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November 2019 Social Justice By David Lindenfeld & Janet Moulder, Co-Chairs

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In the light of the recent elections, we are involved in two initiatives: 1) Get Out The Vote in the November 16 election. We recognize that the outcome will profoundly affect our social justice agenda. Interested volunteers should contact Janet Moulder (janplanett@aol.com). 2) Support the efforts of those neighborhoods in St. George that wish to become part of Baton Rouge. There is a planned annexation day at the church on Saturday November 23 to facilitate petitions to this effect. Volunteers are needed. Contact David Lindenfeld (hylind@lsu.edu).

Our new UU Asylum Seekers Assistance Project has made amazing progress in its first six weeks under Wayne Parker and Nancy Kunen. We’ve managed to place two related families, a woman with three children and her brother with one child, into a two-bedroom apartment. All children are in school, the apartment is furnished, and with financial contributions from our core group the families are being fed and finding a stable life. Ongoing donations will be needed.

We are also building alliances with other groups, such as Freedom for Immigrants (freedomforimmigrants.org).  We have assisted in providing transportation for two detainees who were bonded out of detention to bring them to safe places. For more information, stop by the Social Justice Table.

The Kids Cafe/Holy Grill Christmas gifts project is upon us. Nancy Kunen is leading the gift sign-up which will be located in the foyer of the sanctuary in mid-November. We will be providing for approximately 28 children this year. Volunteers interested in food preparation, delivery of gifts, or participation at the holiday party on December 20 should contact Nancy at nkunen@gmail.com.  Last year's event was a wonderful experience and we hope to make it happen again.  Please consider donating to this fun event for the children and families of the Kids Café /Holy Grill.

We encourage participation in the Hunger Walk, November 10. Details are available in the Outreach column on page 4 and at the Social Justice table on Sundays.

Days for Girls has completed their first batch of materials.

The next Social Justice Meeting will be Sunday, November 17, 12:45 p.m., church office. We will be selecting the shared offerings for 2020. If you have suggestions, please contact David or Janet.