UU Office at the United Nations – Demilitarization & Abolition: Resist Policing and Empire - Archived

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Dear First Unitarian Church Honolulu,

We are writing to invite you to join us for the 2023 UU@UN Intergenerational Spring Seminar, with the theme of “Demilitarization & Abolition: Resist Policing and Empire.”

Militarized policing is a dire problem both in the U.S. and globally. This year’s Seminar aims to help us increase our understanding of abolition and equip ourselves with skills to take action.
The Seminar will take place April 1-3, 2023. Join youth (14+) and adults in-person – at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis – and online for programming and activities!
This email contains all kinds of information to help you learn more about what to expect. We hope you’ll help us spread the word and register by March 15, 2023.
(And if you plan to attend in person, book a room in our hotel block by February 28!)
If you’re joining us online, consider getting your youth group or others at your congregation to come, too! You can watch the programs together and form your own reflection groups.
See you there!
2023 Planning Committee
Intergenerational Spring Seminar
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2023 Keynote: Andrea Ritchie

We are thrilled to announce that Andrea Ritchie will offer the virtual keynote presentation at our 2023 Intergenerational Spring Seminar!Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant survivor who has been documenting, organizing, advocating, litigating, and agitating around policing and criminalization of Black women, girls, trans, and gender nonconforming people for the past three decades. We encourage participants to read No More Police: A Case for Abolition co-authored by Andrea Ritchie and Mariame Kaba.

About Spring Seminar
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Check Out the Seminar Schedule
Planned workshop topics include:
  • Abolition: What It Means, Where It Comes From
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Healing Through Stories
  • ‘Zines for Liberation
  • How to shape an Abolition worship at your congregation
For in-person participants, all our programs and meals will be at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. Programming begins Saturday at 10am and ends Monday at 7pm, with an optional gathering for youth on Friday evening.
Online participants will be able to join us for worshipping, learning, workshops, and virtual small group reflection. Please note some workshops will be only in-person.
All program details are coming very soon. Check it out and start getting excited!
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Book Your Room by Feb 28!
For those attending the 2023 Intergenerational Spring Seminar in-person in Minneapolis, we’ve secured a block of hotel rooms with specialty rates at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Minneapolis. We’ll be providing a shuttle between the hotel and the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. Visit our lodging page to book your room, find the roommate bulletin board, and read the UUA Youth Safety Guidelines. Rooms are only guarenteed through February 28, 2023.
Book Now
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Spring Seminar: Guide for Youth Participants!
Are you a youth wondering what the UU@UN spring seminar is like? Questioning if you want to register? Worried you will feel out of place or like your voice doesn’t matter? Well, here is a quick guide to what the experience has been like in the past for youth, what youth have to look forward to at this year’s seminar, and why you should absolutely come.
Read More
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Register by March 15
Registration is open through March 15, 2023 for the Intergenerational Spring Seminar. We are using a tiered registration fee. We invite you to decide which tier is best for you. If most registrants pay the full fee, we hope to break even.
Register Now
Finally: Can you help spread the word?
We’d really appreciate your help promoting this year’s Spring Seminar and encouraging people to register! uua.org/seminar
  • Know someone who might be interested in attending? Forward them this email!
  • Have a congregational newsletter? Include an announcement about this event!
  • Active on social media? Share our links or our posts! (FacebookTwitterInstagram)
  • Get a group together at your congregation and come together to participate online!
Thanks for helping to spread the word!

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