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.
ReZist-Roy Zimmerman Concert
WED March 21st 7PM-8:30PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia,2701 Heyward St. Columbia, SC
ReZist is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world’s absurdities and laughing in their face, I’m affirming the real possibility for change.”
Cost $20/Pay what you can
March for Our Lives: Sat, March 24
March lineup @9AM Calhoun St & Sumter St. March starts @10AM March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. More info. They need volunteers, so please contact Jody Liebmann if you can help.
Social Action Committee Meeting: Sun, March 25th
NAMI Walks: Sat, April 7
This is just a month away and we’ve had almost no donations and no one register for the walk. Please support this important issue. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will be having it’s annual 5K walk on Saturday, April 7th at Finlay Park. Check in time is 9am; Walk begins at 10am. When you walk with NAMI, you join the movement to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for our mission to help individuals and families right here in our region. Please save the date and plan to wear your yellow t-shirts. Last year we raised over $500 for the cause and we are hoping to do even better this year. Support our team by making your donation here: http://bit.ly/UU-NAMI
Walk A Mile In Their Shoes: Thurs, April 12
at the Statehouse from 5:30-7pm. Walk A Mile In Their Shoes is a community coming together to support Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, its mission, and the survivors we know and love. It is impossible to not know someone who has been impacted by sexual violence, even if you have not been told. Get more info here: https://www.walkamilesc.com/about
Training for Nonviolent Direct Action: Sat, April 14
The South Carolina Poor People’s Campaign is sponsoring this important training in preparation for 40 days of civil disobedience taking place across the country in May and June. (See more info below.) The training is open to everyone. There is no cost and lunch will be provided (please indicate “going” in your event status so we can plan the food). Info here.
This interactive training will be led by Todd May, the Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Humanities at Clemson University. He is the author of fourteen books, including Nonviolent Resistance: A Philosophical Introduction. He has been involved in grassroots organizing stretching back to protests against the Vietnam War, participating in such movements as the anti-apartheid movement, LGBT rights, anti-racism work, and the Palestinian rights movement. Participants will also learn from experienced attorneys about the legal aspects of civil disobedience, including serving as a legal observer. For more information, check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/
Feeding the Hungry at Transitions: Sat, April 14th
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, May 12th
It will likely be an event Saturday called Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger. This is a national event where the actual mail carriers pick up food on their delivery routes and bring it back to the local post offices. We station about 3 or 4 volunteers per site to help bring in bags of canned food from the postal trucks. More info to come as soon as I get it. Please check the website, and Order of Service for updated info. I will have a signup sheet at the next meeting for those who would like to volunteer.
Poor People’s Campaign | A National Call for Moral Revival: May 13-June 19
The UUCC plans to be a part of the moral revival planned by Rev. William Barber and the Poor People’s Campaign. We encourage you to read up on this movement and prepare to participate with us. We are gearing up for a busy couple of months of organizing across the state, leading up to 40 days of direct action between May 13th and June 19th, with a event planned in DC on Sat, June 23rd. There is a civil disobedience training planned for April. More info to come soon. We need lot of people to help us spread the word. Please follow them on facebook, and spread the word through social media. We need people to talk to faith leaders, politicians, and friends and family. We need people to tell their stories. If you can be involved in any way, please contact Laura Hartwig at SocialAction@uucolumbia.org.
“It’s time for a movement all over this country that uses moral language that demonstrates a commitment to civil disobedience that’s led by the people from the bottom up,” Barber said. “That brings people together from all different races and religions in a coalition — a movement that says, education is a moral issue; pro-labor, anti-poverty policies are a moral issue; living wages is a moral issue; labor rights is a moral issue; affordable labor is a moral issue; helping the poor is moral issue; fair policies for immigrants is a moral issue; critiquing war mongering is a moral issue; making sure every child has access to well-funded, constitutionally-diverse public education and access to community colleges and colleges like ECU is a moral issue; health care for everybody is a moral issue; protecting women’s health is a moral issue; providing for environmental justice, families in the criminal justice system and dealing with the inequalities that affect black, brown and poor white people are moral issues; voting rights is a moral issue, women’s rights is a moral issue; LGBTQ rights, labor rights, freedom of religion, immigrant’s rights, are moral issues; never giving up on equal protection is a moral issue.” Read full article.
Seeds of Hope
The Seeds of Hope project is an annual project in which UUCC sponsors a fresh market stand in front of the church 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.
Shelter Donations November-March
If you collected toiletries from your travels over the summer it’s time to bring them in beginning October 22. The Inclement Weather Center – the winter shelter for the homeless – will be open for the season starting on November 1 when the temperature falls to 40F or lower. The Social Action Committee is again collecting magazines and unused personal-sized toiletries for the shelter, operated by Transitions staff and volunteers. Please place your donations at the entrance to the social hall, where a box will be placed for them. For more information about donating or about how to volunteer at the shelter, contact Tom Clements, email@example.com, cell 803-240-7268.
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. The other 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.
A VERY BIG THANKS TO PUBIX ON ROSEWOOD
UUCC has been collecting non-perishable food donations for Harvest Hope for many years but lacked a good collection container. It seemed that a grocery cart would be just the answer. Knowing that Publix is very generous in giving back to the community we went to them and they were quick to say YES! We now have a grocery cart to load up for Harvest Hope. And once again – THANKS TO PUBLIX FOR MAKING OUR GIVING EASIER!
What are we Doing About the Refugee Crisis?
Don’t miss the big Welcome Neighbors banner that is now hanging on the brick wall at the front entrance to our church. The Social Action Committee is very excited about finally completing this project after much discussion and research to be sure it was exactly what we wanted. There was much input from many in the congregation and a unanimous agreement that this was the sentiment that we wanted to express to the community to tell everyone that UUCC welcomes all people. We also believe it makes a statement about immigration and refugee acceptance. Thanks to all who had a part in making this happen. Please see events on the right sidebar for more info or to get involved.