Hot Topic Forums

  • Sun
    08
    Feb
    2015
    12:45 pmUUCSR Board Room

    Care, support and counseling for youth victimized by drug abuse, violence and gang lifestyles.

    Speaker:  Gustavo Mendoza, Area Manager and Youth Intervention Specialist

  • Sun
    08
    Mar
    2015
    12:45 pmBoard Room

    A conversation with Jeff Weaver, Chief of Police, City of Sebastopol

  • Sun
    12
    Apr
    2015
    12:45 pm

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR

    The Farmers Guild

    Building a more just, healthy and equitable food system, starting at your dinner table.

    Speaker:  Evan Wiig, Executive Director

  • Sun
    17
    May
    2015
    12:45 pm

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR

    Elder Abuse and Protection

    Protecting the Older Adult:  Ourselves, Our Family, Our Friends.

    Speaker: Tara Underly, MCSW, Adult Protective Services

  • Sun
    14
    Jun
    2015
    11:45 amBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR

    Undocumented Immigrants

    Each week it seems there's a new tragedy or disaster demanding our attention so it's not hard to forget the big problem of last week or last month! So on Sunday, June 14th, Rick Coshnear, a dedicated and effective immigration lawyer, will tell us what has become of the hundreds of unaccompanied children from Central America who took the dangerous, long trip first to Mexico and then across our border last summer. He will explain what DACA and DAPA are, catch us up on where comprehensive immigration reform stands in this new Congress, and tell us what's happening in our community and how we can help.
    We will meet in the Board Room from 11:45 to 1:15. A light lunch will be available for a donation.

    Speaker: Rick Coshnear, immigration lawyer

  • Sun
    09
    Aug
    2015
    11:45 amBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR

    Our speaker Kate Jenkins, M.A., Executive Director of Friends Outside In Sonoma County tells us about this innovative non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of crime, violence and delinquency.
    She tells us specifics of various programs at Friends Outside, how they work, and ways we can help with their good work.

    FRIENDS OUTSIDE embraces an underlying belief that every human being has value and the potential to add value to his or her family and community. A portion of their mission reads: "To reduce cycles of violence, crime and incarceration by empowering and assisting offenders to make choices for successful re-entry into their families' lives and the community..."

    FRIENDS OUTSIDE provides services and programs for Sonoma County jail inmates and their family members in order to improve their circumstances and strengthen their family relationships. Research has shown that this kind of support makes it less likely that offenders will commit new crimes after release.

    Since their founding in 1982 by Virginia Heck, the Sonoma County FRIENDS OUTSIDE organization has supported men and women, impacted by their or someone else’s incarceration, to make choices for responsible living.

    "No matter how much we may think we are, none of us is perfect. We all make mistakes and we all have to be willing to give each other a second chance.'' - Virginia Heck

    We will meet in the Board Room from 11:45 to 1:15. A light lunch will be available for a donation.

     

  • Sun
    13
    Sep
    2015
    12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR

    CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a local non-profit organization that trains volunteers to be mentors/advocates for children the Courts have taken out of their homes because of abuse or neglect. Our speaker will be Heidi Alvarez, a former CASA and the current Volunteer Director. 

    We will meet in the Board Room from 12:45 to 2:15. A light lunch will be available for a donation.

     

  • Sun
    18
    Oct
    2015
    12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR 

    OUR SCHOOLS ~~ 

    How are our children doing? 
    What is Common Core? 
    Is Restorative Justice working?

    Our speaker will be:  Socorro Sheils,  Superintendent of Santa Rosa schools

    We will meet in the Board Room from 12:45 to 2:15. A light lunch will be available for a donation.

     

     

  • Sun
    08
    Nov
    2015
    12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR 

     

    AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN SONOMA COUNTY ~~ 

    What Do We Mean By 'Affordable' ?

    How Do We Retain What We Have Now?

    How Do We Get More?

     

    Panelists:

    Santa Rosa City Council Member:  Julie Combs

    Affordable Housing Advocates:

    David Grabill, John Lowry and Mathew Lawrence.

    All of these distinguished panelists, who have a long history of advocacy for low income housing, will discuss the issues that face Sonoma County in our effort to retain and create more affordable housing.  They will take questions from the audience and talk about what we can do to help.

     

    We will meet in the Board Room from 12:45 to 2:15. A light lunch will be available for a donation.

     

     

  • Sun
    13
    Dec
    2015
    12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR 

     

    SHARE Sonoma County 

     Amy Appleton from SHARE Sonoma County will tell us about her exciting home share program that matches Seniors who need financial or personal assistance with folks who need an affordable place to live. If you know anyone in either of those positions, you might find this Hot Topic very helpful.  There will be plenty of time for questions. 

    We will meet in the Board Room from 12:45 to 2:00. A light lunch will be available for a donation.