- Unitarian Universalism Connection
Upon return from Palestine with a delegation of Indigenous and People of Color brought together by a group called Interfaith Peace Builders, intersectional movements for social justice began to form in greater solidarity amongst Palestinian Human Rights activists, Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists, and our Water Protectors at Standing Rock. These individual campaigns have voiced their support for each other – most recently adding Immigration reform – in recognition of a struggle of oppression that is intertwined, a struggle that can be mostly healed and overcome through movements of solidarity.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA (UUCA) has expressed excitement for the photo exhibition. The Rev. Dr. Linda Olsen-Peebles, UUCA’s Minister of Faith and Action, expressed her support by commenting on how “The Arts, as a way to promote social justice, is great!” Meanwhile, Cathy Pfister of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East (UUJME) also believes that such an event fits with the mission of UUJME . The Gallery Exhibit is scheduled to “pop-up” June 3rd – June 5th at UUCA, and will showcase photos from these movements in collaboration with artists/activists who will share their work to tell a story around themes of oppression, solidarity, and hope. Opening day of the exhibit will include performances by Whitney Parnell, Founder and CEO of Service Never Sleeps (SNS), who will perform songs personally written from an album that speaks to social injustice, racism, and discrimination. I will also seek partnership with The Sanctuaries DC, a spiritually diverse and creative community in Washington, DC, committed to personal growth, spiritual growth, and social transformation.
Other UU churches/venues will be identified to host the exhibit as well. Donations will be collected at each exhibit to support travel costs of the exhibit, along with campaigns for social justice in Palestine, BLM, and Standing Rock.
- To use art and photography to highlight social justice movements under the themes of oppression, solidarity, and hope.
- To educate audiences on a collective struggle, and messages of solidarity.
- To inspire audiences to become more involved as activists against social injustice.
- To generate donations/funding that would allow the gallery exhibit to be housed at different venues.
- To generate donations/funding to support social justice initiatives led by BLM activists, Palestinian Human Rights activists, and Standing Rock activists.