Definitions of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
JUUstice Washington defines equity as a state in which each of us has access to the resources—such as opportunities, connections, and power—we need to thrive and reach our full potential. Equity inherently includes an effective response to the past and present impact of systems of privilege and oppression. And, equity is a state in which outcomes cannot be predicted from social characteristics.
We define diversity as a state of variety in a group of people across social characteristics, including sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, language, race, color, culture, ethnicity, nationality, national origin, marital status, geography, immigration status, generation, religion, ability, age, and physical appearance. Diversity in an organization—for example, among its leadership, staff, and membership—is a marker for the degree to which the community it seeks to serve is represented within the organization.
We define inclusion as the equitable welcoming, valuing, and application of the skills, experience, perspectives, ideas, contributions, and needs of everyone within a diverse group across all areas of the internal and external functioning of that group, such as leadership, service provision, and service receipt.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Position Statement of JUUstice Washington
JUUstice Washington is committed to the increasing, measurable manifestation of our valuing of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of our work.
We acknowledge the contributions our founding organizations have made to helping build a more just and sustainable world, as well as the historical reality of insufficient equity, diversity, and inclusion in the functioning of these institutions.
We commit to transparency and accountability as we track our EDI progress going forward.
We share a determination to bring together, value, and leverage diverse wisdom, skill, and perspectives as we become our vision and accomplish our mission in the world:
Vision: We envision ourselves as a diverse and spiritually grounded organization that empowers people to work towards a just world in which all people thrive. Our vision is inspired by our commitment to each other and to the interdependent web of life of which we are all a part.
Mission: We strive to inspire, educate, empower, and nurture the capacity of Unitarian Universalists (UUs), as well as our community allies, to collaboratively advocate for and undertake social and environmental justice initiatives. We support legislative change that aligns with our UU values in Washington state and beyond.
In this time of pandemic and economic crisis, Congress is more out of touch than ever. With public health restrictions keeping lawmakers from meeting in-person in their communities, far too many are only seeing this crisis through the news. We at Town Hall Project are convinced that if our elected leaders were able to hold in-person town halls right now they'd see just how bad this crisis is -- and how much worse it could get. But in just four weeks, expanded unemployment benefits and other vital support will end -- unless Congress acts. So it's vitally important we lift up the stories of Americans at the front line of this crisis. If you, or a loved one, are unemployed and depending on expanded support to make rent, mortgage, or other basic needs, your story can make a real difference. Please: share your story today and we'll help elevate it -- in social media, in virtual town halls, and through the news media -- to make sure Congress understands.townhallproject.com mutualaidhub.org
Public Citizen Launching Democracy Defender Training Program to Protect the Vote - No Experience Required
While COVID-19 cases continue to rise in states across the country, too many states lack critical resources to ensure safe and accessible voting this fall. We know that ramping up vote-by-mail, expanding early voting, and offering safe in-person voting on election day is possible, but only if we secure resources and commitments from national, state, and local leaders. That’s why Public Citizen is launching our Democracy Defenders initiative, which will launch a coordinated effort to protect our elections from now through election day.
Apply now to become a Democracy Defender to receive training and resources to help you lead the local effort to protect our elections. No previous experience required!
Sunrise Movement, in recognition of the intersection between Black Lives Matter and Climate Change issues, has published a detailed 9-page guide for Taking Action for Black Lives. Included are ideas for how to support Black Lives Matter protests, talking points and how to be safe at protests. Access the guide here.
In addition, attend trainings at CHOP/Cal Anderson Park, Seattle
Non Violent Civil Disobedience Training w. Rev. Sekou (6/24)
Non Violent Civil Disobedience Training w. Rev. Sekou (6/25)
Breaking News from the ACLU
The Supreme Court just handed down a tremendous decision: Under federal law, employers cannot fire or otherwise discriminate against workers just for being LGBTQ.
Let's be clear: This means it is illegal to fire someone, or refuse to hire them, for being LGBTQ in all 50 states. It is a historic ruling, but there are still critical gaps that must be addressed.
In the face of a global pandemic, these gaps are a matter of life and death. Discrimination has already contributed to the premature death of our two clients.
