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New Perspectives on America’s History

The Human Rights Working Group and the Forum Committee of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco will present a series of programs on new perspectives about the history of the United States.

 
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NATIVE AMERICA AND MANIFEST DESTINY

June 19, 2022 at 1:00pm

Professor Robert J. Miller is a professor of law at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University, and the author of many publications including Reservation “Capitalism:” Economic Development in Indian Country (Praeger Publishers 2012). He is the Chief Justice of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and a citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe. His book, Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Manifest Destiny examines the concept of Manifest Destiny and the westward thrust of the newly formed American union. The story begins with the Lewis and Clark expedition into the Pacific Northwest at the behest of Thomas Jefferson. How did this expansion and the belief in Manifest Destiny play out for the Indigenous peoples, and for the United States? What are the effects of this history on all of us to this day?

Join us for a lively and provocative discussion!

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Collaborative & Innovative

At First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco, our top priority is to achieve results, and we know that our success depends on the quality of our campaigns and partnerships. Our approach is to build strategic networks and promote programs that will help advance our work. Learn more about the causes we’re passionate about and get in touch with us to see how you can get involved.

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HUMAN RIGHTS WORKING GROUP MEETING!

The UUSF HRWG will meet on Tuesday, June 7 at 7pm. Our proposed agenda is:

  1. Plans for June 19 Dangerous Truths - Script review

  2. July and August status

  3. September dates status 

  4. Future plans for Hybrid meeting for DT's - at 1 PM or merge with Forum 9:30 AM

  5. Update on UUJME (UUs for Justice in the Middle East)

  6. Updates on Climate Crisis issue

  7. Updates on other GA subjects, gun control issue

  8. Millie's sermon, Sunday 5/29

  9. Interest in having a UUSF contingent in the Sunday, 6/26 Pride parade?

  10. Dangerous Truths Bibliography doc on the Google Drive

  11. Interest in participating in or supporting the UNRWA Run/Walk for Gaza (September date TBD)?

  12. No More Deaths (No Mas Muertes), a project of a UU church in Tucson

  13. reading for Widening the Circle of Concern

  14. Other

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HUMAN RIGHTS WORKING GROUP NEW YEAR’S LETTER

January 1, 2022

The UUSF Human Rights Working Group looks forward to 2022 with renewed hope that our activities and goals will gain momentum and/or provoke favorable outcomes for the coming year.  Human and civil rights in this country are at a tipping point, the stakes are high at this moment in our history - that is why we UU human rights advocates are determined to sustain our efforts.  


For 2022, we continue to focus on five of the issues we deem most urgent in our country:

  • Racial Justice

  • Immigrant Rights

  • Voting Rights

  • Climate Crisis

  • Women’s Rights

The last focus. Women’s Rights, was voted upon by our members last September after the state of Texas severely limited abortion rights, and the Supreme Court refused to interfere, thus denigrating the rights of women to control their bodily health.  As a result, the Women’s Group was organized, with Reproductive Rights its priority, and Lori Lai as the Coordinator.


New for 2022:  “Dangerous Truths”.  HRWG will be hosting a new Zoom series on racial justice called “Dangerous Truths” starting in February, Black History Month.  Stay tuned for more information about these new insightful history shows.

We hold monthly HRWG Cmte meetings via Zoom on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, and continue weekly Wednesday morning vigils urging the public to support immigrant rights, voting rights and to remind them of the climate crisis, a universal concern.  HRWG supports other international human rights organizations, often endorsing, participating and hosting educational Zoom events on these issues.

We work closely with the UUSF Sunday Forum, and appreciate the technical support and advice from Forum Chair Bruce Neuburger, also a member of HRWG.  We are thankful for the advice and help we receive from Rev. Vanessa Southern, and our staff, especially Jonathan Silk, Communications Manager.

We welcome newcomers to join us, or to contact us about any issue or suggestions which we might address.


In hope and struggle,

Dolores Perez Heilbron and Melvin Starks, co-chairs

 
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BELOVED STORIES

The materials below provided a helpful starting point for this and other possible future projects. Click the links below to see the materials.  The video produced in 2019 features members of our HRWG. Special thanks to Shulee Ong and Lori Lai for their contributions in the production of this special project.

 
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FOCUS FOR 2022

Racial Justice

We will continue to support the Black Lives Matter movement and other related groups, along with other UUSF racial justice efforts, as we did in the past during the 2020 George Floyd demonstrations against police brutality throughout the country towards Black, Brown, Asian and Indigenous sisters and brothers. We will continue special projects about our unique American history of slavery such as the “1619 Project” readings.  We continue to work closely with our UUSF BIPOC group. (See videos below produced under the auspices of the HRWG.)


Immigrant Rights

We will continue to press for a sound immigration policy for asylum seekers and special DACA children of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and deserve full citizenship. New immigrant groups are expected to be fleeing their homes due not only to on-going conflicts, at times perpetrated by our foreign and military policies, but also by the climate crisis.  Many HRWG UUs visited and worked at the southern border in El Paso, helping the asylum seekers there, and returned to report on that situation.


Voting Rights

We will work to promote the Constitutional right of all Americans to vote in a safe manner, without danger as happened in our prior history after the Civil War.  All acts to suppress the vote by any organizations will be exposed and special educational projects will be undertaken to advise all citizens of their rights to vote.


Climate Crisis

We will focus on how ordinary citizens can work in ways to stem the oncoming crisis, for example, by advocating that the City of San Francisco and state governments buy only electric vehicles (EV), and offer financial incentives to residents for the purchase of EV and the installation of solar panels on their homes.  We continue to work directly with environmental groups on special educational and advocacy projects.

Women's Rights

Women’s Rights, was voted upon by our members in September 2021, after the state of Texas severely limited abortion rights, and the Supreme Court refused to interfere, thus denigrating the rights of women to control their bodily health.  As a result, the Women’s Group was organized, with Reproductive Rights its priority.  They have been very active in demonstrations and continue to work on new issues.  Lori Lai is the Coordinator.  See more on their latest activities (click here)

 
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PRIOR ACHIEVEMENTS FOR 2019-2021

US Immigration Policy:  HRWG held live (before COVID) and later Zoom presentations (called “Close the Camps”) about the destructive policies such as the forced detention of asylum seekers, separation of families, and the mistreatment of children at our southern border.  We began and continue to demonstrate on the steps of the church every Wednesday mornings to draw public attention to these issues.


Voting Rights:  During the Presidential campaign in October 2019, HRWG organized a March for Democracy to demand a fair election where constitutional rights to vote would be protected across the country.  Many other civic, social justice and labor organizations joined this march from the Mission to downtown San Francisco.


International Human Rights:  HRWG joined with other faith and justice groups to draw attention and protest actions and policies of the United States as a contributor to violations of human rights across the world.


Ending Racism:   HRWG conducted a variety of events explaining the roots of American racism and White Supremacy.  With the UUSF BIPOC committee, we produced and presented a video workshop entitled We Built People of Color Visibility at the UU General Assembly in 2019.  Our video was called the “Beloved Stories UUSF”, and we started with the Story Corps Toolkit. Also, included below are the questions we used in our interviews, the release form for the participants, and a flyer.

 

HRWG IN ACTION!

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