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Eracism Minute 12/23/18 Cat McIntyre

On behalf of the Black Lives Matters Ministry Action Team, I want to wish you all a joyous and loving holiday season. We honor each one of our congregants, and confirm that no matter what you go through in this life, you are loved, you are worthy.
I am also reminding you that the Black Lives Matter Ministry Action team does not say that black lives matter more than your life. We are not saying that there is only so much love and justice to go around. We ARE saying that until black people know justice, no one will know justice. To borrow from our Universalist ancestors, none are saved until all are saved.
We aren’t there yet. We aren’t where we deserve to be. We aren’t yet living in the world we were promised at our birth, but we will get there. Each day we meet fear and anger with love we bend the arc a little closer to justice.
Cat McIntyre 12/23/2018
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Eracism Minutes for January

Hi Folks,

We have filled 2 January slots for Eracism Minutes, but need 2 more speakers. The plan is that January and February will focus on prominent Black leaders, to acquaint the congregation with other important anti-racism leaders besides Martin Luther King, Jr.

Examples are:

Bayard RustinKimberlé Crenshaw (who first wrote about intersectionality)Tarana Burke (founder of Me Too)Freddie Hampton (Black Panther member)Alicia Garza, Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and Opal Tometi, co-founders of Black Lives MatterSojourner TruthHarriet Tubman Alan Friedlob will be speaking on January 6 and Stevona Burke will take January 20th, which is the Black Lives Matter service.
That leaves 2 January Sundays: January 13 and 27. Please sign up with Cat, David or Lauralee.  Let Paul know your topic as well, preferably by the Wednesday before your Minute.
Thank you!

NO MEETING TONIGHT 12/26; New Meeting Schedule

No Meeting tonight, Wednesday, December 26.  Enjoy the holidays!

Since we will be beginning the Beloved Conversations program next month, we will be meeting just once a month and combine business with our readings discussion. Meetings will be the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:45-8:00. Community Night Dinners are available at 6 pm on Wednesdays.

Hope to see you there!

ERACISM Minute 9/30/18 - Lauralee Carbone

ERACISM Minute 9/30/18

Good morning! I’m Lauralee Carbone here with an ERACISM Minute, a minute of consciousness-raising from the BUF Black Lives Matter Ministry Action Team’s program. I’m going to talk about the color of justice, prosecutorial power, and your opportunity to make a difference with your vote for local prosecutor in the upcoming election.
The following information is from the book, THE NEW JIM CROW, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander.
The legal rules governing prosecutions, like those that govern sentencing decisions, maximize rather than minimize racial bias. No one has more power in the criminal justice system than prosecutors. The prosecutor is free to dismiss a case for any reason or no reason at all, regardless of the strength of the evidence. The prosecutor is also free to file more charges against a defendant than can realistically be proven in court, so long as probable cause arguably exists. Whether a good plea deal is offer…

ERACISM Minute by Heidi Ohana--September 23, 2018

I want to talk about white fragility today.  I know someone comes up here each week and talks about racism in this country, within our denomination, and within ourselves.  I also know sometimes people get tired of it.  This is what white fragility is about. 
White people in this country live in an environment that protects and insulates us from race-based stress. This insulated environment builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering our ability to tolerate racial stress.  We don’t want to hear that we benefit from institutionalized racism, that we live in a white supremacist culture, or even that we, ourselves, hold some racist attitudes.  We’re good people after all.  We’re on the “right” side of this issue.  No one wants to feel bad about themselves – especially if they believe racism is wrong.  And that is not the goal.  The goal is to become increasingly aware of how we benefit from and participate in this system.
White fragility is a state in which…

Eracism Minute 7/15/18 (Pride)

7/15/18 Eracism Minute
Good morning. I’m Lauralee Carbone, here to present a weekly eracism minute, a minute of consciousness-raising on behalf of the BUF Black Lives Matter Ministry Action Team. Eracism is defined as the removal from existence of the belief that one race is superior to another.
I’m going to present a poem by Audre Lorde: a black, feminist, lesbian, warrior, mother, author, poet. In her poem she speaks of intersectionality, the overlapping discrimination of racism, heteronormativism, sexism, ageism, ablism, and classism. See if you can pick all these “isms” out. For clarification, she refers to Nedicks, which is sort of like the Denny’s of the east coast.
Who Said It Was Simple
There are so many roots to the tree of anger that sometimes the branches shatter before they bear.
Sitting in Nedicks the women rally before they march discussing the problematic girls they hire to make them free. An almost white counterman passes a waiting brother to serve them first and the ladies neithe…