Black Lives Matter
In the Fall of 2015, a new Racial Justice Task Force was created at UUCMC due to our concerns regarding the systemic injustice suffered by people of color. We observe police brutality going unchecked, mass incarceration, the school to prison pipeline, the degradation of voting rights, human rights violations of immigrants and refugees, and the targeting of Muslims as symptoms of deep seated racial injustice. Through this initiative, we are committing to open our hearts and minds to a deeper understanding of the ways that black lives are too often disrespected and to affirm and promote that Black Lives really do Matter. As Unitarian Universalists, we strive for justice, equity and compassion in human relations, and we view the violation of these principles as a call to action to create justice for all. You can read our Statement of Conscience on Racial Justice.
In June 2015, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations approved an Action of Immediate Witness calling our congregations to organize to create racial justice, to create learning spaces to transform ourselves and the world. That statement concludes: “No matter who you are, black lives matter, and a system of fair, transformative, and restorative justice that is accountable to communities is something to which each of us has a right. Unitarian Universalists and our greater society have the power to make this happen. Let’s do this!”