mauna-loa-observatory-0315Did you know that pollutants from oil and gas production include Methane (which is 87 times more powerful as a contributor to global warming than carbon in the atmosphere and also include major health risk toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, acetaldehyde, and ethyl benzene?

The threat is in our backyard: ¼ of all Americans living within the ½ mile threat radius of oil and gas production pollutants live in Ohio and Ohio ranks 10th nationally in total population living within threat zones.

Follow this link to an interactive map by Earthworks , the Oil and Gas Threat Map, to learn more: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1KezUSsG6Xh0WZYvNU6aZpsm_HoSV_c65FXVfWnyZtpM/edit?usp=sharing

Here are other very informative links on oil and gas threats.

Next Social Justice Committee meeting Tuesday September 13, 5:30 at Hopedale UU Community.

Social Justice Committee Update for September, 2016

Summer Sunday Services arranged by Ann Fuehrer were a wonderful way to keep us engaged in and nourished by community. Many thanks.

Our attempt at supplying the Oxford Pantry with green beans reminds me of some recent reading I have been doing on the Irish Potato Famine, an Gorta Mo’r. Apparently we succumbed not only to the bunnies, but generally to a bad year for beans. Thankfully our crop failure did not have such dire consequences. We will be re-examining the role of Hopedale’s community garden.

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Funding for the Lummi Nation (a UUA supported project) was successful and the totem pole is on its way! The 2016 Totem Pole Journey will travel from Bellingham, WA to Winnipeg, MB to bring attention to the threats of proposed fossil fuel projects. Follow its progress on Facebook. To learn more go to http://www.totempolejourney.com/.

Earthkeeping Summit on September 24th, 2016 10 AM – 5PM: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the Ohio State University Campus, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr., Columbus, OH 43210. Please note the following outstanding event being sponsored by Ohio Interfaith Power and Light.

Plenary keynote message will be offered by Dr. Melanie Harris, leading scholar and teacher on African American Religion and Environmental Justice. A Panel Presentation and Workshops will cover engaging topics such as: water, rural, urban, and health eco-justice issues; Faith-based story-telling for social change; food security, advocacy opportunities; building a community of solar supporters; art as ritual and resistance and climate change and working as allies with communities of color.  Discover how we can work together, with hope, for climate and social justice!

Contact Ann Fuehrer if you are interested and register on line: http://www.ohipl.org/earthkeeping-summit-2016-2/

 

Cincinnati Pride Parade – 11am

The parade steps off at 11am. The Parade will start at the intersection of 7th Street and Central Avenue, follow 7th Street to the intersection at Vine Street, then follow Vine Street past Fountain Square and around The Banks on 2nd/Main, before continuing onto Freedom Way and down to the festival grounds at Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove.

Cincinnati Pride Festival – Noon

The Festival begins at noon. The family fun zone returns to Yeatman’s Cove with new and fun adventures for kids of all ages. New venders and tasty food options and the first ever Cincinnati Pride Beer Garden!

Rainbow FlagThe annual Cincinnati Pride 2016 Interfaith Service OFFICIAL will be held on Thursday, June 23rd at 7PM at Truth and Destiny Covenant Ministries Fellowship UCC located at 2645 W. North Bend Road, Cincinnati, OH 45239. This special event celebrates the blessings our LGBTQA brothers and sisters bring to our community. Free admission and everyone is welcome.‬

There are many exciting events taking place during Pride Week. Visit http://www.cincinnatipride.org to see the latest list of events.

Russ Vie Brooks and Libby Earle represented Hopedale at the Meet Up 4 Justice workshop at St. John’s UU in Cincinnati April 9, 2016. Three local activists shared their current work. Troy Jackson of the AMOS Project frames his activism from a faith perspective:” being prophets of the resistance by confronting the Principalities of Power—those people in positions of power who refuse to see and acknowledge the people who are suffering.  Currently the AMOS projects include (1) proposing Universal Preschool (any property tax should fund families at 200% o f poverty and provide living wages to workers), (2) addressing racial disparities in the juvenile justice system where a disproportionate number of AA youth are held to trial, (3) registering new voters, and (4) retroactively reducing non violent felony drug convictions to misdemeanors.

