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 any candidate or political party.

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.

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.

Thurs – May 30th: 5:00-6:30 pm

Youth Climate Coalition

 

Join Michigan LCV for our Youth Climate Coalition to connect with other young people from every corner of our state, get updates on recent developments pertaining to environmental and voting rights issues in Michigan, discuss the recent actions we’ve taken, and plan and discuss upcoming opportunities to make a difference!

Sat – June 1st: 9:00 am

Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan
3785 Veterans Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684

MI-Traverse City-Wear Orange Flower Planting for Hope and Healing

 

Join Traverse City Moms Demand Action volunteers for a family-friendly community event! Help us spread hope and healing as we plant orange flowers to honor victims and survivors of gun violence. Our plantings will brighten up the grounds of Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. This event is for all ages. All supplies will be provided, so just show up wearing your orange!  Click here to register.

Sat – June 1st:  2:00 to 10:00 pm

Traverse City Civic Center
1213 W Civic Center Dr, Traverse City

Pride Kickball Tournament & Fundraiser!

 

Cheer on the teams and participate in the festivities. Food vendors, music, and fun activities will be available for everyone.

We are committed to making this event inclusive and accessible to all. If you have any questions or need accommodations, please let us know.

We look forward to your support and to seeing you at the Kickoff to Pride Kickball Tournament & Fundraiser!

Thurs – June 6: 7:00  pm
Garden Theater
Frankfort, MI
Sat – June 8th: 11 am to 2 pm
Northwestern Michigan College

NMC’s Pride Carnival 

Come on down to the fun at NMC’s Pride Carnival on Saturday, June 8th, from 11 am – 2 pm.

We’ve got a fantastic line-up for you, including an array of food vendors, engaging activities from local non-profit organizations, and carnival-style attractions that everyone can enjoy! Plus, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the Dennos Museum, which will be open to the public throughout the event. This event is free and open to the public with some items/attractions available for purchase.

Want to be more involved? Apply to table your nonprofit, vend your food, busk, or volunteer below!

 

Sat – June 8th: 11 am to 2 pm
Veteran’s Memorial Park
Elk Rapids
Tues – June 18th: 7:00 pm

Expert Policy Briefing: Hill Staffer Robert Hogan

 

Join us to learn more about H.R.598 the “Earth Act to Stop Climate Pollution by 2030,” popularly known as the Earth Bill, and why this is an important piece of movement legislation.

· Featured Policy Guest: Robert Hogan, Senior Policy Council, and lead staffer on the bill in the office of Representative Espaillat (NY-13), the bill’s sponsor.

The Earth Bill focuses on electricity, cars, and food as industries in which Americans support change–most Americans agree that our electricity should be renewable, our cars electric, and our food should be produced using healthy practices.

As you may know, volunteers with UUs for Social Justice and other UUs have been involved, in various ways, from early on with the bill, through the Earth Bill Network. The UU Ministry for Earth, UUs for a Just Economic Community, and UUSJ have all endorsed the bill.

RSVP

Thurs – June 27th
CNN

1st Presidential Debate

 For more information click here.

Weds – July 17th: 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Online

Volunteer Huddle

Join Michigan LCV for a Volunteer Huddle to connect with volunteers from every corner of our state, get updates on recent developments pertaining to environmental and voting rights issues in Michigan, discuss the recent actions we’ve taken, and hear about the upcoming opportunities to make a difference.

Click here to sign up.

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

For more information click here.

UU Academics Condemn Violent Repression of Student Movements

UUA President Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt Joins UU Seminary Presidents in Supporting Student Protest Movement

Click here for article.

Fellow Unitarian Universalist academics are welcome to add their name to this statement using this online form.