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May 2019 Social Justice by David Lindenfeld & Janet Moulder, Co-Chairs

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A highlight this month will be a Together Baton Rouge Civic Academy on Criminal Justice Reform, to be held Thursday, May 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Civic academies are designed to present information on issues of social concern and, more important, to lead to a plan of action, in this case to further the cause of racial justice. This academy will be primarily for our church members so that we may focus on a concrete strategy with achievable results. All are welcome, and invitations will go out shortly.

Dialogue on Race Louisiana will conduct a six-session series at our church on Thursdays, May 9, 6-8:30 p.m. and May 23-June 20, 6-8:00 p.m. Registration for the series is $30 and enrollment is limited to 15. Contact Bobby Thompson at numbernine@cox.net or sign up after church.

Immigration issues continue to draw our concern. Two events are coming up this month:

1. On Thursday, May 9, there will be an educational forum dealing with the plight of unaccompanied minors who are in the custody of the US government. Lauren Aronson, Director of the Immigration Law Clinic, LSU School of Law, will speak at the Bluebonnet Library at 6:30 p.m.  It is crucial to remember that in the midst of the clamor of changes in immigration policies/procedures and border walls, children are still being held in crowded detention centers with no or little contact with their families or legal representation. 

2. On Saturday, May 11, 9:00 a.m., the Las Carmelas Migrant Assistance Program (LCMAP) is having an organizing meeting to talk about the development of this program that provides a “small act of kindness” to the migrants from Central America traveling by bus through our city.  Coffee and donuts will be available.

Looking ahead, June is Gay Pride Month! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, a series of riots which erupted on June 28, 1969 in New York City.  These events are credited as being the start of the gay liberation movement and also why June is celebrated as gay pride month across the nation. Baton Rouge will mark the occasion on June 15 with the annual Pridefest and Equality March through downtown. Our church has had a strong presence at Pridefest since inception more than 10 years ago. And we show our pride as allies to our LGBTQ community by turning out big numbers for the equality march each year.  Be on the lookout for a table after services in May to sign-up and get more info, including our own beautiful UU T-shirts.

UCBR Days for Girls Team requests the following donations:  Sixty colorful washcloths.  Colors needed: Red, Dark Pink, Purple, Blue, Green, Multi-colored, Patterned, Striped.  Please avoid the color white!

Laundry baskets will be available in the Fellowship Hall for donations. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Anyone interested in taking part in this project is encouraged to contact Marcia Shannon, Sylvia Martinez or Audrey Alem at eastbatonrougela@daysforgirls.org.

Our regular Social Justice Team meeting has been rescheduled for May 19, 12:45 p.m., church office.

Our shared offering for the month of May is Diversity House.