Over the last week, UU anti-racism educator Chris Crass came to Arizona to hold workshops virtually and in-person for over 120 UUs in AZ from Phoenix, Sedona, Prescott, and Tucson. Chris is a longtime social justice educator, author, and organizer, and one of the leading voices in the country calling for and supporting white people to work for racial justice.
Thanks to your support of UUJAZ, we were thrilled to be able to sponsor his trip to Arizona for these inspiring workshops.
Participants heard from Chris about how racism works to divide us and maintain structural inequality, while undermining beloved community and healthy and meaningful anti-racist efforts. Rooted in the vision and values of liberation for all of us, attendees shared in person and online about individuals who had inspired them to live their values, and their own experiences of showing up to fight injustice. Many reported they left the workshop feeling energized and grounded for the work of collective liberation!
And we are delighted to report that we had incredible fundraising success with these events. From all over the state, UUs chose to contribute a total of $2000 toward a UUJAZ reparations fund for BIPOC leadership at partner organizations. Those donations helped purchase a new car for a BLM Phoenix leader who was injured along with her son in a car accident in which her car was totaled.
Together, we are making a difference!