Mission and Justice

Mission and Justice

March 2016

Arlington Food Pantry (AFP)

We will be collecting non-perishable food items and household goods for the AFP on Sunday, March 6th. For a list of recommended items and for “How to Register to Receive Food from the Arlington Food Pantry” visit www.facebook.com/foodpantryarlington arlingtonfoodpantry.org. Your donations make a difference! We are also looking for volunteers to take over our food donations regularly or occasionally.
Talk to Kate Lindheim, Lauren Evans or Mike Rich.

Anti-Mass Incarceration, Racial and Economic Justice

Restorative Justice and Gendered Violence, with Rev. Susan Chorley of Renewal House and Prof. Jim Ptacek, editor of Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women – Monday, March 14th, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington.

“RSVP: Using Restorative Justice to Stop the Cycle of Violence” with Charlotte Simpson and Dr. Margaret Seater. This evening will start with a showing of “Fatal Peril,” a 60-minute film about violent men exploring the roots of their violence and how they can change their behavior and their lives. Wednesday,
March 30th
, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, 630 Massachusetts Ave.

The Criminal Justice Policy Coalition provides a calendar of activities in Massachusetts for activism to help reduce mass incarceration, to promote racial and economic justice and to support the Black Lives Matter, Black & Pink, Solitary Confinement and Torture Abolition movements, Prison Book Program and others. Their webpage is cjpc.org, where you can sign up for a newsletter, see a calendar of events and read articles about criminal justice reform. Also see: www.facebook.com/pages/Criminal-Justice-Policy-Coalition/178954278781568

Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network

Together with the Southeastern Middlesex Assoc. of Queer Youth (SMAQY, pronounced semma key) Mystic LGBTQ Youth Support Network has been running a community gathering for youth on Fridays 6–9 p.m. at the Arlington Center for the Arts. They are looking for snacks for the weekly meetings, volunteer adult LGBTQ+ chaperones and workers. See Mike Rich if you’d like to be put in touch with SMAQY’s Youth Advisory Council or the volunteer coordinator. www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084daca92aa20-dropin

In the UCC

Mass., Rhode Island and Connecticut Conferences to hold joint Super Saturday Day of Workshops

On Saturday, March 12, from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM, at Killingly High School, 226 Putnam Pike, Killingly, CT (one hour from Arlington) for a day of presentations, worship, celebration and workshops featuring the Rev. Traci Blackmon, Community Leader/Civil Rights Activist, Pastor, Christ the King United Church of Christ, Florissant, MO and Newly Appointed Acting Executive of the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries. If you are interested in going, contact Mike Rich at 781-373-1582 or KidLaw@comcast.net so that we can get the group discount. For more information see:  http://www.macucc.org/eventdetail/487028.

MACUCC “Conference Buzz” 

The top page of the MACUCC website has links to many interesting articles, blogs and events. See http://www.macucc.org/.

Further Out

Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., at Arlington Town Hall – The Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group, PACC and several other organizations Present “Unconscious Bias” – Christopher Dial, Lab Manager of the Social Cognition Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, explores the mistakes that our minds make even when making big, important, thoughtful decisions, and how—without realizing it—our minds can lead us to behave in ways that don’t align with our personal values.

Sunday, April 10, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – 9th Annual ADL “A Nation of Immigrants” Community Seder at UMASS Boston, 100 William T Morrissey Boulevard, Boston. Register for free at bostonseder.eventbrite.com. Talk to Mike or Betty Rich for more information.

Author: Mark Tuttle

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