Support “Democracy Spring”

Democracy Spring

First Unitarian will host 20 marchers for Democracy Spring on Sunday night, April 3.


Serve dinner and breakfast, provide hospitality, do your part.

To volunteer: email the Connector.

UUs across the country are playing a leading role and mobilizing to be part of Democracy Awakening and Democracy Spring, April 2-18.

These two broad coalitions have joined together to stand up for voting rights and to get big money out of politics. We know that we cannot build Beloved Community without justice and without democracy.

First Unitarian Church will play its part by hosting a contingent of marchers as they pass through Wilmington on Sunday, April 3. But volunteers are needed to provide transportation and hospitality—and to prepare and serve dinner and breakfast. About 20 marchers will sleep that night in our Parish Hall.

To volunteer, email the Connector. Once we have 10-12 volunteers, we will get a green light from the Executive Team, which has already indicated its support of the action. The Board of Trustees will take up a resolution of support at its March meeting.

Democracy AwakeningDemocracy Spring and Democracy Awakening are taking a stand in this 2016 electoral cycle and intervening with a massive sit-in at the U.S. Capitol and days of action. We’re calling for Congress to pass the Congress of Conscience Agenda and to take the Equal Voice for All Pledge. The UUA and our partners at Faithful Democracy have endorsed both actions. Here’s the schedule:

  • On Saturday, April 2, Democracy Spring is holding a rally and launching a march from the Liberty Bell on Independence Mall in Philadelphia to Washington, DC.
  • Marchers will be hosted at UU Delaware County (Media, PA) on the night of April 2 and will arrive in Wilmington on April 3. First Unitarian Church will join a coalition of local churches slated to host groups of marchers.
  • Marchers will continue to Washington, arriving April 11, and be part of direct action sit-ins that include risk of arrest through April 16. More 2,000 people nationwide have already signed up to risk arrest. Non-violent direct action and civil disobedience training will be provided to all who participate.
  • On Saturday, April 16, from 1–6 pm, All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington, DC is hosting the Democracy Awakening Teach-In which will include workshops and direct action training. (For those arriving in the evening there will be a Democracy Forum from 7–9 pm at Stephen’s Church.)
  • On Sunday, April 17, there will be a massive rally in front of the Capitol, followed by a march around Congress and a multi-faith service and rally at Union Station. We will gather at 12:30 pm at 3rd St. NW in front of the Capitol. Look for our Standing on the Side of Love banners and wear your Love shirts!
  • Monday April 18th is the Congress of Conscience Day of Action.




Moral Witness Wednesdays

Moral Monday in Dover is now
Carpool leaves First Unitarian at 3:00 pm.

Moral Witness Flier

This is tactical change in the Moral Mondays Movement that will put us at Legislative Hall when members of the General Assembly are actually in Dover. 

This Wednesday is the first—and perhaps the most crucial—public witness for #JUSTICENOW and #REPEAL. Capital punishment is fundamentally incompatible with building a culture of peace in our community. This pillar of state violence must be brought down!

SB 40, which ends Delaware’s racially biased and morally repugnant death penalty, will likely be reconsidered this week in the Delaware House. The Senate approved SB 40 in 2015 and Governor Markell has pledged to sign the bill when it is passed by the General Assembly.

This is the moment. Your presence and voice are needed. If you have not been a witness for justice, now is the time.

Meet at 4:30 Wednesday at 209 State Street.  Carpool leaves First Unitarian Church (back parking lot) at 3:00 pm. Contact Jeff Lott if you plan to go. Wear Standing on the Side of Love clothing if you have it.

Can’t make it to Dover? Write your representative immediately in support of SB 40. Here’s a tool that makes it easy:

Death Penalty Action: Culture of Peace Forum

Forum Poster March 5

This week’s Movement for a Culture of Peace forum will focus on repealing the death penalty in Delaware.

Saturday, March 5
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Wilmington Public Library
10 E. 10th St. (Rodney Square)

Capital punishment is fundamentally incompatible with creating a Culture of Peace. Come to learn about how we can work together to end Delaware’s racially biased and morally repugnant death penalty.

This will be an action-oriented forum in preparation for next week’s reconsideration vote in the Delaware House of Representatives—the last chance to repeal in 2016.

This forum will be especially valuable for FirstU members and friends who participated in the Black Lives Matter workshop during December and January.  

Visit the Facebook Event page and let us know you are coming. 
Organized in partnership with the Delaware Repeal Coalition and Movement for a Culture of Peace.

Chad Tolman’s Latest Climate Change News


Hi, Connector subscribers! I’m back from three weeks in SE Asia. Several things have been happening while I was away. I’ll catch up on them in a quick series of posts today and tomorrow.


Chad Tolman

One important item is the monthly posting of Chad Tolman’s Climate Change News. In this month’s blog, Chad compiles a great list of videos and articles about climate change and global warming, including the following excerpt from a Jan. 19  The New York Times editoral.
In Chad’s words: “This is an excellent editorial that everyone interested in the future should read.  It is a shame that so members of Congress, as well as a number of the leading candidates for President, are so backward on one of the most important issues facing the United States and the World.”
“Lawmakers who oppose taking action to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting a price on carbon often argue that doing so would hurt businesses and consumers. But the energy policies adopted by some American states and Canadian provinces demonstrate that those arguments are simply unfounded.
“Around the world, nearly 40 nations, including the 28-member European Union, and many smaller jurisdictions are engaged in some form of carbon pricing. In this hemisphere, British Columbia, Quebec, California and nine Northeastern states have raised the cost of burning fossil fuels without damaging the economy. Alberta, Canada’s biggest oil and gas producer, and Ontario have said they will adopt similar policies.
“Carbon pricing comes in two forms: a direct tax on emissions or a cap on emissions. British Columbia, for instance, has levied a tax on emissions from fuels like gasoline, natural gas and heating oil. California and Quebec, which are working together, place a ceiling on overall emissions and allow utilities, manufacturing plants, fuel distributors and others to buy and sell permits that entitle them to emit greenhouse gases. Like the cap itself, the number of permits decline over time, becoming more expensive.
Many economists regard carbon taxes as the simpler and more elegant solution, and cap-and-trade systems like the one that failed in the United States Congress was complex and hard to explain. But both systems effectively raise the price of using fossil fuels, which encourages utilities and other producers to generate more energy from low-carbon sources like solar, wind and nuclear power.
“In Alberta, a new government announced in November that it would impose a tax of 30 Canadian dollars on most greenhouse gas emissions by the start of 2018. The province’s leaders also said they would phase out the use of coal power plants and impose caps on carbon and methane emissions from Alberta’s oil and gas industry.”
“In that context, China’s announcement last year that it would set up a national cap-and-trade system was hugely encouraging — the world’s largest emitter agreeing to tax itself to help solve a problem that, only a few years ago, it barely acknowledged. Yet Congress has refused to act even as it becomes clear that putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions is the most direct and cost-effective way to address climate change.”