The Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism–led project assembled self-care packages for people fleeing domestic violence.
Audra Friend, communications coordinator for the UUA’s Multicultural Ministries staff, and Marie Bennett, a youth from Davies Memorial UU Church in Camp Springs, Maryland, fill donated purses and bags with self-care items. (© 2018 Nancy Pierce)
Volunteers at General Assembly in Kansas City, Missouri, filled more than 1,200 donated purses and bags with self-care items to create care packages for people in the area who are dealing with homelessness due to domestic violence. The care packages will be distributed by the Reale Justice Network. The service project was one of three projects organized by Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism as this year’s public witness.
This year’s other public witness projects included the “Anatomy of a Bailout” panel discussion on ending the money bail system, and a hands-on project for people of color and indigenous people at Uzazi Village, which works to decrease black infant mortality and racially based perinatal health inequities through the promotion of culturally congruent care, childbirth education, breastfeeding, and more.
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Elaine McArdle is a UU World senior editor and a member of First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon. An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she has also written for the Boston Globe, Harvard Law Bulletin, and others.
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