By Nina D., South Bay Pantry Volunteer
The mission of the South Bay Food Pantry is to serve nutritious food and other basics to people living with food insecurity in the community. We strive to maximize our impact through careful stewardship of donated funds and goods and volunteer hours (i.e., we shamelessly beg, borrow and steal before dipping into our savings.) The frugality and creativity of our volunteers have led to some innovative practices at the pantry, some of which also provide a bit of comic relief.
By Nina D., South Bay Pantry Volunteer
The South Bay Food Pantry has grown in many ways since it was founded by Maureen McNair three years ago. The number of clients benefitting from the variety of food items, period products, Covid tests and infant and adult diapers we provide has increased to over 300 families each week. The volunteer contingent has also increased, from a handful of FUUSD-connected individuals to a large group of FUUSD and South-Bay based volunteers active throughout the week.
Flamenco dancer, Lakshmi Basile "La Chimi" delivered a dynamic show to a full house last Friday night at First UU Church of San Diego. Accompanied by Jeff Basile on Bass, David Morales on violin, Kambiz Pakan on guitar and special guest singer Pepele Mendez, La Chimi guided the audience through a magical Flamenco journey - to enthusiastic applause.
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White People for Racial Justice 101 Workshop
Sunday, October 16, 2022 1:00-5:30pm
Hybrid event, join us in-person at the Hillcrest Campus or on Zoom
Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you plan to attend in-person or on Zoom
Presented by Showing Up for Racial Justice-San Diego (SURJ-SD) in partnership with the Journey Toward Wholeness (JTW) core team at First UU
Join us for an interactive workshop where we will go over the basics of systemic racism and white supremacy in the U.S., and explore such topics as microaggressions and why they matter, how “white fragility” operates to maintain white privilege and dominance, and why white anti-racists need to call in other white people. Bring your questions! Participants will gain practical tools for examining our socialized biases and behaviors as white people, recognizing and interrupting everyday racism (including our own), and taking accountable action in multiracial movements for racial justice. Most importantly, this workshop is a space for white people to strengthen our anti-racist resilience and commitment by talking honestly and caringly together about race, racism, and our own stake in ending white supremacy.
Pre-registration is encouraged for this 4 1/2-hour workshop. Registration is open to all interested members of the UU community, and people of all identities are welcome. However, please be aware that this workshop will be facilitated by white members of SURJ-SD, with a primary focus on basic anti-racist learning, reflection, and discussion for people who are white, white-presenting, and/or benefit from white privilege. Some exercises and breakout sessions may be in caucus. For covid safety and because this will be an active and interactive workshop, space may be limited. For questions and more information, please contact email@example.com
Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network of groups and individuals working for racial justice by undermining white supremacy. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. SURJ-SD builds accountability relationships with local racial justice organizations led by people of color. At our monthly chapter meetings and in our action teams, we provide space to learn, connect, and take action.
Journey Toward Wholeness (JTW) is the Unitarian Universalist Association's initiative, which implements each congregation's anti-racism, anti-oppression commitment on a church-wide basis. At First Church, this group focuses on dismantling racism, eradicating oppression, and on bringing about transformation through increased awareness.
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