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"Justice is what love looks like in public."        Cornel West

The Advocacy & Witness Interest Group was formed in early 2017 to optimize the impact of the UU Wellesley Hills response to legislative policies and actions diverging from UU values, and to promote actions furthering UU principles.  To these ends, we intend to share “best practices” with congregation members regarding how to most effectively communicate with legislators, to provide information about a range of opportunities for advocacy and witness, focusing on critical issues being addressed by our existing Social Justice Ministry Teams and Interest Groups, as well as to encourage collective action based on our belief that we can have a greater impact by working together than we can as individuals.

UPCOMING PROGRAM: “The Death I Want": A Talk and Discussion on Medical Aid in Dying
June 27th, 7pm in the Sanctuary

UU Wellesley Hills is proud to offer a public educational program on the End of Life Options Act on Thursday, June 27th at 7:00 pm in its Sanctuary at 309 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02481. Our speaker will be Dr. Roger Kligler, a Unitarian Universalist and a physician given a terminal diagnosis; his talk, “The Death I Want: A Discussion of Medical Aid in Dying”, will be followed by a Q&A session. Dr. Kligler will focus on his own journey from physician, to patient, to advocate.

The UUSWH Advocacy & Witness Task Force will be co-sponsoring this event with Compassion & Choices, the oldest nonprofit in this nation dedicated to improving care and expanding options at the end of life. The topic is especially timely since the End of Life Options Act (H1926/S1208) is scheduled for public hearings on June 25th and may finally move out of committee for a full legislature vote in Massachusetts this month.

Widespread participation by members of UU congregations is particularly valuable since many are constituents of state senators who will be crucial to helping passage of this bill. For more information, please contact UUSWH member Molly Walsh(mmdwalsh@aol.com) . The event is also posted also our UUSWH Facebook page for easy sharing: https://www.facebook.com/events/2304546086464649/

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WITNESS OPPORTUNITY:  A Black Lives Matter Vigil
Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us against white supremacy and for racial justice and human rights. We hold a 15 minute silent vigil in recognition that Black Lives Matter each month, on the first Sunday at 12:30. We gather in the UU Wellesley Hills courtyard and proceed together to the sidewalk in front of UU Wellesley Hills.  

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We believe that holding such a vigil will ignite important conversation about white supremacy and institutional racism within our community.  As stated on the UUA website, “Black Lives Matter is a movement and a stance in response to this reality: the United States was built on a legacy of slavery, racism, and oppression that continues to take new, ever-changing forms. To say that ‘black lives matter’ doesn't mean that black lives are more important than other lives, or that all lives don't matter. The systemic devaluing of Black lives calls us to bear witness, even as we acknowledge that oppression takes many intersecting forms.”  We hold vigil as a way of expressing our outrage about racial profiling, police brutality, voting restrictions, and mass imprisonment of African Americans and other people of color in the US.  Our UU Principles implore us to work for an end to the injustices faced by black people, to insure that every person is treated equally under the law and has equal opportunity.  We look forward to standing in solidarity, and to engaging in deeper conversation.  Please click HERE to request more information.