Upcoming Forum

September 11, 2022

Join us in person in the UUCLB Lounge or on Zoom for our Social Justice Forum September 11, 2022, at 11:30.           

Our topic is “Breaking the Prison to Deportation Pipeline and Other Campaigns that Help to Promote Immigrant Justice in California”

We have two dedicated and inspiring activists who will share their experiences in working to keep immigrant families from permanent separation through deportation. 

Jehan Laner

Jehan Laner, an immigration attorney who has worked with immigrants facing deportation since she was a law student, and who most recently joined the Immigrant Law Resource Center to help with their advocacy, training  and legal services, will share her experiences in working with individual families facing deportation, why it is important to disentangle local and statewide law enforcement from Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE), and what we can do to help this happen. 

Willie Lubka, founder of the Buen Vecino non-profit and a UU immigrant justice activist from the Conejo Valley UU Fellowship, most recently, was part of a statewide coalition working to pass AB 937, The Vision Act. Willie will share why he got involved in the campaign, what some of his experiences were, and what he has learned from trying to make big changes in immigration-related policies at the statewide level. ( Learn more about the Vision Act: AB 937)

On Zoom. Just use this link: uuclb.org/sj-forum

Note: Social Justice Forums are usually on the SECOND Sundays of the months. You may want to mark your calendars.

Past Forums


May 8, 2022

We had no Social Justice forum In May, 2022 due to our observance of Mother’s Day




April 10, 2022

It was time to sound off. We came to speak of issues on our minds. We shared our passions, hopes, concerns and ideas about some social justice issues: Racial Justice, LGBTQ Rights,  Climate Change, Immigrant Rights,  Police and Jail Injustice, Voting Rights, Environmental Justice.




March 20, 2022

This forum was on THIRD Sunday of March.

Presenters: Members of Citizens’ Climate Lobby



February 13, 2022

How the South Won the Civil War – Presenter: Mercedes Ortiz

Slide Presentation 





January 2022

One-to-One Campaign – Presenter: Aliyah Shaikh, LA Voice Community Organizer

Slide Presentation 




Amnesty International candle wrapped in barbed wire logoDecember 2021

Amnesty International – Write for Rights 2020 – facilitator: Norma Edwards, member of UUCLB Social Justice Council and local chapter of Amnesty International

Slide Presentation



October 2021

Trauma, Resilience and Recovery speaker: Debora Luken LMFT – Assistant Director of Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center

Slide Presentation (pptx)



September 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

Slide Presentation (pptx)  —-  Video


Jan Victor Andasan

August 2021

Environmental Justice for West Long Beach – speaker: Jan Victor Andasan – Community Organizer at East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice 

Slide Presentation (pptx)

Community Response to SCIG – Dear Warren Buffet

Add’l material from CCL (pptx)


July 2021

Social Justice Lessons from UUA 2021 General Assembly – presenters: Evelyn Taylor, Meltem Narter, Patricia Chen, Mimi Gephardt-Seeley, Treacy Gephardt-Seeley, Michael Lyde

Slide Presentation (pptx)

Radical Curiosity Handout  Radical Curiosity Mind Map

Care Teams – A Model


Myron Day
Myron Day

June 2021

LGBTQ Center Long Beach – speaker: Myron Day – Director of Development for The LGBTQ Center Long Beach

Slide Presentation





April 2021

Adopting the Eighth Principle – speakers: Miguel Pagan, Mimi Gephardt-Seeley, Nasreen Gagner – Members of the UUCLB 8th Principle Task Force

Slide Presentation (pptx)


José A Serrano
José A Serrano

March 2021

Biden Administration’s Immigration Initiatives: An Immigrant Community Activist Perspective – speaker: José A Serrano – Associate Director of Immigration & Outreach at World Relief Southern California

Slide Presentation (pptx)

Video Recording



Susan Burton
Susan Burton

February 2021

A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project – speaker: Susan Burton, Executive Director and founder of ANWOL, author and activist.

Slide Presentation (pptx)

Video Recording




East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice green and white flag logo

January 2021

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

Slide Presentation




Amnesty International candle wrapped in barbed wire logo

December 2020

Amnesty International – Write for Rights 2020 – facilitator: Norma Edwards, member of UUCLB Social Justice Council and local chapter of Amnesty International

Slide Presentation (pptx)

Amnesty International Resource Document




United Nations Sustainable Development Goals logo

November 2020

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – facilitator: Nasreen Gagner, UU@UN Envoy for UUCLB

Slide Presentation (pptx)

Take Survey




Rev. Lissa Gundlach
Rev. Lissa Gundlach

October 2020

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
UU the Vote

September 2020

UU the Vote – presenters: Michael Sallwasser, chair of UUCLB Social Justice and Will Gagner, member of Social Justice

Slide Presentation (pptx)




UUA General Assembly, Rooted, Inspired & Ready
GA 2020

August 2020

Social Justice Learnings from General Assembly – speakers:

Slide Presentation (pptx)