Social Action Activities
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.
Sun, Sept 15: The Bail Trap: American Ransom- Screening and Discussion
1-3pm at UUCC. Money bail is one of the main feeders of America's mass incarceration system – and yet something most Americans know very little about.
Brave New Films is producing a series of short films to change that.The money bail system is broken: private companies achieve exorbitant profits by scavenging off of communities (primarily of color) living in poverty. Low-income Americans are sitting in jails for days, months, and even years for the most minor of infractions simply because they can’t afford to pay high bond amounts. The reality is that the majority of people –over 70% -are in jails for one simple reason: being too poor. This is both morally and legally wrong. Film generously donated by Brave New Films.
Download their End Money Bail Community Workbook and sign up to facilitate a group. See Love Resists resources on how mass incarceration starts with money bail, our freedom starts with ending it!
Fri, Sept 20:Climate Strike: Vigil for a livable climate
Gather to support sane climate action in South Carolina and beyond, as we join with concerned citizens around the world in the International Strike for Climate, September 20. (SC Statehouse, 5:30 -7PM). Hosted by our own Green Team.
Pride Parade Planning Meeting: Sun, Sept 22nd (1-2pm) & Mon, Sept 23th (7-8pm)
Sunday 1-2pm in the sanctuary and Mon in the social hall. This will follow the SAC meeting. We will be painting banners and making the final decisions on how to decorate the truck for the event. All welcome!
Famously Hot Pride Parade: Friday, Oct 4th
The 2019 Get Lit Night Parade will begin at 7:00pm. We will be having committee meetings to discuss this year's float decorations. Since it's another night parade, start collecting your glow in the dark paraphernalia and plan on wearing your yellow t-shirt. We will have a truck this year instead of a float, so we need to make sure there is room for everyone to ride and enough people to carry the banner. Sign up here!
Feeding the Hungry at Transitions: Sat, Oct 12th
UUCC has a continuing commitment to help serve the evening meal at Transitions Homeless Recovery Center, 2025 Main Street in Columbia, on the second Saturday of every month. Please arrive by 5:15, as the service window is 5:30 to 6:00. Park in the Transitions lot. Sign in at the Security Office. Remember to bring a hat unless you prefer to wear one of the disposable hair nets they provide. We have stools for anyone who might find it uncomfortable to stand for 30 minutes. Please email Bob at bobwhit46
Harvest Hope Volunteer Day: Sat, Oct 26th
9am - Noon at their warehouse at 1117 Bluff Industrial Blvd., Columbia. Please wear closed toe shoes and wear your yellow t-shirts. Anyone 16 or over is welcome to sign up and 11 and over are welcomed with an adult. Email SocialAction@uucolumbia.org to sign up or click here.
Sun, Nov 10: Guest at Your Table Potluck Fundraiser for UUSC
Guest at Your Table is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about critical human rights issues. This year – focusing on the theme Women Leaders, Strong Communities– we are highlighting the following women leaders from UUSC partner organizations: Learn more about UUSC at www.uusc.org. Contact SocialAction@uucolumbia.org with any questions or to sign up to help.
Protection for Child Victims of Sex Trafficking: Sun, Dec 8th, 1:30-3pm
Discussion and legislative update of a bill that needs to pass.
SCJLUSA (The people who brought you Ban the Box) is looking for sponsorships for their conference in Nov that will offer services to those directly impacted by incarceration
and bring awareness to politicians about some of the issues those who are directly impacted face. The conference will be directed at those who have a record. We will also have an entrepreneurial class, couponing class, emotional intelligence class, someone from MTC offering grants and much more. The cost of attendance will be $25.00 per person. Contact Teisha at email@example.com for more info.
What can we do to help immigrants?
The Social Action Committee is creating a sub-group to focus on immigration issues. This group would find and summarize information and propose direction for us to take including how to work with other groups in seeking justice for the immigrants and refugees. The focus of this group would be to find out what we – both individually and as a congregation – can do. Initially we would want to meet for a brief period each week or two to find how we can get everyone involved. Anyone who is interested in this effort please contact JEANETTE.WALTON@bcbssc.com.
Every Friday - Transitions Library Volunteer Staff
For the past 6 years, UUCC has staffed the Transitions Library 4-5 p.m. on Friday. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of providing a much-needed quiet area, recreational reading, and a source of information to the clients of Transitions. The work is fun and involves checking materials in and out and re-shelving. It is a great way to get to meet folks from a variety of backgrounds who have in common a lack of housing. The goal is to identify 8-9 UUCC members/friends who are willing to staff the library one Friday (4-5 p.m.) every couple of months. Training will be provided and you will be accompanied for your first time. No prior experience or special skills are needed. Phil Turner will schedule volunteers and lead the training. Please email him (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested or have questions. Thank you!
Collecting Donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank
Please bring your donations such as canned soups, vegetables, fruits, juices, peanut butter (in plastic jars), and pastas. Another very necessary item always needed is disposable diapers - all sizes - including adults. Remember to shop those" Buy one Get one Free" specials for the best bargains. Don't forget also that they need those plastic grocery bags. They may not be recyclable but they use them to bag groceries for their clients. Bring them in and we will see that they get them because they never have enough.
Shelter Donations November-March
The Inclement Weather Center - the winter shelter for the homeless - is open from November thru March when the temperature falls to 40F or lower. The Social Action Committee collects magazines and unused personal-sized toiletries for clients using the shelter, operated by Transitions staff and volunteers during those months. Please hold your donations until November when we will be collecting again. Gloves, warm hats and winter clothing will then be accepted. For more information about donating or about how to volunteer at the shelter, contact Tom Clements, email@example.com, cell 803-240-7268.