As a member of the steering committee of the Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network (UUDAN), I’ve written to my state representative to urge passage of HB5, which would reform concurrent and consecutive sentencing by providing sentencing judges with the discretion to sentence prison time concurrently when appropriate. According to Attorney General Kathy Jennings, HB 5 would make a huge difference in the length of sentences. This bill would very significantly help achieve our goal of reducing mass incarceration in Delaware.
You can add your voice by clicking
to join UUDAN’s letter writing campaign. It only takes a minute to support this crucial criminal justice reform.
Even if your legistlator is a “sure vote” on this bill, your support gives him or her the courage to pass other needed reforms.
Teachers Must Pack Up on Short Notice
(You can help them on Saturday.)
Sometimes we have time to plan – other times we just need to act quickly! The Elbert Palmer Elelentary School told its teachers this week that the building will be open THIS Saturday for packing.
As the school year comes to an end, the teachers and staff at Elbert Palmer will sadly be saying goodbye to the building, which is being closed by the Christina School Districe. With that comes a lot of packing and moving of materials.
Anyone available to help out this Saturday would be greatly appreciated.
Report to the school beginning at 9:30 to lend a hand.
You’re invited to a screening of The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2009, which follows the passage of the pioneering Death with Dignity Act in Washington State. Delaware could join Washington as a state that allows families the opportunity for dignity and compassion as part of their end-of-life decisions. The Delaware House Health and Human Development Committee is considering an End of Life Options Act this spring. Come see the movie, learn about the Delaware bill, and join in a discussion.
Friday, May 10: 7:00 – 9:00pm Brunner Chapel
First Unitarian Church 730 Halstead Road Wilmington 19803
(Park in the back parking lot)
Brought to you by the First Unitarian Human Rights Task Force, the UU Delaware Advocacy Network, and Compassion and Choices.
Meet the minister candidate and discuss
social action at First Unitarian Church.
Rev. Pamela Wat speaks at the March for Our Lives, Denton TX, March 2018
This is a open meeting for members of First Unitarian’s Social Justice Task Forces* — and for anyone interested in Rev. Wat’s role as a public voice in the community for the values of Unitarian Universalism.
Wednesday, May 1 Parish Hall 5:30 to 6:30 pm
*Environmental Justice Task Force
Human Rights Task Force
Independent Living for Young Adults (ILYA)
TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 7-8:30 PM , part 1 of a 3-part series
WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1502 West 13th Street, Wilmington 19806
Playgrounds for Palestine – An Act of Love
Presented by Hanan Urick. This project is an expression of solidarity with the plight of children and an affirmation of their right to childhood. There are 36 playgrounds in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, and many happy children. Hanan will also talk about SkateQilya, a skateboarding camp for boys and girls in Palestine that Playgrounds for Palestine has sponsored for the past three summers.
Hanan Urick is a first generation Palestinian-American. She is a mom, pharmacist, school volunteer and children’s rights advocate. Her involvement in Playgrounds for Palestine stems from her love of children and her strong beliefs in the merits of play. Hanan will bring olive oil and ceramics from Palestine to sell for the benefit of Playgrounds for Palestine.
Following this will be a short documentary “Flying Paper” which tells the uplifting story of resilient youth in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown.
Co-sponsored by: Centre Friends Meeting; Delawareans for Palestinian Human Rights, DE Churches for Middle East Peace, Hanover Presbyterian Church, Human Right Task Force of First Unitarian Church, Hanover Presbyterian Church, New Ark United Church of Christ; Newark Friends Meeting; Silverside Church, St. Helena’s Social Ministry; St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church; The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew; The Rector of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, UUFN Social Justice Committee, Westminster Presbyterian Church; Wilmington Friends Peace & Social Justice Committee
Alhumdulillah, we had an amazing interfaith event at the Islamic Society of Delaware tonight. It was a blessed gathering of people from our Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist Communities, which came together for the sake of humanity, to mourn the loss of innocent lives that were lost last Friday in New Zealand. We were also honored by the presence of our elected government officials and law enforcement representatives.
We would like to thank each guest that attended the vigil tonight and also thank each person that has reached out with comforting words over the last 3 days. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. We will be hosting a Town Hall meeting with our law enforcement officials in the coming weeks to address the safety and security concerns of our community.
We take solace in knowing that our brothers and sisters from Congregation Beth Shalom, Congregation Beth Emeth, Temple Beth El, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Hindu Temple, Sikh Community of Delaware, Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Church of Latter Day Saints, Baha’i Community, Jewish Family Services, Delaware Interfaith Power and Light, as well as our Governor of Delaware, John Carney, our US Senators, Tom Carper and Chris Coons, our US Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, our Lieutenant Governor, Bethany Hall-Long, our Delaware State Senator, Bryan Townsend, our County Executive, Matt Meyer, our Attorney General, Kathy Jennings, our Delaware State Representatives Paul Baumbach and Ed Osienski, our US Attorney’s Office, our Delaware FBI Division, our Delaware State Police, our New Castle County Police, our Newark City Police and many others that attended the vigil tonight are with us in combating hatred and building bridges that will keep us united.