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ABOUT #BLUUMicro30

Over the course of the 2017 #BLUUConvening held March 9-12 in New Orleans, LA, the Black Lives of UU (BLUU) Organizing Collective created a new way to organize in our faith: #BLUUMicro30!

These Action Teams are meant to foster connections between Black UUs and generate deliberate, concerted organizing efforts to create authentic linking between Unitarian Universalist resources with Black Liberation Movement spaces.

Initially, #BLUUMicro30 actions were given this name to emphasis that projects done under that banner were intended to be small, local, direct, clear efforts (i.e. "micro") and completed in 30 days or less.

Previous examples of #BLUUMicro30 actions include:

  • Black UU Living History Project

  • Creating Connections

  • Diversifying book offerings for youth ages 3 to 6 to include main characters that are people of color, in congregation's LRE classrooms

  • Creating LGBTQ Black Outreach UU Program in a congregation

  • Hosting a viewing of the film 13th at a congregation

The Spring 2019 #BLUUMicro30 Action, developed by Team Sankofa, is the Babies & Bailouts!


The Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective (OC) and staff heard loud and clear what Black UUs are looking for from the survey we conducted in Fall 2017. The vast majority of Black UUs feel like organizing from a faith perspective with other Black UUs would be beneficial to them and their UU communities. Thanks to all of your feedback, we went back to the drawing board to revamp and restructure #BLUUMicro30, the organizing arm of BLUU’s programming.  

When asked in the BLUU Survey what freedom looks like; one Black UU responded:

“It looks like us organizing and having the room to imagine, create, fight, mess up and be forgiven without sacrificing ourselves, our people, or our principles to appease others.”

That is exactly what informed the restructuring of #BLUUMicro30.  Highlights of this restructuring include: 

  • #BLUUMicro30 Action Teams will be determined by geographical region to ensure that teams (or team members) are able to connect in person.

  • #BLUUMicro30 Action Teams will now be supported by Black UU community members acting as #BLUUMicro30 Regional Leads. If you're interested in being part of a cohort of emerging leaders in BLUU, find the application here.

  • The Spring 2019 campaign is being developed by a group of Black UUs: Team Sankofa under the leadership of BLUU Community Organizer, Paige Ingram.

We want people in the #BLUUMicro30 Communities to feel connected, warm, and welcomed into our larger, global BLUU community. We want people to feel empowered to do projects that feed their spirit and hearts that are also connected to the larger movement for Black lives. Ongoing support for #BLUUMicro30 Regional Leads will come from the BLUU Organizing Collective, the BLUU Community Organizer, and the members of Team Sankofa.  

No organizing experience is needed to join a #BLUUMicro30 Action Team. 

Join us on this incredible journey this Spring!  It's time for us to gather ourselves!

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Please complete the form below:

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Babies & Bailouts is a chance for communities to come together to learn more about the money bail system and also gather much needed baby supplies for women and families being impacted by mass incarceration.

BLUU Community organizers will host a Babies & Bailouts “End Money Bail Facebook Live Panel” Watch Party + Donation Drives in their local community. The End Money Bail Panel will be streamed live on BLUU’s Facebook page and website and feature a diverse range of voices active in the fight to change the money bail system. This campaign will include a facilitated post-panel discussion & donation drive where funds for a regional bailout and/or items for a local partner organization that supports women and families will be collected.

This form is for anyone who wants to host a Babies & Bailouts Watch Party & Donation Drive in their local areas on Sunday April 28th or soon thereafter. This will be an opportunity for folks to come together and learn about the cash bail system and it's impact on pregnant people and caregivers. You will be provided with an End Money Bail primer with discussion questions to have an in-person discussion following the panel.

IMPORTANT: ANYONE CAN HOST A WATCH PARTY - this is a solidarity action open for white, non-black people of color.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A UU TO HOST A WATCH PARTY

The idea came to me while attending Allied Media Conference in Detroit as a member of Team Sankofa. After hearing yet another story of a mother giving birth while shackled…  of another person being held for years over a $300.00 bond. I thought there has to be a way to support my community, and Babies and Bailouts was born.
— Quiana Perkins

After you sign up to host a watch party, we will connect you to a #BLUUMicro30 regional team if you aren’t already a part of one. #BLUUMicro30 Regional Leads support you in hosting a successful watch party.

We hope that you will join us for this groundbreaking project documenting our history for the future. Sign up now you we’ll send you information on:

  • How to access an info session to explain participation

  • A manual with distribute the manual, and ,

  • How to access the BLUU virtual worship service and Community Conversation which will interrogate the carceral system from a faith perspective.