John, we need to mobilize now to build momentum around the Court's decision. We can secure comprehensive nondiscrimination protections by urging Congress to pass the Equality Act. Send an urgent message to your senators now.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson need your help to make sure all our voices are heard in November. They, along with their friend, Michelle Obama, co-chair When We All Vote, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the race and age voting gap.
"Yes, we had COVID-19. Yes, we made the news, and luckily, we got through it. But we know there are millions of Americans and families across this country who have been put in desperate situations and have not come out so lucky. We've seen firsthand the effect this disease can have on our families and communities, and now we need your help to make sure it doesn't stop anyone from voting in the upcoming elections."
Just like Michelle Obama said, "No one should have to choose between making their voices heard and being healthy and safe."
This is where you come in—yes, you reading this email! Sign When We All Vote’s petition telling Congress to support the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020.
The last four years in countering anti-Muslim bigotry has been quite a journey. We are so blessed that you have walked this journey with us!In the work that we do with you to counter anti-Muslim bigotry, we see five major issues:
- What is Sharia?
- Islam and Women’s Rights
- Islam and Peace
- Islam and Other Religions
- The Islamophobia Industry
For the past year, we have been working to create five animated videos in a three-minute format to address these questions. We are calling it the “Faith Over Fear Campaign.” You will see the videos, meet the animators and be encouraged by others working to counter hate and bigotry towards any group. Light refreshments will be provided.
When: Monday, February 10, 2020, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Muslim Association of Puget Sound, 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA
Register Here: Registration limited to 90 people
The Arts of Diversity and Inclusion: An interactive workshop/discussion with Dr. Esther Kingston-Mann, December 3, 2019, Woodinville WA
Dr. Esther Kingston-Mann, who is a member of First Parish UU in Arlington, MA will join Woodinville UUC to facilitate a discussion about the arts of diversity and inclusion and share some of her congregation’s experiences. All are welcome.
At First Parish Arlington, Esther led the formation of their Diversity/ Inclusion Group to build understanding within the congregation of diversity inclusion, including race, class, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, and culture. This group gave rise to First Parish Arlington’s racial justice coordinating group, their disabilities group, and other specialized groups.
Esther is the Ford Service Professor of History/American Studies Emerita at UMass Boston and former director UMass Boston’s Center for Innovative Teaching, as well as the founding director of The New England Center for Inclusive Teaching. From 2000-2003, Esther was part of the Ford Foundation’s national faculty for diversity, democracy, and liberal learning. Esther continues to be part of the Kingston-Mann Awards for Excellence in Diversity/Inclusion Scholarship.
First Parish UU of Arlington, MA: https://firstparish.info/social-justice/action-groups/
Kingston-Mann Awards: https://www.umb.edu/km-awards
Dr. Pamela Taylor facilitates Peace Circles for Racial Healing which provide the space for transforming relationships with yourself and others.
When: Jan. 7-Mar.17 – 6 sessions, 6pm-9pm
Where: Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church, 14724 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline
#1 January 7th - Holding Space & Bearing Witness
#2 January 21st - Exploring Racial Identity [National Day of Racial Healing]
#3 February 4th - Recognizing Racial Privilege
#4 February 18th - Managing Unconscious Bias
ADVANCING THE CONVERSATION
#5 March 3rd - Decoding Racialized Microaggressions
#6 March 17th - Framing New Narratives for Racial Reconciliation
Space is limited to 12 participants, so pre-register early. Cost for individual session - $65; $375 for all six sessions. (Pay more if you can to help support scholarships for those who need support.) For more information contact: Pamela Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.851.9782
Educators, parents, students, and community partners together look at all aspects of diversity represented in our schools and neighborhoods with a special focus on homelessness and poverty. Program includes expert speakers and sessions on: Equitable Practices in Special Education; Allyship for Undocumented Families; Talking to Children About Race; Trauma of Discrimination; Helping Families in Poverty, and more!
Where: Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Ave. North, Shoreline When: Sat. Oct. 12, 8am – 4pmRegistration fee $180, Parent scholarships available. Includes breakfast, lunch, and materials.
In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence.
We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that women and men, boys and girls, are safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets – in all places in our societies.
