FirstU Human Rights Task Force Co-Sponsors Hate-Group Program with YWCA

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First Unitarian Church’s new Human Rights Task Force has agreed to co-sponsor “How to Challenge Resurgent Hate Groups,” a January 30 program being presented by YWCA Delaware. 
Join YWCA Delaware for a special Investor’s Cabinet event, where a dynamic panel will lead a discussion on how to challenge the rise of hate groups while keeping our basic freedoms intact. Panel includes eyewitnesses to the hate marches in Charlottesville and diverse perspectives from activists, constitutional law scholars and religious leaders.

Where?
Theatre N at Nemours
1007 N. Orange Street 
Wilmington, DE 19801

When?
Tuesday, January 30
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Cost?
$17 per person
Register here
[Limited free tickets are available. Email Jeff Lott for details. Admission is free for YWCA Investor’s Cabinet Members.]

Panelists:
Erin Daly, Esq. is Professor of Law and co-founder of Dignity Rights Project at Delaware Law School, & has worked internationally on the “right to dignity” and on reconciliation after political upheavals.

Daryle Lamont Jenkins was an eyewitness to the “Alt-Right” rally in Charlottesville, and founder of One People’s Project that tracks and reports on far-Right groups.

Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein traveled to Charlottesville during the demonstrations as part of a delegation of rabbis from T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. 

Claire Rasmussen, PhD teaches political theory and public law at University of Delaware; her research examines the political and cultural construction of identity, which includes the study of hate groups. 

Other details?
Convenient parking options include street parking and discounted $2 parking at the Park BPG Garage (1101 N Orange St, bring ticket inside for validation). Price of admission includes light refreshments.

Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Emeth, First Unitarian Church Human Rights Task Force, Islamic Society of Delaware, Food Not Bombs NCCo, Siegel JCC, Zakat Foundation

Contact?
YWCA Delaware
302-655-0039
rsvp@ywcade.org

 

 

 

How to Challenge Resurgent Hate Groups

hate-groupsProgram January 30 sponsored by YWCA Delaware

Join YWCA Delaware for a special Investor’s Cabinet event, where a dynamic panel will lead a discussion on how to challenge the rise of hate groups while keeping our basic freedoms intact. Panel includes eyewitnesses to the hate marches in Charlottesville and diverse perspectives from activists, constitutional law scholars and religious leaders.

Where?
Theatre N at Nemours
1007 N. Orange Street 
Wilmington, DE 19801

When?
Tuesday, January 30
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Cost?
$17 per person
Register here
[Admission is free for YWCA Investor’s Cabinet Members.]

Panelists:
Erin Daly, Esq. is Professor of Law and co-founder of Dignity Rights Project at Delaware Law School, & has worked internationally on the “right to dignity” and on reconciliation after political upheavals.

Daryle Lamont Jenkins was an eyewitness to the “Alt-Right” rally in Charlottesville, and founder of One People’s Project that tracks and reports on far-Right groups.

Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein traveled to Charlottesville during the demonstrations as part of a delegation of rabbis from T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. 

Claire Rasmussen, PhD teaches political theory and public law at University of Delaware; her research examines the political and cultural construction of identity, which includes the study of hate groups. 

Other details?
Convenient parking options include street parking and discounted $2 parking at the Park BPG Garage (1101 N Orange St, bring ticket inside for validation). Price of admission includes light refreshments.

Co-sponsored by Islamic Society of Delaware, Food Not Bombs, Zakat Foundation

Contact?
YWCA Delaware
302-655-0039
rsvp@ywcade.org

 

 

 

Beacon Press and the Pentagon Papers

I thought readers of the Connector would be interested in this post by Beacon Press, the publishing arm of the Unitarian Universalist Association. —JL

Pentagon Papers

Beacon Press affirms and promotes a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

With the release of The Post, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, the story of the Pentagon Papers has rekindled public conversation about the importance of a free press. The film’s release couldn’t have come at a more relevant time. Its historical dramatization of how an administration tried to stop the Washington Post from printing parts of the report detailing US involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967 speaks to what we see happening now: a president openly attacking news outlets and making accusations of “fake news.” It also highlights how necessary publishers are in “protecting an open, democratic society that is now under increasing threat,” as associate publisher Tom Hallock wrote in response to Donald Trump’s inauguration.

