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Black Lives Matter (BLM) at FUSN

For many Unitarian Universalist individuals and congregations, the #BlackLivesMatter Movement (BLM) has brought a renewed and needed urgency to organize for racial justice. BLM UU logo

Since the fall of 2015, many of us at FUSN have been engaged in conversation about this topic. As the Multicultural Ministry group afforded us with opportunities to examine our white privilege and racialized American history, our BLM group has asked the question of how we might amplify the voices of the oppressed and show up in partnership, which is what the UUA’s Standing On the Side of Love campaign calls us to do.

One of the ways that UU congregations are working to show up for racial justice is by displaying a BLM banner outside their building. We would like to invite everyone to consider this concept:

To say that "Black lives matter" doesn't mean that black lives are more important than other lives, or that all lives don't matter. The systemic devaluing of Black lives calls us to bear witness, even as we acknowledge that oppression takes many intersecting forms. (UUA website)

One of the steps of hanging a banner includes engaging FUSN members and governing leaders to have a working partnership with our neighbor, the Newton Police Department, which holds a vital role in community relations.

We would like to invite you to engage with us on the subject of racial justice and offer a number of opportunities to do so. Participating in dialogue, hearing people’s feedback, and staying in right relationship with one another is essential to understanding racial justice issues and what it means to Stand on the Side of Love.

About the Black Lives Matter movement:

  • Started in 2012 after Trayvon Martin's murderer was acquitted.
  • Is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black lives
  • The focus of the movement is to end police brutality, mass incarceration, and demilitarization of police departments.
  • Other objectives include:
    • Full, living wage
    • Employment
    • Decent & affordable housing
    • An end to the school-to-prison pipeline
    • Quality education for all and a public education system that teaches the rich history of Black people and celebrates contributions made to this country and the world
    • An attack against laws, policies, and entities that disenfranchise any community from expressing themselves at the ballot box

To join the conversation, contact us : fusn4blm [at] gmail [dot] com


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