put food in boxes on an assembly line or bag fresh produce – really easy, no lifting, no bending, and great camaraderie. In December we bagged over 7,000 pounds of apples and potatoes–which were given to those in need the very next day–in just 2 hours!

Food Bank Volunteer Night is a wonderful way to help those in need and strengthen our UUFSD community as well. The San Diego Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families, and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout San Diego county. They need our help!

For more information and to register, you MUST contact Sara Ohara for the special UUFSD Group code: sara@saraohara.com