Social Justice Committee Minutes

UCN Social Justice Committee Meeting Minutes
ZOOM Format at 11:20 a.m.
May 10, 2020

1. Attended by Leigh Hoftiezer, Carol Pawlak, Sherryl Andrus, Rev. Tony Larsen, Lucy Friedrichs, Jean Woodmansee, Brian Monroe

2. Minutes from April 12, 2020 – Leigh
Emailed to committee members last week. The committee voted to approve as written.

3. Share the Plate – Jean Leadership Board Advisory Vote from May 7, 2020 – Leigh
In consideration of the current closing of the church due to the pandemic, the Leadership Board voted to advise the Social Justice Committee to extend the Share the Plate donations per designee over a 2-month period for each one, rather than one month per designee. Once the church reopens, we are asked to reconsider the length of time donations will go to a single designee. The SJC agreed and appreciated the input from the Board. Kids Matter, Inc., will therefore receive donations from May and June, 2020.
League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County, STP designee for March and April, received $1,021.12.
With each STP check, a cover letter goes to the designee and the person who nominated them. Lyn Gust, UCN Administrative Assistant, sends it out. Port Fish is a pending nomination. The paperwork has been completed.
New nominees: Lotus Legal Clinic – previously nominated for the Fund for Social Justice, Jean will request a nomination form be completed for the SJC to consider before the June meeting.
Divine Intervention Tippecanoe – previously nominated for the Fund for Social Justice, Jean will request a nomination form be completed for the SJC to consider before the June meeting.

4. UU the Vote – All
After discussing the upcoming podcast updating the UUA’s “UU the Vote” effort emphasizing how we thrive, scheduled for May 12, the SJC decided to notify the congregation via email and contact members of the social action opt-in group (Sherryl). The SJC will meet to discuss the podcast and determine how to move forward with the information. 5. Administrative request – Leigh was asked to send out a reminder about the meeting, with the Zoom link, the morning of the meeting each month. She agreed.

Next meeting June 14, 2020, 11:20 a.m. (probably by Zoom)
Respectfully submitted by Leigh Hoftiezer, Chairperson

UCN Social Justice Committee Meeting
ZOOM Format at Noon
April 12, 2020
1. Chalice lighting and reading 2. Attended by Leigh Hoftiezer, Lucy Friedrichs, Jean Woodmansee, Carol Pawlak, Sherryl Andrus, Brian Monroe, Rev. Tony Larsen 3. Minutes from last meeting – Leigh
They were sent out by email, edited and approved by March attendees, then sent to all SJC committee members, friends, and Lyn Gust at UCN.
4. UCN Fund for Social Justice (FFSJ) 2019-20 – Lucy Friedrichs
Nominees this year included Bridge the Divide, Lotus Legal Clinic, Divine Intervention Program, and Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee Endowment Program (later withdrawn). After much discussion, the committee voted to bring forth the nomination of Bridge the Divide at the 2020 Annual Meeting to receive this year’s Fund for Social Justice. Both Lotus Legal Clinic and the Divine Intervention Program will be considered for UCN’s Share the Plate program in the coming months. Lucy will present the history of the FFSJ and this year’s nominee at the UCN Annual Meeting Informational Session on May 17.
5. Election Forum 3/29/20 review * Initial idea proposed by Rev. Tony Larsen
* Non-partisan information to be shared before attendees could express their opinions, ask
questions. * Leigh opened the meeting. Sherryl Andrus explained website myvote.wi.gov; Jean Woodmansee presented information about the District 2 Court of Appeals candidates; Luan
Burton presented information about the Wis. Supreme Court candidates; Peter Blain
presented information about legal ramifications and history of Marsy’s Law (constitutional
amendment).
* Fifteen UCN members attended and asked that we do this before every election.
** The next election forum will be scheduled for July 19, 2020, at 11:30 a.m., most likely as a
ZOOM meeting after the service. ** Sherryl will write and submit an article for the Northliner regarding when, how and why to
request an absentee ballot for future elections.
6. Share the Plate – Jean Woodmansee
* The May STP recipient is Kids Matter, Inc., as approved by this committee in February, 2020.
* New nominees: Port Fish (to be nominated by Sherryl. Leigh will distribute the form for Jean.) Lotus Legal (Lucy will ask Joy Schroeder, who nominated Lotus Legal for the FFSJ, to
complete a nomination form)
7. Unlock the Vote – Sherryl – on hold right now
8. Annual Report committee input requested
After much discussion, the committee elected to use the following wording on the goal. Other reports were submitted to Leigh, who is compiling them to send to all Social Justice Committee members for final approval before the deadline of April 12. Goal for Next Year (2020-2021) Continue developing and further activating our many action projects, some of which have overlapping connections to one another. We hope to engage more members of the congregation in meaningful social justice work. Publishing opportunities for involvement in UCN’s weekly newsletter, the Northliner, readers have been invited to become involved in social justice work in a variety of ways. This effort will be ongoing as there has been good response to it.
9. Welcoming Congregation Craig Matheus and Rev. Tony Larsen have elected to step down as organizational head of UCN’s Welcoming Congregation. Leigh will reach out to the UCN congregation, asking for a volunteer or two to step into this role.
Next meeting to be held May 10, 2020.
Respectfully submitted by Leigh Hoftiezer, Chairperson

