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July 23, 2020: “Faith Talks” podcast on Dismantling Racism

The videotaped killing of George Floyd has focused the world on the racism steeped into our nation’s founding and poisoning our institutions for too long.

Enough. We must end racism now. We cannot burden another generation with this.

Faith TalksJoin Faith Talks Thursday, July 23 at 3pm PDT (6 pm EDT) for a discussion on the United Methodist Church’s Dismantling Racism: Pressing On to Freedom initiative.

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7/15 and Monthly: Just Energy for All Strategy and Capacity Building

Greetings from the Office of Economic and Environmental Justice of United Methodist Women.

Please join us for our first monthly Just Energy for All Strategy and Capacity Building session on Wednesday, July 15th at 3 pm ET (noon PT). If you have not already registered, please register here!

Our July session will focus on the topic of Casting our Vision & Communicating our Story. You will have the opportunity to develop, practice, and receive feedback on communicating your own just energy for all story as well as hear the stories of two United Methodist Women: Rita L. Smith, North Central Jurisdiction President, and Sarah Son, UMW Climate Justice Intern and current student at Mount Holyoke College.

Rita Smith; Sarah Son Left: Rita Smith, North Central Jurisdiction President
Right: Sarah Son, UMW Climate Justice Intern

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June 20, 2020: Virtual Mass Poor People’s Assembly

Mass Poor People's AssemblyJoin United Methodist Women and United Methodists in a virtual
MASS POOR PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY & MORAL MARCH ON WASHINGTON
Register here: poorpeoplescampaign.org

The Poor People’s Campaign reminds us that “Everyone has a Right to Live.” The turmoil in our nation reveals long-term structural injustice and we cannot go back to an untenable “normal.” The Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the campaign, observes that:

Long before COVID-19 came to our shores, 140 million Americans were poor and low income. Seven hundred people were dying every day from poverty in this nation before we declared a national emergency. Eighty million people were uninsured or under-insured… The lethal violence of racist officers is only one manifestation of the systemic racism… George Floyd’s murder comes after the compounded death and deadliness of a pandemic that has wreaked havoc on poor and low-income communities across this nation. More than 100,000 people have said, “I can’t breathe,” as this disease choked them to death.

United Methodist Women is a national faith member of the Poor People’s Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival, and serves on their Prophetic Council of faith leaders. You will also hear about Poor People’s Campaign demands for voting rights and a just economy and how you can connect to the campaign in your state for local faith and community responses.

Building on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign of 50 years ago, the campaign addresses the intersecting realities of poverty, racism, environmental degradation and militarism, including State violence in communities of color in the U.S. It integrates United Methodist Women priorities of Economic Inequality, Racial Justice and Ending Mass Incarceration, Climate Justice and Maternal Health. It advocates for strengthening our democracy and voting rights in order to achieve the goals of an ambitious transformative agenda, see the full statement at poorpeoplescampaign.org/about/our-demands.

Get more information and learn about what United Methodist Women are doing to address economic inequality:

Celebrate Earth Day 2020

Earth Day

On April 22, 2020, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day.  Here are a few ways you can participate.

  • United Methodist Women invites you to join them in honoring the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Visit their website to learn about the 5 ways you can participate in Earth Day this year that connect with UMW’s Just Energy for All Campaign.
  • Join United Methodist Women’s Just Energy for All 101 3-part webinar series on April 23, May 7 and May 21, and learn more about the campaign and how your unit, district or conference can be involved. Register here.
  • April 22-24, there will be a 72 hour livestream focused on fighting back against the climate crisis. I’m planning to watch a lot of it — will you join me? Check it out: https://earthdaylive2020.org
  • Want to get involved now? Contact your members of Congress and urge them to implement a moratorium on utility shut-offs during the COVID-19 national emergency.
  • See additional ideas on our Climate Justice: Be Just. Be Green. web page.