Black Lives of UU is pleased to announce a new initiative: #BLUUSupports!
This new program extends our goal of justice making and liberation through our faith by highlighting a different project, program or organization each month that aligns with our Unitarian Universalist principles and the principles of Black of Lives of UU.
The month for Women’s History Month, we honor and lift up the work of The Marsha P Johnson Institute
The mission of The Marsha P Johnson Institute (MPJI) is to create a crucial entry point for Black trans women and gender non-conforming femmes to obtain the skills, financial and programmatic resources necessary in advocating for an end to violence against all trans people.
Through the leadership of Executive Director Elle Hearns and her commitment to women and girls (both trans and cisgender) as a response to to the murders of (primarily Black) trans women of color, the MPJI is grounded in supporting of the needs of the most impacted communities. MPJI considers most impacted to mean trans and queer communities, poor communities, those who are undocumented, who may be differently abled, or formerly incarcerated (as is the case with Hearns). MPJI is focused on providing responsive solutions to the conditions that arise from the systemic, structural and physical violence which marginalized communities experience.
Marsha P. Johnson (August 24, 1945 – July 6, 1992) was an American drag queen, sex worker, and gay liberation activist. Marsha P. Johnson experienced and fought against hardships experienced by trans people and felt that those who wanted nothing more than to be their selves deserved support from the growing LGBT community in New York. Along with fellow transgender activist Sylvia Rivera, Marsha founded the Street Transvestite (now Transgender) Action Revolutionaries (STAR) to help others out there facing the struggles of an unaccepting society.
FEBRUARY 2019 #BLUUSupports Designee
Center For Prophetic Imagination - Minneapolis, MN
The Center for Prophetic Imagination integrates spiritual formation, creative political action, and experimental education to nurture and guide leaders that call people out of empire to embrace God’s vision for the world. They exist to nurture prophetic witness.
DECEMBER 2018 #BLUUSupports Designee:
SOUL FIRE FARM - Petersburgh, NY
Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system.
Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. They raise life-giving food and act in solidarity with people marginalized by food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, they work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system.
They also bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health and environmental justice. In addition Soul Fire Farm is training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.
NOVEMBER 2018 #BLUUSupports Designee:
THE NEW SEPTIMA CLARK LEARNING CENTER
At Highlander Research and Education Center
Give to the campaign to build and support programming for the NEW Septima Clark Learning Center at the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, Tennessee.
The Septima Clark Learning Center will house Highlander’s storied library and a large multi-purpose room. The building honors Septima Clark’s contributions to Highlander as its Director of Education between 1956-1961, when she and others designed the Citizenship School program to transform black political power in the US South. She later served on Highlander’s Board of Directors.
OCTOBER 2018 #BLUUSupports Designee:
A Trans Ally Toolkit - RAISE YOUR VOICE
Being “an ally” isn’t a title you can give yourself, it’s something that needs to be demonstrated and earned. Being an “ally” is an active verb. It requires us to do something – speak up, make a change, make space.
SEPTEMBER 2018 #BLUUSupports Designee:
Uzazi Village, Kansas City, MO
The recent national attention via multiple reports highlighting the dangerous state of the health and wellness of Black Mothers and children is something the Black and Brown Kansas City organizing community has long been working on. Direct donations to support Uzazi Village a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health inequities in the KC community, with models of care that can be community supported and sustained and replicated throughout the country.
JUNE 2018 #BLUUSupports Designee:
African Francophone Unitarian Universalist Ministry
BLUU is thrilled to be supporting this African Francophone Unitarian Universalist ministry, led by Rev. Fulgence Ndagijimana. We are putting up a $5,000 match! We have 56 days to raise $5,800 through this Faithify! Please help us by making your gift and inviting others to contribute! Watch the video below to learn more about this amazing project!
May 2018 #BLUUSupports Designee
The Black Trans Prayer Book
This incredible project is spearheaded by J Mase III and Lady Dane Figueroa is an interfaith, multi-dimensional, artistic and theological work that collects the stories, poems, prayers, meditation, spells, and incantations of Black TGNC contributors. Often pushed out of Faith spaces and yet still deeply connected to a historical legacy of spiritual essentiality, Black TGNC People face unprecedented amounts of spiritual, physical, and psychological violence. The Black Trans Prayer Book is a tool of healing, and affirmation centered on uplifting Black TGNC people and celebrating our place within faith.
What does it mean to have a faith practice that simultaneously challenges white supremacy and transphobia? Where is there a theological framework that centers the most marginalized and creates pathways towards an active spirituality moving alongside social justice? How might a spiritual practice not in tune with these questions cause harm? The #BlackTransPrayerBook, is holding these very questions.