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/

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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.

A Peace Rally has been organized for Saturday, December 12, 2015, 1-2:30 pm.

At the request of both the Irving Islamic Center and the Richardson Mosque (following on the tail of the KKK’s cancelling their protest), the Unity protest has been moved to the MLK, Jr. Center in the Fair Park area.

The march will start at Fair Park and proceed to the MLK Jr. Center (a short walk). There will be speakers and voter registrars have been asked to bring their materials.

Parking options are two:  (1) Fair Park – the last word is that there is some free parking (other than Music Hall – I believe the Butterfly Garden area is free); and (2) MLK Jr. Center – where parking may be at a premium.  At any rate, you’ll have to walk both directions, no matter where you park. 🙂

We will have our Standing On The Side of Love Banner and songsheets.  Wear yellow.

See you there – rain or shine (but it looks like any rain will be minimal and it won’t be freezing like it was for the climate justice rally!).

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).

Photos by Jan Brubaker & Pat McAfee.
We rallied to support the Mansfield Islamic Center in response to a threatened national anti-Muslim protest. Imam Mohamed Herbert, who was surprised and delighted to see us, treated us to a guided tour and a short discussion.
(BTW, none of the promised armed members of the hate groups actually showed up.)

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.

The Common Ground Street Choir was in action at the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans’ birthday party for Medicare/Medicaid. July 30th at the Alliance/AFT hall in Oak Cliff. Photos and videos courtesy of Gene Lantz.

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“If I Had A Hammer”


“Building Bridges”