Social Action

Mission statement: We are committed to making our fellowship a force for positive social change in our local and global communities. We advocate for peace, justice, environmental stewardship, compassion, and caring, and encourage all fellowship members to actively participate in issues of concern to them.

To volunteer for our upcoming events or receive more information about ways you can become involved, email Action@uulakenorman.org or browse through our Social Action notebook on the information table at each worship service. We look forward to hearing about your passions concerning social issues.

Social Action Committee chair: Amy Hartman

Upcoming Events

Social Action Sunday - Prison Books Collective

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Prison Books Collective Publishing and Distribution is a Chapel Hill/Durham, NC-based anti-prison group that sends hundreds of books to people in prisons in North Carolina and Alabama each month, maintains an extensive radical ‘zine (small booklets) catalog (which we will send to any state), and publishes a zine of art and writing by people in prison. A sister project widely distributes a monthly poster promoting political prisoner support. We also work to raise awareness about the prison-industrial complex in our own community and connect with others seeking to abolish this brutally racist and repressive system. We are a non-profit book distributor and publisher.

Our group has become something of a lifeline for thousands upon thousands of people who otherwise are completely disconnected from any support base. With the goals of providing vital political and self-educational resources to prisoners, as well as spreading a radical critique of the prison system on both sides of the wall, our group has expanded to include several different projects. These now include the free books program, our ‘zine catalog, our Words of Fire, publication of prisoners’ work, and monthly political prisoner birthday posters.

For over 10 years, the Prison Books Collective based in Chapel Hill /Durham has been sending a lifeline of books to prisoners in North Carolina and Alabama.   It also publishes prisoners’ artwork and writing.  Come and learn more about their truly radical work.  Bring some books to share with people on the “inside.” 

Here is what they will accept, in SOFTCOVER FORM ONLY:

  • Dictionaries (English, Spanish-English, Law, Medical)
  • Black non-fiction books. For example about civil rights, black power, black movements, black liberation
  • How to draw books
  • Westerns
  • How-to books on: automotive repair, electrical or other home repair, and gardening
  • Business (how to start or run a business, in particular in NC)
  • Fiction books in Spanish
  • GED or Adult Basic Education Materials

Detailed suggestions about books needed by the Prison Books Collective:

NOTE: ALL BOOKS MUST BE SOFT COVER, and should be in at least “good” condition, with “minimal to no” writing on the pages.  Some prisons allow writing; some don’t.

1) DICTIONARIES                                                                                                                                                                                                          The preferred one (because of the large number of entries) is:  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary9780877799306
If ordered online, PBC uses ecampus at    http://www.ecampus.com/merriamwebster-dictionary-merriamwebster/bk/9780877799306.                      The “Used” price is $3.35 each.  Amazon is another source.  PBC is grateful for ANY dictionary. 

2) BLACK NON-FICTION                                                                                                                                                                                            Check out the recommendations on this page:  
http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/10-black-authors-to-read/#.WUK0tevyv3h

NOTE: the need is greater for non-fiction books.  People “on the inside” want books that reflect their experiences and their hope to get or regain their power. 

*** Cheaper used versions available ***
Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks
Series: Owl Book
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 15, 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0805050272

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (December 1, 1992)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 067974472X

The Souls of Black Folk
by W. E. B. Du Bois   ANY edition is good, esp. if in very good condition
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged edition (May 20, 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0486280411

*** There are many editions of the following books, with different ISBNs. Any of them is fine. Go with the cheapest, but in good to very good condition! ***
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley
by Malcolm X, Alex Haley, Attallah Shabazz   ANY edition is good, esp. in v. good condition
Paperback: 460 pages, October 12, 1987
Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (November 1992)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345350685

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
ANY edition is good, esp. if in very good condition
Paperback: 320 pages, November 1, 2001
Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1556520743

Why We Can't Wait (A Signet Book Complete and Unabridged) by Martin Luther
ANY edition is good, esp. if in very good condition
Mass Market Paperback, July, 1964
Publisher: A Signet Book/ Published by The New American Library; 1st Printing
ASIN: B005F64GK4


*** These are newer; so even a “used” edition may be pricey  ***
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
Feb 9, 2016
by Angela Y. Davis and Frank Barat
ISBN: 9781608465644

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Haymarket Books; 1 edition (February 23, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608465624

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race
June 20, 2017
by Jesmyn Ward
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (June 20, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501126350
*** Note: there are many editions of this book, with different ISBNs. Any of them is fine. Get whatever is cheapest, but in good to very good condition! ***

3) HOW-TO-DRAW BOOKS

This is a flexible category, and the titles below are only suggestions (although accepted by the prisons we serve).  PLEASE, even though prison regulations allow nudes (if medical, artistic, anthropological, or educational) books with nude illustrations are usually excluded. 

