HEADS-UP NORTH CENTRAL SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA ~ Celebrating “Beloved Community” for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1928)

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1928)

In the Spirit of “Beloved Community”

by

Rev. Ben Meyers

Consistent with long tradition (this is our 28th year), the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo (UUSM) will host a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream. We do so in concert with our neighbors in North Central San Mateo and invite you to visit us on Saturday, January 14 from 3 pm – 5pm after the annual essay, poetry and art contest awards at the King Community Center, 330 W. 20th Avenue. We are located at 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue, San Mateo, CA 650 342-5946 Join us for a buffet, music and activities for all ages. Together the community of North Central San Mateo will play his dream forward.

“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King’s dream, shared with the world in one of its most widely known and revered speeches, gives meaning to our celebrations and our efforts to honor Dr. King and keep his memory and ideals alive. The human community still struggles for equity and respect for everyone. We still struggle for peace in the rough and crooked places. We still struggle to heal and to make his dream – one that so many of us share – a reality.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and social activist whose role was pivotal in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s through his death in 1968. Through nonviolent civil disobedience, Dr. King promoted equity for African-Americans and for all who were marginalized and victimized.

The photograph of Dr. King is in the public domain.

LATE-BREAKING NEWS: WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED: Church Gun-Violence Sit-In With Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Congresswoman, Jackie Speier, Democrat, CA

Congresswoman, Jackie Speier, Democrat, California

Dear Friends,

No one should have to live in fear of losing their life, especially when going to school or church, or visiting a night club, community center, or movie theater. However, the stark and shameful reality in America is hundreds of people have lost their lives to gun violence in such places. That is why Congress must act now to pass common sense legislation.

On June 23rd, 2016, Congressman John Lewis led 170 Members of Congress in a historic protest on the floor of the House of Representatives. The civil rights icon sat down to demand action against gun violence, which kills 33,000 people in our country every year and injures another 80,000 individuals. I was proud to join my colleague then, and I continue to work with him and other Democratic Members of Congress to bring a vote on common sense gun safety measures to the House floor. This includes sit-ins, town halls, roundtable discussions and more back in our home districts. On the 4th of July, I was joined by 100 people at a sit-in in front of a movie theater in Redwood City, where we declared our independence from the NRA and discussed possible solutions to this national epidemic.

On Sunday, August 28, 2016, I invite you to join me for a sit-in at the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo Church at the conclusion of the 10 a.m. service. I will not stop demanding action until this Republican-led Congress calls a vote on universal background checks and banning terrorists from buying guns. These are modest measures that the majority of Americans support, including the majority of American gun owners.

Gun-violence Sit-In
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo Church
300 E. Santa Inez Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401
Sunday, August 28, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

RSVP HERE

Please join me in sending a clear message to Congress, the NRA, and other powerful members of the gun lobby. We will not be silenced!

All the best,
Jackie

Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Organizer of Church Gun Violence Sit-in
Congresswoman Jackie Speier represents California’s 14th Congressional District.