Chaos of Commnity: Organize for Real and Lasting Change – UU Southeast District Conference on Racial Justice
March 1 & 2
UU Congregation of Columbia, South Carolina
2701 Heyward Street
Columbia, SC 29205
$75 for adults, $35 ages 13-18 (includes Friday dinner and Saturday breakfast and lunch)
Highlighting the institutional and systemic manifestations of racism that are typically ignored or dismissed in discussions on personal prejudice.
Schedule of Events:
Friday: Local actor Darion McCleod and the NiA Company’s dramatic presentation of scenes from The Whipping Man, about two newly freed slaves and a wounded Confederate solider who come together for a Seder meal at the end of the Civil War.
Saturday: Keynote speaker Linda Stout, author of Collective Visioning and Bridging the Class Divide and founder of Spirit in Action, a progressive organization that seeks to build diverse communities across boundaries of class, race, age, sexual orientation, and other identities.
The following workshops will also be presented:
* The Origins of Briggs v. Elliott by Joe De Laine, son of the Rev. Joseph De Laine, who organized the Clarendon County petitioners of this precursor case to the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision.
* The Orangeburg Massacre by Jack Shuler, author of Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town.
* Race and Immigration by Tammy Besherse, legal counsel for the SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center.
* Race and the Judicial System by Dan Johnson, Solicitor for the 5th Judicial Circuit of SC.
* Race and Public Education by Sen. John Matthews of the SC Senate Education Committee and former teacher and school administrator.
* SpeakUp!, a workshop on how to address everyday bias and bigotry based on materials from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
President Barack Obama has outlined a proposal to fix the United States’ broken immigration system.
Among the key points in his reform:
- Continue to strengthen border security and give law enforcement the tools they need to strengthen our communities from crime.
- Crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers, as our businesses need to hire employees who are legally authorized to work in the United States. Obama’s new proposal is aimed at stopping these businesses from doing so and hold them accountable for their actions.
- Hold undocumented immigrants accountable before they can earn their citizenship; this means requiring undocumented workers to pay their taxes and a penalty, move to the back of the line, learn English and pass background checks.
- Streamline the legal immigration system for families, workers and employers and provide visas to foreign entrepreneurs looking to start businesses here and helping the most promising foreign graduate students in science and math stay in this country after graduation, rather than take their skills to other countries.
For a more in-depth look at the President’s reform plan, go to The White House’s official website.