We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  We believe that every person should have the same rights and privileges, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religious beliefs, or physical capabilities.  We work to bring better awareness and understanding about issues of fairness and equality.  If you believe what we believe, we hope you will join us at our next committee meeting.

Examples of our activities include group volunteer days at Transitions and Harvest Hope, the Seeds of Hope farmer’s market, and the Share the Plate Program.

Upcoming Events

Tues, May 2, 5:30-7pm: Women’s health and Reproductive Rights are Under Seige

What can we do? Vicki Ringer, SC Director of Public Affairs with Planned Parenthood South Carolina, and Eve Stacy, an attorney and activist who serves as a board member of Planned Parenthood Votes South Atlantic, will explore options for actions. Sponsored by Stand Up Midlands. Where: Main Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St., Level 2 Theatre. For more info contact Betsy Wolff at betsymwolff@gmail.com.

Tues, May 2: Midlands Gives Matches Donations to Harvest Hope!

Don’t miss your chance to help hungry people across the midlands by donating to Harvest Hope while we have a matching gift! For every dollar you give, it will be matched up to $10,000. Double the impact you can have on families in need. You can even pre-schedule your gift. https://www.midlandsgives.org/HarvestHopeFoodBank

Social Action Committee Meeting: Wed, May 3rd

We’ll have a potluck in the church hall from 6pm-7pm. Bring your favorite dish. Meeting immediately following in a classroom TBD. If you can’t make it for the potluck, please join us for the meeting and find out more about all our upcoming events and how you can get involved and make a difference. Here is our agenda for the meeting:

  •  MLK Community Conversation
  • Sign-making Party – Jeanette
  • T-shirts – Linda
  • Banner – Linda
  • March for Science – Laura
  • Share the Plate – Linda
  • Seeds of Hope – need volunteer to sign up for serving – Bauer
  • Ramadan Dinner – June 2 – Linda
  • Support of the Refugee effort – Laura
  • White Supremacy education webinar plans – Laura

T-Shirts

T-shirts are available now. Be sure to order yours before our next event. Orders will be submitted May 9th. T-shirts are $22. Long-sleve t-shirts are $29. To order or for more info, contact Linda at socialaction@uucolumbia.org.

Fri, Jun 2, 7:30pm: Ramadan Presentation & Dinner


During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast by not consuming food or water until after sundown. Once the sun sets Iftar – or fast breaking – dinners take place each night. This is an important time not only for those who participate in Ramadan because of their faith but also an important time to share this tradition with friends from different backgrounds over delicious food and through lively conversation. It is truly a special time when people of all backgrounds come together and share in the Iftar experience, learning about different cultures and faiths in the process. Please join us to hear what Dr. Akif Aydin has to say about his Muslim experience during Ramadan.
The Atlantic Institute and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will host an Iftar dinner at UUCC at 2701 Heyward St, Columbia, SC 29205 on June 2, 2017. Please come dressed comfortably and be ready to learn and eat.

There will be a dialogue lead by Dr. Aklif Aydin and Q&A portion starting at 7:30 pm with dinner being served at sundown (about 8:30pm). Please register to attend: http://bit.ly/ramadan-uucc

June-August: Seeds of Hope

Farmer's Market BannerThe Seeds of Hope project is an annual project in which UUCC sponsors a fresh market stand in front of the church Farmer’s Market Banner beginning each Sunday from mid-June through mid-August. Last summer we broke our sales record by selling $1500 worth of produce for Farmer Louis Reid who has become well known to us over the years as the farmer that has supplied us with the fresh fruits and vegetables. The market is a nice invitation to the community as they are out on Sunday morning walks to stop by and pick up fresh produce from the smiling faces of the volunteers that assist for the UUCC Seeds of Hope.

Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 7pm: Pride Parade

Each year we make a great showing at the Pride Parade with our decorated float. This year the parade will be at 7pm and will be the first ever night-time parade. Last year we had nearly 50 members and friends participate in the parade. Our Social Action Committee recognizes our role in the community and our need to have a presence in taking an active part in social justice events. We want the community to know who we are and what we stand for. It was evident in the parade that we were known for what we believe in as our group was cheered while our float went by. We want to be known as an organization that has an outreach for social justice. Plan on wearing your yellow Standing on the Side of Love shirts and join us for this fun event!

Feeding the Hungry

Harvest Hope continues to be in need as always. Here are some suggestions as you shop for your groceries. First, always take advantage of the “Buy one Get One Free” opportunities – one for you , one for HH. Specific items that are most wanted are: Canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter in plastic jars only, pasta, and soups. Always non-perishable items.
A new item that Harvest Hope is always very desperate for are disposable diapers and adult diapers. They run out of these constantly and have a big demand for them. They break up the packages and make small packages of 4 to distribute to each client just to help them get by. If you should see a good sale on diapers you may want to make your Harvest Hope contribution this way.
Please DO NOT BRING ANY FOOD ITEMS IN GLASS CONTAINERS – WE CANNOT GIVE THOSE TO HARVEST HOPE.
Please bring your donations to the UUCC Community Room.

Refugee Crisis

No matter where you are from, we're glad you're our neighbor.
Photo credit: Michelle Edgar

What are we Doing About the Refugee Crisis?
We told you to watch our progress with the sign we wanted to put on our property. Have you been watching? We now have that sign in front of our church and are working to have a big 5’x3.5’ banner on our grounds. Keep watching – it is soon to happen. This picture is no longer of one from the original church that displayed it but of our own that has been proudly displayed at UUCC since early February. Keep tuned!

Refugees are from Around the World
When we think of refugees we often think of Syrians since that is what we see on the news every day. Syrians are not the only unfortunate people suffering the plight of refugees. The United States has refugees from all over the world. This is a growing problem that Social Justice is trying to deal with and it is becoming increasingly difficult. The definition of a refugee is “a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster”. If one thinks of the thousands of people south of our borders who have fled to escape drug wars and persecution they can easily be identified as refugees. So many flee from Eastern Europe to find freedom and a life without persecution. Check out our link with South Carolina Interfaith Immigration Initiative. We ask that you go to this link to learn about their efforts to help the many immigrants from South of the Border that When we think of refugees we often think of Syrians since that is what we see on the many immigrants from South of the Border and the battles that they are fighting.

“With DACA it…gives you some peace.” ~ Claudia

This week and next week your members of Congress are back in their home districts during the April recess. Now could be your best chance to let them know you support the BRIDGE Act, and believe that DREAMers like Claudia are essential to our communities and should be protected.

You are not alone!

All over the state, folks like you are sending this message loud and clear to their members of Congress. Just this past Monday night in Graniteville, during Congressman Joe Wilson’s town hall, a member of the audience publicly asked him to join the bipartisan effort to pass the BRIDGE Act. Congressman Wilson wouldn’t give his firm opinion on the BRIDGE Act or not, but asked for “more information.” He asked for it, so now is your chance! And, not just him, all of SC’s members of Congress need to hear this message from constituents like you.

Will you call, email, and request meetings with your representatives during the April recess on why they should support the BRIDGE Act?

Claudia needs you to lend your voice so she can feel truly safe at home. By supporting the BRIDGE Act you’re helping to build a more stable future for all DREAMers!

Visit the SCJustice.org website for a complete listing of offices and phone numbers for all members of South Carolina’s Congressional delegation.

Resources:

 

WeAreHereToStay.org – Find out about supporting undocumented immigrants

Read about our recent Community Conversation about the refugee crisis.

Contact Us

Want to learn more? Contact us at socialaction@uucolumbia.org.

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The Social Action Committee has its own Facebook page and we invite you to visit it often and be sure to “like” us while you’re there.  You can visit us in three easy steps:

1) Visit link: facebook.com/uuccsocialaction/
2) Write something where it says “Write something on this Page”
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