Social Justice Action Focus for 2024:

Inspire, motivate, educate and challenge the UUCGT congregation to help local citizens vote in all 2024 elections and make a smooth transition to the next administration!

Action Opportunities

 

Below are possible actions you could take to promote social justice.  If you know of other events or activities that would fit in on this page, please submit them via email them to SteveSand@mac.com.  Be aware that we may not directly support or oppose any candidate or political party.

Featured Content

(To see dated events, scroll down)

Ava King, a 17-year-old, and John Trezise, a 101-year-old reflect on the right to vote and what might be at stake this coming election. 

Filmed and produced by Rev Alex Jensen.  Music “People Get Ready” by the Impressions. Performed by Barbara Young on the piano.

The video is now ready to be used to encourage citizens of all ages to participate in this election. Please distribute widely in your efforts to get the vote out. 

Link to video on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/F6_EAK4a34c

Is US more divided than ever? You may be surprised: Tips to ease tensions

Bridge Michigan Article: – July 14, 2024

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Vote 411 – Plan Your Vote

Enter your address to see whats on your ballot, look at candidate responses to questions, and much more.  Your one stop site for voting!  Brought to you by the League of Women Voters.

Click here to go to Vote 411.

7/21/2024 

Letter to the Editor of The Record Eagle – Traverse City
By Charles Brackett

Time to Take a Stand

When first established, this nation and its democratic structure were judged by many to be doomed to failure. That the people of a nation should hold the power of government was considered a fantasy. And indeed, it can be messy, as has been true throughout our history. Time and again, our nation has been tested, both by internal division and external attack. Consider all the contentious elections and despotic adversaries, conflicts challenging our livelihood, our values and freedoms.

We are fighting again, for the very survival of that nation, against those of us that are subverting, intentionally or unintentionally, the very principles established in our founding documents. If successful, they may vest the power in the hands of a few by destroying fair elections, discrediting the judicial system, undermining confidence in the media, and subverting the rule of law by promising retribution against any who dare challenge them.  The result would be an autocracy, even fascism, in a nation which has been a beacon of hope to the entire world.

Your vote this year may be the turning point to strengthening America or it may be your last vote. It is time to take a stand.

Mon – July 22nd: 7:00PM
Online

Fight Project 2025 in Michigan

While we know that Project 2025 will destroy civil rights, reproductive freedom and turn our country towards extremist Christian Nationalism – too many of our friends and family are completely unaware. But we can change that together! We’re jumping into action by getting all the important information out to our families and friends so join us to learn how we can reach the MOST people across our state. It’s time, MI! Let’s Rally Our Squad!

Click Here to Register

Wed  Jul 24:  1:00 PM
Online

Year in Hate and Extremism Donor Briefing

This briefing will cover key research findings and insights from our latest Year in Hate and Extremism report. 

Over the last year and a half those opposing inclusive democracy attempted to legitimize the insurrection, painting hate as virtuous and transforming conspiracy theories into mainstream narratives — all planning and laying the groundwork for one of the most significant elections in U.S. history. The trends are concerning- in 2023 the SPLC documented the highest number of active anti-LGBTQ and white nationalist groups ever. 

We’ll discuss the danger posed by hate and antigovernment groups and movements and share our recommendations for countering and remedying these harms.

Click here to register

Thurs  Jul 25:  6:00 PM
Online
Tues – Jul 30:  8:00 PM
Online

Building a New Way

As a faith-rooted, non-partisan program we remain focused on the promise and the practice of democracy. UU the Vote’s power is grounded in a moral legacy and commitment to our shared future. This is why I am honored to be leading UU the Vote and ready to fight alongside you. I believe that our values will prevail.

We owe it to ourselves and our communities to meet this moment. This moment calls on us to abandon despair and stagnation, and hold fast to the practice of democracy through trust, moral clarity, and collaboration. We must fight for the terrain that makes more wins possible, to create and fortify justice movements, and to do it with faithful grace, compassion, and rigor. 

Please join UU the Vote on Tuesday, July 30 at 8pm ET for a national call to get the latest updates on the work ahead, how you can support, and how UU the Vote is resourcing our movement in this phase of another historic election season. 

Click here to register

Wed – July 31:  8:00 PM
Online

National Writers Series: Gretchen Whitmer

The color pink has always been a favorite of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her late mother, a high-powered attorney. 

“Mom just knew who she was and embraced it… One of her favorite jackets was fuchsia, and one day as she left her office to go to court, a colleague… said to her, ‘Sherry! You can’t go to court wearing pink!’ … But Mom just looked at her and said, ‘What are you talking about? Fuchsia is my power color.'” — Gretchen Whitmer writes in her new memoir

We are excited to host Whitmer who will discuss her new book True Gretch with Cherry Republic’s own Bob Sutherland on Wednesday, July 31 at 8 p.m. ET. 

Click here to register  (There is a fee to register)

Fri – Aug 2: – 6 – 8 pm, and

Sat – Aug 3: 9am – 4:30 pm


6726 Center Rd
Traverse City, MI (map)

Understanding Racial Justice – Cohort 19

 

Title Track and We The People – MI are happy to present Understanding Racial Justice (URJ), a five-week course for white people ready to lean into the racial justice movement. We just completed our first cohort of Understanding Racial Justice in 2024 and are looking forward to welcoming more committed folks into our URJ alumni community this year, now almost 300 strong.

