Our UUCC Strategic Plan includes engaging more members in justice work that makes our community more equitable, inclusive and resilient. Further, it calls us to develop educational, experiential and worship opportunities that build and nurture an internal culture of anti-racism and anti-oppression. The Racial Justice Leadership Team’s charge is to integrate racial justice into all areas of our UUCC community. One way we can involve a large number of members is by incorporating racial justice activities into all our groups, committees, and Covenant Groups. The RJLT, with the endorsement of the Board, is asking each group to consider dedicating one meeting or event in 2021 to addressing racial justice. We have come up with some suggestions, but each group is encouraged to be creative and find their own way of honoring our goal of building an internal culture of anti-racism and anti-oppression.
Some ideas for Spreading Justice for UUCC groups:
Read and discuss a book or article:
- How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
- So You Want to Talk about Race, Ijeoma Oluo
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible
Knapsack, Peggy McIntosh
- White Supremacy Culture, Tema Okum
Watch and discuss a video:
- Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an
injustice | TED Talk
- Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black
Man – YouTube
Have a meal at a black-owned restaurant.
Some great options nearby include:
- Zanzibar Soul Fusion, 13225 Shaker Square #2314, Cleveland 44120. Take out, delivery. 216-752-1035
- Academy Tavern, 12800 Larchmere, 44120.
216-229-1171. Dine in, take out, delivery.
- UnBar Cafe, 12635 Larchmere, Cleveland. Dine in, take out. 216-293-4480.
- Cleveland Dinners:
Both virtual and live settings. Diverse groups of people share a meal with facilitated dialogue on race and equity, helping bridge the gap that
separates many of us. Fourth Sunday of every month from 5 to 7 pm. 216-282-9844 https://www.clevelanddinners.org
Go together to a play:
- Karamu is a great option.
- Ensemble Theatre often features black playwrights including Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, and Charles White.
Volunteer as a group at IMPACT or FDR School.
Participate in a UUJO, Greater Cleveland Congregations or ACLU seminar.
Be creative and come up with something meaningful for you. The Racial Justice Leadership Team is available to work with a designated person from each committee/group if desired. Contact Pat Dillard or Nancy King Smith for help.