How to Draw What You See Paperback
by Rudy De Reyna
Paperback: 178 pages, September 1, 1996
Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 35th Anniversary ed. edition (1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0823023753

You Can Draw in 30 Days: The Fun, Easy Way to Learn to Draw in One Month or Less
by Mark Kistler
Paperback: 256 pages, January 4, 2011
Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; Csm edition (January 4, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0738212415

Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner
by Claire Watson Garcia
Paperback: 160 pages, October 1, 2003
Publisher: Watson-Guptill (October 1, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0823013952

The Big Book of Realistic Drawing Secrets: Easy Techniques for drawing people, animals, flowers and nature
by Carrie Stuart Parks
Paperback: 224 pages, June 13, 2009
Publisher: North Light Books; 5/27/09 edition (June 13, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1600614582

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing (Art for the Absolute Beginner)
by Mark Willenbrink
Paperback: 128 pages, November 2, 2006
Publisher: North Light Books; 2007 edition (November 2, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1581807899

Lifelike Heads: Discover your "inner artist" as you learn to draw portraits in graphite (Drawing Made Easy) 
by Lance Richlin
Series: Drawing Made Easy
Paperback: 64 pages, September 1, 2008
Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing; Drawing Made Easy edition (September 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1600580661


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PAST EVENTS:

Guatemala Education Evening: Poverty and Wakami Solutions

Thursday Oct 20    6:30 – 8:30pm

Great Aunt Stella Center

926 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204

Doors open at 6:00pm. Movie begins at 6:30pm

Mixer, appetizers and cash bar

 

The debut of the critically acclaimed film Ixcanul in Charlotte. Followed by Founder and President of Communities of the Earth, Recognized as a Global Best Practice Exemplar and Recipient of two Rotary Global Grants... Maria Pacheco: Wakami -Following the Dreams.

 

In partnership with the The Sinapi Foundation and Charlotte Film Society, The Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg will sponsor a Guatemala Education Evening on October 20, 2016 in Uptown Charlotte.  The keynote speaker of the event will be Maria Pacheco.  Maria will speak about the Wakami Village Program, which works with rural women in poverty to create small businesses to produce fashion accessories sold globally. The income earned allows women and their families to invest in other components such as education, nutrition, clean air and clean water necessary to support their path out of poverty. 

 

Maria, recipient of two Rotary Global Grants, has been recognized worldwide as a Global Best Practice Exemplar as well as the winner of many international awards for her contributions to economic empowerment for women, sustainable community development and the fight against gender discrimination.   She serves on the Aspen Institute Leadership Initiative and was co-founder of the Guatemalan Vital Voices Chapter.   In 2007 Maria received the Vital Voices Washington Global Economic Development Award and in 2015 Wakami was awarded the Stephan Schmidheiny Award in Innovation in Production.

 

The education evening will also include the Charlotte Debut of the critically acclaimed film, Ixcanul.  Ixcanul provides insights into the circumstances and lives of poverty in rural Guatemala from a teenage girl's perspective and Maria Pacheco will describe solutions she and her team have developed through the Wakami program.  These solutions give hope and empowerment to women ultimately creating paths out of poverty.   

There is no cost to attend and those planning to attend please email names of attendees, or for more information please email sinapifoundation@gmail.com.  

