The Monthly Share-a-Dish events are always held on the second Friday of each month. The evening includes

the Social Hour at 6 pm, followed by the pot luck dinner at 6:30 pm and the scheduled program starts around 7:15 pm.

Sign up on the dinner sheet in the Social Hall noting what dish you will bring.

NOVEMBER:  “The Ed Show” directed by Ed Janz features talents of our members.

OCTOBER: the Documentary “Paris to Pittsburgh”brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards. Set against the national debate over the United States’ energy future – and the Trump administration’s explosive decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement – the film captures what’s at stake for communities around the country and the inspiring ways Americans are responding.

SEPTEMBER: Letter writing event to our Manatee County legislators to make our County GREEN. About 80 letters were collected and mailed to our legislators over the next few weeks.

AUGUST  No Dinner, no Program.  Love Resists, UUA, sends this about   Immigration Issues and Action. 

Over the weekend, news broke that the Homestead Child Detention Center was emptied of all migrant children. This was quickly followed by tragic news of a racially-motivated mass shooting in El Paso and last night’s massive workplace raid in Mississippi (the single largest statewide ICE raid in over a decade). We know that we cannot separate the detention and deportation of migrants from this administration’s white nationalist agenda and the violent white supremacist culture that it legitimizes.

In the past month, more than 2,700 migrant children have been reunited with family or moved into smaller shelter environments. Not only that: attempts to open additional child detention facilities in Fort Sill, OK and Carrizo Springs, TX were also thwarted by communities organizing against them. We are building power toward ending all detention and deportation and for dismantling white supremacy and it’s criminalization of migrants, people of color, black organizers, climate activists, transgender folx and others.

Those of us who joined organizing to “Shut Down Homestead” know that the administration was under tremendous pressure to stop warehousing children in detention, especially since many had families to receive them. We celebrate this victory – and we know the work isn’t done.

While some children are sleeping in relative safety today, we know that whole communities remain under threat by this deeply racist and xenophobic Administration. There are many ways you can take action to demonstrate resistance to this terror.

Each day is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to expanded sanctuary and authentic welcome in our communities. Connect with your local immigrant rights organization to see how you can provide support. Get your family, congregation and community involved so that we may all be the sanctuary we seek.
from The Love Resists team
 
Love Resists is a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

From now to August 11 there will be an Art and Plants Raffle to Benefit UUSC Immigration Projects

UUSC has been working for years to help immigrants navigate our system and defend their rights.  There are fact finding missions and support for refugee programs. Chris MacCormack is enabling MUUF to support these specific activities in this time of crisis. Chris will donate 10 framed prints of her artwork and 10 of her succulent arrangements to be raffled at MUUF between July 25 and the Share a Dish. Program on Immigration Issues on Aug 9. At any occasion you can buy raffle tickets from AJ Wolff, Bernita Franzel or Chris MacCormack, write your name on the ticket and put it in the corresponding envelope. The raffle will be announced on Sunday, Aug.11. You do not need to be present to win.Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. Our goal is $400 for UUSC immigration projects. Questions – call Chris MacCormack 757 -7557

On the display table in the Social Room are Close the Camp buttons. Put $2 in when you take your button out.  Additional dollars will go to RAICES – Refugee And Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services.

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JULY 12.  Observance of Lights for Liberty and “The Phosphate Factor: Why the Gulf Coast gets Red Tide, and the East Coast (mostly) doesn’t” – Andy Mele, Suncoast Waterkeeper working to protect coastal ecosystems, to halt phosphate strip mining and untrammeled development in Florida, and to bring red tide back to pre-development levels.

June 14    This was a power point presentation on the National Popular Vote with Jeff Orenstein from LWV. Ed Kobee distributed information in preparation of the meeting. Questions welcome.

May 10.  . Jim Willard presented a program about the Manatee Clean Energy Alliance.

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