People are Mobilizing
There’s a program on December 6 you may want to attend, 7pm at the Venice Gardens Community Center, 406 Shamrock Boulevard. After an appraisal of the book “Dark Money”, Barbara Somma will lead a discussion of a 2020 petition drive to put a Move to Amend resolution on the statewide ballot.
“We the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.”
Already 21 state legislatures have passed or have in progress resolutions, and numerous cities nationwide have passed resolutions or better yet, ballot initiatives. https://movetoamend.org/resolutions-map Move to Amend and American Promise are heading in the same direction and mobilizing people nationwide. It’s time we pressed Florida to get on board!
“Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry”
Our Common Read this winter grew out of a concern of the UU Minister’s Association that discussions of race in Unitarian Universalism have too often presupposed a White audience and prioritized the needs, education, and emotions of the White majority.
A group of distinguished UU religious professionals of color was called to form a committee on Antiracism, Anti-culturalism,, and Multiculturalism; their task was to reframe Unitarian Universalist anti-oppression work by putting the voices, experiences, and learnings of people of color at the center of the conversation.
The resulting book, “Centering”, captures the papers that were presented and the rich dialogue from the conference to share personal stories and address the challenges that religious leaders of color face in exercising power, agency, and authority in a culturally White denomination. “Centering” explores how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist ministries.
We Need Your Help NOW
Thanks to the many of you who have signed the petitions for the countywide effort for Single Member Districts for electing County Commissioners, and for the statewide effort to restore voting rights for ex-felons who have paid their debt to society. Now, in November, the focus must be on the Voting Restoration Amendment; we must meet the December deadline for one million petitions statewide, to guarantee that the needed 766,200 petitions will be validated to put this amendment on the November 2018 ballot.
This is an historic opportunity to correct 150 years of wrong in Florida that strips all individuals with past felony convictions of their civil rights, including their right to vote, even after they have completed their sentences. We are one of only three states in the union that permanently bars all ex-felons from voting.
Our Common Good team has been working diligently to gather petitions. Now we need to ask everyone in the congregation to help. Can you please take FIVE Voting Restoration Amendment petitions, ask friends outside UUCOV to fill them out, and bring them back to us to mail in? If 200 of us could do that, we can send 1,000 petitions in to support the cause. Time is of the essence. Please see anyone of our Common Good Team at the Social Justice table at coffee hour on Sunday to pick up your petitions. Let’s change history in Florida for the better.