Building Solidarity: S.E.R.C. (social emergency response center) PotLuck Series @ The HUUB

Building Solidarity: S.E.R.C. (social emergency response center) PotLuck Series @ The HUUB

How can we be better organizers, activists, and allies? What lessons can we learn from those who came before us? Join the HUUB, University of Orange, First UU, and special guest organizations for our Building Solidarity Potluck Series.

Building Solidarity: A Series of Pot-Lucks to Keep the Conversation going @ The HUUB
Building Solidarity: A Series of Pot-Lucks to Keep the Conversation going @ The HUUB

This month’s event will feature a community potluck, a film screening of I Shall Not Be Silent, a performance by the Meta Theatre Company, and lots of conversation. We will learn more about keeping Orange fair and welcoming, and our action tables will provide us with new ways to be active in our own communities. Please bring a dish to share!

Dates: Mondays, February 13, March 13 & April 17th

The HUUB, 35 Cleveland Street, Orange, New Jersey 07050

As a part of the Community Listening Fellowship at the HUUB, each of us tried to figure out how we want to approach our work. I chose to work with youth, Khemani Gibson chose to give a voice to Orange’s vibrant immigrant population, and the potluck series was Holly’s idea. Here are some of her thoughts on the initiative:

Patricia Rogers: What do you hope will come out of the s.e.r.c. potluck series?

Holly Barszcz: The purpose of the Solidarity Potluck series is to create an inviting space at the HUUB for folks to unwind, learn something new, meet new people, and eat good food. The potluck series is just one part of the Social Emergency Response Center (S.E.R.C.) calendar for Orange, with more great events and activities to come soon. Because of everything that has been happening since the election, we all need a space to reflect on the good things that we have and know, meet people in Orange who care just as much as we do, and get motivated to make positive change in our communities.

This is following the success of the Post-Election Potluck at the HUUB, can you talk a little bit about it, and how do you feel moving forward?

The focus of our last potluck was showing our solidarity with the protesters at Standing Rock, so we heard stories from someone who traveled there to protest, an amazing musical performance about conflict resolution, and information about how to take action in our daily lives that will bring about meaningful change. We also had a great bystander training session run by the Meta Theatre Company to help us navigate ways we can intervene when we witness injustices. We hope to maintain this momentum going forward!

100 Year House: A Housing Justice Conference at The HUUB 2016
100 Year House: A Housing Justice Conference at The HUUB 2016

Read recap from past community events at the HUUB here: http://ow.ly/UAEE308HQ2k

 

Written by Patricia Rogers 

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