. . . For all the significant identities that constitute each of us, there is a personal essence that defines who we are, a singular soul that is hidden deep within beyond the layers of identity that protect it. When we make initial contact with each other, we only see the outside of that soul at first. But only through sustained communication and authentic relationships can we begin to penetrate the layers of social identity to view and enjoy the singular soul within.
-Julio Noboa, contemporary educator and author, member of the Latino/Latina Unitarian Universalist Networking Association
Side with Love's racial justice work is committed to “connecting the dots” between oppression and privilege as it relates to race. Side with Love is committed to supporting intersectional approaches to justice making rooted in a racial justice analysis. We recognize that race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, language & citizenship expand and impact the ways people experience oppression, marginalization and privilege.
Our work is driven by a commitment to incorporating efforts to dismantle racism and white supremacy across issue areas within ourselves, our families, our congregations and our communities. We are committed to supporting UU congregations, individuals and our partners to create spaces and experiences inclusive of people of all races, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds.
We must continue to support legislative efforts to address racial inequity including an end to the militarization of police forces throughout the country, support for the passage of the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), and specific policies to stop mass incarceration.
As actions and organizing for racial justice continue to grow across the country, we consider this to be an urgent and exciting time for organizing for racial justice- within our congregations and communities. We know the need for ongoing learning opportunities, solidarity.
Taking Action for Racial Justice
We know working for racial justice means we have many opportunities for learning and action- as individuals, as congregations and as advocates.
Here are some tips for learning about and taking action for racial justice:
The Power of the Black Lives Matter Banner resources and media
Review our Faith, Race and Justice resource page to ground your work
Reflect and take prayerful action using Rise Up O Flame: A Ferguson Worship Toolkit for UUs curated by The Unitarian Universalist Ferguson Response Team
Check out these inspiring images of UU congregations taking action in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter framework since August 2014
Take a look at these spiritual reflections from UU clergy throughout the country
Tell Congress voting rights is a racial justice issue. It is time to restore the Voting Rights Act today!
Learn about our recent Black Lives Matter webinar with Jova Lynne and Kenny Wiley including resources, questions and ways to engage.
Learn more about the UUA’s curricula and trainings on anti-racism, anti-oppression and multiculturalism.