On Oct. 16, I announced that we will vote on a commitment to support the movement for Black lives. The outcome of that vote will impact decisions by our leaders, programming, and budget. You can find my announcement and the statement itself here. I have a few brief updates on the process.
The Board has decided on the rules for the vote on Dec. 4 after the service. As with all congregational votes, we will require a 20% quorum, and we will allow absentee ballots and proxy votes for those who can’t be there in person.
We are voting on whether the entire congregation will take a stand, so we will require a 75% supermajority in order to pass this resolution.
We want everyone to vote honestly, so we will use a written ballot.
The Board, the Minister and the DLL have been working together on a list of recommended books, articles and videos for anyone who wants to learn more about racism in America and its impact on people’s lives. You can see the list at the bottom of this announcement.
Finally, and most importantly, I’m asking everyone to participate in this process. Attend the panel discussion after the service on Nov. 6. Reach out to Rev. Lois or the Board with questions. Look at the recommended readings and videos. Speak openly with one-another, and listen with empathy and compassion, no matter what you hear. Arrive at the vote on Dec. 4 with an informed opinion that aligns with your values, and help others to do the same.
President, WUUC Board of Trustees
Top recommendations for those who are new to the topic
- Brief video (free): Slavery to Mass Incarceration
- Article from The Atlantic (free): The Case for Reparations
- Book: The New Jim Crow
- Documentary Film: The House I Live In
- Documentary Film: 13th
- Article (free): White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- Book: Witnessing Whiteness
- Book: Just Mercy
- Book: Between the World and Me
- Documentary Film: The Color of Fear (free clips on YouTube: clip 1, clip 2)
Other good stuff
- Book: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
- Black-ish, fun but serious TV series about the Black experience
- Mass incarceration articles from The Economist: Leader, Briefing
- Infographic: African American Health Disparities Compared to Non-Hispanic Whites
- Article from the grio: It’s not just Flint: Environmental racism is slowly killing blacks across America
- EPA statement: EPA’s Clean Power Plan, Climate Change and African Americans