Category: Peace & Justice Action Team

Board of Supervisors Meeting on Sheriff Oversight

By Bob Britton

Today, Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022, at 3:15 pm the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will hold a “Special” Board meeting to discuss the parameters of a potential Sheriff Oversight ordinance. 

Please speak at the meeting in support of strong independent sheriff oversight. You can speak at the meeting over zoom.

A coalition of organizations including our Starr King Church affiliate, the Interfaith Coalition for Justice in our Jails (ICJJ) along with Alameda … Read the rest

Get Involved: Sheriff Oversight Meeting April 28

Alameda County Board of Supervisors Public Protection Committee Meeting – Zoom Only

Thursday, April 28, 10am

What’s Going On?

Alameda County has the worst jail in the state, with tragic avoidable deaths every year. Our Peace & Justice Action Team has been working with the Interfaith Coalition for Justice in our Jails to create a Sheriff Oversight Board. Community support for Oversight has been strong, but lately supporters of the
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No to the New Mission Bell

Starr King Unitarian Universalist Church unequivocally supports the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band in calling the City of Gilroy not to install a new mission bell.

On Monday, Jan 10, 2022, members of Starr King UU Church attended the Gilroy City Council meeting to support the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band in urging the city to reconsider installing a new El Camino Real Mission Bell. The council refused to discuss it or even to put the topic … Read the rest

Draft Rules Protecting Frontline Communities’ Health and Safety Issued

From the Peace & Justice Action Team:

On Oct. 21, the California Geologic Energy Management Agency (CalGEM) issued a momentous draft rule banning the permitting of oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of homes, schools, hospitals, and detention centers after an almost two year wait. Environmental justice groups across the state are celebrating the historic 3,200 ft setback for public health, the most aggressive buffer in the nation, and also are urging Governor Read the rest

Liberation Poetry from the 2021 Labor Day Service

This past Sunday was our 18th annual lay-led Labor Day service! Originally it focused on workers and Labor Movement history in advocacy, song, and poetry. The service has evolved in recent years to emphasize what I call “Liberation Poetry.”

The truths of past Labor Day homilies persist. The acceleration of income and wealth inequality continues unabated. According to a recent Federal Reserve report, the richest 1% possesses $42 Trillion of the national wealth, while the … Read the rest

UU the Vote – Action is the Antidote to Despair

“Hope doesn’t come from calculating whether the good news is winning out over the bad. It is simply a choice to take action.”

— Anna Lappe

Do you often feel anxiety or despair at the state of our nation, our world? Does it seem that the forces of hate have the upper hand? Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “Action is the antidote to despair*.”

Across the country UU congregations are taking actions to defend our … Read the rest

DA Drops Charges Against SKUUC Member

We are happy to announce that the charge of disobeying an officer has been dropped for SKUUC church member Rene Castle. Rene was arrested at the Poor People’s Campaign in May 2018. His crime? Hanging an “Honor the Treaties” banner on the statue of Christopher Columbus that is still in place in our state capitol’s rotunda.

Rene proposes that a statue of Reverend Thomas Starr King, the Unitarian minister who played a key role in … Read the rest

George Zimmerman: Was Justice Done?

The George Zimmerman verdict has sparked reactions across the
country.  Some applaud the decision while others deplore it.  People on
both sides of the controversy feel it makes a statement about where racism
is in this country.  We would like to get together as a community to talk
about the feelings evoked in us.  Join the Justice Alliance, Social
Justice, and the Anti-Racist Multicultural Alliance at 7pm on Friday night
7/26 in the Fellowship Hall Read the rest

This just in from FESCO – Shelter Shuffle Fundraiser

Are You Ready To Shuffle?

Calling all Munchkins, Know-It-Alls and Big Kids!! You are all invited to participate in the upcoming Shelter Shuffle.  This year’s super fun walk event will be held on Saturday, May 21 at the beautiful San Leandro Marina Park.

Kick-off is at 9:00am.  Our course is a scenic loop right on San Francisco Bay.  Bring your dogs and your kids.  There really is no better way to show your children, be … Read the rest