Mosque Murder in New Zealand

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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:

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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. 

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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.

Conference: Immigrant Rights are Human Rights

 

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Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Cultivating Change Conference

Saturday, Feb 23, 10:30am-4pm

West Chester University
Sykes Student Union

PICC’s Executive Director will be speaking on a panel about immigration at the Cultivating Change Conference at West Chester University. Coming from a “immigrant rights are human rights” perspective, this session will offer information on key issues of the moment.

 

This is a free conference, but registration is required. Register here!

 

A message from the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
Human Rights Task Force

Pop Up Protest Today: No Wall No Emergency

POP UP PROTEST — TODAY!

NO WALL: NO EMERGENCY

Border Protest

Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to fund his racist, xenophobic, and unpopular wall on the US-Mexico border. We know Trump is making up this emergency to get his way despite the refusal by Congress to authorize the wall.  And we refuse to stand for it.

Join your fellow Delawareans to say NO to the emergency, NO to the wall, and YES to dignity and respect for all immigrants

1PM – 3PM

Rodney Square North
1101 N King St.
Wilmington, Delaware 19801

Endorsed by the UUDAN Safe Communities Campaign

Join UUs at Delaware Community Town Hall Events

A Message from UUDAN — the Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network

Unitarian Universalists are urged to join Governor John Carney for a series of community town halls with members of the General Assembly – both Democrats and Republicans – being held across the state.

The governor will join local legislators to discuss his priorities as outlined in his State of the State address, the Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal, and to listen to ideas from members of the public.

cropped-UUDAN-new-logo_3UUs all over the country are getting more involved in local legislative actions and so should we! To become more active in the legislative process, we need to inform ourselves about the issues and advocate for progressive change from our grounding and values in a liberal religious faith.

Call your UU friends and go together to your town hall meeting. Here’s the complete schedule of Town Hall Meetings.  The meeting closest to the church is at the Talleyville Fire Hall on Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. – February 5 – Rt. 9 Library & Innovation Center, New Castle, with Senator Darius Brown, Representative Franklin Cooke, Representative Kendra Johnson, and Representative Melissa Minor-Brown.
6:00 p.m. – February 7 – Delaware Technical Community College, Wilmington, with Senator Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman, Senator Darius Brown, Representative Nnamdi Chukwuocha, Representative Sherry Dorsey Walker.
6:00 p.m. – February 11 – Carlisle Fire Company, Milford, with Senator Dave Wilson, Representative W. Shannon Morris, Representative Charles Postles, Representative Bryan Shupe and Representative Jesse Vanderwende.
9:30 a.m. – February 19 – Crossroads Restaurant, Kirkwood Hwy, with Senator Anthony Delcollo, Representative Michael Ramone, and Representative Michael Smith.
7:00 p.m. – March 7 – Talleyville Fire Company, Wilmington, with Senator Laura Sturgeon, Representative Krista Griffith and Representative Raymond Seigfried.

Interfaith Opportunity

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Jumm’ah (Friday Prayers)

Friday, Feb. 8, at 11:45am
Islamic Society of Delaware
28 Salem Church Rd.
Newark DE 19713
Non-Muslims are welcome to attend Jumm’ah at the Islamic Society of Delaware. The Muslim community welcomes all who might wish to share this experience. Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly and parishioners of Elizabeth Anne Seton Parish will also attend. The prayer service lasts about 45 minutes. Contact Jack Sanders jack.san@verizon.net for details.