What exactly is BLUUMicro30?
#BLUUMicro30 is a way to learn how to organize in a way that builds community and is spiritually grounded in our BLUU principles. There are 9 #BLUUMicro30 regional action teams divided by small geographic regions. These teams work together on small, manageable, yet impactful actions or projects that can be completed in 30 days.
The central goal of #BLUUMicro30 is to build many BLUU Communities that are actively learning and growing skills to organize ourselves and our people toward our collective liberation through intentional, purposeful and connected events and actions. And doing this organizing grounded in BLUU’s 7 principles.
Why are we doing this?
Since its inception, BLUU has been about organizing. Justice-making and liberation through our faith is a central part of BLUU’s core mission, and one of our three organizational goals. Justice-making and liberation happens in many ways but one certain way is through organizing and mobilization. We see transformation of self and community as ‘the work’ of liberation and justice-making, and the central work of organizing. Because BLUU was born out of an organizing space, by organizers, and people organizing from a spiritually grounded place, it is the main way BLUU seeks do liberation and justice-making. To be a part of BLUU and embrace our ministry in the world, it is to embrace organizing as central and foundational to the work of change-making in our world.
What is organizing?
Organizing is the idea of mobilizing people towards a collective goal or building a social movement, typically for social justice. At its most basic level, organizing is just a group of people working towards something. Typically it is aimed at political change. BLUU embraces an organizing model that centers self-transformation and self-determination for Black people, in solidarity with other marginalized groups, both in the US and globally. We believe that this organizing is best done when centered in a Black UU theological lens and in Black UU community. You can read more about theories of organizing and what organizing is here and here.
Do you have to be a part of #BLUUMicro30 to be a part of BLUU?
No, you do not have to be a part of #BLUUMicro30 to be a part of BLUU, but we encourage you to participate. #BLUUMicro30 is the programmatic arm of fulfilling one of the central goals of BLUU Organizing Collective: Justice-making and liberation through our faith. #BLUUMicro30 also provides another avenue for connecting with other Black UUs, both in-person and online.
What’s the “30” in BLUUMicro30?
#BLUUMicro30 actions were given this name to emphasize that projects done under this banner are intended to be small, local, direct, clear efforts (i.e. "micro") and completed in 30 days or less.
How do I join a #BLUUMicro30 team?
To join a BLUU Micro30 Team, you can fill out the form found here.
I've already signed up in the past-- do I have to sign up again for the relaunch?
Nope! You’re good! Someone will be in contact with you via email with information on your new #BLUUMicro30 regional team and next steps.
Who will be my region's #BLUUMicro30 Community Area Organizers for #BLUUMicro30 once I join an Action team?
We are currently accepting applications for #BLUUMicro30 Regional Team Leads. These folks will be helping to guide the work of their regions for the season’s campaign/project. They will work closely with the BLUU Community Organizer, Paige Ingram and Team Sankofa to guide the work in their respective regions. More information about the #BLUUMicro30 Regional Team Leads, check out this link.
What does success look like?
The goal of #BLUUMicro30 is for people to learn organizing skills, to be transformed in the service of the work and to make a tangible real world change. Often we are told that these changes have to be big in scope and bold in action, however BLUU embraces an organizing model that rejects what are typically white constructed modalities of organizing. We understand transformation to happen by being supported in a group of people with shared collective values, that takes up a project and struggles to do that project together. Through intentional planning, reflection, and support with guidance and resources, we know that people change happens to self and community. BLUU also believes that creating and cultivating loving relationships is central to organizing, how one does the work is just as important as the work. Also being loving doesn’t mean anything goes and that there aren’t any boundaries. It’s a journey, it won’t be perfect, people will make mistakes, how we learn and hold these mistakes is important. It is our hope that #BLUUMicro30 and BLUU community provides a co-created container for doing this work, and holding both the mistakes and the successes.
What is Team Sankofa?
Team Sankofa started off as a cohort of Black UU and UU adjacent folks interested in social justice work that attended the Allied Media Conference in Detroit this year. Their role, mission, and vision has only grown and expanded since the conference. In collaboration with the BLUU Community Organizer, they are charged with the task of setting the focus, tone, and agenda for the #BLUUMicro30 projects, as well as being the living example of collaborative/collective work and effort for a signature BLUU campaign.
Currently, team Sankofa is developing and leading the execution of the Fall/Winter 2018, Spring/Summer 2019, and Fall/Winter 2019 #BLUUMicro30 projects.
To learn more about Team Sankofa click here.
What is the relationship between the Team Sankofa and the #BLUUMicro30 Regional Team Leads?
Team Sankofa will provide logistical support and guidance to the BLUUMicro30 Community Area Organizers for executing the campaign. Team Sankofa and the BLUU Community Organizer will be providing BLUUMicro30 Community Area Organizers with a toolkit to execute the action, resources, and technical support.
So, what's the #BLUUMicro30 action for this season?
Team Sankofa developed a dope action for Fall/Winter 2018, Living History.
The purpose of this project is to capture a living history of Black UUs through the creation of a state by state directory and a catalog of stories to be shared in a regional E-Zine. This project’s goals are to capture the stories and experiences of the living as it happens. It is our hope that we can build stronger bonds throughout the diaspora through shared stories, connections, and art.
I have more questions, who can I speak to?
If you have more questions not answered in this Q&A, you can email BLUU Community Organizer, Paige Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org.