Click below to read the full Call to Action issued by Black Lives of UU:

Call to Action - BLUU urges Unitarian Universalist congregations to provide meeting & healing space...

We have created some general best practices for this engagement below: - Have someone onsite during the gathering to answer questions and troubleshoot, but not to observe. - If you are white, resist the temptation to have it as an internal or external promotional opportunity.


BLUU Best Practices for engagement with Black Organizers in UU Spaces

Have someone onsite during the gathering to answer questions and troubleshoot, but not to observe.

Ensure that the Black members of your congregation are aware that your are opening your space to Black organizers.

If you are white, resist the temptation to have it as an internal or external promotional opportunity. That would be centering the needs of white people for validation over the needs of black people for community

If you are white, resist the temptation to interrogate, explain, equivocate, etc. That would also be centering the needs of white people rather than the needs of black people.

Offer to have some refreshments available, or at least water.

Have someone follow up with your primary contact with the organizers a day or two later to see if there’s anything else that would be helpful.

Listen carefully to their requests, and do as much as you can to fulfill them.

If there’s any change in plans or anything that needs addressing, keep the people who need to know informed as far in advance as possible.

Be prepared to answer questions about Unitarian Universalism and the ongoing involvement of Unitarian Universalists in justice causes, or, if you cannot answer such questions, make a note of them and let us know so that we can help you respond later.

Make it clear how the space needs to be left when they are done, and spell out any support needed in advance.

Send an email to the organizer contact with all the essential details and expectations before, during and after the gathering.

If the connection goes well, be open to additional gatherings and events with the organizers in your building.

If the group offers to compensate somehow, generously accept it, not as a payment but as a sign of mutual support and appreciation. If so inclined donate the funds to a Black led local organization.

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CLICK HERE to contact Black Lives of UU if you are a Black organizer in need of free meeting or healing space.

Currently there is FREE space available for Black Organizers in the following cities*:

*NOTE: Contact us if your area isn't on this list - we can still help you find free safe space for Black organizing.

MO

  • Kansas City
  • St Louis

NC

  • Asheville
  • Charlotte
  • Raleigh
  • Winston-Salem

NH

  • Nashua

NJ

  • Cherry Hill
  • Lincroft
  • Plainfield
  • Princeton
  • Ridgewood
  • Summit
  • Wayne

NV

  • Las Vegas

NY

  • Albany
  • Huntington
  • Mohegan Lake
  • Saratoga Springs
  • Staten Island
  • Westchester
  • White Plains

OH

  • Columbus
  • Dayton
  • Kent
  • Lewis Center
  • Shaker Heights
  • Toledo
  • Youngstown

OR

  • Ashland

PA

  • Media
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Warrington

TN

  • Nashville
  • Oak Ridge

TX

  • Austin
  • Conroe
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Plano

UT

  • Ogden

VA

  • Accotink
  • Arlington
  • Charlottesville
  • Glen Allen
  • Loudon County
  • Newport News
  • Oakton
  • Richmond

VT

  • Middlebury
  • Montpelier

WA

  • Bremerton
  • Seattle
  • Woodinville

WI

  • Hartland
  • Milwaukee

WV

  • Charleston

WY

  • Cheyenne

AL

  • Auburn
  • Mobile

AZ

  • Chandler
  • Tucson

CA

  • Davis
  • Long Beach
  • Oakland
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Palo Alto
  • Pasadena

CT

  • Stratford
  • Hamden
  • New London

CO

  • Frederick
  • Layfayette
  • Littleton

DC

FL

  • Pensacola
  • Stuart

GA

  • Athens
  • Atlanta

IL

  • Chicago
  • Deerfield
  • Evanston
  • Palatine
  • Rockford

IN

  • Bloomington
  • Columbus
  • Elkhart
  • Hobart
  • Indianapolis

KY

  • Owensboro
  • Topeka

LA

  • Lacombe (St. Tammany)
  • New Orleans

MA

  • Andover
  • Arlington
  • Brookline
  • Boston
  • Cambridge
  • Framingham
  • Hudson
  • Jamaica Plain
  • North Andover
  • Sherborn
  • Stow
  • Worcester

MD

  • Adelphi
  • Andover
  • Bethesda
  • Columbia
  • Finksburg
  • Frederick
  • Lutherville
  • Rockville
  • Silver Spring

ME

  • Auburn
  • Portland

MI

  • Ann Arbor
  • Kalamazoo
  • New Hudson

MN

  • Mahtomedi
  • Minneapolis
  • Wayzata