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Welcome to Our Stories, the new SSL Blog Roll!

Welcome to Our Stories, the new SSL Blog Roll!

We are excited to share our new blog roll with you, called Our Stories! Since the start of the campaign, sharing stories from our personal, lived experiences has been a core way that we have learned how to better stand on the side of love with each other.

You'll be glad to know that many stories from our old blog roll can be be found here, and we are working to archive all the stories from our past site so we can continue to access them in the future.

We also invite you to share YOUR story with the Standing on the Side of Love community. Here are some ideas on the hows, whats and whys of sharing your story!

Why Climate Justice is a LOVE issue!

Why Climate Justice is a LOVE issue!

This time last year (and the two years before it!) we were in the midst of a campaign near and dear to many of our hearts called Thirty Days of Love. It was a transformative project; bringing together Unitarian Universalists, the Love People and our justice and faith partners to learn, reflect and take action together on a wide range of justice issues. We got tons of feedback from folks all over the country on this campaign, and one big request we heard over and over again: what if UUs and others got together for a month of education and action, but focused on a single justice issue? What if together we put all of our hearts and collective energies towards one important goal?

This is why I am excited to participate in Climate Justice Month, an amazing collaborative effort being spearheaded by an incredible array of UU organizations.

Black Lives Matter: Voices from Skid Row

Black Lives Matter: Voices from Skid Row

I recently moved to Los Angeles, where I live and work close to Skid Row, one of the largest concentrations of homeless, or un-housed, people in the U.S. Black men make up the largest population in Skid Row (though the number of women and children are growing). AS I've been spending some time in Skid Row, I wonder: in this area that where daily living challenges are so apparent, how does #BlackLivesMatter fit in? I've been asking some of the people I've been meeting, how can I stand on the side of love with you? One of the most important things I have heard is the imperative for people who live on Skid Row to feel heard, in their own voices. Suzette Shaw identifies as a poet, a feminist, and a resident of Skid Row, who is becoming increasingly involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. Below she shares poetry and a call to action with us.

 

Together on the Side of Love

Together on the Side of Love

2014 has been an incredible year for Standing on the Side of Love. All across the country, the Love People have worked hard to build the Beloved Community. From January, when we kicked off Thirty Days of Love with a renewed commitment to voting rights, through the spring with lots of actions on immigration reform, to celebrating our fifth anniversary at the UUA General Assembly, it’s been a busy year for love! In July dozens of UU clergy got arrested for immigration reform in front of the White House, then September saw the largest ever People’s Climate March, with hundreds of UUs. Together, we held vigils from Boston to LA following the killing of Michael Brown and the grand jury decision in November, and we are ending the year filled with both frustration and hope. This web-based magazine is a look back at 2014 as an opportunity to honor and celebrate all of the hard work of Love People all over the country.

Reflections from the Border

Reflections from the Border

This email is part of our Voting Rights Campaign blog series. Today Jennifer Toth, Campaign Manager of Standing on the Side of Love, chats with Monica Dobbins and Bob LaVallee, seminary students from Meadville-Lombard Theological School. Jen, Monica & Bob just traveled to the U.S./Mexico border on a Border Trip sponsored by Standing on the Side of Love (SSL) and the UU College of Social Justice. With the mid-term elections just a week away, and just returning from their trip, they share what calls them to take action for justice. Click here to see more about the Campaign.

SSL: First, I would love to hear from you what called you to join this trip, Monica and Bob, what you hope you will get out of it, and where we go next.

Monica: I saw an announcement for the trip in a church newsletter, and saw that there were scholarships available for seminarians, so I thought I would apply! I’m in my first year at Meadville-Lombard Theological School and being a student, I knew I would need additional funds to pay for the trip, so I started a GoFundMe account. People all throughout my congregation, Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham chipped in, five or ten dollars here or there, and in the end, they paid for all my expenses. So I came to this journey with the support of my whole congregation, and I’m here really representing them.