We are people who have always affirmed human diversity. We have always looked to the future and seen new possibilities. We must do so again. Let us be the people who break down the arbitrary barriers that divide us from them. We are one, and love and hope will guide us. Let us, together with all our brothers and sisters, build a new way. — Peter Morales, former UUA President
The Multicultural Task Force strives to increase the multicultural competency, awareness and understanding of North Parish leaders, members and the surrounding community, and enhance multicultural connections to the broader community. We plan events such as workshops, films and book discussions to raise awareness of multicultural issues, including white privilege, racial injustice and immigration rights; publicly display North Parish commitment to racial justice through banners, vigils, meetings with law enforcement and political representatives, and letters to the editor/other publicity; partner with other congregational and community groups toward a common sense of justice; engage in legislative action such as meeting and letter-writing to support racial justice issues, including those around incarceration, voting rights, and immigration justice.
Upcoming Events for 2017-2018: The MCTF continues their work with several events planned over the coming weeks and months.
Coming this winter – Book discussion of Latino City: Immigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1945-2000
Latino City explores the transformation of Lawrence, Massachusetts, into New England’s first Latino-majority city. Like many industrial cities, Lawrence entered a downward economic spiral in the decades after World War II due to deindustrialization and suburbanization. The arrival of tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in the late twentieth century brought new life to the struggling city, but settling in Lawrence was fraught with challenges. Facing hostility from their neighbors, exclusion from local governance, inadequate city services, and limited job prospects, Latinos fought and organized for the right to make a home in the city.
Second Thursday meet-ups at El Taller, 275 Essex Street Lawrence – Thurs., 6 – 8 pm
These monthly gatherings are meant to be an opportunity for fellowship, discussion and planning around multicultural and racial justice issues. If you haven’t yet been to El Taller, summer is the perfect time to find out what you’ve been missing – great coffee, milkshakes, beer & wine, and a menu of delicious food, including breakfast burritos for dinner! Anyone is welcome – grab a bite and join the discussion. The evening often brings surprising conversations and intersections!
Summary of Multicultural Task Force Activities
Becoming An Ally Anti-Racism Training Workshop, October 2017 at North Parish
Facilitated by the Lawrence Dream Network. “The purpose of this workshop is to join together two adjacent communities in the struggle for equity, equality and parity in all communities with the expected result of political action that promotes change. Ultimately, the goal is to use collective power to highlight injustices and abolish the practice of systemic oppression.”
Multicultural Competencies Task Force held a “Discussion on White Supremacy Culture”. October 29th.
Earlier this year, Unitarian Universalists all over the country entered into a conversation about white supremacy culture, examining how our US American culture and institutions, including our own denomination, uphold this system. Gail Forsyth-Vail, who is a UUA staff person, shared some ponderings stemming from those conversations. What is the difference between overt white supremacists, like the KKK, and the covert way in which white supremacy is part of the water we swim in? How are we called to respond? Let’s talk.
North Parish Multicultural TaskForce
The Board of Trustees (“BOT”) voted to place a Black Lives Matter banner in front of the meeting house to signify North Parish’s support for racial justice especially concerning the black community. (continue reading)
Our Faith Calls us to Affirm Black Lives Matter
If you would like to get involved with our Multicultural initiatives, please contact us.