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SOCIAL JUSTICE HAPPENINGS FOR APRIL, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 11 am — Share the Plate for ACORN
During our Sunday service we will Share The Plate for ACORN! At ACORN Clinic in Brooker, FL, staff and volunteer physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals, with partnerships from University of Florida and Santa Fe College, provide low priced high-quality health care and social services for those in need in the rural population. ACORN medical clinic offers a full range of primary and preventive health care. The Dental Clinic has six dental chairs and an oral surgery suite. For more information see acornclinic.org. For our April 15 Share the Plate collection we will give all non-pledge offerings to ACORN Clinic.

Sunday, April 15, 12:30 pm, Common Room — Social Justice Circle
The Social Justice Circle invites all who would like to share ideas and support for the social justice work of the congregation. The Circle meets the third Sunday of most months, after the service. This month we will begin to plan our work for the coming year based on the priorities that the congregation has chosen.

Sunday, April 22, 11am and 6pm — Climate Justice Program by Ignite Applied Theatre
On Earth Day, Sunday April 22, Gainesville’s Ignite Applied Theatre will present two programs for us on Climate Justice. At our Sunday service, Ignite will fill our sermon time with reflections on local and worldwide social and cultural impacts of immigration and environmental change due to Climate Change. That evening the Ignite Theatre troupe will return to deepen the connection that we have with environmental justice, through reflection of stories from audience members on where we connect with climate justice. The evening program will begin with a potluck supper at 6pm - please bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share. We hope you will join the Social Justice Council for both of these programs!

Ann Kinnebrew, executive director of Ignite Applied Theatre specializes in using art and theatre in non traditional theatre spaces to enhance community, health, education and social justice missions. Ignite’s focus is to engage the community using a variety of theatre techniques, including Playback Theatre. This original form of Improvisational Theatre invites the audience or group members to share stories of significant moments in their lives usually around a focus or theme and then watch a trained troupe of actors perform them on the spot. The aim is to provide a safe and inclusive space to share our own stories and experience a deeper connection as a community and as individuals. The troupe says “We are very much looking forward to our time at UUFG as we explore the important topic of climate justice and its global and local impact.”

Sunday, April 22, 12:30 pm, Sanctuary — Living Wage Seminar featuring Jeremiah Tattersall
Jeremiah Tattersall will be our speaker at a seminar on the Living Wage Campaign being led by the Alachua County Labor Coalition. The Alachua County Labor Coalition launched the living wage certification project to coincide with the living wage campaign. Started in 2016 they currently have certified 15 employers including Satchels Pizza, Westminster Presbyterian, and Atlantic Home Design. The goal of this project is to showcase employers who pay a living wage to their workers and help to drive customers their way. This is accomplished by attaching a window decal to their business and advertising their participation in the program through tabling, print advertising and more. While some of the participating organizations and businesses are not traditional consumer services their participation is still welcome.

The Labor Coalition's living wage campaign launched in 2015 is seeking to increase the wages for the 10 largest employers by 2020. They decided on this approach as it is not currently legal to increase the minimum wage for Alachua County or the City of Gainesville. This campaign aims to saturate the labor market with similarly situated jobs that pay a living wage thus driving up wages for all workers. When a plurality of custodial, lawn care, maintenance, secretarial, etc. workers are paid a living wage there will be pressure to increase wages in other businesses.

 

Social Justice News -- March 2018

UF BATEMAN TEAM PRESENTATION: Sunday, March 11, 12:30-2:30, Sanctuary
The Bateman Team of students from University of Florida College of Journalism will present a program Happy Endings: A Childhood Cancer Dialogue. Meet inspiring cancer survivors during an intimate dialogue! Be part of the solution — help every child with cancer have a happy ending to treatment!

TOWN HALL MEETING ON FAMILY PROMISE: Sunday, March 25, 12:15,-1:15, Sanctuary
A Town Hall Meeting on the subject of Family Promise will take place after the service. At our Congregational Meeting in January, our vote on whether to continue as a host church barely passed, 14 to 12. We must face the question: does this program have enough support by UUFG members? Or should we find another way to practice Social Justice in the community? Jayne Moraski, Director of Gainesville Family Promise, will be present to answer your questions and concerns. We need a good turnout for this very important conversation. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

SOCIAL JUSTICE PRIORITIES
At our Congregational Meeting in January, we asked congregation members to vote on what Social Justice work you would like UUFG to work on in the coming year. Economic Inequality/Poverty got the most votes, followed very closely by Corruption of Our Democracy, Climate/Environment, and Race/Racism in almost equal numbers. To find out about current work in these areas please take a look at the Social Justice display and bulletin board in the Phillips Social Hall, and get in touch with leaders who are listed there so you can be part of the ongoing solutions!


 


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