Social Justice Council – May 2018

Minutes of meeting held on May 9, 2018

Attendance: Evan Freund, Allan Lindrup, Marie Cobbs, Finley Campbell and Anita Orlikoff

The meeting began at 6:15 p.m. with a chalice lighting and invocation. Check-ins followed.

Minutes of the April SJC meeting

The draft minutes of the April 11, 2018 SJC meeting had been electronically distributed and no revisions submitted. Paper copies were available at this meeting for review. Finley moved the adoption of the draft minutes as distributed. Marie seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Task Force and Group Reports

Green Sanctuary Group – Allan reported that Richard Pardo had developed a multi-page written plan for improving this church’s recycling system. It involves substantial expenditures. The Green Sanctuary Group will meet on Sunday, June 3, at 1 p.m. to discuss and made decisions regarding the plan. The group’s Environmental Book Club is planning to meet on June 17 to decide on what book it will read and discuss when it resumes in the fall.

Racial Justice Task Force – Finley reported 1) RJTF organized the First Forum with Chris Berry on the Cook County property tax assessment system and its relationship to race and class, which drew well, 2) there will be a multiracial unity outing with the Chicago Sinfonietta on May 14, 3) the Spring Fling drew 12 participants, plus 9 additional monetary supporters, and raised several hundred dollars for members of this church who are going to GA, and 4) this year’s Multiracial Unity Award will be going to Faith in Place.

Criminal Justice Task Force – Evan reported that Rev. Jason Lydon, who started Black and Pink, to support and arrange pen-pals for LBGT individuals in prison, was a guest at this month’s CJTF meeting, to speak about Black and Pink and also the UUA Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) Ambassador program, which arranges UU pen pals for UUs in prison. There was a protest at Chicago Police Dept. headquarters last Thursday morning related to the ongoing negotiations on a new police contract. There will be a series of hearings, beginning May 15, on the four proposed ordinances to reform the oversight of abuse by Chicago police. Two the ordinances are serious efforts by reformers, while the other two would establish powerless advisory groups.

There are at least three theaters with plays related to criminal justice: Victory Gardens has Lettie , Collaborative Theater has Blue and Green, and Goodman Theater has Until the Flood.

Denominational Affairs Committee – Marie reported that Margot Horn is likely to be the next representative from this church to CAUUC. The CAUUC annual meeting is this Saturday, May 12, at Countryside Church, UU, in Palatine. This coming Sunday, May 13, there will be a First Forum which will open with a four person panel speaking on the proposed 8th Principle, followed by small group discussions, where people can give their own views, which will be gathered in writing. Allan will represent DAC as one of the four panelists. DAC is this congregation’s social justice liaison to the UUA, MAR, CAUUC and UUSJ.

Others – Per Anita the Spiritual Adventures T.F. has not met recently. She is still working on organizing a Chicago Childrens Choir Boosters Task Force. There was no report from the Black Lives Matter Task Force.

Facebook Page

Evan suggested that the SJC develop its own Facebook page. We encouraged him to explore this.

First Forum(s)

If the church’s picnic is not on June 17, the DAC would like organize the SJC’s June First Forum, called Preview to General Assembly.

Poor People’s Campaign

We held a discussion of the schedule for the Poor People’s Campaign in Illinois. The next three Mondays there will be actions in Springfield, around different themes. Early on Monday, June 21, there will also be an action by the McDonald’s headquarters in Oakbrook, supporting the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage. The first three Monday’s in June the Poor People’s Campaign activities in Illinois will be in Chicago, around a different theme each week. Anita moved that the SJC endorse the Poor People’s Campaign. Finley seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved. Allan is expecting to get arrested for NVCD at the Poor People Campaign events the next five Mondays. Others plan to participate in several of the protests, but are not planning on getting arrested.

New Business

At the recent budget hearing Evan raised the issue of when the SJC might again have a budget line. President Pederson said the Board hoped that the budget will allow for funding for programs to return in the not too distant future.

Closing

We adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Minutes by Allan Lindrup, Secretary