About BUF Black Lives Matter Team

The BUF Black Lives Matter Ministry Action Team seeks to nurture the social, spiritual and personal development of congregation members in the exploration of how racism and privilege impact our congregation, our community, and our nation. In particular, we acknowledge the targeted violence which impacts black people disproportionately. We work to end racial discrimination and injustice, starting within ourselves and moving out into the world around us. We support multiracial, multiethnic congregations and advocate for stopping racist policies like mass imprisonment and attacks on voting rights. We are committed to harnessing the power of love to dismantle racism and white supremacy across our communities and to creating spaces inclusive of people of all races, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds. We work with many partners in support of the Black Lives Matter movements.

Monday, December 11, 2017

BUF Black Lives Matter Service Script 11/12/17

For Worship at Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

We Have All Been Charged
November 12, 2017

BELLS/PRELUDE (1-3 minutes)
· 10:28 first bell, outside
· 10:29 second bell, inside

Good morning. Before we begin, let’s take a moment to quiet our minds, settle our hearts, and silence our cell phones as we listen to the prelude.

Smiling Faces, Erika, Hilde, David, Karen and Chad

Good morning. My name is Cat McIntyre. I've been a member of BUF for six years. You may know me as a cook, or recently an RE teacher, but I am also a member of the BUF Black Lives Matter Ministry Action Team. This service
is a collaborative effort by several members of that Team. The title of the service, We Have All Been Charged, comes from the Unitarian Universalist Association UUA World Fall 2017 issue, which presents this year's General Assembly Report from New Orleans.

At the General Assembly, Dr. Robin DiAngelo spoke to three, packed, sessions about how to develop White racial literacy. I quote from her book on the subject: What It Means to be White.
"I now understand that race is a profoundly complex social system that has nothing to do with being progressive or "open-minded." In fact, we whites who see ourselves as open-minded can actually be the most challenging populations of all to talk to about race,
because when we believe we are "cool with race," we are not examining our racial filters. Further, because the concept of "open-mindedness" (or "colorblindness," or lack of prejudice) is so important to our identities, we actually resist any suggestion that there might be more going on below the surface, and our resistance functions to protect and maintain our racial blinders and positions."

· Physically ignite the flame -- Erika
Elizabeth Skinner:
Acknowledgement of this land owned by Lummi and Nooksack peoples.
We light this chalice to remind ourselves of the Light of Justice we hold dear in our minds and hearts, and our commitment to work for a just and fair world for everyone.

Please join in our covenant - Love is the spirit of this fellowship and service gives it life. Celebrating our diversity, and joined by a quest for truth, we work for peace, and honor all creation. This is our covenant."

RE MINUTE - Jennifer Smith

CHILDREN’S FOCUS (4-5 minutes)
Erika: with overhead projections of book pictures

We sing while the kids leave for their classes

We hold you in our love as you go, as you go. May your heart be at peace as you go. To nurture the spark of your precious life, we hold you in our love as you go.

GATHERING SONG (3 minutes) - I Wish I Knew What It's Like to Be Free, #151

ANNOUNCEMENTS (3-5 minutes)

1. I’d like to make a special welcome now to our visit
ors. If
you would like to know more about BUF please complete one of the green forms in the pew rack (hold one up) and drop it in the collection basket later. If you’d like a printed nametag, please put your name on the clipboard in the entryway.

2. More Announcements

GREETINGS (2 minutes) Erika
· Invite visitors to stand and tell us their name and where they are from. Erika walks around with hand-held microphone

MESSAGE Judy Pine, Injustice isn't new. (7-10 min.)

· Video "The Talk" introduced by Judy Pine: White Supremacy means white Americans do not have to have this talk with their children

MEDITATIONS interspersed with silence (3 minutes) Mary Alden -- I Have Peace Like A River

Mary: Now I would like to invite Becky Kinley and Kyle Jansen, to come up to give us a brief description of the Lummi Youth Canoe Family, our Social and Environmental Justice Collection beneficiary for this month. There is more information in the BUF Midweek Update about this project.

