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The YS Social Justice Digest: Upcoming Opportunities

(Check the monthly e-mail on the listserv for contact information for specific events)

Good evening all,

Here is a list of several upcoming social justice events and opportunities that YS members are participating in.

Please email Annie if you are interested in attending future events, meetings, or being added to the social justice task force email list. The social justice task force meetings periodically to discuss upcoming and past events and brainstorm how to build support at the church and in the wider community.

Please email Annie if you have any ideas or events you’d like to add to the next digest!

Here are the upcoming SJ events:

August events:

Wednesday, 8/3: The DC Food Policy Council, on which our own YS Jeremiah Lowery sits, is having its inaugural meeting on August 3rd from 6-8 pm.  From Jeremiah:  “Please get involved if you can and let’s systematically change our food system together.”  The Council will meet in the old Council Chambers at 441 4th Street NW.  The group will have 4 working groups that cover issues ranging from local food business and labor development to urban agriculture and food system education. Please RSVP here to join for the meeting.

Saturday, 8/5, Sunday, 8/14, Saturday, 8/20:  Deep Canvas for Racial Justice.  Join Showing Up for Racial Justice as they go door to door to talk with white people about racial justice. This is a critical long-term strategy that will help us move thousands of people to join the movement. Deep canvassing dates are:

Saturday, August 5, 10am-4pm

Sunday August 14, 1-7pm

Saturday August 20, 10am-4pm

Saturday, 8/13.  The Tournament of Games.  An annual tradition where neighbors, including ASC members, gather with residents of Columbia Heights Village in a social setting.  The Tournament of Games will be held from 12-4 at the Girard Street Park (14th & Girard Street NW).

Saturday, 8/13:  LGBTQ & Allies Rally to Disarm Hate.  Saturday, August 1311 am10pm.  The mall.

Sunday, 8/21:  Meeting at All Souls Church for volunteers who have signed up to work with the refugee project to determine roles.  Reeve T. is preparing a survey for the volunteers to collect information about how to help.

Sunday, 8/21, after the service and before brunch:  Young Adults and Activism.  Teach-in panel on young adult engagement with social justice and nonviolent movements with Councilwoman Brianne Nadeau.  Learn and talk about how WE can get more involved in politics.

September events:

Friday, 9/16Sunday, 9/18: All Souls is hosting a weekend-long Jubilee Anti-Racism Training.  This is a training that many church members and leaders have attended in the past, and it’s a training we strongly encourage Young Souls to participate in as we work to build a future without racism.

Sunday, 9/18.  After service:  Refugee sponsorship workshop with Lutheran Social Services and some other Unitarian churches in the area to talk about the logistics of refugee sponsorship — for people who are interested in helping @ All Souls.

Other SJTF ideas in the pipeline:

Black Lives Matter Yoga Benefit:

Training for rape crisis line volunteers:

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities that are currently being discussed, please reach out to the listed contact person!

Other opportunities to get involved:

The All Souls Greeters, Ushers, and Counters seek friendly new faces to join our welcoming team! All Souls is always working to more fully embody the beloved community, and our hospitality to visitors, new members, and long-timers is a vital part of that work. Sign up as individuals or in pairs, and families are especially encouraged to sign up to greet together. Everyone can be welcoming, no matter how young or old, and making All Souls a warm, welcoming space is up to all of us. Sign up for one or two services per month and help us ensure that all souls are indeed welcome here.

Streetwise Partners is looking for volunteers for its 13-week career-mentoring program for low-income adults this Fall.  The program helps everyone from lifelong residents to recent refugees who dream of a better life.  As a career mentor, you will work with a co-mentor to guide one trainee through a well-structured professional development and job-skills training curriculum. You will help your trainee develop hard and soft job skills; assess career goals and map a career plan; and support them in expanding their professional network and implementing their career plan.  You can volunteer in the Saturday or Wednesday programs: Saturdays 11:30am-2:00 pm: September 24th – December 17th.  Wednesdays 6:30-9:00 pm, September 21st – December 14th.

Please email Annie  if you are interested in attending future events, meetings, or being added to the SJTF email list!

Our next task force meeting will be held Thursday, August 11th at 6 pm at All Souls Church.


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