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

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The Together Baton Rouge Delegates Assembly took place on March 12 and was well attended, especially by Unitarians.  With 37 UU church members there, we sustained our reputation as the Church That Shows Up.  Our church has agreed to hold a Civic Academy on Criminal Justice and Police Reform within our institution on May 16.   Together Baton Rouge will have additional Civic Academies, which would be opportunities for our church to put itself forward by inviting other community members to attend these events within our church.

The Las Carmelas Migrant Assistance Program (LCMAP) volunteers are still meeting buses from Houston to welcome and provide some food, water and basic necessities to migrants who arrive at the southern border and are placed on buses that stop in Baton Rouge for a short layover.  Volunteers have been meeting several buses a day. There is an ongoing need for donations and volunteers.  These volunteers are showing these newcomers to our country a moment of kindness to counterpoint the less than welcoming treatment they received at the border.

We will be taking orders for t-shirts with the church logo and picture in anticipation of the Baton Rouge Pride Fest June 15.  Our church has been a participant in the BR Equality March in downtown Baton Rouge since its inception in 2012.  The shirts are great for wearing at any events attended by Unitarian church members.  Wearing these shirts helps others identify who we are and sustains the UU reputation for civic involvement.  Order yours for purchase at the sign-up table in the Fellowship Hall after services or contact Janet Moulder at janplanett@aol.com.

Bobby Thompson has announced a new Dialogue on Race series to be held at the church on Wednesdays for 6 sessions starting May 9-June 13, from 6pm to 8pm. Sign up at table in the Fellowship Hall after services or contact Bobby Thompson at numbernine@cox.net