Social Justice Committee Meeting Minutes
March 8, 2020 at 11:20 a.m., Clara Barton Room at UCN
1. Chalice Lighting and Reading – Leigh
2. Attended by Lucy Friedrichs, Jean Woodmansee, Sherryl Andrus, Brian Monroe, Rev. Tony Larsen, Leigh Hoftiezer
3. Minutes from February 2020 – Leigh
They were approved via email by committee members in attendance, then distributed as a PDF to committee members, friends, and UCN.
4. Gay/Lesbian Community Fund membership request. Committee vote required. – We tabled the discussion for April’s meeting
5. UU local info request around DNC – Leigh
They are wanting information about meeting places and places for UUs to stay during the DNC (see letter posted at the end of these minutes)*
Find out what they are activists about.
Forward letter to Mary Devitt and Eric (visitor from Fall)
Ideas: MICAH, BLM2WUUs
Members will send ideas to Leigh in the next month
6. “Unlock the Vote” Forum – Sherryl
Possible dates with no UCN conflict: Saturday April 11 or April 25
Part of Wisdom. Sherryl will call the speakers suggested before.
7. Project RETURN/Circles of Support – Brian Monroe
From Paul Geenan of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee (FUSM) Project RETURN is an organization that “helps men and women leaving prison make a positive and permanent return to our community.” It is forming new Circles of Support which gives people returning from prison an opportunity to share their stories as a form of emotional therapy and to be heard.
Brian will write Northliner article to invite interested people to sign up for training. Date TBD
8. Share the Plate – Jean
Discussed the nomination for Kids Matter. Committee voted in favor for April STP.
The STP recipient for February was United Negro College Fund and the total was $834.03.
A 2’ x 4’ poster was created in the image of a check to provide a large visual report on each month’s collection. Write on it ONLY with dry erase marker, and give to the Worship Assistant the 2nd Sunday of each month. It can be displayed in the Fellowship Hall.
PortFish has not provided more information yet. It was suggested that Jean try to get more information about it from other groups. Sherryl will get in touch with Pat Wilburn from PortFish.
9. UCN Fund for Social Justice 2020 – Lucy Interfaith Conf. of Greater Milwaukee Endowment Fund Bridge the Divide The Divine Intervention Program The LOTUS Legal Clinic
The information packet, prepared by Lucy, will be passed along to committee members. We hope to discuss them and decide on the recipient at the April meeting.
Add:
Minutes taker at Social Justice barn banters? Yes, Board will discuss a new policy for all Barn Banters
UU the Vote – Sherryl Packet of info received with ideas on how to get more people involved. Contact League of Women Voters (Oz. Co., Sheb. Co.?, Milw. Co.) Set up table next to SCRIP table with laptops for people to make sure they are registered and to register online at least 10 days before the election. Sherryl and Jean will make contacts. Jean will ask Peggy about the Milwaukee LWV helping out
Election forum on April 5 – how can we find knowledgeable people?
Find out hours of Black Holocaust museum, email SJC to find out when they can go, invite UCN members to join us. SJC friends group, UUCW, FUSM Lucy will mention it to BLM group
Next SJC meeting April 12, 2020
Bold or color action items in minutes
* From: Phil Ateto [mailto:pateto@vt.edu] Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2020 7:20 PM To: info@ucnorth.org Subject: Local insights for convention? Hello, I am a UU from Annapolis, MD who is coming up to Milwaukee for the Democratic Convention in July with a group of community activists and am hoping y’all can give us some local insights into a couple of things. First and most difficult is potential group lodging options. I understand that most AirBNBs etc… are booked up and prohibitively expensive but I thought there might be activist minded churches or community centers in Milwaukee that can be rented out for overnight conferences. We would realistically need it to have showers and ideally a kitchen. Are you aware of any spaces like this that might be available? I am looking for a spot that will allow 4 or 5 people minimum, but would love to find a place that can hold 50-100+ so I can reserve it for the large number of people who have signed up and will surely be looking for lodging.
Another aspect where we could use your help is in establishing relationships with local groups and people that have been doing the work there in the local community so that we can uplift your work and local issues as part of what we do while in town. While we are there we will have a larger number of activists including indie media capable of mobilizing in solidarity in town, regardless if these local groups engage with what we are trying to accomplish at the convention. When a city is on a national stage like this it is an excellent opportunity to put a spotlight on the issues affecting that city. Some of our folks are from Philly and they hosted the DNC in 2016 and have that experience to help us best support local groups while still pushing our concerns for the convention. We have a few days and plenty of time to fill so hopefully we can squeeze a lot in there and still maintain any separation that may be necessary. Any info on local groups doing work on various local issues you feel we should connect with that might be open to collaborating would be much appreciated. That’s the short of what we’re looking to do and how we could use your help, apologies for the long e-mail. Any thoughts, suggestions and comments are greatly appreciated, and please feel free to forward this along to folks you feel I/we should connect with. In solidarity, Phil Ateto 443.223.8202

