You're Invited - Public Witness 2018

This year we are so excited to be working with Black Lives of UU leadership to bring General Assembly 2018 attendees a Public Witness that is dynamic, creative and rooted in longer-term relationships and work. Whether you’re in Kansas City, at home or on the road, there are meaningful ways for you to plug into this work - both before, during and after General Assembly. Review Jailed for Being Poor: How the Money Bail System Criminalizes Poverty webinar and check out these resources on the movement to #EndMoneyBail. The opportunities for Public Witness this year offer a clear link between criminalization, community protection and beyond. To support Black-led organizing locally who are creating solutions towards maternal and childrens' health, community safety, and liberation. We look forward to you joining us in person and through these online opportunities. 

UUA GA 2018 Public Witness Wishlist NOW
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Black Lives of UU is leading a Care Package Build Project throughout General Assembly. Our goal is to create 1,000 Care Package Bags for the Reale Justice team in support of their domestic violence prevention and support organizing. Help us fulfill the wishlist here today! When ordering, for shipping choose "Shawnee Mission UU Church - ATTN: Gaby for BLUU's Gift Registry Address."

Anatomy of a Bailout Thursday, June 21 1:00-2:30pm CT
In person Room 2105 Convention Center | Offsite streaming live here

Learn how the 2018 #MamasDayBailout in Kansas City came to be! Come hear about the process of executing a Bailout to free community members from remaining in jail simply because they cannot pay bail. Learn how congregations and our resources can be of use in resisting this way that people are criminalized for being poor. We’ll lift up the need to both alleviate the suffering now via Bailouts and push legislatively to actually #EndMoneyBail. BLUU and Love Resists will roll out our congregational #EndMoneyBail Toolkit at the panel. Moderated by Leslie Mac with Justice Gaston from Reale Justice Network & ACLU, MO, national and local organizers.

People of Color & Indigenous Hands On Project at Uzazi Village
Saturday, June 23 3:15pm Bus Departure-6:30pm Leave Uzazi Village. Off-site. Registration required here.

An Uzazi Village coordinated, BLUU funded on site project inviting People of Color & Indigenous General Assembly attendees to come to Uzazi Village to complete a hands on project and learn more about the work Mama Hakima is doing in Kansas City. Uzazi Village is dedicated to improving health inequities with models of care that are community supported and sustained. Their vision is for every family, a healthy baby; for every baby, a healthy village.

Make sure to register by June 15th to confirm your place. This is for people who identify as people of color (of African Descent, Black, Caribbean, Native/American Indian/Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latina/o/x and Hispanic, Middle Eastern/Arab, and Multiracial). Youth of color should consult their sponsors first but are welcome to attend. 
Bus pick up will be between room 2100 and 2200 on 13th street between Broadway and Central. The bus will leave the Convention Center at 3 p.m. and depart Uzazi Village at 7 p.m. Food will be available! 

Care Package Build Project Duration of General Assembly
In person Hall D Convention Center

Join the Care Package Build Project where attendees will build Domestic Violence Care Packages for the Kansas City community. The space will be set up and open throughout General Assembly. Our goal is create 1,000 Care Package Bags in four days! This will take the Reale Justice team through the winter in terms of supply needs—a TRUE gift to these efforts in Kansas City.

Please bring a gently used purse or bag and drop them off directly in Hall D. And generously support the Wish List of items for the care package build. When ordering, for shipping choose "Shawnee Mission UU Church - ATTN: Gaby for BLUU's Gift Registry Address."



Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Senior Strategist, Side with Love

Nora Rasman, Campaign Manager, Side with Love