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.

For the fifth summer in a row, the Social  Justice Committee will use alternate worship formats to explore issues of justice, and to put our affirmation into practice.

Sundays, July 5, 12 and 19 “Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow.” We will continue working through Daniel Hunter’s organizing guide to build a movement to end the new Jim Crow. The Social Justice Committee has purchased copies of the 71-page guide for attendees. Our morning gatherings will combine both worship and activist planning.

  •  On July 5, we will discuss and work with Chapter 3, Creating Effective Campaigns.  
  •  On July 12, we will be joined by Janis Dutton, Director of the Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice, to talk about their work, and how we might collaborate with them. The Second Sunday collection on July 12 will go to the Oxford Citizens for Peace and Justice—the collection will be matched by funds from the Social Justice Committee.
  •  On July 19, we will continue planning our involvement in campaigns.  

Sunday, July 26 “The History of UUs in Oxford, Reily and Hamilton: A Field Trip with Liz Woedl” We will begin at Hopedale at 9:30 am and carpool to six local sites that represent the history of UUs in Oxford, Reily and Hamilton. After our historical visits, we will gather for lunch at J Austin Riverbank Café in Hamilton.

Pride Parade, Saturday, June 27, Downtown Cincinnati

You can show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community by marching in the Cincinnati Pride Parade. This is a family-friendly event; we had UU kids of all ages marching last year. If you have a yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” tee shirt, this is a great opportunity to wear it. The parade starts at 11 a.m., but line-up begins before that. For more information on marching with other UUs, contact MJ Pierson at mjpier0410@aol.com.

  
UU Booth, Saturday, June 27, at Sawyer Point/Yeatman’s Cove, Cincinnati

You can show support for the LGBTQ community and help people learn about Unitarian Universalism. It’s a lot of fun working a shift at the booth, talking with people, handing out information, and watching the crowd. Learn more and sign up online athttp://tinyurl.com/Cincy-UU-Pride. Questions? Contact Russ at CincyPrideUUBooth@huuc.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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