SEJC speaker (3-5 minutes)

Cat : I now invite the ushers to receive our morning offering. All of the offerings will go to the Lummi Youth Canoe Family project. If you want to make your regular offering to BUF, please put it in an envelope with a note that it is for BUF. If
you’re here for the first time today please consider yourself
our guest and just pass the basket along with a smile.

Ella's Song, Womyn's Ensemble

SENDING SONG - Please stand if you're willing and able to sing Hymn # 1008 in the teal hymnal, When our Heart is In A Holy Place.

The insert in your Order of Service is additional information that the Black Lives Matter Ministry Action Team has found very helpful in our efforts and wants to share with the congregation. You are also invited to join us for coffee after the service and talk to any of us there.

A final quote from Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed, found in the UUA World Fall issue, is our benediction:
“The time in Unitarian Universalism when black lives didn’t matter has passed. Nonetheless, change is generational, incremental, and bruising. It comes, but not necessarily on our time schedule. We have fallen short and will again, and when we do we need to pause and pray and ask, “What does love demand of me?” and then stand up and try again. Impatience is not what sustains us, but rather dreams, hope, work, and companionship—the chance to pour out one’s life for the faith, principles, and people whom we value.”


Eracism Minute - 12/3/17 - Debbie Boots

My​ ​ name​ ​ is​ ​ Debbie​ ​ Boots.​ ​ ​ I ​ ​ was​ ​ born​ ​ in​ ​ Memphis,​ ​ TN​ ​ in​ ​ 1955.​ ​ ​ So​ ​ I ​ ​ spent
those​ ​ crucial​ ​ development​ ​ years​ ​ in​ ​ the​ ​ 1960s​ ​ and​ ​ 70s​ ​ in​ ​ the​ ​ South.
In​ ​ Memphis,​ ​ in​ ​ the​ ​ 1960’s,​ ​ the​ ​ racial​ ​ split​ ​ was​ ​ about​ ​ 38%​ ​ Black​ ​ and​ ​ 61%
White,​ ​ and​ ​ less​ ​ than​ ​ 1%​ ​ Other.​ ​ ​ ​ Today​ ​ the​ ​ split​ ​ is​ ​ reversed​ ​ - ​ ​ about​ ​ 61%
Black​ ​ and​ ​ 34%​ ​ white.​ ​ ​ When​ ​ the​ ​ schools​ ​ were​ ​ integrated​ ​ in​ ​ the​ ​ late​ ​ 60’s
early​ ​ 70’s,​ ​ the​ ​ number​ ​ of​ ​ white​ ​ students​ ​ in​ ​ the​ ​ city​ ​ schools​ ​ dropped​ ​ from
71,000​ ​ to​ ​ 40,000.​ ​ ​ Fear​ ​ of​ ​ living​ ​ and​ ​ going​ ​ to​ ​ school​ ​ with​ ​ black​ ​ people