While the film focuses on the Washington Post, the story doesn’t end there. In October 1971, Beacon Press released the Senator Mike Gravel edition of The Pentagon Papers: The Defense Department History of United States Decisionmaking on Vietnam as a four-volume set after other publishers opted not to take on the task.

Dozens of commercial and university publishing houses rejected Gravel’s proposal, citing near-guaranteed political persecution and a bleak bottom line. Gravel, one of just two Unitarian Universalists in the Senate, then tried Beacon, a department of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Ideologically, Beacon felt compelled to publish and agreed to take on the Pentagon Papers, despite financial and political risks.

The following selection from the 2007 monograph Beacon Press and the Pentagon Papers (pdf) explains how Beacon became the publisher of the papers

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UUDAN Co-chair Jack Guerin will speak Sunday, Jan. 21

“Third Sunday Justice Talks” Begin January 21

Sunday, Jan. 21, 9:15 to 10:15, marks the first of a series of “Justice Talks” sponsored by our new Human Rights Task Force. Jack Guerin, co-chair of the Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network (UUDAN), will review key issues that are coming before the Delaware General Assembly in the session that begins this month. Jack is a member of UU Mill Creek and co-chairs UUDAN with Donna Shand of the UU Fellowship of Newark.
UUDAN is reaching out to work in coalition with other statewide advocates for change. More than 100 people attended its Grassroots Policy Forum in Newark on Jan. 6, which connected UUs with other progressive political and environmental advocacy groups. Come to this “Justice Talks” meeting to learn how you can join people from all five of Delaware’s UU congregations to work on Delaware-specific issues including criminal justice reform, gun violence, mass incarceration, and environmental justice. The meeting will be held in Brunner Chapel.
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JACK GUERIN

Read a recent News-Journal Op-Ed by Jack Guerin: For-profit Bail is an American Anomaly

 

 

 

UUs to lead criminal justice and environment forum on Saturday. Register now.

GRASSROOTS POLICY FORUM

Building a Movement of Movements

Saturday, January 6
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
UU Fellowship of Newark

Members of the Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network (UUDAN) will present an all-day Grassroots Policy Forum on January 6 at the Newark UU Fellowship, which will formulate plans and action to advocate new public policies in the 2018 Delaware General Assembly and in the publc sphere.

In advance of the 2018 Delaware General Assembly, crucial issues in Criminal Justice Reform  and Environmental Policy will be explored by expert speakers and panels of local activists, followed by action-oriented breakout sessions.

Registration for the forum is still open at Eventbrite. The event is free and includes a vegetarian lunch catered by Newark’s Olive Tree Café.

The Forum will feature the following keynote presentations:

Kathleen MacRae, Executive Director of the ACLU-Delaware, will speak on “Decarceration”
Alan Davis, Chief Magistrate of the Delaware Justice of the Peace Court, will address Bail Reform
Jeffrey Richardson, Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware will talk on Economic Justice and the Environment.

In addition, Forum will include these local grassroots organizers and action-oriented breakout leaders:

Shyanne Miller, Delaware Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow
Drew Serres, Network Delaware
Dustyn Thompson, Delaware United
Alison Wakelin, Delaware Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow
Kate Parker West, Delaware Center for Justice
Erika Guiterrez, Network Delaware
Judy David, Network Delaware
John Irwin, Sierra Club, Delaware
Amy Roe, Environmental Activist
Penny Dryden, Delaware Concerned Residents for Environmental Justice
John Sykes, Interfaith Power and Light

The full program can be found here: Building a Movement of Movements (pdf).

There is no cost to attend.  REGISTER HERE

 

What Is UUDAN?

This event has been planned by UUDAN, the Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network.

cropped-UUDAN-new-logo_3UUDAN is a membership organization with roots in all five of Delaware’s UU congregations. It is part of a coalition of 22 State Advocacy Networks (SANs) formed across the country to give voice to Unitarian Universalist values in the public arena through a statewide advocacy and public policy network anchored in our faith and animated by its principles.

Membership in UUDAN is individual, not congregational. To receive information about UUDAN’s legislative and advocacy activities—and to be a part of determining its platform—you are asked to become part of the Network.

Joining UUDAN is free and you do not have to be a member of a UU congregation to be part of the Network.

Click here to join UUDAN.