Pastor Ennis Tait from the Church of the Living God discussed the importance of outreach at the street level to address violence.  Project Ceasefire has been successful in teaching conflict resolution in three schools, but Cincinnati is reluctant to provide funding long term to interventions.

Stephen Johnson-Grove presented OJPC ‘s efforts to impact policy by framing reform in terms of promoting the health of the community and police officers.

The workshop focused on Cincinnati, but could provide some direction for Butler County.

New book reviews from the Social Justice Action Committee:

I began by reading Klein’s book, This Changes Everything, but immediately found I needed to read Active Hope at the same time, because the mess we are in is indeed crazy-making.  Perhaps that is why it has been so difficult for people to acknowledge that our way of life is unsustainable. – Libby E.

 

Four Hopedale members – Libby Earle, Russ Vie Brooks, Ann Fuehrer and Judi Hetrick – traveled to Columbus on November 14 to attend the Unitarian Universalist Justice Assembly. Here are the reports of workshops we attended.

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Three Valley Conservation Trust will be planting 10,000 trees at Salamander Run Preserve, Layhigh Road, Morgan Township in Butler County over several dates: Oct 17, 20, 27, 31 and Nov 7. Work sessions will be from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Contribute some time and become part of a future park’s legacy by helping with the planting. The 125-acre property, funded by the OEPA and restored by TCVT’s Paddy Run Conservation Project will be turned over to MetroParks Butler County in February 2016. For more information, contact Cristy Carter Trammell ctrammell@yourmetroparks.net.

Coffee, Tea, Community- Next meets on Thursday, September 17, 5:30 – 6:30pm. The Social Justice Committee invites Hopedale Members and Friends to meet for coffee, tea and discussion of various SJ interests, issues and concerns.

Community Meal Center, September 4- Help serve and assist at the CommunityMeal Center (Presbyterian Church of Hamilton), 23 South Front St. in Hamilton, on the First Friday of every month, 5-7:30 pm. Please call Liz Woedl if you would like to know more the Meal Center or would like to carpool with her from Oxford, 513-280-1044.

UU Council of Greater Cincinnati, September 12, 9 am – Noon, St. John’s UU Church, Clifton- Pride Events recap, Parade 2015, General Assembly 2015 report, UU Cuba Connections, OWL wrap up 2015, Coalition for a Just Hamilton County. Ride down with Liz Woedl and meet Reps from the four Cincinnati Area UU Congregations.

Hopedale’s Second Sunday Collection, September 13, will go to the Oxford Community Choice Pantry.

Coffee, Tea, Community- Next meets on Thursday, September 17, 5:30 – 6:30pm. The Social Justice Committee invites Hopedale Members and Friends to meet for coffee, tea and discussion of various SJ interests, issues and concerns usually on the 3rd Thursday of each month at HUUC.

Oxford Community Choice Pantry- We are encouraging Hopedale members and friends, to become a shopping assistant at the Oxford Community Choice Pantry (OCCP), 400 W. Withrow Street. OCCP serves approximately 300 households in the Talawanda School District Area. You can find out more at http://www.oxchoicepantry.org/ or by calling 513-523-3851. The Support page on their website shares numerous ways you can help OCCP.

Three Valley Conservation Trust will be planting 10,000 trees at Salamander Run Preserve, Layhigh Road, Morgan Township in Butler County over several dates: Oct 17, 20, 27, 31 and Nov 7. Work sessions will be from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Contribute some time and become part of a future park’s legacy by helping with the planting. The 125-acre property, funded by the OEPA and restored by TCVT’s Paddy Run Conservation Project will be turned over to MetroParks Butler County in February 2016. For more information, contact Cristy Carter Trammell ctrammell@yourmetroparks.net.

About the Committee:

The Social Action Committee of the Hopedale UU Community is a group of committed individuals working to promote the values of the Green Sanctuary and the Welcoming Congregation.

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