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.

     

     

     

     

  • Sun
    10
    Jan
    2016
    12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR 

     

    Do you sometimes feel like giving up and just reading fun books, listening to your favorite music, cooking an adventurous dinner, fixing that dripping faucet, or going for a walk with your dog?

    Evan Junker, Executive Director of the UU Justice Ministry, California, has the antidote!  He will tell us about the Justice Ministry, what it does and how it does it, and explore with us the issues that we care deeply about and what are the most effective ways to make change.  UUJMCA can help us with Justice Education, Advocacy, and Witness that will deepen our faith and change life for the better in our community!

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

  • Sun
    14
    Feb
    2016
    12:45 pmSanctuary

    HOT TOPICS

    Presented by

    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR 

    HEART IN THE HOOD

    a portrait of life in West Oakland

    performed by actor and writer Mike Sommers 

    Advocates for Social Justice happily presents HEART in the HOOD, a true story, a love story between a man and his adopted neighborhood.  Eight years ago Mike Sommers,  a small town Vermonter, bought a house in a notoriously rough neighborhood in West Oakland...and came to love it.  Sommers plays all 16 beloved characters who run the gamut from poignant to hilarious.  Through Mike and his harmonica, we hear their words, laugh with their optimism and begin to understand the misunderstood and beautiful people of  22nd Street.  We will have time for conversation following Mike's performance.  I think this promises to be one of those specially memorable experiences for all of us attending.  A light lunch will be available for a donation.                                        

    -- Jeanie Bates, Advocates for Social Justice

  • Sun
    13
    Mar
    2016
    12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR 

     

    Factor XX ~ Critically Missing from the Criminal Justice Debate  Has had to be rescheduled.

    Instead we will be showing the film: 

    The 800 Mile Wall
    The 800 Mile Wall highlights the construction of the new border walls along the U.S. -Mexico border as well as the effect on migrants trying to cross into the U.S.  This powerful 90 minute film is an unflinching look at a failed U.S. border strategy.  

    The film was made in 2009 and at that time already well over 5000 migrant bodies have been recovered in the U.S. deserts, mountains and canals. Unofficial reports at that time put the death toll as high as 10,000 men, women and children.  As a direct result of U.S. border policy, migrants are forced to cross more treacherous terrain in search of low skilled jobs in the United States.

    This film is timely considering the current political rhetoric of some of our candidates for President. 

    As always, there will be time for discussion after the film. 

    Our usual custom of offering a light lunch for a donation at our Hot Topics will be altered a little as one of our TIE groups will be providing a soup and bread lunch for a donation to benefit our Breakfast Program.

    You are invited to get your soup and bread and bring it to the Board Room so that we can start our film as punctually as possible.

     

  • Sun
    10
    Apr
    2016
    12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR 

     

    MEMORY LOSS AND THE BRAIN
    Sunday, April 10, 2016, 12:45 PM, Board Room  

    Our presenter for this important HOT TOPIC is Allan Bernstein, M.D., a neurologist with decades of experience teaching, conducting research and treating patients.  Dr. Bernstein's innovative approaches and drug trials have led to new treatments than can arrest further damage in Alzheimers, Parkinson's, and other memory disorders.  Currently focused on Alzheimer's disease in his research, he is able to report that "...the newer diagnostic tools and the newer medicines in trial have created an opportunity to finally see progress in slowing, possible stopping and maybe even reversing the devastation of this illness."  Dr. Bernstein will include a discussion of how to keep our brains healthy and how to recognize when something is starting to go wrong.  "The earlier we can spot the 'first slip' the more likely some of our newer treatments will be effective."  This presentation promises to be informative and timely for all of us, either personally or as related to those we know and love.  A light lunch will be available for a donation.                                           

                                                                            Jeanie Bates, for Advocates for Social Justice

  • Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016
    11:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR

     

    North Bay Chamber of Commerce and their Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Program
    Sunday,  June 19, 2016, 11:45 PM, Board Room  

    The Black Chamber supports local businesses and potential business owners in developing alliances to promote and support their businesses, particularly black owned.  The Chamber sponsors the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow program which was launched in 2006 and is specifically designed to provide support to local youth programs, mentoring and scholarships for high school and college students.  Recipients of grants have been Youth Business Week, Rites of Passage, Sonoma County YMCA, Roseland University Prep Charter School, Camp Fame, Fence at the top and scholarships given to African American high school and college students. This financial support is accomplished through an annual fundraiser.

    Speaker: Nancy Rogers, President

    Snacks will be available for a donation.
    Please note our summer starting time of 11:45 PM

  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2016
    11:45 amSanctuary

    HOT TOPIC BONUS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR 

     MEMORY LOSS AND THE BRAIN II

    Sunday, June 26, 2016, 11:45 PM, Sanctuary

    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
    The Advocates for Social Justice are delighted to invite you all to a second presentation by Dr. Allan Bernstein on this fascinating, important topic.