Social Justice Committee Meeting Minutes 
February 9, 2020 at 11:40 a.m., Clara Barton Room at UCN
Attended by Leigh Hoftiezer, Lucy Friedrichs, Sherryl Andrus, Brian Monroe, Craig Matheus, Rev. Tony Larsen
Minutes from January 2020 – Leigh
They were approved via email by committee members in attendance, then distributed as a PDF to committee members, friends, and UCN.
Summary report on Reparations Workshop at UCN 12/14/2019 – Lucy
About 75-80 people attended. Feedback: Almost too much material was covered in a short amount of time, which made the workshop run on longer. Some people left at the time of the scheduled end, though discussion continued. People actually in the program felt the same way about it running too long. The BLM2WUU group is not quite sure about what to do next with the information discussed at the workshop. Some attendees said they didn’t attend to be asked for money, but the organizing committee wanted to provide an opportunity to raise funds for the non-501c3 groups. Suggestion: have literature to read ahead in PDF form, not in link format, especially when the link requires a paid subscription to be able to read it. Group questions, where everyone decided if they agreed or disagreed, were not well explained, and were intentionally short (perhaps incomplete?). More group discussion would have been welcome. Being in a room of like-minded people (all UU, all on the same page) was great. Suggestion: it would be helpful to have an “elevator speech” with bullet points to explain reparations to others.
Project RETURN/Circles of Support – Brian Monroe postpone to March meeting
From Paul Geenan of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee (FUSM) Project RETURN is an organization that “helps men and women leaving prison make a positive and permanent return to our community.” It is forming new Circles of Support which gives people returning from prison an opportunity to share their stories as a form of emotional therapy and to be heard.
Share the Plate
Peggy Creer has submitted a nomination for League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County for the March STP. A vote by the committee members was unanimously in favor of this nomination.
Leigh will be submitting a STP nomination for Kids Matter.
The STP recipient for January was UUSC and the total was $631.75.
Tony – idea for STP sharing – in Racine – at end of the month and beginning of the following month they used a large whiteboard prop of a check written to the previous month’s recipient. Leigh will ask Worship Committee if they would be comfortable with it, write to Jean about it, will get a price.
Barn Banter review – All January 19 discussion led by R.E. Director Jackee Orozco and Rev. Tony Larsen on the proposed 8th Principle of Beloved Community. Tony – lots of interesting discussion, almost everyone thought there should be a principle of working to reduce racism. Most people felt that what was being presented from other UU churches was way too wordy. After all the wordsmithing, there was concern that people may get side-tracked from the topic of racial justice. Can it be reworked to make it similar to the other 7 Principles? This proposed principle is an “action” – doing something about the principle as stated. Question – who will work on it going forward? Jennifer Wilke volunteered, along with other interested people (names unknown by SJC members who attended). The UCN Leadership Board will also have input/review powers.
UCN Fund for Social Justice 2020 – Lucy Four nominations were introduced, with committee voting to take place in March. Lucy will create a packet of information for committee members to review prior to the next meeting. Interfaith Conf. of Greater Milwaukee Endowment Fund Bridge the Divide The Divine Intervention Program The LOTUS Legal Clinic
MICAH Black History Dinner – Lucy MICAH’s Black History Celebration: “Use Your Voice, Use Your Vote!” Thursday, February 20th; St Sebastian Church, 1725 N. 54th St. Milwaukee Tickets can be purchased through Lucy at $20 per person. Unfortunately, UCN’s Leadership Board meets that night, so Leigh, Brian and Tony will be unable to attend.
OLD BUSINESS Sherryl provided information previously promised regarding “Unlock the Vote” speakers, whose mission is to change legislation to allow those on parole and other former inmates to vote in elections. Sherryl, Leigh and Brian will work together to create an event on this topic, along with Project RETURN/Circles of Support some time in April 2020. We will also engage Bridge the Divide, Cedarburg.
NEW BUSINESS Rev. Tony discussed how he, and likely other people, are not sure who to vote for when elections approach. His previous church would hold forums for interested members to discuss who they support and why, aiding the undecided in making a conscientious choice. The SJC supports the idea, but did not decide who would organize the forums.
Next SJC meeting March 8, 2020
Respectfully submitted by Leigh Hoftiezer, Chairperson

