Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Eracism Minute 3/31/2019 Cat McIntyre

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people. The movement began because of frustration over George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.


I want to introduce you to the three Black women who created Black Lives Matter: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.


Alicia Garza, created the slogan after the July 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman, when she posted on Facebook: "Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter, Black Lives Matter". Garza saw similarities of Trayvon Martin to her younger brother, feeling that it could have been him who was killed instead. Garza grew up in Oakland, California, graduated from UC-San Diego, and self-identifies as a queer woman. Her spouse is biracial and transgender.

The second founder, Patrisse Cullors, shared Garza's FaceBook posting with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. She helped organize the 2015 Freedom Ride to Ferguson, that launched BlackLivesMatter chapters across the United States. Ms. Cullors also grew up in California, holds a degree in religion and philosophy from UCLA and now teaches at two colleges. Cullors identifies as queer.


The third founder of Black Lives Matter is Opal Tometi, the daughter of Nigerian immigrants. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has two degrees from University of Arizona. She has appeared in several media outlets including Glamour, CNN , The Huffington Post and Time.



Since 2014, the originators of Black Lives Matter expanded their project into a national network of over 30 local chapters. The overall Black Lives Matter movement, however, is a decentralized network and has no formal hierarchy. It is characterized by gender inclusiveness and builds upon social media.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Washington Diversity Academy Black History Month Event

Located at Bruna Press 211 Prospect street, B'ham 98225
On Feb 23 - door opens at 6 pm, Program starts at 6:30 pm
"Come together as an inclusive community to commemorate Black History month in Whatcom County. This event provides an opportunity to enjoy an evening of family, amazing soul food, live entertainment and fun. "

Donation at the door.
Please wear Red/Black/Green

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Meeting Canceled Tonight 2-13-19

Hi Folks,

Our regularly scheduled 2nd Wednesday 6:45 meeting is canceled tonight due to poor driving conditions.



Stay warm and safe and support your community wherever, whenever and however you’re able. 

--Lauralee C

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

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 Rustin
  • KimberlĂ© 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 Matter
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Harriet 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!




Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Meeting tonight at 6:45

Meeting tonight at 6:45 for further discussion of SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE.

Eracism Minute 3/31/2019 Cat McIntyre

Black Lives Matter ( BLM ) is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against ...