caused​ ​ white​ ​ people​ ​ to​ ​ flee​ ​ to​ ​ the​ ​ suburbs​ ​ in​ ​ the​ ​ county​ ​ - ​ ​ out​ ​ of​ ​ the​ ​ city
schools.​ ​ ​ Suburbs​ ​ with​ ​ names​ ​ like​ ​ Whitehaven​ ​ and​ ​ Germantown.
My​ ​ family​ ​ did​ ​ not​ ​ live​ ​ in​ ​ the​ ​ suburbs​ ​ or​ ​ the​ ​ counties.​ ​ ​ We​ ​ lived​ ​ in​ ​ the​ ​ city
center​ ​ in​ ​ the​ ​ house​ ​ my​ ​ grandfather​ ​ built​ ​ for​ ​ my​ ​ grandmother​ ​ as​ ​ a ​ ​ wedding
present.​ ​ ​ I ​ ​ went​ ​ to​ ​ school​ ​ with​ ​ black​ ​ kids​ ​ from​ ​ 5th​ ​ grade​ ​ on.​ ​ ​ I ​ ​ was​ ​ in​ ​ 9th
grade​ ​ when​ ​ the​ ​ Rev.​ ​ Dr.​ ​ Martin​ ​ Luther​ ​ King​ ​ was​ ​ murdered​ ​ in​ ​ my
hometown.​ ​ ​ I ​ ​ remember​ ​ the​ ​ fear​ ​ that​ ​ gripped​ ​ my​ ​ neighborhood​ ​ as​ ​ the​ ​ city
exploded​ ​ into​ ​ riots.You​ ​ know​ ​ how​ ​ kids​ ​ learn​ ​ languages​ ​ more​ ​ easily​ ​ when​ ​ they​ ​ are​ ​ immersed
in​ ​ that​ ​ language​ ​ at​ ​ an​ ​ early​ ​ age?​ ​ ​ I ​ ​ was​ ​ immersed​ ​ in​ ​ the​ ​ language​ ​ of
racism.​ ​ ​ It​ ​ is​ ​ a ​ ​ language​ ​ full​ ​ of​ ​ belittling​ ​ and​ ​ hate.​ ​ ​ I ​ ​ have​ ​ said​ ​ and​ ​ done
things​ ​ in​ ​ my​ ​ life​ ​ that​ ​ ​ I ​ ​ am​ ​ deeply​ ​ ashamed​ ​ of.
Using​ ​ the​ ​ language​ ​ of​ ​ AA,​ ​ I ​ ​ am​ ​ a ​ ​ recovering​ ​ racist.​ ​ ​ I ​ ​ am​ ​ not​ ​ a ​ ​ racist​ ​ in​ ​ my
heart.​ ​ ​ As​ ​ a ​ ​ lesbian,​ ​ I ​ ​ have​ ​ experienced​ ​ forms​ ​ of​ ​ discrimination​ ​ and​ ​ I ​ ​ have
great​ ​ empathy​ ​ for​ ​ the​ ​ pain​ ​ that​ ​ illogical​ ​ hatred​ ​ or​ ​ misinformation​ ​ can​ ​ cause.
And​ ​ I ​ ​ am​ ​ not​ ​ a ​ ​ racist​ ​ in​ ​ my​ ​ head.​ ​ ​ I ​ ​ know​ ​ now​ ​ that​ ​ I ​ ​ was​ ​ taught​ ​ beliefs​ ​ and
opinions,​ ​ not​ ​ facts​ ​ and​ ​ truths.​ ​ ​ But​ ​ I ​ ​ grew​ ​ up​ ​ surrounded​ ​ by​ ​ racism​ ​ and​ ​ I
find​ ​ myself​ ​ wary​ ​ around​ ​ black​ ​ people.​ ​ ​ Wary​ ​ of​ ​ me,​ ​ not​ ​ them.
Because​ ​ internalized​ ​ racism​ ​ can​ ​ be​ ​ subtle.​ ​ ​ I’ll​ ​ give​ ​ you​ ​ a ​ ​ personal
example.​ ​ ​ Several​ ​ years​ ​ ago​ ​ I ​ ​ went​ ​ to​ ​ a ​ ​ national​ ​ conference.​ ​ ​ I ​ ​ didn’t​ ​ know
anyone​ ​ there​ ​ but​ ​ I ​ ​ was​ ​ expected​ ​ to​ ​ make​ ​ useful​ ​ contacts​ ​ for​ ​ my​ ​ company.