Resistance and Resilience
The campaign is simple but profound. Wear black on Thursdays. Wear a pin to declare you are part of the global movement resisting attitudes and practices that permit rape and violence. Show your respect for women who are resilient in the face of injustice and violence. Encourage others to join you.
Often black has been used with negative racial connotations. In this campaign Black is used as a color of resistance and resilience!
In mid-August, the Administration announced its final version of the “public charge” rule, which would force immigrants to undergo a rigorous wealth test in order to obtain their green card—an important step in the process of ultimately becoming a US citizen. Under new guidelines, immigrants may be denied their green card if they have in the past used or are deemed likely to use federal assistance programs such as Medicaid, Section 8, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Without a doubt, this policy blatantly favors wealthy immigrants, and boldly inserts racist, classist, and white supremacist ideology into a process that should be open and equitable for all. Even though the use of benefits will not automatically make someone ineligible for a green card, it's obvious that the Trump Administration hopes that news of this policy will deter immigrants from using the public assistance they are lawfully eligible for.
Read our blog post for more in-depth information about the public charge ruling, including straightforward facts on who could be impacted. It's also important to remember that multiple lawsuits have been filed by states and organizations across the country in response to this rule, and that litigation could deter or completely stop this policy before it is set to begin on October 15, 2019. The Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign has also developed fact sheets and advocacy materials.
by Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin, Skinner House Books, 2019
What calls Unitarian Universalists to create multicultural, antiracist Beloved Community? What do congregations need when they embark on this journey? What common threads run through their stories? Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin—a white minister and a lay person of color—share how five diverse congregations encounter frustrations and disappointments, as well as hope and wonder, once they commit to the journey. Mistakes abound. Miracles of transformation and joy emerge too. Extensively researched and thoughtfully written—with reflection questions at the end of each chapter—Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism will guide readers to apply these stories to their own communities, develop next steps, and renew their commitment to this hard but meaningful work.
Visit InSpirit to learn more or pre-order Mistakes and Miracles
Join us for this important and long-overdue community conversation!
Rep. Ilhan Omar. Linda Sarsour. Tamika Mallory. Marc Lamont Hill. Angela Davis.
How are charges of antisemitism being weaponized to specifically target powerful Black and Muslim leaders, force Jews and Jewish allies into false dichotomies, divert attention from the worldwide rise of white nationalism and state violence, and divide progressive movement-building?
Who benefits? Who is harmed? And most importantly, what can we do to recognize and disarm these attempts to divide us?
FREE event, but registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intersectional-dialogue-on-weaponizing-charges-of-antisemitism-tickets-60506424344
5th Annual CUUSAN Conference 2019
Living Our Values, Building Our Movement
June 19, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Doubletree Grand Ballroom I
322 N Spokane Falls Ct, Spokane WA
We are super excited to announce our keynote speaker at the 2019 CUUSAN Conference will be Chris Crass!! If you know Chris, you are freaking out with joy right now! If you don't, you've got to get yourself to this conference! More
We are also collaborating with our friends and colleagues at JUUstice Washington - we're really excited about this conference and hope you can come!
We need you to REGISTER, please
A collection of progressive bills, most of which will primarily impact low-income communities and communities of color in Washington state, were voted on and passed by state legislators. These bills—some of which Poverty Action has been working alongside community members and partner organizations for years— could not have been passed without your voice and your action!
Thanks to your advocacy, Washingtonians will now see more robust and transparent laws regarding debt collection than ever before. This comprehensive package of five consumer protections bills is a big step forward for Washington state and particularly for its communities of color.
Ethnic studies bill 5023 is currently being considered by the state legislature. It Requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to develop and periodically update a model ethnic studies curriculum for use in grades 7–12. It requires an advisory committee to oversee the process.
Blackface is a damnable blot on the nation’s history. Today many Americans recognize it, belatedly, as the abomination it always was.
Redface, too, is a damnable blot, though so common in our time it is nearly invisible.
This contradiction puzzles Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. He is a citizen of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and lives in Virginia, where he has followed the burgeoning blackface scandal in state government.
Read more here . . .
Reach beyond the mundane