    Dr. Bernstein is a well known neurologist, with decades of experience teaching, conducting research and treating patients.  He will report on current research, most particularly on Alzheimer's disease, help us understand brain health and discuss the importance of early recognition of problems so that intervention can begin with the greatest expectation of effectiveness.

    Dr. Bernstein's presentation, at UUCSR on April 10, was so popular that many were turned away. We are so pleased that Dr. Bernstein was able to schedule another time to speak with us.  We will be in the Sanctuary with room for all.

    There will be no light lunch provided this time.  You may wish to bring something to eat or be sure to pick up something at coffee hour but, of course, food may not be consumed on the carpeted area of the Sanctuary and water is the only permitted beverage.

    Again, Sunday, June 26, following the 10 AM service (11:30ish), in the
    Sanctuary:  MEMORY LOSS AND OUR BRAIN II, DR. ALLAN BERNSTEIN, PRESENTER.

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  • Sun
    18
    Sep
    2016
    12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR

    Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:

    Every year, 32,000 people in this country are killed by guns ~ that's more than 9 people every day!!!!
    The Brady Campaign for the Prevention of Gun Violence has set a goal of cutting that in half by 2025.  Come to hear how they plan to do this and what we can do to help.
     
    Our Speaker for Today is:  Susan Moore, President of the Sonoma Chapter of the Brady Campaign, gun control activist and community leader. 
     
    A light lunch will be available for a donation.
  • Sun
    09
    Oct
    2016
    12:45 pm"545" Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR

    THE PROPOSITIONS:  PROs and CONs.

    So many Propositions on the November ballot, and often written in such confusing language!  Join us in the "545 Room" at 12:45 when representatives of the local League of Women Voters will help to untangle them for us.

    Bring your questions and sample ballot if you have received it.  Remember ~ if you don't vote, you can't complain! 

    A light lunch will be available for a donation.

     
  • Sun
    30
    Oct
    2016
    12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR

    Medicare Changes and Choices for 2017.  

    Presented by:  Alan Piombo, a HICAP Couselor at Senior Advocacy Services in Petaluma.
    HICAP is a Medicare Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program which, provides beneficiaries with unbiased individual assistance and advocacy related to their Medicare benefits as well as community educational opportunities. HICAP counselors do not charge for any services, sell any product or make any decisions for the individuals.  

    During the Oct.15-Dec.7 Annual Open Enrollment Period, we have the opportunity to examine our plans and learn about changes which will occur and learn about other options which are available to us should we want to change. This timely seminar will focus on the following topics:

    Part D Prescription Options
    Understanding your Part A or B Benefits
    Cost Saving Considerations
    Medigap Advantage Plan Choices
    Question & Answer period

    Come join us and bring your questions.
    A light lunch will be available for a donation.

  • Sun
    13
    Nov
    2016
    12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR

    Factor XX ~ Critically Missing from the Criminal Justice Debate

    Marie De Santis, founder and director of the Women's Justice Center will talk with us about a forgotten resource in the current logjam in the country's search for criminal justice reform:  women, and the novel solutions they offer.  This aspect has been inexplicably overlooked. Women come to the criminal justice system with a unique set of perspectives, grievances, and skills. Despite this, and despite being half the human population, women's vision has been all but ignored in the debates. Yet it's precisely in this unexplored terrain that many promising and proven remedies to the whole litany of law enforcement problems lay hidden and untried.

    This talk will lay out the many obvious, and many not so obvious solutions a gender analysis can provide, and will put forth specific ways in which these solutions can be applied in our community.  A look at women not as victims but as participants in the solution. 

    Please join us and bring any questions you may have.
    A light lunch will be available for a donation.

  • Sun
    11
    Dec
    2016
    12:45 pm"545" Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, UUCSR

    Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith

    Stereotypes and misinformation about Islam abound. This presentation covers basic facts about the background, beliefs and practices of Islam and its place in the Abrahamic prophetic tradition. To help people understand more about the religion practiced by one quarter of the world, Aisha Jill Morgan volunteers as a speaker on American Muslims and as an organizer in the interfaith community of Sonoma County. She shares personal stories of living as a Muslim and her visits to the Middle East and the Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah. She has a MA in Education and works with Santa Rosa City Schools as District Assessment Data Specialist

    Bring your questions.

    A light lunch will be available for a donation.

  • Sun
    08
    Jan
    2017
    12:45 pmBoard Room

    HOT TOPICS
    Presented by
    ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE UUCSR
     Cancelled due to storm.  This topic is being rescheduled for later in 2017.
     

    This is a wonderful program that focuses on breaking the addiction for women in a safe residential setting. This program allows them and their young children to live together while learning the life skills necessary to become strong, responsible contributors in their communities.

    Executive Director Linda Carlson will be describing Women’s Recovery Services and bringing with her a woman who has gone through the program. Please do attend to learn more about this great program.

    Light lunch/snacks will be provided for a donation.