To learn more visit the #BLUUMicro30 webpage.


Sign up to host an #EndmoneyBail panel watch party!
IMPORTANT: ANYONE CAN HOST A WATCH PARTY - this is a solidarity action open for white, non-black people of color.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A UU TO HOST A WATCH PARTY

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#BLUUMicro30 Regional Team Leads

WE’VE HEARD YOUR FEEDBACK AND HAVE RESTRUCTURED #BLUUMICRO30 ACTION TEAMS REGIONALLY TO MAKE CONNECTING WITH EACH OTHER IN-PERSON EASIER!

Regional Team Leads facilitate meaningful connections and support #BLUUMicro30 team members in the states of their regions with campaigns developed by Black UUs from Team Sankofa (fka. Allied Media Conference cohort). This is a collective effort: ongoing support for Regional Team Leads will come from the BLUU Organizing Collective, staff, and members of Team Sankofa.


Pacific: AK, CA, HI, OR, WA

Mathew P Taylor  Highland CA

Mathew P Taylor
Highland CA

Aisha Hauser  Seattle WA

Aisha Hauser
Seattle WA

Mountain: AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY

Sydney ‘Avery’ Harrison  Laveen AZ

Sydney ‘Avery’ Harrison
Laveen AZ

Midwest - West: IA, KS, MN, MO, NB, ND, SD

Janell Hill  Minneapolis MN

Janell Hill
Minneapolis MN

Justice Gatson Kansas City MO

Justice Gatson
Kansas City MO

Midwest - East: IL, IN, OH, MI, WI

Ndidi Achebe Dayton OH

Ndidi Achebe
Dayton OH

Renee Reed Bloomington IN

Renee Reed
Bloomington IN

Mid-Atlantic + DMV: DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, DC, Northern VA

Chandeerah Davis Queens NY

Chandeerah Davis
Queens NY

Helena Showell Philadelphia PA

Helena Showell
Philadelphia PA

Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson Bridgehampton NY

Rev. Kimberly Quinn Johnson
Bridgehampton NY

New England: CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT

Margalie Belizaire Cromwell CT

Margalie Belizaire
Cromwell CT

Viola Abbitt Springfield, MA and Malta, NY

Viola Abbitt
Springfield, MA and Malta, NY

SOUth Central: Ar, LA, OK, TX

Jaquita Wilson Georgetown TX

Jaquita Wilson
Georgetown TX

Jolanda Walter New Orleans LA

Jolanda Walter
New Orleans LA

South Atlantic: FL, GA, NC, SC, Southern va, wv

Jolena James-Szanton Charlotte NC

Jolena James-Szanton
Charlotte NC

Kristin ‘KT’ Zebrowski Loganville GA

Kristin ‘KT’ Zebrowski
Loganville GA

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Team Sankofa
fka. Allied Media Conference Cohort

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 Fall/Winter #BLUUMicro30 project, as well as being the living example of collaborative/collective work and effort for a signature BLUU campaign. 


[The name] Team Sankofa seems to speak to many elements of our process, current transition and continued work together. We attended the Allied Media Conference to get the collective knowledge that is not often accessible to us for so many reasons; #BLUUMicro30 is our way of sharing, educating and protecting our future as Black UU/ UU adjacent/practitioners of liberation theology and healers within our communities.
— Quiana Perkins

MEET THE TEAM

Aja Davis (she/her)   Philadelphia PA

Aja Davis (she/her)
Philadelphia PA

Ashanti Spears (she/her)  Mission KS

Ashanti Spears (she/her)
Mission KS

Atena O Danner (she/her)  Evanston IL

Atena O Danner (she/her)
Evanston IL

JeKaren Olaoya (she/her)  Hayward CA

JeKaren Olaoya (she/her)
Hayward CA

Lisa Rockett (she/her)  Katy TX

Lisa Rockett (she/her)
Katy TX

Quiana D Perkins (she/her)  Ann Arbor MI

Quiana D Perkins (she/her)
Ann Arbor MI

Whryne Reed (she, they)  Bloomington IN

Whryne Reed (she, they)
Bloomington IN

Veronica "Rocky" Davis (she/her)  Katy TX

Veronica "Rocky" Davis (she/her)
Katy TX

Paige Ingram (she/her)  Minneapolis MN/ Charlotte NC BLUU Community Organizer

Paige Ingram (she/her)
Minneapolis MN/ Charlotte NC
BLUU Community Organizer


Sankofa literally means "it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot." After the term made its way to the United States, African-American scholars commonly applied the term to mean “remembering our past, to protect our future."


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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 paige@blacklivesuu.com.