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Past Partner Events

Black Lives Matter Vigil September 2020

Date: September 1, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills at 309 Washington St.

Black+Lives+Matter

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us for racial justice and human rights. Please join us for a 15-minute silent vigil–unless you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are considered at risk.  Find us on the sidewalk in front of our church at 309 Washington St.

Participants are expected to wear masks and remain 6 feet apart. Signs will be distributed in the courtyard or feel free to bring your own; we will provide hand sanitizer to use before and after you handle them. We look forward to this opportunity to join together to demonstrate our commitment to promoting racial justice.

Held monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm in July through September, and the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm in October through June.

If you have any questions, contact info@uuwellesley.org.

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Black Lives Matter Vigil August 2020—NEW DATE

Date: August 11, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills at 309 Washington St.

Black+Lives+Matter

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us for racial justice and human rights. Please join us for a 15-minute silent vigil–unless you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are considered at risk.  Find us on the sidewalk in front of our church at 309 Washington St.

Participants are expected to wear masks and remain 6 feet apart. Signs will be distributed in the courtyard or feel free to bring your own; we will provide hand sanitizer to use before and after you handle them. We look forward to this opportunity to join together to demonstrate our commitment to promoting racial justice.

Held monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm in July through September, and the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm in October through June.

If you have any questions, contact info@uuwellesley.org.

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Wake Up, Wellesley Final Session

Date: August 10, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Zoom

Wake Up Wellesley pt 4

All members of our Wellesley and neighboring communities are invited to the final session of Wake Up, Wellesley on Monday, August 10 at 6 PM. In this 90-minute livestream, we are looking to conclude a series of emotional experiences shared and ideas for reform proposed by students and alumni as well as expert guidance solicited from professors and academics across the country. This concluding session to the Wake Up, Wellesley series features a discussion with the leading faculty and administration of our Wellesley Public Schools community. We encourage you to come listen and participate in one of many dialogues through which we hope to draft what the equitable future of our schools will look like!

Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R4fbkXFPQeCdcbwqEY-fcw
Livestream: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUrpmU5aNJdN64NTP9wo4rA?view_as=subscriber

This is a partner event offered to the Wellesley community by students and alumni of color and allies of Wellesley High School taking action against racism in our community.

Black Lives Matter Vigil July 2020

Date: July 7, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills at 309 Washington St.

Black+Lives+Matter

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us for racial justice and human rights. Please join us for a 15-minute silent vigil–unless you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are considered at risk.  Find us on the sidewalk in front of our church at 309 Washington St.

Participants are expected to wear masks and remain 6 feet apart. Signs will be distributed in the courtyard or feel free to bring your own; we will provide hand sanitizer to use before and after you handle them. We look forward to this opportunity to join together to demonstrate our commitment to promoting racial justice.

Held monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm in July through September, and the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm in October through June.

If you have any questions, contact info@uuwellesley.org.

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Wake Up, Wellesley—Part 1 of 4

Date: June 16, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: YouTube

Wake Up Wellesley #1

Young Ethnic Scholars invites everyone to “Wake Up, Wellesley” a series of four biweekly, online conference-style discussions on racism in Wellesley, intended to illuminate the injustices and microaggressions that permeate various dimensions of our children’s and our neighbors’ everyday lives. We hope to bring the national dialogue to our home and incite a collaborative effort among our community members in developing an action plan for eradicating racism in our town.

As the pandemic subsides and we are able to safely convene in person, this discourse will continue as a bi-weekly or monthly meeting. “Wake Up, Wellesley” is intended to serve as only the beginning of an ongoing commitment to acknowledging our privilege, lifting up our black neighbors, and actively promoting equality. Wellesley will refuse to let this movement lose steam. Wellesley will not allow these voices – growing increasingly hoarse with every hour – to go unheard. Wellesley will set an example for the rest of Massachusetts, for the rest of our nation, on what it means to listen, learn, and change.

We are holding our first panel-style discussion on Tuesday, June 16 at 6 PM. It will be a Zoom meeting broadcasted live to YouTube on this channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUrpmU5aNJdN64NTP9wo4rA?view_as=subscriber. This first meeting will provide Black members of our community with the opportunity to share their stories and illuminate the racism in our own schools, stores, and community spaces. All are welcome – residents of Wellesley and beyond – to listen to Wellesley’s own students’. Here is a list of speakers (names you will recognize as having left indelible imprints on our school community!) who have generously agreed to give their time and share powerful anecdotes of their experiences as black members of this community: Kayla Reid, Bongani Msikavanhu, Keleyia Rochelle, Yasmine Jaffier, Zoe Gomez, Sierra Sinclair. Hope to (virtually, from a safe social distance) see you there!!

