Books that range in subject from UUism to social justice to the environment to psychology to health to the economy, and etc. Reading a good book is like taking a journey. —Emma Guillford
New Book in MUUF Library
The Third Reconstruction by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Published by Beacon Press with Guide.
Reviewed by Bernita Franzel
Rev. Barber was a speaker at GA 2016. He became famous as the President of the North Carolina NAACP where he initiated Moral Mondays, non-violent vigils at the state house, which started with 17 and grew to 20,000. He says we have become comfortable with “an acceptable amount of injustice.” The “Southern Strategy” is to divide the poor between white and black citing entitlement programs.
The First Reconstruction was after the Civil War and Emancipation, 1865-1900, when progressive laws were enacted and many Black legislators were elected. But Southern white terrorism and Northern white indifference destroyed reconstruction. Denial of voting rights, separate but equal schools and Jim Crow laws were put into place.
In 1954 when Brown vs. Board of Education declared separate-but-equal was unconstitutional, the Second Reconstruction began. It included Affirmative Action, EEOC, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Selma campaign. But deconstruction laws were made to suppress voting, give education vouchers, curtail labor rights- all in religious, patriotic language. “Tough on Crime” laws resulted in mass incarceration of blacks. Supreme Court passed “Citizens United” and removed protection from voter suppression.
Rev. Barber feels the Third Reconstruction has begun. This Reconstruction is a “profoundly moral awakening of justice-loving people united in a fusion coalition powerful enough to reclaim the possibility of democracy—even in the face of corporate-financed extremism.” Fusion politics is the bringing together of diverse groups to address injustice to any and every one. Injustice to one is injustice to all. Evidence of reconstruction is his Moral Mondays Movement, Black Lives Matter, Hands-Up-Don’t Shoot, I Can’t Breathe, Raise Up, People Over Money, Move to Amend, and attention to women’s rights and Equality for GLBTQs.
Barber feels the Third Reconstruction should focus on four areas that are important to all people. Fusion politics will get results.
1- health via Medicaid and rural programs
2- public education- expose voucher system
3- beware “religious freedom” bills
4- establish voting rights to be same in every state.
He outlines fourteen steps to bring people together to accomplish the reconstruction.
To view his 3-minute talk at GA, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLDkYPGgOSg
To view his 6-minute rousing talk at DNC in July 2016, click the link https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/28/the-rev-william-barber-dropped-the-mic/?utm_term=.56c5cbbd0b58
Library: 1- about the Library, 2-Checking out, 3-Donations, 4-Book Discussion Group reviews:
- Carol Bartz is the MUUF Librarian. The late Peg Henderson was our original Librarian who organized and set up the books. Our Library books, tapes and CDs are easily accessible in our Social Hall, arranged by a modified Dewey Decimal system. The Library guest computer has the complete inventory. Items can be checked out at any time, on a self-serve basis, checking out and returning on cards provided. We accept donations and at times have items for sale. Purchases are made from time to time, frequently from the UU book store. Reviews of books frequently appear in our monthly newsletter. A Swap Section is for members to trade books from their own collections.After the MUUF Yard Sale in December of 2015, MUUF delivered 94 books to the Manatee County Central Jail along with 54 books donated by the South Manatee Public Library.
- It’s Easy to Find a Particular Book in the MUUF Library and Borrow It!
The library at MUUF, located in the social room, has a selection of books about Unitarian Universalism as well as topics of special interest, i.e. philosophy, religion, environment, LBGT. It’s available for use by members and friends on a self-serve basis. It is set up with a modified Dewey Decimal system so that books can be located using the computer program designed by Joe Henderson, Peg Henderson’s son, by title, author, or subject.
To access the program on the computer, click the MUUF Library icon on the desktop. Then click Application. In the search box type the subject, title, or author that you are looking for. Then click Find. You will see a list containing the titles for whatever your key word you entered. The Dewey Decimal number will be to the left of the author. Then simply search the shelves for the book you want. They are labelled by numerical order and subject.
To check a book out use cards labelled “Borrower’s Cards” found on the shelf behind the computer. Complete the card with date borrowed, your name and phone number, and the book’s title and author. Put the card in the spot marked “Cards for Borrowed Books” in the box on the shelf. There is no due date, but please return in a timely manner.
To close the computer program press Alternate, Control, and Delete, then Task Manager, then click Library, then End Task, then click Cards and End Task. Finally, to end task manager click the red X in the top right corner. (Or See Carol Bartz or someone with computer skills.)
When you return the book, find the card you completed, mark the date you are returning it, and place the book in the box. It will then be ready to be re-shelved by someone on the library committee. Watch for announcements about upcoming demos on how to use the library computer program!
3. Recent donations and additions:
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, summarized below.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Reviewed on this website in the Issue Paper for Oct.-Dec. 2015.
Cooler, Smarter: Practical Steps for Lower Carbon Living compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists, reviewed on this website in an Issue Paper for 2015.
Ideas and Opinions by Albert Einstein
The Crack in the Cosmic Egg: Challenging Constructs of Mind and Reality by Joseph Chilton Pearce
The Third Reconstruction by Rev. William Barber
4. The Book Discussion Group meets on Monday afternoon. Click on Programs>Book Group for the reading lists.[tabgroup]