Check the Young Souls listserv for contact information.
** YS Social Justice Digest – Upcoming Events & Opportunities **
Regular opportunities to table with the Refugee Support Initiative in Pierce Hall and get involved. Questions or want to get involved? Email Reeve.
We are planning to set up a table in Pierce Hall every Sunday next year with information about refugee/asylum/undocumented issues.
ESL at All Souls. The ESL program is in the early planning stages of a “Know Your Rights” workshop series with the church’s ESL program. YS Sarah, who coordinates the ESL program, is taking the lead on that. Questions or want to get involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, Dec. 10th, 1-3 pm – KAMA DC Interactive Workshop: Human Rights and Civic Organizing Class
KAMA DC aims to provide a platform for migrants and displaced persons to share their skills with the Greater Washington, D.C. community. All Souls will host KAMA’s first pilot class: Interactive Workshop: Human Rights and Civic Organizing: Vandalark Patricks, a Liberian human rights activist, will speak about his experience organizing with SURE Liberia, Human Rights Defenders, and other human rights networks. Questions? Contact Reeve Tyndall.
Saturday, Dec. 10th, 10 am – 1 pm, Haiti NGO Committee Meeting at All Souls, Staff Lounge
The ASC Haitian NGOs Empowerment Committee is an ASC Social Justice Program with international focus for ASC efforts. ASC and the UUSC have made a long-term commitment to working in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group meets on the second Saturday of every month.
Saturday, Dec. 10th, 7 – 9 pm – Strictly Vocals and SongRise Winter Fundraiser Concert at
Want to celebrate the holidays with two soul-stirring a cappella groups (featuring some of our own YS)? Strictly Vocals is an all-male vocal sextet. SongRise is DC’s all women social justice a cappella group. Location: Robert L. Smith Meeting Room, Sidwell Friends School. 3825 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Washington, DC 20016. Suggested donation: $10. Free Parking available in Sidwell Friends parking garage. Profits will benefit Empower DC, a citywide, multi-issue, membership-based community organizing project: http://empowerdc.org/.
Sunday, December 11th, 12:45 – All Souls Housing Ministry Meeting at All Souls
Come join the ASC Housing Ministry as we work to figure out our advocacy goals for 2017 and beyond. Questions? Contact Rollie Smith.
Saturday, December 17, 1 pm – 3 pm – Solidarity in a New Age of Resistance Panel at All Souls
For progressive people, including progressive people of faith, this election season calls us to a new era of resistance against white supremacy and other issues. This panel will bring together speakers from a variety of groups (most of whom represent or serve primarily people of color) to talk about their work, what we can do to help, and what solidarity looks like going forward. Confirmed speakers so far include Parisa Nourouzi of Empower DC and Carlos Jimenez of the DC Central Labor Council. RSVP encouraged but not required: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0hp7BKvD9KU2eeWBc3EBkF-yS4d1Vi5jrGG9_rWrFG3B6VA/viewform. Location: All Souls sanctuary.
Protest Affinity Groups Prep (Part 2) – Time and Date TBD
If you already attended part 1 on December 5th, Alice will give you follow up information as needed and/or fill in the blanks about unanswered questions you may have from the first meeting. If you or friends of yours were not able to make it to part 1, this is the opportunity to come in and get the information from the first meeting while getting follow up information as well. It is highly encouraged to attend both meetings so we can be as prepared as possible heading into January. Contact Alice with any questions or if you would like to be in an affinity group but are unavailable during both planned events.
Last thing! Women’s March on Washington updates…
Are you able to accommodate UUs coming in for the upcoming Women’s March on Washington in January?
All Souls, as well as many other area UU congregations, has been receiving many requests from UUs across the country seeking housing for the January 21 Women’s March on Washington. All Souls is offering two kinds of accommodations for the March Weekend: the regular Bed & Breakfast Program and Couch-Surfing. If you can provide a bed, couch, or floor space for the March, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JFJB7NP and let us know what you have to offer! You do not need to provide anything else besides accommodations. Guests will be asked to pay (through the church website) a sliding scale fee of $25-50 per person, per night to benefit the church. Hosts will receive an email when they have been paired with a guest(s). If you’re interested in joining the B&B program as host, which means offering guests a private room and breakfast with a 2-day minimum stay, please visit https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=672162.
Also, the location and time of the March are not yet known. Many of the large public spaces in Washington (including the Lincoln Memorial) were long- booked when the March was announced. We will share the updated information once we have it. We will also attempt to identify a UU meeting place. Whenever and wherever the March ends up happening, there will be a hospitality event at All Souls Church afterward with soup, singing, and fellowship.
All the best… have a great weekend!