Action Alert

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.

Saturday, December 12, 2015,  1-3:00 pm:

The KKK has apparently decided they can’t face determined opposition and have bailed on their protest at the Center.  The updated rally plan is to gather at Fair Park at 1:00 on Saturday, then march down Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd to the Martin Luther King Center where the rally will be held.

More event details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1512159199111313/1517059451954621/

Take A Stand Against Racism
KKK Coming to Irving: Their Event Announcement | Texas Rebel Knights: http://goo.gl/xl48vu (They have rescheduled publicly.)Time: 1pm – 2:30pm (Official Event Time, pending any unforeseen circumstances)
We will update details as they become available. Thank You everyone for your support. Continue to share and invite friends and allies.
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We will have songsheets and our Standing On the Side of Love banner!  Wear your yellow shirts and let’s show our Muslim neighbors that we stand in solidarity with them.

Sunday:  December 13, 2015, 2 PM:

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 Join supporters of Moms Demand Action  nationwide in observing the 3rd anniversary of the horrific
shooting at Newtown.
Sunday, Dec. 13th 2:00pm
The march will begin with speakers at a private residence near White Rock Lake in Dallas, then walk approx. 12 minutes on Garland Road to the Arboretum (an orange shirt will get you free admission), then back to the residence.  Contact below to RSVP and learn the exact address.
Wear Orange and demonstrate that we will not stop moving forward, will keep being visible, will never give up.  They ask: “Wear Orange!”   But our yellow says it all, too! 🙂
Please RSVP to Rebecca Marmaduke at GunSense@Oakcliffuu.org
or 214.240.4266 for details on the walk.

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/

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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).

We’ve scheduled a Sing-A-Long for those of you in the western part of the Metroplex!  This is your chance to join with us in song, get to know our songs, get to know other singers, and hear a bit about our experiences for the past few months.

No need to bring anything but yourself.  We are a holler-along choir – only harmonizing at will if so moved. Most of the songs you’ll already know.

When:         Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7 pm

Where:         Westside Unitarian Universalist Church

901 Page Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76110

Directions from all points of the compass can be found on their website, http://www.westsideuu.org/about/location.html

Or you can call 214-450-4606 if you’re having trouble finding us.

See you then!

Anita

 

All:

WHAT:  We are invited to participate (and sing) during a march and rally on Saturday, Sept 5, with Jobs with Justice – see details below.

WHEN:  Briefly, a hearing will be held from 10 to 11:45 regarding child poverty as it intersects with unlivable wages and worker protections.  At 11:45 the march begins (going till about 12:30 – not long) and then the rally/picnic.  We are invited to attend the hearing….then sing during march and rally.

WHERE:  Senior Room at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215

Wear a yellow t-shirt if you can…  (and I’d like to get a feel for how many can come sing)

Invitation:

We are writing to invite you to attend the 2015 Workers’ Rights Board Hearing on September 5. We will gather at 10 a.m. in the Senior Room at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215).

The theme of this year’s hearing will be “Community, Faith, and Labor: Forward Together Addressing Child Poverty.” Among cities with at least one million residents Dallas has the highest rate of child poverty, at 38 percent.

Ending child poverty will mean demanding livable wages and better protections for workers, increased access to healthcare and adequate food, as well as racial justice and immigration. Communities of color are disproportionately affected by inequality and child poverty, and poverty wages are easy to inflict on undocumented workers.

Our panelists include:

–       Regina Montoya, senior vice president and general counsel of Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. Ms Montoya is also the head of the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty.

–       The Reverend Dr. Michael Greene, lead pastor of Highland Hills United Methodist Church in Dallas.

–       The Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters, founder and senior pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas. Revds. Waters and Greene are pastors and preachers as well as teachers, authors, and organizers in the community.

–       A high school student and a worker.

–       Prof. Joerg Rieger, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, is the moderator.

For people of faith, this should be an urgent crisis. As the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church has stated, “True worship of Christ as Lord and Savior must always take account of specific features of his incarnation revealed in the gospels: as a baby, as a peasant, as a worker, as one who welcomed children and lived among ordinary people.” Following Christ means going where Christ is present, with and among the poor.

Immediately following the hearing we will have our third annual Labor Day March and Picnic. The March will begin and end at the MLK Center where the picnic will be held.

Join us as we seek to learn together what it means to follow Christ in a world of increasing inequality and child poverty.