Undoing Racism Team

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 Team 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.

Upcoming Events:

“Women and Power Advancing Justice”

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair is presenting a virtual celebration of the achievements of women of color, highlighting the way they are using their power to make positive change during these galvanizing times. The program is set for March 21, 2021 from 7 – 8 pm via Zoom.

This year’s panelists include three dynamic women who are making their marks in local politics, union organizing and the youth movement – all in an effort to confront and undo systemic and institutional racism. They each have an inspiring story to tell. The individual presentations as well as musical interludes will be followed by an open question and answer session moderated by UUCM congregant Norma Tassy, member of the Undoing Racism Team. 

The panelists include:

Nia Gill, NJ State Senator representing the 34th District, New Jersey. Senator Gill, a Montclair resident, has been serving in the New Jersey State Senate since 2002. She is a tireless advocate for women’s rights, public education, human rights, and expanding healthcare. 

Milly Silva, Executive Vice President for 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the nation’s largest healthcare union representing 450,000 members.  A Montclair resident, Ms. Silva leads the union’s nursing home division in both New Jersey and downstate New York.

Devany Kurtti is a Senior at Montclair High School’s Center for Social Justice. Since 8th grade, Devany has tutored students through Succeed2gether. She has also volunteered with M.E.S.H. (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) and helped organize a sleep-in outside of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair to raise awareness for the homeless. 

The program will feature Dr. Jessica Valiente, also a Montclair resident, is an internationally renowned flutist and educator specializing in Afro-Cuban and Latin styles, traditional global music, and jazz. She will be performing “Willow, Weep for Me” by Ann Ronell, accompanied by her daughter, Lisa Faulkner, on upright bass and “Gaucho” by Chiquinha Gonzaga, accompanied by her daughter, Daphne Faulkner, on cavaquinho.

Attendees are encouraged to register in advance by Saturday, March 20th, at https://tinyurl.com/y9xn4sjy

For more information, contact Jane Gaertner of the UUCM Undoing Racism Team at:  undoingracism@uumontclair.org


For more information contact Jane Gaertner.