This is a partner event offered to the Wellesley community by Young Ethnic Scholars, students of color and allies of Wellesley High School taking action against racism in our community.

Race Amity Day Celebration (One-Time Livestream Event)

Date: June 14, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Live Stream

Race Amity Day 2020

The National Center For Race Amity is hosting a one-time livestream event featuring today’s top personalities sharing their story behind our seal, E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one).

Hear their words and learn the solutions that bring people together instead of apart during these trying times.

Hear stories that uplift, entertain and inspire!

Black Lives Matter Virtual Vigil—June 2020

Date: June 7, 2020

Time: 12:30pm

Location: Facebook

Black+Lives+Matter

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us for racial justice and human rights.

While our church campus is closed due to COVID-19, the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Task Force is sponsoring a “virtual vigil” so that we can continue to take a public stand, as we have since October 2017, to affirm that Black Lives Matter. 

Please visit the UU Wellesley Hills Facebook page at 12:30 on Sunday, June 7 and share our post on your timeline. While we will miss gathering in front of 309 Washington Street, we can have an even greater impact with the help of social media.  Please join us!

Join us for a vigil held each month, as we proclaim that “Black Lives Matter” and protest white supremacy in America.

If you have any questions, contact info@uuwellesley.org.

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Interfaith & Multi-Congregational Witness

Date: June 7, 2020

Time: 4:00–5:00 pm

Location: Front Lawn of Wellesley Village Church (corner of Routes 135 & 16)

Interfaith Witness June 7

United in the conviction that Black Lives Matter, that police brutality and racial injustice must end, and that we are called to pray and work for justice and joy for all people.

You are invited to gather safely* in solidarity on the church lawn, sidewalks, church steps and driveway for music, reflection and prayer.

We’ll ring the steeple bells and throw open the sanctuary windows to hear the organ. A focused time of reflection and music will be led from the main steps at 4:15pm.

*Masks are required and physical distance between family groups is expected. Please only come if you feel safe; we will live-stream from Facebook for all those who wish to participate from home.

In partnership with Wellesley Village Church, Congregational Church of Weston, Charles St. AME, clergy, St. Andrews Church, Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, Temple Beth Elohim, Dover UCC, Wellesley UU, St. John/St. Paul Roman Catholic Community, Wellesley Police Department, and Pilgrim Church in Sherborn.

Wellesley Peaceful Protest to End White Supremacy + Police Violence

Date: June 5, 2020

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: 467 Washington St, Wellesley

End White Supremacy

Please join us for a peaceful protest in Wellesley Center with the goals of speaking out and taking a stand against white supremacy in Wellesley and other predominantly white suburbs, and demonstrating solidarity in the fight for justice in response to police murdering George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and far far too many innocent Black Americans in this country.

The plan is to form a line on the sidewalk on Washington Street starting outside 467 Washington St and bring signs expressing our condemnation of white supremacy, police brutality, and racism in America. This is a small step toward progress and but it is important to demonstrate that in this town especially, which is steeped in such profound white privilege, and which we want to improve, we refuse to stay silent in the fight against racism. This protest will be PEACEFUL, and all participants will stand six feet apart with required face masks. This town can do better. Thank you for your attention.

People of all towns are welcome of course.

  • Face masks required. Gloves encouraged.
  • Please maintain six feet between you and the next person in line
  • Violence of any kind including hate speech, slurs, or derogatory language will not be tolerated
  • No driveways or intersections will be blocked
  • Feel free to stand in silence or with a sign. No marching in groups
  • Safety and preventing the spread of the virus is our top priority. Do not touch or engage physically with anyone. Maintain six feet distance.
  • No All Lives Matter signs. If you don’t get it use the world wide web.

Please fill out your name and email here so we can stay in touch: https://forms.gle/5VtDqLdcjsUkiC3X6

Organized by Leah Fessler. A note from Leah: I grew up in Wellesley, went to Upham, WMH, WHS Class of 2011, and graduated with high honors. I attended Middlebury College (2015), and went on to pursue a career in journalism.

Black Lives Matter Vigil—May 2020

Date: May 3, 2020

Time: 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills courtyard

Black+Lives+Matter

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us for racial justice and human rights. Join us for a silent fifteen-minute vigil held each month, as we proclaim that “Black Lives Matter” and protest white supremacy in America.

Find us on the sidewalk in front of our church at 309 Washington St. Through June 2020, our vigils are held on the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm: on Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd, Mar. 1st, Apr. 5th, May 3rd, and Jun, 7th.

We have placards to share, but please feel free to bring your own.

If you have any questions, contact info@uuwellesley.org.

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.