Social Justice Forums
October 10, 2021
Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center: Its Mission and Work – speakers: TBD
We are planning to be virtual. As safety protocols are relaxed, we may meet in-person, though we will also live-stream. As we get closer to date, we will be more certain what is going to happen.
September 12, 2021
Immigrant Justice: – speakers: Josh Leach, Policy and Communications Strategy Coordinator for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and Rev. Ranwa Hammamy, formerly of the California Justice Ministry and now a member of the national UU Siding With Love Team
Video – Coming Soon
Environmental Justice for West Long Beach – speaker: Jan Victor Andasan – Community Organizer at East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
Social Justice Lessons from UUA 2021 General Assembly – presenters: Evelyn Taylor, Meltem Narter, Patricia Chen, Mimi Gephardt-Seeley, Treacy Gephardt-Seeley, Michael Lyde
Adopting the Eighth Principle – speakers: Miguel Pagan, Mimi Gephardt-Seeley, Nasreen Gagner – Members of the UUCLB 8th Principle Task Force
Biden Administration’s Immigration Initiatives: An Immigrant Community Activist Perspective – speaker: José A Serrano – Associate Director of Immigration & Outreach at World Relief Southern California
Environmental Justice in Long Beach – speaker: Taylor Thomas, Research and Policy Analyst for East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and UUCLB Prof. Dr. Dean Toji, environmental community activist with Long Beach 350
Amnesty International – Write for Rights 2020 – facilitator: Norma Edwards, member of UUCLB Social Justice Council and local chapter of Amnesty International
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – facilitator: Nasreen Gagner, UU@UN Envoy for UUCLB
Co-Visioning Social Justice – facilitators: Michael Sallwasser, chair of UUCLB Social Justice Council; and Rev. Lissa Gundlach, senior minister of UUCLB
While the work of Social Justice continues (It is in our congregational DNA), the character of UUCLB’s work will be reimagined in a collaboration between the Social Justice Council and Rev. Lissa Gundlach.
October’s forum will begin with team leaders and members of the Council sharing views on the work ahead and their thoughts on minister’s role in that work. Rev. Lissa will describe her experience with and understanding of successful social justice work partnerships. Together we will agree how best to integrate her unique gifts, while respecting the other responsibilities of her position as senior minister. All participants, ranging from activists with deep experience and novices eager to learn, can ask questions and make comments as we establish a framework to bring more justice, equity, and compassion to a hurting world.
UU the Vote – presenters: Michael Sallwasser, chair of UUCLB Social Justice and Will Gagner, member of Social Justice
Social Justice Learnings from General Assembly – speakers:
- Will Gagner – Decolonizing Wealth
- Pauline McMahon – Non-Violent Communication
- Michael Sallwasser – Sacred Mental Health Matters
- Derald Tucker – The Case for Environmental Justice
- Rev. Rayna Hamre – Water Protectors