"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 UU Wellesley's 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.
Witness Opportunity: A Black Lives Matter Vigil
Members of UU Wellesley’s 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. We gather in the UU Wellesley courtyard and proceed together to the sidewalk in front of UU Wellesley. Upcoming vigils will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm (on June 12, July 10, August 14, and September 11). In the fall, we will return to our regular schedule of holding vigils on the first Sunday of the month at noon.
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.