White Supremacy Teach-In
The First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee at 1342 N. Astor St., is developing a special service for Oct. 15 devoted to overcoming white supremacy and developing the resources for overcoming racism. This is a follow up on the May 7th event at the church, responding to the call of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism to address the ways in which white supremacy is reinforced within our denomination. To help in this effort we have invited Christopher D. Sims, an African American leader in Unitarian Universalism. Christopher is a love and justice ambassador and the former co-leader of Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM). He has been on tour through the Love Is Revolutionary Ministries. He participated in solidarity actions recently in Charlottesville and will be relating his experiences. Christopher will be sharing the pulpit with our senior minister the Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom.
We will also be continuing the public witness activity organized by our Black Lives Matter Group with a vigil after the second service, complete with music. Christopher will also lend his talents to the vigil with his singing and his poetry. We continue to press for changes in the manner in which police respond to calls in the African-American community, in line with a comprehensive list of suggested changes in policing in Milwaukee drafted by the U.S. Justice Department. We seek to end the cycle of police rushing into the community with guns blazing. The history of police violence suggests that “shoot to kill” is a policy reserved for communities of color. We need to change this policy in order to make Black lives matter the same as white people or anyone else. Our vigils are community events and we welcome outside participation.