The​ ​ first​ ​ night​ ​ was​ ​ an​ ​ ice​ ​ breaker​ ​ event.​ ​ ​ I ​ ​ dread​ ​ those.​ ​ ​ I’m​ ​ not​ ​ good​ ​ at
meeting​ ​ strangers​ ​ (though​ ​ I’ve​ ​ gotten​ ​ better).​ ​ ​ So​ ​ I ​ ​ gave​ ​ myself​ ​ the​ ​ little
pep​ ​ talk​ ​ about​ ​ how​ ​ you​ ​ get​ ​ out​ ​ of​ ​ a ​ ​ situation​ ​ what​ ​ you​ ​ put​ ​ into​ ​ it​ ​ and​ ​ off​ ​ I
went.​ ​ ​ And​ ​ it​ ​ went​ ​ fine.​ ​ ​ I ​ ​ started​ ​ talking​ ​ with​ ​ one​ ​ woman​ ​ and​ ​ then​ ​ anotherperson​ ​ joined​ ​ us​ ​ and​ ​ by​ ​ the​ ​ end​ ​ of​ ​ the​ ​ evening​ ​ I ​ ​ had​ ​ met​ ​ some​ ​ wonderful
people​ ​ and​ ​ made​ ​ some​ ​ good​ ​ connections.​ ​ ​ Later,​ ​ in​ ​ my​ ​ room,​ ​ I ​ ​ reflected
on​ ​ what​ ​ I ​ ​ had​ ​ done​ ​ to​ ​ make​ ​ that​ ​ happen.​ ​ ​ It​ ​ went​ ​ so​ ​ well.​ ​ ​ I ​ ​ tried​ ​ to​ ​ figure
out​ ​ how​ ​ I ​ ​ picked​ ​ that​ ​ first​ ​ person​ ​ to​ ​ speak​ ​ to..​ ​ ​ And​ ​ I ​ ​ realized​ ​ that​ ​ I ​ ​ had
approached​ ​ the​ ​ one​ ​ black​ ​ woman​ ​ in​ ​ the​ ​ room​ ​ - ​ ​ and​ ​ I ​ ​ totally​ ​ understood
that​ ​ was​ ​ because​ ​ I ​ ​ saw​ ​ her​ ​ as​ ​ the​ ​ least​ ​ threatening,​ ​ least​ ​ powerful​ ​ person
there.​ ​ ​ And​ ​ that,​ ​ my​ ​ friends,​ ​ is​ ​ racism.​ ​ ​ And​ ​ I ​ ​ wondered​ ​ how​ ​ that​ ​ had
shown​ ​ up​ ​ in​ ​ my​ ​ hiring​ ​ decisions​ ​ and​ ​ mentoring.​ ​ ​ So​ ​ I ​ ​ have​ ​ a ​ ​ reason​ ​ to​ ​ be
wary​ ​ of​ ​ me.
So.​ ​ This​ ​ is​ ​ about​ ​ me.​ ​ ​ It’s​ ​ not​ ​ about​ ​ you.​ ​ ​ But​ ​ I ​ ​ wanted​ ​ to​ ​ share​ ​ with​ ​ you
what​ ​ I’m​ ​ doing​ ​ about​ ​ this.​ ​ ​ What​ ​ I’ve​ ​ tried​ ​ to​ ​ do​ ​ is​ ​ learn​ ​ a ​ ​ new​ ​ language.
Learn​ ​ facts​ ​ and​ ​ truths.​ ​ ​ And​ ​ ​ sometimes​ ​ this​ ​ learning​ ​ IS​ ​ painfully
uncomfortable.​ ​ ​ But​ ​ when​ ​ I ​ ​ feel​ ​ uncomfortable​ ​ I ​ ​ check​ ​ in​ ​ with​ ​ my​ ​ heart​ ​ -
what​ ​ is​ ​ this​ ​ feeling​ ​ and​ ​ where​ ​ is​ ​ it​ ​ coming​ ​ from?​ ​ - ​ ​ and​ ​ I ​ ​ check​ ​ in​ ​ with​ ​ my
head​ ​ - ​ ​ are​ ​ these​ ​ opinions​ ​ or​ ​ facts?​ ​ ​ And​ ​ I ​ ​ appreciate​ ​ the​ ​ grace​ ​ so​ ​ many
people​ ​ have​ ​ extended​ ​ to​ ​ me​ ​ on​ ​ this​ ​ journey.​ ​ ​ And​ ​ I ​ ​ ask​ ​ for​ ​ forgiveness
when​ ​ I ​ ​ fail.​ ​ ​ And​ ​ I ​ ​ persist.Thank​ ​ you.