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
January 12, 2020, 11:20 a.m., Clara Barton Room at UCN
1. Chalice Lighting and Reading
2. Attended by Leigh Hoftiezer, Brian Monroe, SJC Friend Jon Olsen
3. Minutes from December 2019 – Leigh
Approved via email by committee members in attendance, then distributed as a PDF to committee members, friends, and UCN.
4. Summary report on Reparations Workshop at UCN 12/14/2019 – Lucy – tabled to February due to illness
5. Summary report on Kids Matter Informational Session 1/7/2020 – Leigh – attended by nine people, 8 of whom were from UCN. Speaker Jim Hahn from Kids Matter, Inc., gave a thorough description of the training new volunteers undergo as well as refresher training required in subsequent years, work he has done as a child advocate, the support provided by C.A.S.E., and the process required to get a Kids Matter volunteer involved. There is a great need for dedicated volunteers. Their next training session, which requires 30 to 34 hours, will begin January 29, 2020.
6. Project RETURN/Circles of Support – Brian Monroe – tabled to February
From Paul Geenan of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee (FUSM) Project RETURN is an organization that “helps men and women leaving prison make a positive and permanent return to our community.” It is forming new Circles of Support which gives people returning from prison an opportunity to share their stories as a form of emotional therapy and to be heard.
7. Share the Plate (STP) Update
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee pamphlets have arrived. The UUSC is our January STP. How are we using these pamphlets? Leigh will remind Carol and Brian to hand them out. Where are the pamphlets now?
Peggy Creer will be submitting a nomination for League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County for the March STP. We will discuss it at the February meeting.
Leigh will be submitting a nomination for Kids Matter for STP.
8. Proposed 8th Principle education – Jackee Orozco will lead a Barn Banter on January 19, 2020 after the service. She may wish to use the anti-racism rubric intended for church members to help them reflect on where their church sits within the questions of the rubric. Leigh will send her PDF of the rubric to Jackee, and will also ask if she needs help with the Barn Banter.
9. 2020-21 UCN Budget
Changes/corrections in the text were made. Brian suggested we add a line item of $300 to contribute to 3 youth registrations for the 2021 General Assembly. Since so few of the committee members were able to attend, the draft budget will be sent out via email and discussed that way. Leigh intends to submit it to the Finance Committee by January 15, 2020.
10. Additional Agenda Topics
Jennifer Wilke has asked to be on the SJC “Friends” list rather than the committee.
Brian Monroe attended the General Assembly organizational meeting on January 11 and reported on what was discussed. His report is below.
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Planning Meeting Recap for the UUA GA in Milwaukee 2021
This recap will be part of our “New Business” on the 16 January Leadership Meeting.
On Sat 11 January at the Milwaukee Hilton, 30+ representatives from the SEWUUC congregations along with one church from Madison met with the eight members of the UUA GA Planning Team. Brief introductions were made and Elizabeth ________ from First Unitarian Society will be the volunteer coordinator for GA 2021. She will be in Providence this summer at the Milwaukee GA booth.
The Midwest UUA Region has many congregations and the UUA feels that our proximity will bring in a large number for GA in 2021. Milwaukee is on the map since we are hosting the DNC in July of 2020. The average number of volunteers that will be needed are 250-300 and will be broken down into 5 categories (ex: “Ask Me”, registration, SJ project & public witness, workshop suggestions, etc.). Volunteers willing to commit to 16-20 hours will receive a discount on the registration fee. Older youth will also have and opportunity to volunteer.
GA 2020 is in Providence, RI from 24-28 June. Click this link for the schedule 2020 to get a feel for what 2021 will look like https://www.uua.org/ga/program/schedule . Registration opened in November and the same will happen for GA 2012. No theme has been selected for 2021 and that will happen after July 2020. The theme will set the focus and that will help to determine the SJ project that will be supported from the Sunday service collections. Depending on attendance (N/C) which is open to the public, funds of $20,000-$50,000 are possible. The SJ nominations will come from our SEWUUC (South East WI UU Congregations) group and with input from the UUA GA planning team one organization will be chosen.
Another benefit from the GA is the great PR about UUA(s) inclusiveness, standing on the side of love, BLM2UUs, our principles and SJ focus. This often leads to more visitors and potential members visiting the SEWUUC congregations. Some local church members may even host guests and the dollars collected become part of a fundraiser for that church. The UUA team suggested that we might want to budget funds in order to offset the registration for youth. The new registration will allow applicants to make payments towards registration.
I was very happy that two UUA volunteers visited UCN for our Sunday service and were very complimentary about our hospitality, lay led service and our “Portrait Gallery”. I am hopeful that our members will be willing and able to participate in GA 2021 as attendees, ambassadors, and or volunteers. More updates to follow as this planning moves forward.

