Date(s) - 04/20/2019
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
As our congregation delves more profoundly into its commitments to the goal of a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all and respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, we have an opportunity for the UUCV members and friends to commit to participate in the upcoming Día De Los Niños (Children’s Day). Our congregation has been taking on human rights advocacy in light of current events impacting migrants (UU-Action Team for Immigrant Rights, “UU-ATIR”) and our RE program has gotten feedback about doing more things with the kids to demonstrate our principles in action.
In April, we have two opportunities to work towards these goals, as a community: The Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project (“MICOP”) convenes a regular monthly meeting for the Indigenous community of Ventura County. In April, they will be celebrating Children’s Day (Sat, April 20th). This is an IDEAL OPPORTUNITY for us to DO the work which inspires and motivates us as UU’s. MICOP is an amazing organization, with which our congregation has been working ever more closely, providing both basic services and also engaging the indigenous farmworker community in advocacy efforts towards their own justice and equality here in Ventura County and beyond. www.mixteco.org
The event will take place Sat April 20th at Haydock Intermediate School, from about 8am to 3pm. There will be lots of basic volunteer work to be done: setting up tables and chairs, preparing bags of food (MICOP is a distributor for FoodShare), etc. With a little more planning and commitment, some of us might offer to lead a children’s activity: field games? Arts and crafts? People from 5-105 can easily volunteer, practice their Spanish and/or Mixtec language skills and have a great time.
If you want to be really prepared for the 20th, join UU-ATIR on Sunday, April 7th 11:30am after worship to learn from Silvia Ventura Luna, MA, a Mixtec language instructor at CUSCI. Tu’un Savi (“the Language of the Rain; Mixtec) is spoken in many Mexican states and has a strong presence in Ventura county. The teachings of Mixtecos have a strong influence in today’s organic agriculture and harvesting in many cultures.
The important thing is that we take this opportunity to work together to demonstrate our commitment to migrant rights and instilling in our kids the habit of service and advocacy. Please let Vanessa Frank know if you can join us that day (firstname.lastname@example.org) If you would like to organize an activity at the event, also let Vanessa know she will put you in touch with the organizers to make sure that happens. We’d like to go as a group (carpools, etc.), so please do let us know as soon as possible if you are interested, so we can make arrangements and give MICOP a headcount on the number of volunteers they can expect.
If you are excited and don’t want to wait until April to participate, let ATIR know that too and we’ll get you going sooner.