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- October 17: LatinxFest October 18, 2020The UUFA Sanctuary Movement team invites you to participate in the eleventh annual LatinxFest on Saturday, October 17, from noon to 6 p.m. on Facebook Live. Click here. Beto Mendoza, founder of and performer at LatinxFest, shares the following: “LatinxFest is the biggest celebration of our Hispanic and Latinx community, not only in Athens, but in all of Northeast Georgia. This 11th annual festival feels special in every sense, both in the challenges the pandemic represents for artists and public performances, but also because of the unique times we are living through. Art and cultural expression has never been more important to the life of our community.”
- GOTV!–Volunteer Poll Driver Signup from UUFA Justice Partner October 20, 2020The Economic Justice Coalition (EJC), a UUFA 2020-21 Justice Partner, needs dedicated volunteers to drive folks to the polls! To volunteer, click on any of the signup links: Volunteer Poll Driver Signup OCT 24th Volunteer Poll Driver Signup NOV 3rd For further information, contact UUFA EJC liaison Greg Davis.
- Love Resists–The Power of Presence: Your Struggle Is Ours October 8, 2020We’re proud to share this joint statement from the UUA and UUSC in support of congregations resisting oppression and defending democracy. Click here to read more. Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
- Host an Organizer from New York October 8, 2020The Sanctuary Movement team shares the following information: Dignidad Inmigrante en Athens is hosting an organizer from movimiento cosecha, from October 22 to November 24. Brenda Valalders is coming to Athens to support DIA for one month, and she needs space to stay. For further information, contact Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition member Beto Mendoza. The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, comprised of members of some 15+ faith communities serving the Athens area, is dedicated to offering hospitality, safety, and opportunities for all immigrants, regardless of status, to participate fully in our shared community. This group traditionally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For further information, contact UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team member Nancy MacNair .
- October 10: UUFA Justice Partner Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Workplace Conference October 12, 2020The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is hosting a Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in the Workplace Conference on Saturday, October 10th, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. through Zoom. The Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity conference will help attendees form strategies that create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for both their staff and clients by better understanding unconscious bias, developing effective strategies to attract and recruit diverse groups, and building screening practices that ensure greater diversity and quality hires. This conference is an opportunity to discuss tough issues surrounding race, culture, and diversity in the workplace environment. Guest speakers include Karlene Gordon, Jodi Barnes, and Mokah-Jasmine Johnson. This training is normally valued at $55 per attendee, but due to the financial constraints our community is experiencing from COVID-19, AADM is offering this conference for free! Register now. For further information, contact UUFA AADM liaison Deb Brenner.
- October 9: District Attorney Debate Hosted by UUFA Justice Partner EJC October 12, 2020On Friday, October 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., join the Economic Justice Coalition (EJC) and two other sponsoring organizations for a conversation with the candidates running for District Attorney to represent Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties (Western Judicial Circuit). The candidates running for DA who will participate in the debate are James Chafin (I), Deborah Gonzalez (D), and Brian Patterson (D). The EJC is a 2020-21 UUFA Justice Partner. For further information, click here.
- October 30: Deadline to register for Christmas Angel 2020 (Click here for a link to sign up!) October 8, 2020Can you be a Christmas Angel? UUFA will again participate in the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) gift program for needy children. Each holiday season many children in foster care receive few, if any, gifts over the holidays. Due to the generosity of its members and friends, UUFA has successfully participated in this program for over 20 years. The Social Action Committee is taking the lead this year in UUFA’s participation in the Christmas Angel Project. Please click here to sign up! There will be several no-contact options for you to get your gifts to us. Please take caution when purchasing gifts this year. Online options are safer than visits to retail shops in Athens. Some local stores will now take orders over the phone and arrange no-contact options for pick-up. In addition, you may choose to donate to the UUFA Christmas Angel fund and have UUFA do the shopping for you! CLICK HERE and choose “Social Action Initiatives” and “CHRISTMAS ANGEL.” Please note that special requests such as for the age or gender of the child(ren) cannot be accommodated For further information, contact Connie Bruce (email@example.com or 706.254.7822). The Christmas Angel Project is being sponsored by UUFA’s Social Action Committee, a part of the Justice Cluster.
