Update From Ferguson
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
UUMA CENTER team member Julie Taylor has been working closely with our colleagues in the metro St. Louis area witnessing and ministering in Ferguson. We asked her to share information this month that she thought our colleagues would like to know.
The grand jury decision to not indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown has not ended the movement. Actions continue across the country mostly led by young people of color, calling for justice and transformation of a failed system that devalues the lives of black and brown people.
The UU Ferguson Response Team has a set of resources that may be useful to you. Click here for a worship toolkit, media toolkit, messaging, and RE resources. Additional resources may be found on the St. Louis Standing on the Side of Love Facebook page and the Standing on the Side of Love’s website.
Having spoken and been in electronic communication with many UUs regarding what is happening here, I think there are many misconceptions going around. I believe the information in the media toolkit and messaging documents may be of use in talking to your congregations and in your communities, not just talking to the media. And I encourage everyone to get information from resources that are here, on the ground, rather than from the mainstream media. Even outlets such as CNN and MSNBC have been quite inconsistent in terms of accuracy and privileged bias.
Please feel free to distribute these materials widely. And please see what you can do where you are to expose the institutionalized systems of white privilege and racism that are destroying our humanity.