BUF Black Lives Matter Ministry Action Team Meeting Minutes - November 13, 2017

BUF Black Lives Matter Action Team, Minutes for Nov. 13, 2017

Exquisite Erika chaired the meeting.
Present were: Debbie Boot, Judy Pine, Carl Shumaker, Martie Olsen, Cat McIntyre, Lauralee Carbone, Mary Alden, Judy Kasper, Monica Griffin, Suzanne Dorscha, Shari Walton, Noel Higen, Karen Knukles-Flinn, Kristina Lee Podesva, and David Curley

Erika opened with a reading from Michael Blunt on UU history and race, and then reminded us our commitments to good listening and speaking practices.

There were many comments thanking all those from BLM who prepared and presented the worship service on November 12, including Cat, Judy, Hilde Erika, Karen, Libby, and the women’s choir for their moving music. Thanks to Judy for the signs. And thanks for the contribution of speakers from the Lummi Nation.

Erika commented about how we fought for the worship service against some push-back from the congregation. Kristina asked what the push-back was. Several people spoke about relations between the denomination and its teachings, BUF, and the BLM action team.

*We discussed the nature of the White Supremacy Teach-in, a UU program that happens twice a year, and how and why BUF missed doing this in October. We agreed that although the Teach-in is not a BLM matter per se, we did agree to organize this program for a date in March (?) 2017.

*Erika asked for volunteers to do the eracism moments in December, and the schedule is:
12/3 Debbie Boots
As/17 Shari Walton.
Erika reminded us that the eracism moments are supposed to be personal, from the heart.

Lauralee read us a comment that she received abou Liz’s eracism moment, commending its use of humor, but criticizing the other presenters for blaming white people without giving suggestions about what to do. She also shared her response, suggesting that white fragility is part of the problem.

Going around the table, people were invited to share why they have come.

There was a suggestion that we provide in our meetings a time to go over our encounters with others, successful and not so successful, to help us be self-aware, and become more able to intervene in hard conversations.

Erika opened a discussion of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. She explained what it had meant for her to have taken on a lot of white culture, and she described the book as a source of comfort and a healing manual. She also suggested that it is deeply connected to the handout ‘White Supremacy Culture’ by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun.

*Next meeting with will discuss the first two parts.

Erika led us in a discussion of ‘White Supremacy Culture’, taking each of its topics in turn:

Perfectionism, versus a climate of appreciation and a learning organization.
Constant sense of urgency. Suggestion, develop realism about time and goals.
Defensiveness. Note its links to fear of losing power or prestige.
Quantity over quality. Suggestion, include goals about good process.
Worship of the written word. Suggestions, acceptance of other ways of knowing.
Either/Or thinking. Suggestion, explore more alternatives.
Power hoarding.
Fear of open conflict. Suggestion, raise hard issues, express and be open to emotion.
Individualism. Suggestion, work of delegation, teamwork.
View that progress is bigger, more. Suggestion, think about what success is, develop 7th generation thinking.
Right to comfort. Suggestion: don’t take things too personally.

Final words as we extinguished the flame: We must turn and reclaim our past in order to find our future.

Respectfully submitted
David Curley

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Eracism Minute 9/3/17 David Curley

My name is David Curley. I am a member of the Black Lives Matter Action Team at BUF.
These thoughts have been inspired by Labor Day.