 

Causes we have supported

Amendment One vote

On September 13th, 2011, the NC legislature proposed an amendment to the Constitution that would ban legal recognition for all unmarried couples, strip protections and benefits from families across our state, hurt our business climate and economic development, and put our children in danger. On issues of civil rights we support passing laws that treat people equally, not those that are unjust. Therefore we opposed the amendment and encouraged all to vote against Amendment One on May 8.
www.protectncfamilies.org

Ada Jenkins Center

The Ada Jenkins Center gives at risk clients access to a comprehensive array of services under one roof. Our fellowship has collected food for the Loaves and Fishes food pantry, which serves needy families in the Davidson and surrounding areas. We have provided volunteer support for the LEARN Works after school tutoring program along with collections of school supplies. Volunteers from our fellowship have also provided administrative support for the front desk and Latino services and childcare for Latino families during parent class time.
www.adajenkins.org

Davidson Community Garden

Volunteers from our ranks have participated in planting and tending crops through a team effort. This community project is designed to provide fresh produce to neighbors in need in our local area and through the Ada Jenkins food pantry.
www.facebook.com/pages/Davidson-Community-Garden/125479730802697

Collecting Coats for Crisis Assistance Ministry

November 2013, UUFLKN collected 63 coats to help Crisis Assistance Ministry’s FreeStore provide warm coats to individuals and families in need.
www.crisisassistance.org

Carolina Raptor Center

Sept 2013:  TheCarolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors.  UUFLKN provided adult and child volunteers to help clear trails and do some landscaping around the Raptor Veterinary Hospital.

Earth Day

In April 2011 we took an educational tour of the Iredell County Landfill as an exercise in observance of Earth Day, a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation of the earth’s natural environment.
www.earthday.org

Habitat for Humanity

UUFLKN has partnered with homeowners to paint and put up drywall in new Habitat houses. We got dirty, learned a skill, and worked with the homeowner family to build their dream!
www.ourtownshabitat.org

Lunch and canned goods collection for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen

We prepared and served lunch to our hungry neighbors at the soup kitchen. The soup kitchen serves lunch Monday-Friday year round, and on Saturdays during the winter months January – March.

UUFLKN also collected canned and paper goods for the Mooresville Soup Kitchen at Thanksgiving.
www.mooresvillesoupkitchen.com

Santa for Seniors with Mooresville Soup Kitchen

UUFLKN partnered with the Mooresville Soup Kitchen (MSK) to provide warming gifts for local low income and/or disabled seniors. We collected the Seniors Christmas wish list of sweatshirts, scarves, gloves and/or grocery gift cards. Congregants selected a Senior, shopped for him/her and we wrapped the gifts. All gifts were then delivered to Santa, who distributed them at the MSK’s Christmas week celebration.

Room In The Inn at Davidson United Methodist Church

Homelessness is an issue we care deeply about. Room In The Inn is a program of the Charlotte Urban Ministries Center to provide beds for the homeless during the winter months. UU Fellowship of Lake Norman has served one night during each of the last two seasons. This ministry is hosted at Davidson United Methodist Church three nights a week from December through March. Volunteers make the beds, cook and serve a home-cooked meal, fellowship with the guests, spend the night, serve breakfast and provide cleanup.
www.urbanministrycenter.org

Bookbag Stuffing Event for LEARN Works at Ada Jenkins

We worked with the Ada Jenkins Center to provide bookbags and needed academic materials for a group of 15 rising 6th graders who will attend Bradley Middle School next year. These kids attended Cornelius and Davidson Elementary Schools and have been a part of the LEARN Works after school program at Ada Jenkins and will continue the program next year.

CROP Walk Charlotte

Our volunteers once again participated in this effort to raise awareness and funds locally to alleviate hunger and poverty in this country and around the world.
www.charlottecropwalk.org

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Kids collected money for a worthy cause in addition to Halloween candy. UNICEF provides global children’s services such as immunizations, clean drinking water, nourishment to prevent malnutrition, access to quality education, and efforts to fight against AIDS and child exploitation and trafficking. Even our littlest ones have an age appropriate way to offer help for children around the world.
www.unicef.org

Quarterly Adopt-A-Highway litter cleanup

 

UU Fellowship of Lake Norman is committed to the Adopt-A-Highway program for a minimum of four years. Our responsibility is to clean up litter in Davidson along a one-mile stretch of Davidson-Concord Road once a quarter. A sign at the end of each segment between Grey Road and the traffic circle at the edge of town credits the fellowship for this effort. This is a fun way to help make our environment a more beautiful place to live.
www.ncdot.org

Social Action Survey.