Contact information can be found in the email sent out on the Young Souls listserv.
Happy New Year!
January’s headline events will be 1. the Jubilee Anti-Racism training the weekend of January 13-15 and 2. the events of the Women’s March on Washington on January 21: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S40RvyJrhg23UBeZxLmaYhtvxXCM9d5Ge9nc_DEqVgs/edit and 3. a warm clothing drive in partnership with Black Lives Matter DC.
Our next SJTF meeting will be on Wednesday, January 25th at 6PM at All Souls.
Are you able to provide out of town UUs with a place to stay for the Women’s March on Washington?
All Souls is offering two kinds of accommodations for the January 21 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 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.
January 8th-13th – Young Souls/BLM Partnership Warm Clothing Drive
Our partners with Black Lives Matter DC have requested assistance in donating winter clothing during this week. Please sign up here to help sort the items. If you are able, please donate clothing that is in good condition that is warm and/or waterproof. The goal is to disperse the items the week before the inaugural events so that it can be a fully participatory activity. Questions? Contact Alice.
Wednesday, January 11 – Refugee Initiative Volunteer Training at All Souls
Join the Refugee Initiative program at All Souls for a volunteer training from 6-8 PM in the Eaton Room at All Souls. For more information, please contact Reeve.
Friday, January 13th, 6 PM until Sunday, January 15th at 5 PM – Jubilee Anti-Racism Training
This is probably the singular most important thing you can put on your calendar, especially if you are concerned by the rhetoric that has been empowered by the recent presidential election. Several members and board members of Young Souls participated in this training in the Fall, and all came away feeling a renewed commitment to anti-racism and social justice. Although space is limited, we have a goal of getting as many Young Souls as possible registered for this training. The cost is $155 and worth every penny. There are scholarships available. To register for the training, you can go here: http://bit.ly/jan-jubilee. For general information on the training you may email Matt Bowen. For questions about the experience of this training, you may contact Ben Whelan-Morin.
January 15th-19th – Art of Dissent: Poster Creation & Distribution
A team of graphic designers has come together via the Young Souls SJTF affinity groups in order to create and display posters before January 20th. We need help with creating posters, reaching out to local street-level businesses who might hang the posters, and dispersing them. Our goal is to show solidarity with friends coming in from out of town and to spread a counter narrative of love and solidarity with oppressed communities (including good ol’ planet Earth). If you have even an hour of time during this week to help out, please contact Alice.
Saturday, January 21, Women’s March on Washington & Follow Up Events at All Souls
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Women’s March on Washington
2:00 PM – 8:30 PM J21 Teach-In at All Souls Church
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Post-March Welcome Gathering at All Souls for UU Marchers
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM Solidarity Sing
7:45 PM – 8:30 PM Closing Session
Above is information about the schedule of the Women’s March and J21 teach-in on Saturday, January 21 at All Souls. Here is the full schedule with details for the day: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S40RvyJrhg23UBeZxLmaYhtvxXCM9d5Ge9nc_DEqVgs/edit. Feel free to tell your friends and family about the events planned at All Souls and be sure to pass on the information that we still have spaces available for the weekend in our couch-surfing program, open to Unitarians and other progressive people of faith.
Wednesday, January. 25th – 6pm – YS Social Justice Task Force Meeting at All Souls
Come join the YS Social Justice Task Force for a discussion of upcoming social justice events at the church and in our area. We’ll be meeting at All Souls. New members and regular members always welcome. Please contact Annie for more information about meetings or with information about upcoming events.
Also, there will be 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 with information about refugee/asylum/undocumented issues.