UUSC volunteer Gay Ann Gustafson (left) and Lauralyn Smith, UUSC's senior associate for member development, at a previous General Assembly

General Assembly (GA) is a special opportunity for Unitarian Universalists to join together in advancing human rights. UUSC and the UU College of Social Justice (UUSC) have planned exciting workshops and events in Providence, R.I. Many events, but not all, are being held at the Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC).

Schedule

Wednesday

UUSC Booths Open
Our merchandise and action center booths in the RICC Exhibit Hall open at 12:30 p.m. and will remain open during exhibit hall hours throughout GA. At the merchandise booth, we'll offer a wide selection of ethically sourced, socially conscious goods. At our action center booth, you can take action for social justice. The action center booth is also where you can pick up your UUSC member and Justice Banner Society ribbons.

Activate! A Pre-GA Event
Wednesday, June 25, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
The Grand Ballroom at the Providence Biltmore

This one-day event for high school youth is an introduction to social justice education with the UU College of Social Justice. We'll talk about our call to justice work and explore UUSC's work on minimum wage and workers' rights. To learn more and sign up, visit uucsj.org/activate.

Thursday

Learn, Love, Act: Go Behind the Kitchen Door
UUSC, UUA, and partner Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United 
Program ID: 149
Thursday, June 26, 10:15–11:30 a.m.
RICC Ballroom A

Join us to discuss Behind the Kitchen Door (the UUA Common Read), restaurant workers’ rights, recent updates, and how we as a denomination can support this movement. This fun, interactive workshop features learning and action — including taking part in a protest together!

  • Jesse Strecker, ROC United
  • Kara Smith, UUSC
  • Lauren Jacobs

Interfaith Rally for Fair Wages: Let's Show Workers Some Love!
Thursday, June 26, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Renaissance Providence Hotel, 5 Avenue of the Arts
 
Support low-wage hotel and fast-food workers seeking economic stability and dignity for themselves and their families! Fast-food workers across the country are courageously calling for a living wage of $15 per hour, and hotel workers in Providence are speaking out against the abuses they face at work: poverty-level wages, exposure of pregnant women to dangerous chemicals, unsustainable workloads, and termination if they speak out. Our faith calls us to respond to these injustices.

RSVP on Facebook for the rally and invite your friends and colleagues!
 
Sponsored by the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the Unitarian Universalist Association, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, the American Friends Service Committee, UNITE HERE Local 217, and other organizations.

Learn, Love, Act: Best Practices in Service Learning
UUCSJ and partner Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR)
Program ID: 114
Thursday, June 26, 12:30–1:45 p.m.
RICC Rotunda

Come to an interactive session in which UUCSJ will share best practices for UU experiential learning: what works, what doesn’t, and why. We’ll explore some of the pitfalls of service-learning trips and invite you to share your own stories of success and struggle. Come learn, teach, and be inspired!

  • Rev. Kathleen McTigue, UUCSJ
  • Rev. Deanna VanDiver, CELSJR
  • Evan Seitz, UUCSJ
  • Laura Lubin, UUCSJ
  • Derek Mitchell, UUA

Learn, Love, Act: Voting Rights and Our Call to Action
UUCSJ, UUA, and partner NAACP 
Program ID: 134
Thursday, June 26, 4:00–5:15 p.m.
RICC West Lobby

The destructive power of money is whittling away at the most basic right of our democracy: voting that is free, fair, and accessible. Join UUCSJ and the NAACP to find out how you can help mobilize our faith community beyond congregational walls, in response to this critical call for justice.

  • Rev. Kathleen McTigue, UUCSJ
  • Susan Leslie, UUA Office of Multicultural Growth and Witness
  • Rev. Jay Leach
  • Rev. Rob Hardies
  • Rev. Kojo Nantambu

UUSC Gala
Thursday, June 26, 9:30 p.m.
RICC Hall C

Come hear UUSC President Bill Schulz in conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank, this year’s recipient of UUSC’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights Leadership. Barney Frank was one of the wittiest and most outspoken members of Congress during his 32 years in the House of Representatives. Chair of the Financial Services Committee and coauthor of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the congressman tried hard to rein in out-of-control banks. He was also the first member of Congress to voluntarily declare that he was gay and to marry his partner while in Congress. Help us honor Barney Frank, a real human rights hero for our time.

Snacks will be provided, along with a cash bar. The RICC will also be keeping their Metro Café open late for this event.

Please take a moment now to RSVP online for the Gala. Seating is limited, so RSVP now but be sure to arrive early as the RSVP preferred seating is on an honor system.

  • UUSC President and CEO Bill Schulz
  • Former Congressman Barney Frank

Friday

Learn, Love, Act: The Morals of Minimum Wage
UUSC, UUA
Program ID: 150
Friday, June 27, 10:15–11:30 a.m.
RICC Ballroom A

The federal minimum wage is an immoral $7.25 per hour (only $2.13 per hour for tipped workers). Learn what we can do to live our values and raise minimum wage between July 24 — the five-year anniversary of the last raise — and midterm elections. You will hear from those already working toward this goal and find out how to join them. This workshop focuses on message, strategy, and tactics for the movement.

  • Rev. Michael F. Hall
  • Alex Kapitan
  • Rev. David Carl Olson
  • Kara Smith, UUSC

Resources from this workshop are now online.

Learn, Love, Act: Catalyzing Youth-Led Social Justice
UUCSJ and partner Boston Mobilization
Program ID: 100
Friday, June 27, 12:30–1:45 p.m.
RICC Ballroom BC

Justice work is a transformative way to engage youth with congregations, nonprofits, and movements. Join the UU College of Social Justice and Boston Mobilization to explore innovative strategies. Teens, advisors, those called to justice work: come share your powerful experiences. Let's build a better world — with youth in the lead!

Screening of Inequality for All
Hosted by UUSC and Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community
Friday, June 27, 9:30 p.m.
RICC Ballroom BC

This documentary follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he raises awareness of the country's widening economic gap. At the heart of the film is a simple proposition: what is a good society, and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of our nation's economic health? Inequality for All distinguishes itself with a compelling presentation of an important message, as well as much-needed splashes of wit.

There will be free popcorn and a cash bar. The RICC will also be keeping their Terrace Café open late for this event.

Sunday

General Session VII
Sunday, June 29, 8:00–10:30 a.m.
UUSC President Rev. Bill Schulz will be one of the speakers during this session. Immediately following, Rev. Kathleen McTigue will give a brief overview and update on the UU College of Social Justice.

UUSC Booths Close
Last chance to visit UUSC's merchandise and action center booths in the RICC Exhibit Hall! The booths close at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.