Movement for a Culture of Peace—Critical Issues for Returning Citizens

Movement for a Culture of Peace presents the second of a two-part series on the correctional system in Delaware:

OUTSIDE: Critical Issues for Returning Citizens

Public Panel and Open Discussion
Satruday, April 1   9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
1108 North Adams St., Wilmington 19801
(parking on 11th Street)

The forum will address the following critical questions:

  • What is the Corrections system doing to prepare prisoners for re-entry in society?
  • What are the critical needs of returning citizens?
  • How can we reduce recidivism?
  • Is the Probation system effective?  How can it be improved?
  • What are churches and nonprofits doing to help returning citizens? Are they effective?
  • Are there particular classes of offenders (such as those convicted of sex crimes) who have more difficult issues about re-entry?

 Panelists will include:

Bishop G.E. Gordon – My Brethren Ministries’ Reconnect Program
John Kornegay – Small Business Owner, Returned Citizen
Corie Priest, In-Reach Coordinator, Achievement Center
Priscilla Turgon, Executive Director, Project New Start

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Support Our Jewish Neighbors

Unity Rally JCCSolidarity with the Jewish Community Center

Rally Sunday, March 2, 2:00 p.m.

Our local Jewish Community Center (JCC) has been the target of numerous incidents of anti-semitic harassment in recent weeks. At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, please join United Way of Delaware, West End Neighborhood House, along with community members, organizations, representatives, and friends for a rally to show our support of our Jewish neighbors—here in Wilmington and worldwide. Come to the Siegel Jewish Community Center at 101 Garden of Eden Road, Wilmington, DE  19810. Let’s show our love!

Rally to Protect Immigrants

Stop Separating Families

Freedom Plaza (between City Hall and Carvel State Building)
10:00 am
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tell Governor Carney to Protect Immigrants in Delaware

President Trump’s new Muslim ban takes effect on Thursday. It is part of the president’s broader strategy of inhumane and un-American immigration policies. Join us to protest these policies and to tell Governor Carney to protect immigrants in Delaware.

For more information, call ACLU-DE at (302) 654-5326. President Trump’s new Muslim ban takes effect on Thursday. It is part of the president’s broader strategy of inhumane and un-American immigration policies. Join us to protest these policies and to tell Governor Carney to protect immigrants in Delaware.

For more information, call ACLU-DE at (302) 654-5326.

NOTICE: Because the ice in the plaza may not be cleared by tomorrow, the event may be moved inside the Redding City Building next door. Look for the latest information on Facebook.

Third Reconstruction: UU Common Read

Third Reconstruction CoverSpring Book Discussion
Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Though it may not feel like spring, it is time to pick up a copy of William Barber’s The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear.

This book is the common read for the entire Unitarian Universalist Association this year, and we at First U are making it our common read as well.  You can buy the book at our book corner on Sunday morning.

On Sunday April 2 at 4 pm Rev. Roberta and members of the Racial Justice Task Force will lead a discussion about the book.

Learn more about the UUA Common Read.

Watch a video excerpt (3:23) of Dr. Barber’s talk at the 2016 General Assembly:

March 12: The Failing Drug War in ‘Murdertown’


The Failing Drug War in “Murdertown”
A radical rethinking of police/community relations

Why is the war on drugs failing? Why do violence and high incarceration rates primarily impact residents in our minority neighborhoods? What can be done to change the dangerous and damaging dynamic in police and community relations in Wilmington?

First Unitarian Church Public Forum
Sunday, March 12, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
730 Halstead Rd., Wilmington DE 19803
Doors open at 3:00 pm

A free public forum on The Failing Drug War in “Murdertown” — a radical rethinking of police and community relations. Local social justice organizations will have tables for information and action plans following the event.

With a determination to understand and address the racial catastrophe known as the “War on Drugs,” First Unitarian Church is hosting and co-sponsoring a free public forum.

Keynote Speaker: Major Neill Franklin (Ret.) of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), formerly with the Baltimore City and Maryland State Police

Panel discussion with:

Margaret Rose Henry (D. Wilm.), State Senate Majority Leader
Kathleen Jennings, Chief Administration Officer for New Castle County,former deputy attorney general, Delaware Department of Justice
Patrice Gibbs, racial justice activist and former street racketeer

Major Franklin will open the forum with a keynote speech about the drug war he fought on the streets for more than 25 years — discussing the impact on the communities he served, and the toll it took on police themselves. Panelists will be asked to give brief remarks in response to the issues raised by Major Franklin and the audience will be invited to submit questions.

Co-sponsored by ACLU-Delaware, Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow, Delaware Center for Justice, Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, and YWCA-Delaware.

A reception in the Parish Hall will follow the event.

Questions: (302) 478-2384





March 11: Resistance Training by ACLU at First Unitarian


Join First State Together and the First Unitarian Church for a livestream viewing of the ACLU’s launch of People Power, their new effort to engage grassroots volunteers across the country. Learn more about it at this link.

March 11th 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM at First Unitarian Church of Wilmington

We’ll watch the Resistance Training event live and talk about next steps for organizing to resist the Trump administration’s attacks against our civil liberties and basic freedoms. 

The event will offer ideas for action to defend sanctuary cities, resist deportation raids, oppose the Muslim Ban, maintain Planned Parenthood funding and more. We’ll also inform you of your rights as we organize ourselves to resist unlawful policies across the country.

Saturday: Movement for a Culture of Peace Forum on Delaware Prisons and Rally for Justice and Peace in Rodney Square

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Forum —
INSIDE: Right and Wrong in Delaware Prisons


This timely discussion will focus on whether Delaware’s corrections system is serving the needs of the community. Is it providing rehabilitation, training, and treatment—or retributive punishment, ongoing state violence, and a revolving door of recidivism? Our panelists will include:

Coley Harris, Restorative Justice Activist and Returned Citizen
John Flynn, New Beginnings/Next Steps
Rep. J.J. Johnson, Chair of the Delaware House Corrections Committee
Kathleen Macrae, Executive Director of ACLU Delaware

The free event begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, at the Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew and Matthew, 701 N. Shipley St., Wilmington. 

Help us publicize this event:
Download our printable poster (pdf)

Like us on Facebook. Go to the Movement for a Culture of Peace website.

11:30 a.m. —

Rally for Justice in Rodney Square

Sponsored by Delaware Black Lives Matter