Join the Black Lives Matter Reflection/Action Group Meeting
Saturday, January 12, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Are you interested in learning more about racism in our ourselves and our society? Has fear ever held you back from talking about racism with others or participating in actions for racial justice? If so, consider becoming part of the UUCW Black Lives Matter Reflection/Action group. This drop-in group has been meeting on the second Saturday morning of each month for the past year. The purpose of the group is two-fold – first to educate ourselves about the realities of racism and white supremacy culture, how it affects us as individuals and is embedded in our institutions; and second, to help each other overcome our fears by attending racial justice programs and actions in the community.
Over the past year, we’ve discussed topics such as white privilege, white fragility, legal underpinnings of institutional racism, how to talk with others about racial issues, and our UU history around both supporting racism and fighting against it. We’ve read articles, watched videos, shared personal experiences and questions, and discussed the book, The Color of Law. We’ve attended programs/actions with multi-racial community organizations MICAH and Common Ground at various locations in Milwaukee; carpooled to the three Reggie Jackson lectures in Sherman Park on “Do Black Lives Matter: The Hidden History Behind Today’s Headlines,” enjoyed the Juneteenth Day street festival, and visited the DuSable Museum of African American history on the south side of Chicago. In all cases, we’ve reflected on how what we are learning and doing affects us personally and helps us get involved in action for change.
If you are interested in joining us, the next group meeting will be on Saturday, January 12 from 9:00 – 11:00 am at UUCW. If you are interested, but not able to attend, please contact Ann Heidkamp. You’ll get on the email list for future meetings and activities.