Black Lives Matter and Racial Justice in America
The Program Council has selected Black Lives Matter/Racial Justice in America as the congregational focus this year. The Racial Justice committee has scheduled 9 programs beginning last spring exploring the issue including the formal proposal and a February 21 Town Hall presentation (see links below). Members of the congregation voted to approve the display of a Black Lives Matter banner, shown to the right, on April 24, 2016.
MOTION PASSED at the 4/24/16 Congregational Meeting: Proposal for Unitarian Society of Ridgewood to Hang Black Lives Matter Banner
The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood (USR) is committed to study and actions that will help to undo and redress the systemic racism that exists in America – in our schools, in our justice system, in our culture.
This commitment is based on our Unitarian Universalist Principles, is in support of the BLM Action of Immediate Witness adopted by the 2015 General Assembly, is in concert with the anti-racism commitment of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey, and advances the anti-racism commitment this congregation made in 2002.
The USR Interim Minister, the Board of Trustees (BOT), Social Responsibilities Council (SRC), Racial Justice Committee and over 65 members who have signed the BLM petition for a vote on the banner all endorse hanging a Black Lives Matter banner on the USR building.
We, therefore, resolve that as members of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood and as a congregation we are called to formally bear witness and stand as allies with black Americans in their struggles for justice, equality and security, and in support we will hang a Black Lives Matter banner on our building.
We understand that the responsibility for its maintenance and its duration will lie with the Racial Justice Committee and the Program Council. The first review will be in April 2017.
April 24, 2016
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Social Justice Weekend
Saturday, March 28, 2015
The Saturday night panel of the Racial Justice: Systemic Racism and Mass Incarceration weekend included from left to right:
Gale Muhammad, Founder/CEO, “Women Who Never Give Up”, Roseanne Scotti, State Director, New Jersey Drug Policy Alliance and Rosie Grant, Executive Director, Paterson Education Fund School to Prison Pipeline. Not pictured is the moderator, Rev. David Horst, Minister, Central Unitarian Church, Paramus.