Undoing Racism Committee
We are a long-standing committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair whose goal is to work with our congregation and the wider community to develop, strengthen and act upon anti-racist, multicultural perspectives through worship services, educational programs, lectures, book & film discussions, other cultural events, and community involvement.
The goal of the Undoing Racism Committee is to give UUCM members and friends the opportunity to act on their commitments to racial justice. We work closely with the UU Legislative Ministry of NJ and seek guidance from the UU Association. Through self-examination and learning, we are able to act with more direction and impact.
Jane Gaertner serves as chair. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we Meet:
- The URC meets on the third Sunday each month following the second service or after the single service when scheduled.
As I See It
A Monthly Take on Race in America from Members of the Undoing Racism Committee
From Jane Gaertner, Chair of the Undoing Racism Committee
The Undoing Racism Committee was grateful to those attending the rally, march and program on October 19 co-sponsored with UU FaithAction NJ, to close Jamesburg and Hayes ‘prisons.’ In these institutions, juvenile offenders– African-Americans and Latinos the disproportionate majority– are being ill-served. In this time of coalition building, we are proud to join Youth Justice New Jersey in efforts to change the system and create effective juvenile justice reform.
NJ Institute for Social Justice field organizer, James Williams IV, gave the stat: NJ is now #1 in the U.S. for racial disparity in our prison population (adult and juvenile). Outrage and disbelief! That alone should galvanize everyone to get behind this campaign. “Even though Black and white kids commit most offenses at similar rates, a Black child is 30 times more likely to be incarcerated than a white child.*” How can this be? How can this be undone?
Join the Undoing Racism Committee as we support the NJISJ research and advocacy efforts as educators, criminal justice workers, interfaith religious leaders, grassroots organizers. Where can your energies contribute to change? Visit this URL to learn the facts: www.youthjusticenj.org
Our next meeting will be Sunday, November 19, from 12:15-1:45 PM in the Peierls Room to discuss next steps and spring efforts such as the Amistad Commission compliance and other activism. In the interim, consider attending the education and action forum to end Gender and Race Based Violence November 11th, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM at RU-Newark, sponsored by Women of Color and Allies, N.O.W.-NJ. Visit http://wocaessex.nownj.org/ for more information.