Join us for an in-person weekend intensive in Traverse City August 2-3. This cohort will be facilitated by Wendy and Gini von Courter and meet 6-8:30pm on August 2 and 9am-4:30pm on August 3. This cohort is open to the public and will be hosted at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Traverse City.

The payment structure for this course with scholarship funding is sliding scale: $25 – $125

Click here for more information and registration.

Wed – July 31: 5:30 pm
Wed – Aug 28: 5:30 pm
Wed – Sept 25: 5:30 pm

 

Traverse Area District Library
McGuire Community Room
610 Woodmere 
Free Admission
Tues – Aug 13:  6:00 PM
Bel Lago North Farm


5Loaves2Fish is headquartered at the Community United Methodist Church in Leland and are doing wonderful work feeding the homeless and those in need in Leelanau, Benzie, and  Grand Traverse County.   Check out their website for more information..  They are planning a fundraiser on August 13th at 6:00 at the Bel Lago North Farm, 4940 N. Houdek Road, Suttons Bay.  See the attached poster for more details.  Tickets can be purchased at MyNorthTickets: https://mynorthtickets.com/events/3rd-annual-big-change-equals-big-change-fundraiser-for-5loaves2fish-8-13-2024.  ($55)

We Fight: Protecting Northern Michigan’s Youth Mental Health

We Fight is a self-organizing, citizen-led community guided by the Surgeon General’s recent advisory with one agenda and one agenda only: to better protect our Northern Michigan kids’ mental health.

As we sunset our youth mental health summit series at NMC and pivot to something else, We Fight’s core team is committed to staying connected – committed to continuing to learn as we go and changing course as new opportunities arise.

We updated our website’s ‘What We Do’ section —it’s essentially the same but with more details.

We’d appreciate any/all of your feedback, ideas, and suggestions for this community’s future.

Click here for more information about us and how to join us.

Tell Congress: Protect Abortion Access Nationwide

Over 36 million Americans of reproductive age face an uncertain future regarding abortion access. There is no sugarcoating the pain of this moment.

But know this: You are not alone. We are doubling down on the fight for abortion care.

If you want to do more than just vote to protect abortion access in November, add your name right now and demand that Congress protect abortion rights today.

Sat – Sept 7th: Noon to 4:00 pm
F&M Park
Traverse City

A Celebration of Democracy

We are thrilled to invite you and the group you represent to join us in a “A Celebration of Democracy” on September 7, 2024 from noon to 4 pm at F&M Park in Traverse City. This event will engage voters in the exercise of democracy and encourage them to get out and vote in 2024! Organized by Traverse Indivisible and Leelanau Indivisible in collaboration with several other local groups, A Celebration of Democracy is a testament to the power of citizen involvement and community networking in building solutions that benefit us all.

What makes this event especially significant is its timing–within two weeks of the event, absentee ballots will be in the mail and voting will be under way!

We’re encouraging groups like yours to come to the event, set up a table and/or an awning, and tell local voters about the important work that you do to make our community a better place to live. The program for the event includes:

    • Tabling by local groups to directly engage with and educate the public about your group’s work 
    • Voter education and information, such as how our elections are made secure, the options available for early voting and voting by mail, early voter registration for students, and more. The public will actually be able to register to vote at the event. 
    • Performances by local musicians 
    • Addresses by elected officials about the importance of voting 
    • Games and entertainment for kids, including a scavenger hunt!

Democracy thrives when citizens are actively engaged in their communities, listening to one another, inquiring about issues, and taking meaningful action to effect positive change. That’s why we’re inviting non-partisan civic groups like yours to join us.

We hope that you’ll join us on September 7th. If you’re interested in participating, please let us know by Friday, May 31, so we can coordinate logistics and ensure your group’s presence at the event. Please click here to complete the participation form. Questions? Contact us at traverseindivisible@gmail.com.

Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to the possibility of collaborating with you to make “A Celebration of Democracy” a truly memorable and impactful event. 

Tues – Sept 10th
ABC News

2nd Presidential Debate

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Volunteers needed for voter registration and voter education events

You may have heard that 2024 will be a local, state, and federal election year —  it will be a busy year for the League educating voters about the new voting options and assisting with voter registration.  If you are available to help with these events or are interested in learning more about the process, please reach out to Donna Moore at 765-426-1243 or donnabmooreusa@gmail.com.

SPLC: The Year in Hate and Extremism

In 2023, the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) documented 1,430 hate and antigovernment extremist groups that comprise the organizational infrastructure upholding white supremacy in the U.S. The years since the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection have been a time for the hard right to prepare. In 2023, those opposing inclusive democracy worked to legitimize insurrection, paint hate as virtuous and transform false conspiracy theories into truth – all in preparation for one of the most significant elections in U.S. history. The report chronicles trends in hard-right activity, not simply as a reality check, but as a tool to act alongside those working to prevent radicalization and counter white supremacy, disinformation and false conspiracies in 2024.

Click here to read article