- Be a Polling Place Observer with Fair Fight October 7, 2020You are invited to sign up as a poll observer with Fair Fight Action. Poll observers are crucial to helping ensure that Georgia voters can cast their ballots safely and have them count. Poll observers will be outside early-vote and Election-Day polling places to observe people going in and out of the voting location and to ask voters safely to share their experience. Poll observers may also safely conduct “line warming” in places where there are people waiting in line for their chance to vote. Poll observers will receive training and protective equipment for their work. For further information, click here. Questions? Contact UUFA UU-the-Vote liaison Paul Van Valkenburg.
- November 3: Hospitality Help Needed October 6, 2020UUFA’s building is a polling place on November 3. Volunteers are needed to provide water and snacks to voters in line on Election Day afternoon and evening in the parking lot of the Fellowship. Help create a relaxed voting environment. Mask and distance awareness required. Can you help? Contact UUFA UU-the-Vote liaison Paul Van Valkenburg via email or text (239.404.7482).
- Text or Call Georgia Voters with Fair Fight October 7, 2020Fair Fight has these opportunities to help Get Out the Vote in Georgia: Early Voting Weekend of Action October 10 and 11 Text and Phone Bank SIGN UP HERE Latinx GOTV Text Bank October 10 and 11 Spanish-speaking volunteers required SIGN UP HERE AAPI GOTV Phone Bank **In partnership with Asian American Advocacy Fund and They See Blue** Training: Oct 13 Phonebank: October 13-18 SIGN UP HERE GOTV Weekend of Action October 24 and 25 Text and Phone Bank SIGN UP HERE GOTV Weekend of Action October 31 – November 3 Text and Phone Bank SIGN UP HERE For further information, contact UUFA UU-the-Vote liaison Paul Van Valkenburg.
- October 17: Chalice Film Series Discussion September 27, 2020On Saturday, October 17, at 4 p.m., you are invited to engage in a discussion of the Netflix documentary I Am Not Your Negro. Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished book, this visual essay explores racism through the stories of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. All participating in the discussion are asked to watch this 93-minute film prior to the October 17 discussion. A link on the UUFA Stay Connected page will connect you to the October 17 discussion. IF you are unable to access Netflix, please watch the movie’s trailer. For further information about the discussion, contact Morgan Henry.
- Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition Petition…Please Sign… September 27, 2020UUFA’s Sanctuary Movement Team, part of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, urges you to sign a petition. Click here to read and (hopefully) sign the petition. The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, comprised of members of some 15+ faith communities serving the Athens area, is dedicated to offering hospitality, safety, and opportunities for all immigrants, regardless of status, to participate fully in our shared community. For further information, contact Nancy MacNair.
- October 27: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition September 27, 2020Interested in immigration issues? You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held virtually on Tuesday, October 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For information about connecting to Tuesday’s virtual meeting, contact Karen Solheim. The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, comprised of members of some 15+ faith communities serving the Athens area, is dedicated to offering hospitality, safety, and opportunities for all immigrants, regardless of status, to participate fully in our shared community. This group traditionally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For further information, contact UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team member Nancy MacNair .
- October 25: Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team October 12, 2020You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team on Sunday, October 25, beginning at 5 p.m. The Welcoming Congregation Renewal Team serves to help UUFA to complete the renewal of our Welcoming Congregation recognition annually through education, advocacy, and action related to LGBT/TGQNB issues. This meeting will focus on activity planning for the 2020 calendar year. To join this meeting, click here. For more information, contact Morgan Henry. For more information about the UUA Welcoming Congregation renewal, click here. Stay for the Alphabet Family Gathering thereafter.
- October 25: Alphabet Family Gathering October 12, 2020Do you identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? Then come join us for fun and fellowship on the fourth Sunday of every month from 6-8 p.m.! To join this meeting, click here. For further information, contact Morgan Henry.
