** The YS Social Justice Digest: Upcoming Opportunities **

Are you looking for ways to continue working with others at the church or in the community who are involved in social justice work?  Here is a list of just some of the upcoming SJ EVENTS and also a list of local ORGS and MOVEMENTS that are doing really important work in the DMV.

Would you like to recommend that YS get involved in other organizations or events?  Come join us at our next Social Justice Task Force meeting next Wednesday, February 1st at 6:00 pm at All Souls.  This is a change from the meeting’s original date of 1/25.  Feel free to email Annie with information about your events or just show up!
Sunday, January 29th: All Souls’ Housing Ministry annual meeting, after 2nd service at All Souls.  Location: Eaton Room.  Time: 12:45.  Contact: Mark Chambers.
Sunday, January 29th: Reproductive Justice Group meeting at All Souls.  The official Women’s March may be over, but join others at All Souls as we march on together.  Location: Library.  Time: 10:30.  Contact: Tracy Zorpette.
Saturday, February 4th.  Making Green Resolutions with our Muslim Brothers and Sisters.  Join Green Souls and Green Muslims as we learn how the Islamic faith can help us seek sustainable living habits and develop realistic “Green Resolutions” for 2017. Light vegetarian lunch included. Sponsored by Green Muslims, Green Souls, and Young Souls. All are welcome.  Location: ASC Dining Room. Time: 12:30 pm.  RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-green-resolutions-event-tickets-31005252545.  
Saturday, February 11th – Sunday, February 12th.  Mass Moral March.  Rev. Barber of the NAACP/NC has called on all who support voting rights and equal justice to converge in Raleigh. The Reeb Voting Rights Project’s response is clear: we must walk in the footsteps of James Reeb and ensure that the spirit of Selma lives on! The struggle against voter suppression and other anti-democratic movements in NC rages on, and they need our support now more than ever. Our sister congregation—Eno River UU in Durham—is opening their hearts and their homes to us once again for lodging, and the Reeb Project is arranging transportation.  Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfBxAnZhu0c0e_UXswm-V9HvPiIBSbhud_4p8oZRs07xLLOkA/viewform.  
Looking for local movements to join and other ways to participate in action?
Join Black Lives Matter DC: http://www.blacklivesmatterdmv.org
Join Code Pink, Women for Peace: http://www.codepink.org
Join the Center for American Progress’ Action Fund: https://www.americanprogressaction.org
Join in the 10 Actions from the Women’s March on Washington: https://www.womensmarch.com/100
Join All Souls’ current ministry programs: http://www.all-souls.org/%3Cnolink%3E/social-justice-all-souls.  These include the Reeb Voting Rights project, All Souls’ Housing Ministry, Green Souls, All Souls’ ESL program, Haitian NGO Empowerment Collation, All Souls’ Refugee Support Initiative, and others.  Not sure how to get involved?  Contact Annie for meeting and contact information.
Volunteer for a role at All Souls.  Here is a list of current needs at the church: https://secure.accessacs.com/access/mydashboard/volavailvolunteering.aspx.  Volunteer needs include ESL teachers, Worship Associates, ESL tutors, Caring Souls (make and deliver food, provide transportation, and provide other assistance to congregants – especially older congregants – in need), and others.
Our next Social Justice Task Force meeting will be Wednesday, February 1st at 6:00 pm at All Souls.  Come join for a discussion of upcoming events and plug the events that you are working on.  We usually have somewhere between 4-10 people at each meeting, with a mix of both new Young Souls and longtime Young Souls members.  Come let us know what you are working on and where you could use some support from those who might be looking to get more involved.
Thank you!

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