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Youth Lead Support for Black Lives Matter

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 14th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // one comment

Action of Immediate Witness is Immediately Acted Upon

Leading up to General Assembly 2015, Unitarian Universalists across the nation were asking the question “How will General Assembly respond to BlackLivesMatter?”

The answer was already in the works. Isabelle and Kara, the Business Managers of the General Assembly Youth Caucus, spent the two months leading up to General Assembly building coalitions and consulting with members of Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) and Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) to draft the Action of Immediate Witness.

On  June 25, during their business meeting, the General Assembly Youth Caucus unanimously voted to sponsor and support the “Support the Black Lives Matter Movement” Action of Immediate Witness (AIW). They also unanimously sponsored and supported the Action of Immediate Witness “End Conversion Therapy”. After that meeting, they mobilized and collected signatures, amassing well over the number of signatures needed.

After a raucous Mini-Assembly process, and an exhaustive debate, the AIW was passed and cheers broke out.

Moments after it was passed, the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2015 Youth Caucus sponsored Action of Immediate Witness “Support the Black Lives Matter Movement” inspired hundreds of Unitarian Universalists  and dozens of Portland area residents to take to the streets in a public witness organized by Don’t Shoot Portland.

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Ted Resnikoff is the Digital Communications Editor at the Unitarian Universalist Association.
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