 

 

 

UU Advocacy Network To Air Delaware Issues in Grassroots Policy Forum

Building a Movement of Movements

Saturday, January 6
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
UU Fellowship of Newark

The Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network (UUDAN) will kick off a new legislative/advocacy year with an all-day Grassroots Policy Forum on January 6.  Speakers will address Justice Reform in the morning and  Environmental Justice in the afternoon.

Building a Movement of Movements is the theme of the forum.  The phrase “Movement of Movements” is from the book Daring Democracy which is one of two Unitarian Universalist Common Reads for 2017–2018.  This powerful phrase perfectly captures the outpouring of organizational energy that is fueling progress in Delaware.

The Forum will include the following presentations:

 

Kathleen MacRae, Executive Director of the ACLU-Delaware, will speak on “Decarceration”
Alan Davis, Chief Magistrate of the Delaware Justice of the Peace Court, will address Bail Reform
Jeffrey Richardson, Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware will talk on Economic Justice

In addition, Forum will include local grassroots organizers and action-oriented breakout sessions around these key issues. The full program can be found here: Building a Movement of Movements (pdf).

There is no cost to attend, and a free vegetarian lunch will be catered by Newark’s Olive Tree Café.

If you plan to attend this forum, register at Eventbrite .

 

What Is UUDAN?

This event has been planned by Donna Shand of the Newark UU Fellowship, Jack Guerin of the UU Mill Creek, and Jeff Lott of First Unitarian. Jack and Donna are co-chairs of UUDAN.

cropped-UUDAN-new-logo_3UUDAN is a membership organization with roots in all five of Delaware’s UU congregations. It is part of a coalition of 22 State Advocacy Networks (SANs) formed across the country to give voice to Unitarian Universalist values in the public arena through a statewide advocacy and public policy network anchored in our faith and animated by its principles.

Membership in UUDAN is individual, not congregational. To receive information about UUDAN’s legislative and advocacy activities—and to be a part of determining its platform—you are asked to become part of the Network.

Joining UUDAN is free and you do not have to be a member of a UU congregation to be part of the Network.

Click here to join UUDAN.

 

 

 

Protect Transgender and GLBTQ Kids

Passing this along to Connector readers on behalf of Equality Delaware. There have been some letters in the News-Journal opposing the proposed DDOE  regulation—and none in favor. The public comment period ends December 4.

 

Eqoality Delaware logoAt Governor Carney’s request, the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) has published for public comment a proposed regulation that will protect students against harmful discrimination in school based on characteristics such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. The proposed regulation would help to ensure that public and charter schools in Delaware are accepting and inclusive spaces for ALL students, including LGBTQ students.

There is a public comment period on the proposed regulation that lasts until December 4, 2017, and we need your voice in this important discussion.

A national study by GLSEN indicates that 75% of transgender youth, for example, do not feel safe at school. Equality Delaware officials have reviewed the regulation and the model non-discrimination policy proposed by the DDOE. We support this regulation and encourage its immediate adoption. This proposal is an excellent first step to ensure a safe and affirming school environment for all students, free from discrimination.

There are anti-LGBTQ groups and others in Delaware that are actively working to oppose this regulation, so it is critical that the DDOE hears from our community in support of the proposed regulation. We also encourage you to copy your state and local legislators and school board members on your comments, and to encourage others to comment favorably on the proposed regulation.

SAMPLE EMAIL COMMENT

To: DOEregulations.comment@doe.k12.de.us
CC: [ADD YOURSTATE AND LOCAL POLITICIANS AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS]
Subject: Proposed Regulation 225 Prohibition of Discrimination

Dear Secretary Bunting,

Thank you for your leadership in developing a regulation and model policy to prevent discrimination in Delaware schools. This is a great step forward for our State. It is important for our schools to be places where all students feel safe and accepted for who they are. I think the proposed regulation could be strengthened to further protect students from discrimination, and I support the immediate adoption of the proposed regulation.

All students should feel safe in school, and no student should face discrimination. In particular, LGBTQ students, especially transgender students, need this guidance so that all schools understand that LGBTQ students should be treated in a non-discriminatory manner, and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your dedication to strengthen anti-discrimination protections in our schools.

Respectfully,

[YOUR NAME, CITY/TOWN]

Comments can also be submitted by mail to:
Delaware Department of Education
RE: 225 Prohibition of Discrimination
401 Federal Street, Suite 2
Dover, Delaware 19901

Thanks for making your voice heard,

Mark Purpura and Lisa Goodman

Equality Delaware

http://www.equalitydelaware.org/