Moral Mondays in Dover

A Weekly Presence in Dover Until the Death Penalty is Repealed

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Let’s get some Standing on the Side of Love people at these demonstrations.

We learned last week that the Moral Monday movement has come to Delaware—and its focus is on changing legislators’ minds about the death penalty in our state. It’s goal is repeal of capital punishment during the current legislative session.

An article in the News-Journal described the protest.

A bill to end the death penalty passed the State Senate last year and failed by a few votes in the House in January. SB 40 will be brought back to the House floor in March for a second vote. Many death penalty opponents believe that this time, with enough public pressure, it will pass.

Members of Movement for a Culture of Peace heard yesterday from civil rights attorney Jeremy Collins of Delaware Repeal, which has teamed up with Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty to organize the Moral Monday protests at Legislative Hall. Movement for a Culture of Peace has committed to making death penalty repeal the topic of its March 5 forum (details to be announced).

Creating a culture of peace requires the end of state-sponsored killing.

What can members of First Unitarian Church do? First and foremost, join the Moral Monday protests in Dover. Help grow this presence until it cannot be ignored by members of the House of Representatives. Each week, more of us should go to Dover: EVERY MONDAY 11am-1pm at Legislative Hall. Meet at Wesley UMC, (parking lot), 209 S. State St., Dover, DE. March to Legislative Hall.

Second, find out how your representative voted in January and contact them. If your representative voted “yes,” then email to offer praise and support. If he or she voted “no,” call to find out why. An easy way to email members of the House is to use this tool at Delaware Repeal.

What is Moral Monday?

The Moral Monday Movement was started in North Carolina in 2013 and has spread to several other states since. This article in UU World describes the growth of this new form of “fusion politics,” which many UU congregations have joined.

Black Lives : Black Panthers

Black Panthers VanguardI’m curious about the relationship between the Black Lives Matter movement and previous expressions of black power, especially the Black Panther Party.

I’ve been wanting to see the documentary film “Black Panthers: The Vanguard of the Revolution” ever since I heard director Stanley Nelson on Fresh Air last fall. Tomorrow night (Weds. Feb. 3), there is a rare opportunity to see the film at Delaware State as part of a symposium that includes Bobby Seale, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party. (Watch Trailer on YouTube)

Here’s a write-up on the symposium from the Dover Post:
BLM-SSLIs anyone else interested in going? The film starts at 6:00, so we would have to meet somewhere at 4:30 and carpool to Dover. Contact me: Jeff Lott. (I emailed the Black Lives Matter workshop people. Janet T. and Linda S. have already signed up.)
The Thursday events are also of great interest to me, and I may return to Delaware State Thursday morning for Seale’s lecture and the panel discussion, which includes some amazing academics and leaders.
If you can’t go but are still interested in Black Lives Matter, you might read this piece by Henry Louis Gates in today’s New York Times.