Respectfully Yours, Brian
Respectfully submitted by Leigh Hoftiezer, Chairperson
Next SJC meeting February 9, 11:20 a.m., Clara Barton Room at UCN.

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
December 8, 2019, 11:20 a.m., Clara Barton Room at UCN
Attended by Leigh Hoftiezer, Craig Matheus, Rev. Tony Larsen, Carol Pawlak, Sherryl Andrus, Brian Monroe, Lucy Friedrichs, Jackee Orozco

1. Chalice Lighting and Reading
2. Check in
3. Minutes from November 2019 – Leigh
They were approved last month via email by committee members in attendance, then distributed as a PDF to committee members, friends, and UCN.
4. Reparations Workshop at UCN 12/14/2019, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Lucy
Set up of the sanctuary – 2 long rectangular tables and one for donations for community partner organizations that are not registered 501©3. The childcare group has asked us to provide opportunity to donate in their name, with the money going to a breast feeding support group.
Must be done Saturday morning, 12/14, because there is a Wis. Singers Songwriters Series concert at UCN on Friday night, 12/13. Four semicircles in back, regular seating in the rest of the sanctuary. 45 people are registered as of 12/8/19 Arrive at 12:15 to set up – Sherryl and George, Leigh

Hospitality- Lucy will ask people
Leigh will set up with Carol Pawlak and make coffee
Registration table staff in North Lobby – Leigh
Greeters, door locked on both levels after 1:15 (post a sign directing people to enter through the west door), tech support (for microphones, digital projector – Mark Ludwig) Carol and George will greet at the doors downstairs and upstairs
Lucy is working on all of the accessibility issues.
5. Kids Matter Informational Session 1/7/2020, 6:30 p.m. – Leigh
Leigh sent out notifications to Bridge the Divide, WISDOM, Forward Action Wisconsin Network (FAWN), Milwaukee Refugee Community. Peggy Creer is handling other publicity, notification of area UU churches.
Hospitality? Leigh will ask First Sunday Lunch organizer to leave any finger food-type leftovers from Jan. 5 so they can be served. Lucy will bring food, Leigh will bring cold drink
Greeters? Carol will greet or find one or two
Registration? (Kids Matter may handle this. Leigh will find out.)
6. Project RETURN/Circles of Support – Brian Monroe
From Paul Geenan of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee (FUSM) Project RETURN is an organization that “helps men and women leaving prison make a positive and permanent return to our community.” It is forming new Circles of Support which give people returning from prison an opportunity to share their stories as a form of emotional therapy and to be heard. Question: can we promote it in the Northliner to get more volunteers? Committee votes YES
7. Share the Plate Update
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee pamphlets have arrived. The UUSC is our January STP. The pamphlets will be put out on visitors table with “free bookmark” sign, and an article will discuss them in the Northliner
