Minutes of the Social Action Committee May 15, 2016

Minutes of the Social Action Committee May 15, 2016

Attending: Nikki Moore, Susan Barnard, Linda Weltner, Jean Hamburg, Mary Anna Purello, Gordie Corzine, Jack Weltner, Jay Morrison, Susan Morrison, Christine Krom, Carolyn Corzine

  1. Request for brief summaries of activities in your area of special interest to be included in the annual Meeting Report. Annual Meeting is June 12th. Christina Aubin is requesting our Report ASAP to go to the printer in time. I need your information likewise ASAP to put it all together.
  2. The Welcoming Congregation group will participate in the Pride Day Parade June 11th. All are welcome to join in. The group will go to the service at the Arlington Street Church and then blend in with the marchers.  Contact Bill Smalley or Holly Jaynes for info.
  3. Racism Task Force Susan and Nikki said that no big events were being planned for the time being. The group is investigating an approach originating in Winchester to use in Marblehead.  The local group is focused on White Privilege which is not the same as the Black Lives Matter movement.  Nikki observed that many issues are overlapping, when I asked if anyone would like to work on Prison Reform which is one of the topics identified by the UU MA Action group.
  4. Nepal Update  Jack reported for Trisch that there had not been any new money forthcoming for the project at this time although Trish had a number of requests out to big donors.
  5. Climate Change Gordie and Carolyn attended the UUMA advocacy day organized by UU MA Action, and visited our representatives, Erlich and McGee, supporting sustainable energy development in MA. Both sets of aides said that their bosses were supportive. According to them and to speakers at an educational forum at St. Andrews last week Senator Stan Rosenberg is attempting to pass S1747 which is a carbon tax bill.  We are urged to create political pressure by calling Sen Rosenberg’s office and asking him to bend every effort to get this bill out of committee in this session.
  6. UUJME has been successful in getting a Business Resolution on the Agenda at GA which asks the UUA to divest of stock of four companies which violate the human rights of Palestinians in the West Bank. They are Caterpillar, which has designed specially equipped bulldozers to crush Palestinian houses, two parts of Hewlett Packard and Motorola who create security systems which restrict and monitor the movements of Palestinians. Prior to GA the UUA decided to create a Human Rights Investment Screen to check on the behavior of companies in “conflict zones” and divested from the stocks mentioned in the Business Resolution.  UUJME wants to broaden the discussion about the behavior of companies in the West Bank using the Business Resolution as a springboard.  Gordie and Carolyn are going to GA as delegates with this mission in mind.  Carolyn is working to contact other delegates on the Northshore and provide them with information about the Resolution, and the situation for the Palestinians on the West Bank.
  7. Meetinghouse News Series Jay reported that on May 25th Bob Booth will be presenting the last of the historical talks connected to the Tricentennial and will be talking about his new book about women in Marblehead. Next year Jay hopes to open up the range of topics to be offered.  It was suggested that we invite Jessica Garcia-Rizzo who is doing her PHD work on support programs for inmates after release from incarceration to speak about prison reform. Linda said we should offer controversial topics to generate more interest and participation.