SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

GUUF FOOD DRIVE, SATURDAY, JULY 18 FROM 9AM-11AM

Social Justice is holding a Food Drive in honor of Walter and Carole Lavash. The Lavash’s have been dedicated volunteers for over a decade, collecting non-perishable food for “Pat’s Pantry” and delivering it to local families in need. They are retiring, and we would like to recognize their compassion and dedication on Saturday, July 18, with a food drive for the Latinx community. This group has been hit especially hard by Covid-19—30% of cases in Greenville are among the Latinx community. 

Please start gathering non-perishable food items such as rice, pasta, pinto beans, spaghetti sauce, etc. We’ll meet at the front entrance of GUUF from 9:00am-11:00am. Just pull up and volunteers in masks and gloves will remove the items from your trunk. We thank you in advance for your generosity. If you have any questions, please contact us at sjc@greenvilleuu.org

Loaves & Fishes Volunteers help Loaves & Fishes continue the mission of rescuing food and reducing hunger in Greenville County in tremendous ways!  In 2019, our volunteers helped us keep our administrative costs low by logging over 7,950 volunteer hours in which they rescued over 1,000,000 pounds of food in Greenville County. Learn about all of our volunteer opportunities. https://loavesandfishesgreenville.com/volunteer-3/

Local Chapter of Food Not Bombs Celebrating free speech and the right to share free food! Join them every Monday at 12:30pm, when they set up at 2415 Old Buncombe Rd. Greenville, SC 29609 (outside Paper Moon Studios, across the street from Family Dollar) or look for their mobile unit. In addition, they’ll take whatever you’re willing to share and will get it to those in need ASAP. Due to COVID-19, the only clothing they can accept are socks, underwear & bras. For more details, go to here.

IMMIGRANT JUSTICE

SC DREAMers As of 2019, there are over 700,000 DACA recipients living in the US, according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Expand this number to consider all the youth who came to the US before the age of 18, have lived here for four years, and are students in higher education, workers, or serve in the US military, and the number is a total of 2.1 million. 

Hispanic Alliance believes that these young people are an incredible asset to our economy and our communities. Their full potential remains untapped due to the many legal barriers they face to pursuing success and the uncertainty of their future in the US. Our advocacy to raise awareness about their struggles, and to give you the tools to speak out on their behalf, as Allies. For more information on SC Dreamers, see https://www.scdreamers.org/news

How to be an Anti-Racist This free online program will be held Monday, July 20 7-8 PM EDT. 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author, Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book, “How to Be an Antiracist” with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. The conversation will be streamed live online on Crowdcast, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope, and will air on PGCC TV on a later date. To register, go to here.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Climate Action Team The Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, VA is building an action-based culture of care for the Earth. Their activities and groups include: Arts, advocacy, communication, economics, education, food/diet, grounds, science, spirit and zero waste. Sign up for their Climate Action Digest here https://mvuc.org/earth/

The Sustainability Group hopes you continue to recycle. Most grocery stores have recycling bins for plastic and paper; Publix even has a bin for foam egg cartons and trays. Target also has a glass recycle bin near the Starbuck’s, which is located in-store. https://www.greenvillecounty.org/SolidWaste/RecyclingTips.aspx.

Hearts for Inmates Advocates for inmates and their families are working with the Dept of Corrections to give away antibacterial soap, pulse-oximeters and cash for delivery to each dorm within the SC prison system. To make a PayPal donation, go to heartsforinmates@gmail.com