PortFish, Ltd. Jean Woodmansee was able to confirm that PortFish actually is a non-profit organization, 501(C)3. Their program service is “Continuing the public education of aquaponics and the benefit to the community.” Since the work they do is part of environmental justice, the committee tentatively approves pending review of the nomination form. Leigh will ask Jean to fill out nomination form so we have more information about the business. Final vote tabled until January 12, 2020 meeting.
8. From the Leadership Board meeting held December 5, 2019
Jackee Orozco asked if the SJC had made any progress toward exploring the idea of the 8th Principle and providing discussion opportunities for the congregation (see below). Leigh promised to add it to today’s agenda.
From June 2019 SJC Minutes:
During discussion of the BLM2WUUs rubric entitled “Racial Justice in UU Congregations,” UCN members Lucy Friedrichs, Brian Monroe, Leigh Hoftiezer, Jennifer Wilke and Jackee Orozco, who had attended the BLM2WUU workshop where this was introduced, agreed on the following points related to the UUA’s proposition to adopt an 8th Principle.
Mission & Purpose (on rubric): Suggestions offered to more clearly articulate the churches vision and mission. To accompany the phrase “Beloved Community” in a prominent way on the website with its definition. To offer a Deeper Dive Service around the idea of Beloved Community ideally on September 22nd involving Rev. Tony Larsen. (Jackee will explore this idea with Tony and bring it back to this group). To follow that service with a Barn Banter exploring the idea of the 8th principle. https://www.8thprincipleuu.org/ (Can we propose this at the next Board meeting?) Lucy suggested, “have the Leadership Board work on the ‘Racial Justice in UU Congregations’ rubric first, either in their scheduled meeting or in a separate session. That way they’ll get a better idea of what we’re talking about. (At some point, I suppose the whole congregation could work on it, online, or in a barn banter.)
“8th Principle: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”
1st Board discussion and approval on Jan. 16 meeting 2nd Tony’s service related to Welcoming Community, Barn Banter on Jan. 19 3rd Saturday workshop
Make rubric available through Northliner link, printed copies for Barn Banter and workshop
(rubric was provided for attendees of the Dec. 8 SJC meeting)
9. Recently attended by UCN members:
NAACP Freedom Fund dinner Nov. 14
Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors meeting (advising on ballot issue re: gerrymandering) Dec. 4
Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee luncheon Dec. 5
10. Unlock the Vote discussion – Tony
Allowing recently released prisoners to vote before parole requirements are satisfied.
Consider how to handle this – barn banter, Sunday service, additional outside event?
Leigh will find timeframe for the question. Sherryl can get speakers’ information from a League of Women Voters meeting she attended. Tabled discussion for January meeting
Next SJC meeting January 12, 11:20 a.m., Clara Barton Room at UCN.

