At USH, we've had #BlackLivesMatter lawnsigns on our lawn since August, and they've been stolen 12 times. The most recent time, the thief replaced our signs with a Trump sign. Our faith calls us to build the Beloved Community, and rather than condemn those who steal, we are calling on our political leadership to join us in a call for abundant Love, to renounce racism and embrace justice.
Join the Unitarian Society of Hartford and Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) CT in a visibility action of giving Anti-Racist Flowers to those on their way to the University of Hartford graduation with Love Letters calling on our political parties to condemn hate and embrace racial justice. This is part of the national call to action Love Is Unstoppable: A Call to Action for (mostly) White Faith Communities by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).
7:45 - Gather and prepare (also arriving before the graduation traffic begins)
8:15 - Begin the action
9:30 (or when the traffic jam ends) - Come inside for coffee & snacks
10:30 For those interested, we'll hold our annual Flower Communion worship service, followed by an all-congregational photo and Annual Meeting
Want to help assemble the flowers and signs? Come to USH Saturday, May 14th from 10am-12pm.
More on this call:
The Presidential Campaign continues to to raise the bar on racist rhetoric with attacks on immigrant communities, Black communities, Muslim communities, women- the list goes on and on. Messages of hate are sadly finding support among many white people, and the entire slate of candidates across parties have failed to fully embrace a comprehensive and accountable racial justice agenda.
We refuse to join a political agenda founded on hate. White supremacy and racism are not a partisan issue. Using racism to divide people who have every reason to stand together is not new. It is an age old way to keep poor and working people divided by race.
What this campaign season has made clear is the necessity to deeply commit ourselves to the work of racial justice. Right now, people of color, locally and nationally, are calling on white people and primarily white organizations, to show up in a much bigger way, to take on more risk, to be more open and public in our opposition to white supremacy.
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