Climate justice will once again have a strong presence at the Unitarian Universalist Association's annual General Assembly, taking place for the first time in New Orleans, June 21-25, 2017.
The theme of this year's General Assembly is “Resist and Rejoice,” dedicated to awakening and deepening Unitarian Universalists' commitment to working in solidarity with people on the margins, and will feature a Commit2Respond nine-workshop track of environmental justice and climate justice programming, "The Seas are Rising and So are We."
Advocating Equity & Human Rights For Climate Justice
Thursday June 22, 1:30 - 2:45 PM, 228-229
Join Salote Soqo, UU Service Committee Senior Program Leader for Environmental Justice & Climate Action, and Bruce Knotts, Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association United Nations Office (UU-UNO), to learn about current UU advocacy campaigns for equity and human rights for climate justice, both domestically and internationally.
Eye-to-Eye Partnerships for Environmental Justice & Climate Justice
Thursday June 22, 3:15 - 4:30 PM, 228-229
Join Salote Soqo and Rev. Paul Langston Daley (UUSC Justice Building Team) and Rev. Karen Brammer (Director, UUA Green Sanctuary Program) in dialogue about best practices for successful partnerships that respect and empower leaders from communities most impacted by climate change, industrial toxins, extreme extraction, etc. for longhaul justice building.
People's Movement Assembly: Shared Liberation Decision-making
Thursday June 22, 3:15 - 6:15 PM, Rear of Exhibit Hall (Hall B1)
The US Human Rights Network, Project South, and the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR) will offer an interactive popular education training on grassroots governance, democracy, and shared liberation. This session will help participants develop their own intersectional analysis and plan for action. Presenters: Colette Pichon Battle, Esq., Stephanie Guilloud, Rev. Deanna Vandiver
Emergency! Climate Change & Environmental Justice
Thursday June 22, 5:00 - 6:15 PM, R09
What does environmental justice mean during an era of climate change? Unitarian Universalists in the Southern Region have learned from experience. We’ll provide justice-making resources that your cluster and congregation can use. Learn about emergency services and the New Orleans response to Hurricane Katrina. Moderator: Rev. Robert Murphy. Presenters: Rev. Kenn Hurto, Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Paul Dalzell, Mary Sheehan
Living Downstream: The Mississippi River & New Orleans
Thursday June 22, 5:00 - 6:15 PM, 208
Join us to learn why many of the environmental, racial and social problems in Louisiana and New Orleans result from living downstream in the Mississippi River drainage basin that covers parts of 31 states. We will provide an environmental and historic context for your visit to New Orleans. Presenters: Dr. Cynthia Bryant, Dr. Nancy Rabelais, Charles Fryling, Dr. Edwin Lyon
UU Climate Justice Collaboratory / Peoples Movement Assembly for Climate Justice
Friday June 23, 1:30 - 4:30 PM, 228-229
A follow-up to the Peoples Movement Assembly with the Center for Ethical Living & Social Justice Renewal, Colette Pichon Battle, and Stephanie Guillard, this program brings together UUs deeply committed to mobilizing for environmental justice and climate justice in the world for strategic dialogue and community organizing. Presenters: Aly Tharp, Rev. Karen Brammer, Salote Soqo
Activate Joyful Witness: A Workshop on Art & Activism
Friday June 23, 3:15 - 4:30 PM, 217-219
How can we make our activism more joyful, creative, and engaging? What’s the connection between art and social change? How can we renew our spirits while confronting injustice? With guest artists and activists, we’ll explore some inspiring examples, get crafty together, and prepare to bring spirited presence to Public Witness. Presenters: Marissa Gutiérrez-Vicario, Angela Kelly
Decolonization is Climate Justice
Saturday June 24, 1:30 - 4:30 PM, Hall B2-1 & B2-2
Our Industrial Growth economy is intricately linked to our history of colonization. How does colonialism manifest in modern times? How is it impacting our response to the climate crisis and the shift to a life-sustaining society? What are the ripple effects of the Indigenous-led Dakota Access Pipeline resistance? Presenters: Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Karen Van Fossan, M.Div, Ronya Hoblit, Monique Verdin
The Right to Be Rescued: Climate & Disability
Saturday June 24, 3:15 - 4:30 PM, 215-216
Disasters disproportionately affect people with disabilities. As the frequency and severity of disasters rises with climate change, the courts have recognized that we have a right to be rescued. Hear the stories, learn about emerging best practices, and explore how you and your congregation can be part of creating solutions. Presenters: Patty Cameron, Rev. Suzanne Fast, Imari Kariotis, Els Nieuwenhuijsen
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