UUJME at Justice GA 2017

UUJME has a full program for Justice GA!

At this year's GA, our programs will focus on environmental justice for Palestinians, the human rights of prisoners, and intersections of the human rights struggles of Palestinians, Native American/Indigenous, and Black people.
Our special guest, Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD, of the Palestine Museum of Natural History will speak at the Commit2Respond workshop on Saturday afternoon and at our evening reception the same day at the Hampton Inn Dauphine room.
Join us also for our members and supporters meeting on Thursday from 6:30-7:45 PM at Hilton Riverside's Camp room.
Hear an update on the No Child Behind Bars tour that we helped to sponsor, and plans for human rights delegations this year and in 2018.
Stop by our booth, #422, and find out how you can start a UUJME chapter, and sign up for a study guide.

See you in June!

Help UU young adult Tracey Rogers share her solidarity photo exhibit!

Tracey Rogers, a 2016 UUJME young adult travel scholarship winner and member of the UU Church of Arlington, VA, is creating a solidarity photo exhibit of her photos from Palestine-Israel travels, Black Lives Matter demonstrations, and Standing Rock.  She ran a successful campaign on Faithify, the UUA's crowdfunding site for UU ministries, to raise $3000 to fund the project and travel it to other churches in her area.  Although she reached her goal, she has ambitions to display her photo exhibit in more areas of the country, and perhaps even other countries.  If you are interested in bringing Tracey's photo exhibit to your area, please contact us at uujme@uujme.org .  Or if you'd like to contribute to Tracey's project so that she can reach an even wider audience, you can either donate to UUJME online via credit card (click Support Us at the top of this page) and write "Tracey's photo exhibit" in the "Write us a note" field on the credit card form, or make a check out to UUJME with "Tracey's photo exhibit" on the memo line, and mail it to UUJME, PO Box 380355, Cambridge, MA 02238-0355. 

 

                                          

Black-Palestinian Solidarity Video

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UUJME Endorses the Call for an 8th Principle on Dismantling Racism

Read the statement from Black Lives of UU at https://medium.com/@BlackLivesUU/black-lives-of-uu-organizing-collective-urges-adoption-of-8th-principle-in-unitarian-universalism-377480e615ef. Read the UUJME statement by going to our Facebook page area to the right on this page, and scrolling down to the post. 
UUJME President's Sermon: Opening Our Hearts to Palestinians

November 6, 2016, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, Washington

I am glad to be here in this lovely church. I have been here a couple times already when I came here with my wife, Linda McKim-Bell, when she became a regional coordinator for UUSC.

I want to share with you today some thoughts about opening our Unitarian Universalist hearts to Palestinians and why that is a good thing not only for Palestinians but for Americans and for Israelis too. This is a personal story as well as a story about us as UUs.

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UUJME statement on "A Vision for Black Lives" policy platform

8/10/2016 We in UUJME are excited and inspired by the release of "A Vision for Black Lives”, a platform of demands for policy changes in the United States issued by Movement for Black Lives, a coalition of more than 50 organizations representing a large cross section of Black Americans.  And we are delighted that our allies in the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective have also endorsed the platform.  

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Message to Supporters Regarding the Investment Screen Business Resolution 6/25/2016

"The Majority Are With Us"

A majority of UUs at General Assembly voted for the business resolution endorsing the UUA’s  screening out of investments in companies that profit from human rights violations in all areas of the world including in the occupied Palestinian territories: 55% of delegates voted in favor, and among off-site delegates, the percent was 67% in favor.

The vote was short of the two-thirds threshold required to pass, but significant enough to establish firm grounding for future work on advancing justice for Palestinian rights.  Read more...

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The 7 UU Principles and Palestine-Israel Study Guide

Download the study guide on Palestine-Israel to use for your adult religious education program.

Booklet of Prereadings and Videos for Study Guide Session Preparation:

http://tinyurl.com/7UUPandPI-Prep

Request a packet of guides on the Take Action --> Learn and Reflect page.

Email curriculum@uujme.org with any questions and constructive feedback. Leaders of study groups around the country are happy to be paired with potential leaders of other groups to provide advice. You do not have to be an expert on the issues to lead a group. It is a guide rich with many resources that you can omit or add to as you see appropriate.

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East is a recommended book to read before starting the first session.

 

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Israel Human Rights Organizations' Statement on Violence

October 15, 2015

A group of Israeli human rights organizations issued a statement about the use of lethal force and collective punishment against Palestinians.

http://reliefweb.int/report/occupied-palestinian-territory/human-rights-organizations-israel-politicians-calls-police-and 

Signers included the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Amnesty International – Israel Branch, B'Tselem, Gisha, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, HaMoked – Center for the Defence of the Individua, Yesh Din – Volunteers for Human Right, Adalah – The Legal Center for the Rights of the Arab Minority in Israel, and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel.

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