UCB Social Justice Committee

Public talk about democracy and corporations

Hi all,

The Social Justice Committee and the local chapter of Move To Amend have partnered to organize a public talk by David Cobb, this Sunday at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable. Move To Amend is a national movement to overturn Citizens United, which would ensure corporations are not treated as persons anymore and that money is not free speech.

David Cobb is a an attorney, a former presidential candidate and a long time activist for democracy and Move To Amend. He will talk about the history of corporations and their place in our democracy. If you want to know more about his talk, here are two links to videos of speeches he made, including one in a UU church in Florida:
You can also get more info about this event and MTA here:
Please, come and join us in Warren Hall (at UCB, 3330 Main Street) on Sunday. Event will be from 7 to 9 pm and is free.
Thank you,



Friday October 24: potluck and open forum on social justice



This Friday, in lieu of a film, the Social Justice Committee will host a discussion and open forum to find out what can be done to make life better for everyone on Cape Cod and beyond. We will focus on three questions:

  1. What issues on Cape Cod are you concerned with?
  2. What are the solutions?
  3. What concrete steps will we take?

For the past five years, the SJC has worked to promote three interests: water justice, the new economy, and mutual respect or kindness, especially for the vulnerable and voiceless. We have addressed these issues with activities like conferences and workshops, fund raisers for local charities, community gardening, and our movie series.

The Cobb’s Hill Community Series’ mission is to raise awareness in a non-partisan way about important issues that have local and global implications, and to inspire personal and community action. This will be a chance for you to tell us what you think. Please come and share your ideas.

As usual, we will be at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable and will have a potluck dinner at 6pm. The discussion will begin at 7pm. For more details, please see the  flyer.

I hope you can make it!



Friday movies are back

After the summer hiatus, the Cobb’s Hill Community Series is back!

The Unitarian Church of Barnstable’s Social Justice committee invites you to the next movie of this series. We will show “Money and Life” on Friday September 26. This movie explains the history of money in society as well as the psychology and spirituality that has emerged around it.

As usual you are invited to a potluck at 6 pm and we encourage each participant to bring local or organic food preferably. The movies start at 7 pm. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Jo Ann Kelley (jojolk@dslextreme.com) by Wednesday preceding the movie.

Where is this event? In Warren Hall, Unitarian Church of Barnstable (3330 Main Street), Barnstable, on route 6A.

When is it? Friday September 26, 6 pm for potluck, 7 pm for movie. Post movie discussion until 9 pm.

Why is this? The series gives an opportunity for people in the community to socialize. The movies deal with societal issues and the ensuing discussions are aimed at giving each other a voice and tools to strengthen and energize our community. The potluck also provides fun and tasty foods.

See you at the movies!

Moving Toward a Cancer Free Cape Economy

Join the conversation about how to grow our local economy in ways that do not depend on chemicals that cause cancer.
Monday June 23, 2014
6:00-7:30 PM

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth
840 Sandwich Road, East Falmouth, MA

Guest Speakers:
Dr. Richard Clapp-Professor Emeritus of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health, Epidemiologist, First Director of the MA Cancer Registry

Cheryl Osimo-Executive Director Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, Co-Founder Silent Spring Institute

Chuck Collins-Co-Founder of Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition
Sponsored by: GreenCAPE, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, Sierra, Cape Cod and Islands Group, Toxics Action Center with support provided by the Adult Education Committee, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth.

Upcoming Movies on Cobb’s Hill

By Sebastien Bigorre.
The Unitarian Church of Barnstable’s Social Justice committee invites you to the next two movies of the Cobb’s Hill community series on Fridays May 30th and June 13th. These will be our last movies of the season before the summer hiatus. After that, the Cobb’s Hill series will resume in September.

On May 30th, in partnership with the Green Sanctuary committee we will show Trashed. This film, narrated by actor Jeremy Irons is an unsparing look at the global problems caused by overconsumption and the resulting “trash”, but it ends with some encouraging examples of what can be done. Our guest for the discussion following the movie will be Richard Elrick, Energy Coordinator for Barnstable and Bourne. Richard will be on hand to discuss, among other things, local programs such as recycling and pay-as-you-throw, to address the issues raised in the film.

On June 13th, we will partner this time with the Welcoming Congregation committee to show the movie Trans. This film contains the stories of six unique transgender individuals, their experiences and the experiences of families and friends as they transition into their true selves. This is a film about the great courage it takes to be one’s authentic self. Jim Calvin will be facilitating the post-movie discussion.

For both events you are also invited for a potluck at 6 pm in Warren Hall, Unitarian Church of Barnstable (3330 Main Street) . The movies start at 7 pm. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Jo Ann Kelley (jojolk@dslextreme.com) by Wednesday preceding the movie.

See you at the movies!

Residents Bring the 350MA Network to the Cape and Islands

By Sebastien Bigorre

A new wave of climate activism has arrived on Cape Cod and the Islands: on Sunday, April 27th, local activists will launch the Cape and Islands node of “350 Massachusetts”. 350 Massachusetts, also known as 350MA, is a statewide climate activism network that works to stop new fossil fuel infrastructure, divest the Massachusetts pension fund from fossil fuels, promote clean energy, and more. The 350MA Cape Cod and Islands node will be 350MA’s tenth node, joining existing groups in the Berkshires, Boston, Cambridge, North Shore, Pioneer Valley, South Shore, and Worcester. The celebration will a performance by favorite local musical entertainers, Paradise Rock. Refreshments will be served. At the event, join together in Immediate Impact Activities. You will make an impact at this event!

Dr. Richard Houghton, Acting President of the Woods Hole Research Center, a 2007 Nobel Prize winner and a lead author of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, will speak about the causes and dire consequences of global warming. Dr. Fiamma Straneo, a physical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will speak about her ongoing research in the Arctic, which recently established a 20-year baseline of glacial melt to inform future research on climate change. Malcolm Bliss, Statewide Coordinator of 350MA at Better Future Project, will speak about heroic local efforts to confront the climate crisis.

What: Cape & Islands Kick-off Event for 350MA
Where: Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Falmouth
When: Sunday, April 27 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Better Future Project (BFP) is a Cambridge-based nonprofit that works to empower grassroots movements to address the climate crisis and advance a rapid and responsible transition beyond fossil fuels. 350 Massachusetts is a statewide volunteer-led climate action network created and facilitated by Better Future Project. Although closely aligned with the mission and vision of 350.org, 350 Massachusetts is not part of 350.org.

More information at:
350MA Calendar
350ma.org Event

Senator Dan Wolf to Lead Next Cobb’s Hill Discussion