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

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At our meeting on June 23, we resolved to submit to the board a resolution for the church to take a position opposing the incorporation of St. George as a separate city. If they approve, it will then go to the congregation for a vote. Stay tuned for details!

We also decided to form a migrant assistance committee, because we’ve been getting requests for help from families of migrants who are being held at detention centers across the state, and from aid workers who are trying to help them. Most are for lodging and transportation to get to the centers. If interested, please contact David Lindenfeld, hylind@lsu.edu or 225-766-1983.

Another migrant project needs volunteers:Hannah Hafter, Senior Grassroots Organizer, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, has asked our help with another asylum seeker project. She’s working with a New Orleans based volunteer team from a UUSC partner organization. Volunteers make weekly visits to a new immigration detention center called River (it has been there as a prison but started receiving immigrants a few months ago) in Ferriday, LA. They are asking for overnight accommodations for 1-3 of their people so they can get there for the 10:00 a.m. visiting hours. Please contact Louisiana Detention Watch Coalition, louisianadwc@gmail.com 

if you can help and we’ll connect you.

Beloved Conversations Presents

On Sunday, August 2, join us for the Beloved Conversations field trip to see the Capitol Park Museum’s exhibit on slavery and civil rights in Louisiana. We will meet in the lobby at 2:00 p.m. to see the exhibit together. Then at 4:00 p.m. join us at Brew Ha-Ha coffee house to share your reflections and response to the exhibit. It is only a small part of the exhibit “Grounds for Greatness: Louisiana and the Nation” on the first floor.

Here is the museum’s description of the exhibit: “Exhibits on slave markets, resistance, revolt and Jim Crow provide a glimpse into the unimaginable plight of people of color who, in the face of overwhelming hardship, contributed incalculably to the cultural fabric of the state. The museum re-creates the atmosphere of holding cells where slaves bound for the auction block were imprisoned to prevent escape. The exhibit includes the actual door from the Fairview Plantation jail for slaves. The fight for freedom is highlighted in a display on the Baton Rouge bus boycott of 1953, which made national headlines and inspired civil rights leaders throughout the South.”  

Capitol Park Museum, 660 N Fourth Street.The museum is in Downtown Baton Rouge. It will be First Free Sunday (downtown museums are free), so there is no charge to enter, but consider a donation and bring friends and family back to see the full museum. You won’t be able to see everything in 2 hours.

Brew Ha-Ha, 711 Jefferson Hwy # 2A. We will be in the back room. While they don’t take reservations, because we have to let them know that we are coming, we can request the space once we get there.  

The viewing of the Verna Myers Ted Talk, How to overcome our biases: Walk boldly toward themled to a thoughtful discussion in June. If you weren’t able to join us, you can see it online. Just search for “Verna Myers Ted Talk.”

We want to know if you are interested in going to Whitney Plantation. If there is enough interest, the trip would be planned around those wanting to go. Whitney Plantation is near Wallace in St. John Parish, which exclusively focuses on the lives of enslaved people (www.whitneyplantation.com).  

We continue to look for ideas for activities that help our church community understand our personal and community’s response to racism and oppression in order to become a beloved community, as Rev. Martin Luther King said. We’d like to hear your ideas. Thanks, MiJa Thompson and Maida Owens!