Fifth Annual March for a Culture of Peace – Saturday, Sept. 22

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Let’s bring everyone together—city and suburban; black, brown and white; Anglo, African, Asian, and Hispanic; native-born and immigrant; advantaged and disadvantaged; Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Jew; young and old; people of all political views—to show that we are one community opposed to violence, poverty, racism, and exclusion.

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Who: All Peace Loving People
What: Fifth Annual March for a Culture of Peace
When: Saturday, Sept. 22 – Steps off at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Adams Street Courts “Under the Bridge” at 2nd & Jackson Sts. 2018 March Map
The march will be followed in the same location by “Bringing It Back to Peace,” a community rally and fair sponsored by 302 Guns Down.

If you attend any Peace Week Delaware event this year, this should be the one.

IMG_7826What is the Movement for a Culture of Peace?

The Movement for a Culture of Peace is a broad-based coalition of faith, nonprofit, and community groups formed in 2014 in response to ongoing violence in Delaware. Supported by dozens of partner organizations, it has organized peace marches in a different Wilmington neighborhood each year.

In 2016, the Movement launched Peace Week Delaware to advocate for non-violent solutions to Delaware’s high rate of violence and other justice issues.

Look for a new initiative from the Movement in 2019: Nonviolent Wilmingon. Join our Movement!

Peace Week Delaware – Sept. 15-23

Trans Activist Sarah McBride
will speak at First Unitarian

The third annual Peace Week Delaware will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 15, and run for nine days. Nearly 100 events are scheduled across Delaware. 

First Unitarian Church is more than a little involved. Our members are in leadership positions on the Peace Week Steering Committee, as well as in the Movement for a Culture of Peace, which launched Peace Week Delaware in 2016.

First Unitarian will once again sponsor a Peace Week event:

Sarah McBride and the Fight for Transgender Equality

Sarah McBride is the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and the author of “Tomorrow Will Be Different:Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality”. In 2012, Sarah made national headlines when she came out as transgender while serving as student body president at American University. A native of Wilmington, Sarah serves on the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware. In that capacity, Sarah helped lead the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to the state’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws.
Date/Time: 09/17/2018 / 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
Categories: New Castle County
Sponsored by:First Unitarian Church, https://firstuuwilm.org
Questions: Lynn, lynningersoll@gmail.com, 302-575-0575

Make plans now to attend this and other Peace Week events, inclusing the fifth annual March for a Culture of Peace on Saturday, Sept. 22. 

Postcard Campaign for Gun Reform

 

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Delaware UU Congregations Banding Together

All of the Delaware UU congregations are participating in a postcard signing campaign to support SB 163 which bans the sale of assault weapons.

If you are not able to fill out a card at a Sunday service, you can participate in the campaign virtually by clicking the link below.

Virtual Postcard Campaign

Volunteers will transcribe the information you enter to create a hand written postcard to your Senator.  The first round of postcards will be hand delivered to individual Senators on Lobby Day–April 17th.

Please take action to support this important legislation to reduce gun violence in Delaware.

Let’s Do More to Prevent Gun Violence

Learn About Pending Legislation in Delaware

Third Sunday Justice Talk
The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence
Sunday, April 15, 9:15 to 10:15
Brunner Chapel

Following the March for Our Lives and anticipating consideration of significant new gun safety legislation in Delaware, we have invited Dennis Greenhouse, chair of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence legislative fund, to speak about successful legislation at the state level and what’s coming before the General Assembly in April and May.

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We will also conduct a postcard campaign in support of SB 163, which would strictly regulate assault-style weapons in Delaware. Come to learn how you can help pass common-sense gun laws that will make our children and communities safer.

Sponsored by the First Unitarian Human Rights Task Force.  

After Bail Reform

Next Steps Towards Reducing Incarceration

Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow presents
Brendan O’Neill
Chief Public Defender, State of Delaware Offices of Defense Services

Monday April 2, 2018;  6.00 pm – 7.30 pm
Tabernacle Baptist Church, 5th and Washington in West Center City, Wilmington DE
Parking on 5th or 6th street within a block of Tabernacle.

O'Neill_BrendanBrendan O’Neill will speak on the next phase of legislation to follow HB 204, passed this year by the General Assembly. HB 204 initiated a series of bail reform measures, .If we can use this momentum to keep on pushing for reforms, then there will be real change in Delaware. Come and learn how the Coalition—and you—can contribute at this key time!

 

 

 

 

Second Bus Added For Saturday’s March

March and Rally in Rodney Square

March for Lives LogoMore than 40 persons have already registered for the bus from First Unitarian Church to the Wilmington March for Our Lives on Saturday, 3/24. A second bus will be added to ensure that there’s enough space for all who wish to use this service.

There’s room for more! If you are planning to ride and are not registered, sign up here. A suggested donation of $5.00 per person will cover the cost of the bus.

Please assemble in the back parking lot on Halstead Road by 9:15 a.m. to take the bus to Howard High School. From there, we will be marching together to Rodney Square, where there will be a rally to follow including music, informational vendors educating the public on ways we can prevent gun violence in Delaware, and speakers ranging from the students who helped organize the march to some of the sponsors of current gun legislation. 

The bus will be leaving at 12:30 p.m. to return to the church. A suggested donation of $5 is requested to help cover the costs of bus.  Please sign up here to reserve your spot on the bus. Let’s show our community that we support common sense gun laws! Event information can be found on Facebook. Sponsored by our Human Rights Task Force at the First Unitarian Church.

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