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES (draft)
November 10, 2019, 11:20 – 12:45, Clara Barton Room at UCN
Attended by – Leigh Hoftiezer, Lucy Friedrichs, Jean Woodmansee, Carol Pawlak, Sherryl Andrus, Jon Olson, Vince Senski, Rev. Tony Larsen, Craig Matheus, Brian Monroe

Chalice Lighting and Reading – Leigh Hoftiezer

Minutes – October 2019 minutes Leigh approved by committee

Share the Plate Jean Woodmansee
* Amnesty International (December nominee) – information was sent to committee via email last
week. Nominated by Jean and Tony APPROVED
* Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) (January nominee) Nominated by Jean Paperwork to be completed by Jean APPROVED
* United Negro College Fund (February nominee) Nominated by Pat Kotecki. Paperwork to be completed by Jean. APPROVED
* PortFish Ltd. (new information gathered) Not a current 501©(3) tabled until the owners update their 501©(3) status with the IRS.
* Kids Matter, Inc. Leigh will nominate for March 2020.

WUUSAN Vince Senski
They are officially a 501©(3). We need a new representative since Vince will be moving in May, and will be away on vacation before that. WUUSAN is asking UU churches to organize dinner meetings of area groups who are working on social justice issues.
Contact person for short-notice social justice activities needed. Sherryl Andrus will do it.

NAACP Brian Monroe
Freedom Fund Dinner on Nov. 15 update. UCN has at least 1 ½ tables reserved. If any more people wish to attend, go to the EventBrite listing and sign up there.
Fund for Social Justice Lucy Friedrichs
Nomination forms on the table in the north lobby, are due January 15. Lucy has begun submitting articles in the Northliner to request nominations.

MICAH Lucy
Seven UCN members went to the MICAH annual meeting last month. Impressions: A large mix of different religions, diverse beliefs, working toward the same several goals. MICAH seems to be more “up” right now, more successful. Grateful to see so many congregations coming together and finding solutions to problems.

BLM2WUU Lucy
Reparations Workshop for UUs on Saturday December 14th, from 1-4 pm here at UCN. This is intended only for the 5 churches that make up BLM2WUU. We will have childcare (Milwaukee Childcare Collective) for groups doing social justice activities. The event will be listed on EventBrite so that information about childcare needs can be determined. We are encouraged to have lots of fellow UCN members attend. Drinks and small snacks will be provided.
Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee Luncheon Brian
Brian is on the Interfaith Conference Board, representing SEWUUC. Their annual luncheon/speaker meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5, at Italian Community Center. Tickets are $49 each. From the flyer: Pardeep Singh Kaleka & Arno Michaelis IV The powerful story of a friendship between two men – one Sikh and one skinhead – that resulted in an outpouring of love. Following the Sikh Temple tragedy, they co-founded the Serve 2 Unite mission. In defiance of one of the deadliest hate crimes committed in a place of worship, Arno and Pardeep force us to reexamine our own personal relationship to healing the wounds of the past and moving beyond coexistence.

Kids Matter Informational Session Leigh
(Tabled from October meeting)
* Scheduled for January 7, 6:30 p.m. in UCN sanctuary
* Open to the public. Advertising/promotional materials are needed.
* Partners in social justice work (such as, Bridge the Divide and Nurturing Diversity Partners) will be
personally invited. Any other suggestions? Wisdom Leigh will contact them.
* Brian Monroe will set up an EventBrite listing for the event.
* Congregational support needed for greeting and hospitality. Leigh will submit a Northliner article
about the event and request help.

Welcoming Congregation – Anna Booth
Anna is stepping down because of a lack of time and energy to dedicate to the committee. She will be missed. Craig Matheus was asked to consider stepping in as Welcoming Congregation coordinator.

USPS mail received at UCN – Carol Pawlak The mail pertaining to Share the Plate was given to Jean Woodmansee. Most of that is a repeat request for funds after organizations received our Share the Plate donation in the past. In addition, we received thank you notes which were posted on the Fellowship Hall bulletin board after the meeting. No other mail was received.

Respectfully submitted by Leigh Hoftiezer, Chairperson