- Diaper Drive and CANtribution Collection October 1, 2020You are invited literally to drive by UUFA (in the parking lot) EVERY Wednesday, from 5 to 6 p.m. to drop off diapers for the Athens immigrant community and/or nonperishable food items for the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank. Please remember the food bank does not accept expired food. Please read the UUFA Phase One Opening Guidelines, which include wearing your face mask and distancing physically. For further information, contact Diane Bridges. Not a fan of driving or shopping but still want to give? Monetary contributions are gratefully received. Give here, choose “Diapers &/or Cans” and then note any appropriate memo for your gift.
- October 1 and October 3: Help with Voter Registration October 7, 2020The Economic Justice Coalition (EJC) with help from the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) will be registering voters and helping with absentee ballot applications on September 26, October 1, and October 3 and would welcome your help. Masks and social distancing required. Click here to view locations and times and to volunteer. The Economic Justice Coalition (EJC) and the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) are the two 2020-21 UUFA Justice Partners. For further information, contact UUFA UU the Vote liaison Paul Van Valkenburg.
- October 4: Social Action Committee–Join in. October 7, 2020Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, October 4, beginning at noon virtually. Click here to connect to this meeting. Can’t attend? If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, join the SAC listerv. This listserv will let you know what transpires not only in the UUFA SAC but also in the local Athens area in terms of social action. Everyone is encouraged to sign up! For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett. The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————————
- Volunteers Needed for Voter Registration August 27, 2020Help with Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Applications The Economic Justice Coalition (EJC) needs volunteers to help voters register and complete absentee ballot applications. These action are being done along with an EJC Census event. Volunteering for part of the time is fine. Distancing and wearing masks and gloves are part of the safety protocol. The EJC is a 2020-21 UUFA Justice Partner. Friday, August 14, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Springfield Baptist Church, 550 Fourth Street Saturday, August 15, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Athens Plaza (by the old Hardee’s location), 496 North Avenue Friday, August 21, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Trail Creek Village (by PetSense, Kroger), 700 US 29 Highway North Saturday, August 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Trail Creek Village (by PetSense, Kroger), 700 US 29 Highway North
- July 26 to August 2: UUFA Family Promise Week July 31, 2020UUFA will be supporting Holy Cross Lutheran in hosting Family Promise clients during the week of July 26-August 2. This upcoming week of hosting will be quite different than any we’ve done before due to the Covid pandemic, but the families are currently being housed at an outstanding and very safe facility provided by the Athens Church of Christ at 3720 Mars Hill Road. Families have their own apartments as well as a large common area where they eat and their children can play. The room for overnight hosts and the tables for day hosts are separated from the family living spaces. There is now very little, if any, contact between the families and the hosts and meal providers. The same true for meal providers, who bring food in disposable containers for each family unit and leave it on a table in the lobby for day hosts to distribute. We will need volunteers to —Prepare meals for three families—which altogether have four adults and nine children. (Because of the size of the famiy groups, it’s probably more important than ever to partner with another person in meal preparation) —Serve as day hosts for 3 1/4 hour blocks each day (a duty in which you’ll probably be reading a book or perusing your smart phone most all of the time…or even doing work) —Serve as overnight hosts —Drive vans in the mornings and afternoons Some of you have expressed concern about volunteering for this program due to the hazards posed by the Covid pandemic. The family members have been living at this satellite facility for a while now, and they don’t need to ask questions of volunteer hosts, so there is consequently little close contact. The men’s and women’s restrooms have multiple stalls and sinks, and the stalls and sinks are designated for families and hosts. There are plenty of hand sanitizers on-site. For anyone who is willing to drive the van, all passengers are required to wear face masks. Click here to sign up for a volunteer slot.. Click here to find out more about the Family Promise static site by watching a three-minute video. Click here for online training. For additional information including the arranging of a tour of the facility, contact UUFA Family Promise Coordinator Mark Hodges. ——————————————————————————————
- 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 16: Show Up for Racial Justice October 6, 2020Now is the time to get to work! In partnership with Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ) we are calling folks in Georgia to have values-based conversations that move the hearts and minds of community members. Join us on Thursday, July 16, 6-8 p.m. for our first national phonebank to Georgia. Click here for further information. For more information, contact UUFA UU the Vote Georgia liaison Paul Van Valkenberg. ——————————————————————————————