1. I believe that racism has always been used to defend money and power.
2. The fundamental strategy behind racism is divide and rule, seeking to set the interests of poorer whites against minorities, and to isolate minorities one from another.
3. The radical strategy against racism is solidarity. Essentially it means, honor each other’s picket lines and go to each other’s picnics.
4. For someone privileged like me to practice solidarity means that I have to put my status, money and power at risk.

September 11, 2017 BUF Black Lives Matter Team Meeting Minutes

Black Lives Matter Ministry Team
Minutes 9-11-17

Karen K-F Nan Lauralee
Cat Judy Pine Courtney
Martie Carl Heidi
Angie Libby Judy Kasper
Paul Suzanne
      1. Eracism Minute Scheduling
      2. Follow-up from Paul after last meeting
      3. Plan November 12th BLM service
      4. Representative to Board vis a vis goal of “increasing vibrancy and diversity of congregation”

Heidi opened the meeting by recommending the November 2017 issue of the UU World magazine which contains many good articles on race. It is available online and in the lobby.

Paul thanked the Team for the conversation last month, stating that it was intense but important. Many issues from that meeting were clarified. The “us against them” feeling that developed was aired, as well as the loss of trust that occurred when previously agreed upon plans (the eracism minute) were changed. Concern was expressed that having the BLM service on the Sunday of the Retreat would reduce the audience significantly. This felt like a diminishment of the BLM message to many.

Paul noted that he had not even realized the service fell on the Retreat date and had meant no disrespect in assigning that date to BLM. It was suggested that the second BLM Service be later in the year to enhance planning time and impact of the message.

Re: the Eracism Minute and Process:
Paul is ultimately responsible for Sunday Services. He felt, partially because there had been a number of Sundays where BLM did not provide an Eracism Minute, that there were 5 Sundays that did not require a Minute. He took this idea to Ericka and Lauralee and they compromised on 2. Team members would have preferred to be involved in that decision. Tensions were increased when he mistakenly left BLM off the order of service, which he felt “terrible” about.

Us vs. Them:
It emerged that these events led to a feeling of us vs. them, and loss of trust between BLM and the BUF staff, from whom “rumblings” (why do we need these Eracism Minutes?) were being heard. Martie noted that the resolution gives BLM the charge to educate the congregation; that if we go back to the Mission the way forward is clear. Therefore, the question becomes where is the questioning of the activities coming from. Lauralee asked if BLM has full staff support. It was agreed that a conversation between BLM reps and the staff could be helpful in reducing tensions and facilitating anti-racist work at BUF. This meeting would include Paul, Kathy, Kevin and Jennifer and might resemble sensitivity training.
We acknowledged that these are difficult conversations to have and that putting everything on the table in clear, concrete language is needed to create a well-functioning team.

Learning Styles:
Angie pointed out that we are all learning, and that members of BLM consciously chose to focus on difficult discussions around race. And BLM has a charge to engage all congregation members including those that did not make that conscious choice. Addressing different learning styles could help engage more people. Suggestions for this included: insert messages in the order of service, use the BLM service to explain Eracism Minutes, using different modalities, eg visual, for teaching, Chalice Circles, Adult Education.

November 12th Service:
Brainstorming ideas which included: Teach in; acknowledge vulnerability required for this work; white fragility; defensiveness; define white supremacy; fear of conflict; how issues are reflected in hiring decisions, etc.; hand signals and numbers used to communicate white supremacy; video showing white man and black man engaged in same activity eg renting apartment.
Explain Eracism Minute
Music: Answering the Call of Love, Smiling Faces, Ella's Story
Children's story: Pink and Say by Patricia Pollaco a possibility
video clip – The Talk
UUA Reads: Daring Democracy, Centering
Kick off Adult Education Curriculum

Board request for rep to “increase vibrancy and diversity of congregation”:
With the caveat that BLM deliberately rejected the idea of setting a goal of increasing the number of blacks in the pews, and that BUF may not be a safe place for Blacks, BLM chooses to participate with the Board so as to have input to their process and break down barriers. Partnering with Black Churches was also suggested.

