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BREAKING SOCIAL JUSTICE NEWS
Join local allies and advocates today to celebrate the Supreme Court
decision striking down the Texas law that closed dozens of abortion clinics!
And to organize for the future.

When: Monday, June 27, 5:30 PM
Where: Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Common Ground Street Choir Members!
Wear your yellow Standing on the Side of Love T-Shirts and be prepared to sing!

An invitation to help!
​Some of you sang with members of the Sandbranch Community to lobby Dallas County commissioners to bring water to this gem of a place in southern Dallas County. Well, a plan is in the works to bring them water. Now they’d like some help cleaning up the area, which has become a dumping ground for tires and trash. Let’s help beautify Sandbranch! 9am-Noon on Saturday, June 11th

​If you’d like to carpool from UUCOC, please let me know – we could leave by 8:30 am and be there in plenty of time to help.
– Anita Mills

Event Details:
It’s a clean sweep!
Clean Sandbranch Day – June 11
Join us for fellowship, fun, food.

Project DreamHaus, in partnership with Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Sandbranch, is organizing Clean Sandbranch Day, Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Join us for a day of community service, fun, and fellowship in Sandbranch as we give the neighborhood a clean sweep by mowing and ridding the community of debris, tagging tires for pick up, removing trees, and restoring the playground/park.

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMUNITY ALERT
The UUCOC Social Justice Ministry has been asked to partner with the Texas Organizing Project on this issue. Please join us!

Friday, January 15th from 5:30 to 7:30, there will be a rally in front of the Frank Crowley courthouse, 133 N. Riverfront, Dallas, 75207.

The purpose of the rally is to urge the Supreme Court to hear the DACA+DAPA case that would bring some relief to an estimated 5 million immigrants.

Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), sometimes called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, is a planned American immigration policy which would grant deferred action status to certain undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States since 2010 and have children who are American citizens or lawful permanent residents. Deferred action is not full legal status, but in this case would come with a three-year, renewable work permit and exemption from deportation. The program was announced in November 2014 by President Barack Obama.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy that allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation. DACA does confer non-immigrant legal status but does not provide a path to citizenship. It was started by the Obama administration in June 2012.

1.) Black Friday

OUR Walmart/UFCW, JwJ, and the Dallas AFL-CIO are planning a rally and march for $15 and full-time for all low-wage workers on Black Friday. We are meeting at the City Place Target at 9 AM, rally (30 minutes), march to a nearby Walmart (10 minutes) short rally (10 minutes), march back to City Place (10 minutes).

City Place Target (2417 N Haskell Ave)  2305 N Central Expy

Here is the FaceBook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1645036925755462/

2.) Global Climate March Dallas
Sunday, November 29 at 2 PM join Dallas climate activists and allies to bring attention to the need for urgent, strong, climate agreements. This event will be on the same day as the Paris climate march before the Paris COP 21 talks take place.

See more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/816681858451091/

CGSC on the UU Pespectives Podcast
UU Perspectives is a weekly podcast about Unitarian Universalists and how they are changing the world through the stand they take on issues facing our world today. Meet the people who facilitate making a difference in the communities around them. Whether you are seeker exploring what Unitarian Universalism is or just want personal spiritual growth or inspiration to impact a community, there is something here for everyone. You’ll be inspired to take action.

You can listen to their interview here:
http://www.uuperspective.com/common-ground-street-choir-activism-through-song-uupp-036/

http://www.uuperspective.com
iTunes: http://ow.ly/NgLo1

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We have been invited to attend an event celebrating the first Dallas Billboard promoting the expansion of Medicaid in Texas

Press Conference
Thursday, October 22nd–10.30am
Will meet at the base of the Billboard:
7600 John W.
Carpenter Fwy, Dallas, TX 75247

There is plenty of parking available (exit Mockingbird going 183W, just past the Starbucks).