Human Rights in Palestine

Palestine-Israel HR Initiative


TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 7-8:30 PM , part 1 of a 3-part series

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.

Palestine-Israel HR Initiative

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. Thank You.

Alhumdulillah2Alhumdulillah, 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.
Eternally Grateful, ISD Management

Mosque Murder in New Zealand


Show your to support for our Muslim brothers and sisters in Delaware

Because we respect their faith and their right to practice it.
Because they, like the victims and survivors of hate in New Zealand, live in fear.
Because Unitarian Universalists show up. Bear witness. Bring love.
Because this must change. And we must change it.

A message from the Interfaith Vommittee of the Islamic Society of Delaware in Newark:

The tragic mosque shootings that occurred today in Christchurch, New Zealand has shaken our community to the core. Many innocent lives were lost in this senseless act of violence. While we are saddened by these events, we are also thankful for all the outpouring of support and love from members of other faiths.

Please join faith leaders, social justice activists, allies, friends, and other community members as we gather to mourn the victims of this horrific incident. 

LOCATION: Islamic Society of Delaware
28 Salem Church Rd, Newark DE 19713
DATE: Sunday, March 17, 2019
TIME: 6 – 7 PM

Pop-Up Carpool from First Unitarian Church. Meet at 5:00 pm in the Halstead Rd. parking lot. Depart promptly at 5;15 pm. Wear Standing on the Side of Love if you have it.

Two Actions You Should Know About

Coming up this week are two actions
that you might consider supporting or joining.

The first is an exciting movement by children—a strike for action on climate change. It is being supported by many parents and children in our congregation. The kids will skip school this Friday, with their parents’ permission. Many will attend a climate rally in Philadelphia. Here’s the detail:


Youth Climate Strike

Our children and youth are interested in participating in the Youth Climate Strike which is taking place in the United States and all over the world on March 15. Originally we hoped to have a strike in Delaware. This is happening too quickly for us to arrange a local strike though.

Instead, we will join the Youth Climate Strike in Philadelphia at Love Park. The strike is from 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm. We will carpool or rent a van depending on the number of children, youth, and adults who plan to accompany us.

This is an actual STRIKE. Children and Youth are striking by not attending school.

For more information about the Youth Climate Strike check out:

Here are the details (as sent by Catherine Williamson to the CYRE email list):

  • First U will be open for children and youth at 8:00 am.
  • Make signs to take with us. 8:00 am – 10:00 am.
  • Leave for Love Park in Philadelphia around 10:15 am
  • Return to First Unitarian Church around 3:30 pm
  • First U will be open for children and youth until 5:45 pm, as needed.
  • Everyone is asked to bring a lunch and refillable water bottle. (If you are unable to provide your child/youth with a lunch, please contact Catherine Williamson and the church will provide a lunch.)
  • Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 13 at 12:00 pm.
  • Please fill out and bring the permission form.

Please dress for the weather! If it rains, feel free to send a change of clothing for when we return to church.

If you would like to contribute to helping our children and youth get to Philadelphia please make checks payable to First Unitarian Church and in the memo put Youth Climate March.

The second action is a canvas for the Smart Justice Campaign. The Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network asks you to participate in a door-to-door canvas on Sunday, March 17, starting at the Elsmere Library. Here’s more about this action and how to participate. 


Canvas Launch for Smart Justice

A robust package of justice reform legislation should be introduced shortly in the General Assembly. Network Delaware, the ACLU and other groups have organized a door to door canvasing campaign to support this legislation:

Canvas Launch for Smart Justice
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3 PM – 6 PM EDT
Elsmere Library, 30 Spruce Avenue, Elsmere, DE 19805

Support the Campaign for Smart Justice and canvas to end the era of mass incarceration. Whether you’re an experienced canvasser, or doing it for the first-time, they’ll have the materials, training and food/drink to help you make an impact in getting folks involved!  This is the first in a series of canvassing in multiple locations across Delaware.

Also, don’t forget to sign the Petition for Smart Justice.