Action items:
It was agreed that BLM would plan the November 12th Service but not the October 8th due to the coinciding of the Retreat date.

Eracism Minutes will occur every Sunday, except 9-17 and 12-10, through the end of this year.
October 1st – Hilde, September 24th – Judy

Paul will coordinate with the person providing the Eracism Minute

Us vs. Them
The Communication Committee (Courtney) will be the liaison to set up a meeting to build bridges between BLM and the staff (Paul, Cathy, Kevin, Jennifer). This committee will also communicate with staff re: services.

Learning Styles: Courtney, Martie and Suzanne will meet with Jennifer re: adult anti-racist program. Discussion will include curriculum choice, format, starting time.

November 12th Service:
Libby, Kat and Karen will work with Lauralee and Ericka on Service.

Board Request:
Courtney will represent BLM to the Board.

Respectfully submitted, Suzanne Duscha

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 14, 2017 BUF Black Lives Matter Team Meeting Minutes

August 14, 2017 BUF Black Lives Matter Team Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Erika, Lauralee, Cat, Hilde, Rod, David, Lisa, Judy K., Angie, Allegra, Heidi, Mary, Suzanne, Liz, Judy Pine, Carl

Chalice Lighting

Introductions & Ground Rules

Programming Committee Report:
  •  Eracism Minute scheduling
  • Adult UUA Racism Curriculum will be offered in the fall at a different day/time from our regular 2x/month meetings
  • Children's Racism Curriculum to be theme of RE in 2018-19

Communications Committee Report: 
Hilde working on letter to editors of multiple newspapers re police practices and prosecution of abuses of Sharleena Lyles and others

Coalition Committee Report:
Initiative needs signatures gathered to get I-940 on the ballot: http://www.deescalatewa.org/
"This measure would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental-health, and first-aid training, and provide first-aid; and change standards for use of deadly force, adding a “good faith” standard and independent investigation."

Program:  28 Racist Attitudes: http://www.culturalbridgestojustice.org/resources/written/detour

#25 The Accountant
We keep a tally sheet. If we perform some “feat of anti-racism,” we expect reciprocity from an individual or group of color, usually with some prestige or power that can serve our interests.
Reality Check and Consequence
  “I scratch your back, you scratch mine" is NOT justice seeking nor ally behavior. It serves only to reduce justice work to some kind of power brokering currency.

July 24, 2017 BUF Black Lives Matter Team Meeting Minutes

July 24, 2017 BUF Black Lives Matter Team Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Erika, Lauralee, Cat, Paul, Martie, Hilde, Rod, David, Lucie, Rachel, Lisa, Sandra, Judy K., Karen N-F, Angie

Chalice Lighting


Eracism Minutes Planning - EVERY WEEK, Permanently on Order of Service, add definition and intro

Communications Committee Report: 
Martie will connect with Director of Lifelong Learning, Jennifer Smith

Coalition Committee Report:
Cat reported on UUA General Assembly, including Bryan Stevenson, author of JUST MERCY as WARE Lecturer, as well as groups to connect with:

Equal Justice Initiative: https://eji.org/
Worthy Now Prison Ministry Network: https://worthynow.org/
Families on the Outside: http://www.familiesontheoutside.org/
Bellingham Families of Prisoners
Jan & Rick Krouskop's Alternatives to Violence

Program:  28 Racist Attitudes: http://www.culturalbridgestojustice.org/resources/written/detour

#24 Whites Only
I have no connection with or accountability to people of color. I do all my anti-racism with whites only. I am accountable only to other white people.
Reality Check and Consequence
While it is vitally important for white anti-racists to work with other white people, this detour results in white people again controlling the direction and focus of anti-racism work.

Learning to follow the leadership of, and taking direction from people of color, while being accountable to them are all vital components of our ally-ship.