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“Justice, Equity, and Compassion in Human Relations”- 2nd Principle of Unitarian Universalists

By Carolyn Pardue

The Kearney Center attempts to bring some Justice and Equity to the homeless population of Tallahassee.  In addition to providing emergency and temporary housing, meals, limited medical, dental, and mental healthcare, they facilitate training and education for job placement.

UUCT can assist the Kearney Center by turning our compassion into tangible financial donations this month.  Donations for this month’s Share the Plate will go directly to the Kearney Center.

UUCT has long supported the goals of organizations which try to ease the social problems, both personal and systemic, of those individuals and families who are homeless.  From the first Cold Night Shelter (housed at First Presbyterian) to the The Shelter (on West Tennessee) to the Kearney Center,  UUCT  provides both  financial support and experienced volunteer workers.

Justice, Equity, and Compassion: noble principles take positive actions.

This Sunday’s Share the Plate partner is the Kearney Center.

Please give generously.

 


What is the 1619 Project?

By Ed Oaksford

Fights over how we tell our nation’s story go back more than a century and have a great deal to teach us about our current divisions. Learning more about our nation’s history, through the New York Times links in this article, is a great way for adults to understand the realities of systemic racism and how it can be dismantled to the advantage of all our citizens.

In August 2019, The New York Times Magazine launched the 1619 Project, spearheaded by Nikole Hannah-Jones. The project explored the history of slavery in the United States and was released to coincide with the anniversary of a ship carrying the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies.

The project made the bold claim, that the experience of slavery is inextricable from American history. As might be expected, it prompted praise, criticism and debate.

With its examination of how the legacy of slavery continues to shape life in the United States, the project started in-depth conversations about how American history is taught and written. Ms. Hannah-Jones, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2020 for the project’s opening essay, has faced backlash from conservative groups over her work. In 2021, some board members at the University of North Carolina reportedly opposed her appointment to tenure position due to her involvement in the 1619 Project.

Since its launch, the 1619 Project has expanded its initiative to include a podcast on how slavery has transformed America, and two books  just published in November.