The National Youth Justice Summit, an exciting program for UU youth happening from July 7th-14th in Boston, seeks applicants! Dynamic workshops, field trips to exciting local organizations, daily spiritual practices and worship will fill the days. Given the spark of the Occupy movement, we will be examining social justice through the lens of economic justice. The program will help participants think about where their unique passions and skills intersect with the greatest needs in society. And scholarships are available! See the website for more info and to apply: http://www.uusc.org/justworks/trip/2012/youthsummit.
UU Youth and Young Adults of Color, Multicultural Leadership School
Friday, July 27, 2012—Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) is a training designed specifically for Unitarian Universalist (UU) Youth and Young Adults (age 15-30) of Color sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The goal of the training is to equip participants to be leaders in their UU congregation, district or continental committee. The three and a half day school will feature experienced facilitators who will be intentional in providing participants with experiences that will foster relationship building, leadership skills, racial/ethnic identity development, inter-cultural collaboration and deepening of faith identity. At the conclusion of the training, participants will have a new community of peers, stronger and more confident leadership abilities and a stable foundation for sustainable leadership in Unitarian Universalist congregations and other Unitarian Universalist communities and organizations. Applications are available at http://www.uua.org/re/youth/identity-based/color/158493.shtml
Call for Authors: Youth Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Program
The Youth and Young Adult Ministries and Resource Development offices of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) seek authors for a new training program for youth: Building Beloved Community.
For more information go to http://www.uua.org/re/new/199099.shtml
Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees
For more information go to http://www.uua.org/re/youth/leading/observer/index.shtml
If you are a UU 15-35 consider joining the closed list for Youth and Young Adults of Color (of African, Asian/Pacific Islander, Arab/Middle Eastern, Native American/First Nations/Indigenous, Latino/a, Chicano/a descent, multiracial/ethnic, and adopted People of Color), to use for sharing, communication, and support.
DRUUMM (Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries) join with other Unitarian Universalists concerned with justice to condemn the new racial profiling laws in Arizona and we urge Unitarian Universalists who identify as people of color/Latina/o/Hispanic to express their outrage individually and collectively at these laws which allow law enforcement to target people based on race. We particularly note the statement by LUUNA (Latina/o Unitarian Universalist Networking Association), which states about this law that “its very vagueness will provide a means for law enforcement agencies to harass individuals on the basis of appearance alone.”
Because some of our members have indicated their concern that they would not be safe travelling to and within Arizona as long as such racial profiling laws exist, we also support the proposed boycott of Arizona and support relocating or cancelling the General Assembly scheduled to be held there. To hold a General Assembly without the total spectrum of our members is exclusionary. We also urge our General Assembly delegates this year to explore other options that could keep us in dialogue with the people of Arizona.
We remind our Unitarian Universalist family that such actions do have impact. In the late 1980s, when Arizona refused to honor the Martin Luther King holiday, Unitarian Universalists cancelled the General Assembly scheduled to be held there. After the state changed their position, General Assembly was once again held in that state. We believe that, even in hard economic times, Unitarian Universalists must be willing to demand that their money be guided by their principles.
We as people who affirm the worth and dignity of all people must continue to fight against racism and ethnic discrimination in all forms. A law that singles people out by race and ethnicity is by its nature racist. We condemn this law and urge people of faith throughout our country to let their voices be heard.
The Steering Committee of
DRUUMM (Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries)