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A Word from Pastor AJ

A Word from Pastor AJ

Justice Requires Action

July 2024

Dear Justice Advocates,

As we move through the heart and heat of summer, I want to take a moment to reflect on the essential work we have been doing and the progress we have made together. The theme for this month’s message is “Summer Manifestations,” a reminder that our commitment to justice goes beyond words and intentions; it demands tangible, courageous actions that allow us to manifest a more just and equitable California.

In recent months, we’ve seen significant strides in our advocacy efforts. Our campaigns for immigrant justice Pilgrimage to the Border have changed lives of families living in Tijuana and raised awareness of the economic realities that our US Immigration and Border Policies have saddled our neighbors who live across this socially constructed line. We have garnered widespread support for these pilgrimages. We are happy to announce that we will be hosting our next Pilgrimage the weekend of October 18-20. We hope you join us. If you are interested in receiving more information, please click here.

These victories are a testament to the power of collective action and the impact we can achieve when we are united for justice.

However, our work is far from complete. The journey toward justice is ongoing, and it requires our unwavering dedication and persistence. We must continue to challenge systemic inequities, support marginalized communities, and hold those in power accountable. Every phone call, every protest, every vote is a movement toward a more just and equitable society.

This month, I urge each of you to take a moment to reflect on how you can contribute to our shared mission and invite you to join us with other UUs across the state for Turning the Tides Justice Summit on August 9 to 11. Please register here. Whether it’s volunteering your time, participating in local activism, or simply educating yourself and others about the issues we face, every action matters. Let us remember that justice is not a destination but a continuous pursuit.

As we look ahead, I am filled with hope and determination. Together, we have the power to create lasting change and to build a world where justice, equity, and compassion are the norm. Thank you for your ongoing support and for being a vital part of this movement.

In Service, 

Pastor AJ Blackwood
Executive Director
UU Justice Ministry of California