Post-Election Progressive Community Roundtable


November 2016 Keynote Presentation:
Post-Election Progressive Community Roundtable
Open Discussion and Organizing
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2016
11:00am to 12:00pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av., New Orleans
(Enter via CELSJR or the Soniat Street entrances; inside large classroom)
Coffee will be served beginning at 10:30am
Roundtable discussion program 11:00am to 12:00pm
For more information, contact Brad Ott: (504) 269-4951 or bradott@bellsouth.net. Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee since May 1983. See our website at http://www.thecommunitybreakfast.org/ and sign-up for free announcements.

Is There Reproductive Freedom for Louisiana Women? A Unitarian Universalist View



Saturday October 8 2016





with
Mary L. Pretz-Lawson, Co-Chair, Unitarian Universalist Voices for Reproductive Freedom
and
Amy Irvin, Executive Director, The New Orleans Abortion Fund

Reproductive justice is distinct from reproductive health or rights. As such, UU Voices for Reproductive Freedom recognizes that socio-economic, political, and racial structures impact access to reproductive services. This is particularly true for youth, poor women, women of color, indigenous women, and undocumented women and their families. Louisiana and a dozen other states severely women's access to reproductive healthcare services, including abortion access. As a member of the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, UU Voices stand with all people who uphold a woman's right to choose when to become a parent. In this keynote presentation, we'll highlight our activities, as well as those of our coalition partner, the New Orleans Abortion Fund.

Mary L. Pretz-Lawson, retired project manager, moved to New Orleans in 2013 and has been a Unitarian Universalist for ten years, and is a community volunteer. Amy Irvin, MSSW, has been a community and union organizer, and was a founding board member of the New Orleans Abortion Fund, and served as its first intake coordinator. She also represents the NOAF at meetings of the Legislative Agenda for Women (LAW).

SATURDAY OCTOBER 8, 2016
10:00am to 12:00pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans
Parson Clapp Large Classroom
(Please enter via CELSJR or Soniat Street doors)

10:00am -- Coffee and light breakfast pastries
10:30am -- Progressive Community Roundtable Networking
11:00am -- Keynote Presentation 

For more information, contact Brad Ott via bradott@bellsouth.net or (504) 269-4951.

Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983.

A Great Democracy Must Be Progressive GMCB 2016 Election Roundtable Discussion

Saturday September 10 2016


Moderated by Christine Day, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
University of New Orleans


“A GREAT DEMOCRACY MUST BE PROGRESSIVE … or it will soon cease to be a great democracy” (Theodore Roosevelt).  In this year’s presidential and congressional elections, progressives face a number of choices and dilemmas.  Please join us for an open discussion about the presidential election, as well as the congressional elections in Louisiana.  The discussion will be moderated by Christine Day, Professor of Political Science at the University of New Orleans.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
10:00am to 12:00pm
FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH
5512 South Claiborne Avenue
Parson Clapp Large Classroom
(enter via CELSJR or Soniat St.)

10:00am: Coffee and light breakfast selection
10:30am: Progressive community introductions and announcements
11:00am: GMCB 2016 Election Roundtable Discussion

Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee since May 1983.

What does LAUDATO SI’ expect from the progressive community leader?

Saturday August 13 2016


with Kevin Cahalan

Kevin Cahalan holds the most important posts that can exist in a democratic society. He is self-described as a citizen, a husband, a father, and a grandfather. His continued quest has taken him frombeing a Peace Corps Volunteer (India 1964-’66) to being a U.S. Marine (1967-’70, Vietnam 1967-’69) to pacifist (1970-forevermore). In addition to India and Vietnam, he has lived for years in Honduras,Paraguay, Peru, Kenya, and Kenner, Louisiana. Passionately concerned about where we are taking this world he is one of it 475 animators for Laudato Si - the thrust for his appearance at August’s breakfast. 

SATURDAY AUGUST 13, 2016
10:00AM TO 12:00PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans
(enter via CELSJR or Soniat Street entry; in the Clapp large classroom)

10:00am - Coffee and light breakfast pastries
10:30am - Progressive Community Roundtable
11:00am - Keynote Presentation

Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee since May 1983.

Summer Break!

We will not be holding a breakfast Saturday 7/9/16!

See ya'll when we resume on Saturday 8/13/16!

Ya'll have a good July!




Graphical Views of Louisiana Death Sentenced Cases and Their Outcomes

Saturday, June 11, 2016



Featuring Researcher and Author, Tim Lyman

Tim Lyman has been a researcher for the Center for Equal Justice, the CPCPL, CAP, LCAC, and Northeastern University since 2009. His research focus for these organizations has been to develop, analyze, and write about data sets on race and homicide in the Louisiana criminal justice system. His latest research, which he will discuss at the June 11 Gillespie Breakfast, leaves little doubt that racial bias impacts almost every step of how the death penalty is applied in Louisiana.


10am to 12noon
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Avenue
Parson Clapp Large Classroom
(enter via Soniat Street)

10:00am -- Progressive Roundtable Networking
11:00am -- Keynote Presentation

Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983.


Climate Change is Upon Us Whether We Want It Or Not

Saturday, May 14, 2016



Robert Desmarais Sullivan - Social Justice Team, First Unitarian Universalist Church
Alicia Cook - 350.org



Climate change is upon us whether we want it or not. The skeptics deny that humans have anything to do with it, but very few of them deny it is happening. The Gillespie Breakfast will feature Robert Desmarais Sullivan and Alicia Cook -- both of the Unitarian Universalist Church and 350.org -- talking about what we can still do to prevent the worst effects of climate change, given that 150 or so countries, including the US, signed the Paris Climate Accords on Earth Day of this year. They will assume you agree that there are serious climate changes and that humans are partially responsible. The stated goal of the Paris Accords is reduction in fossil-fuel usage in order to keep the Earth's temperature within livable range. So some difficult choices must now be made. And quickly.

10am to 12noon
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Avenue
Parson Clapp Large Classroom
(enter via Soniat Street)

10:00am -- Progressive Roundtable Networking
11:00am -- Keynote Presentation

Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983.

Community in the Face of Capitalism: Renewing Mutual Aid Traditions

Saturday, April 9, 2016


Imani Jacqueline BrownDirector of Programs, Antenna New Orleans


Imani Jacqueline Brown is a New Orleans native, activist, cultural organizer, and Director of Programs at Antenna, New Orleans. In 2014, Imani co-founded Blights Out (www.blightsout.org), a collective of citizens, artists, architects, and activists daring to design a new model for development that creates art and action to impact issues of blight, gentrification, and housing affordability. She is a member of Occupy Museums, an international artist/activist collective formed in 2011 during Occupy Wall Street to challenge and deconstruct the commodification of art and culture (www.occupymuseums.org). In 2014, Imani worked as Curatorial Associate and Manager of Publications for Prospect.3, New Orleans, under the Artistic Direction of Franklin Sirmans. That same year, her paper "Performing Bare Life: Occupying the Liminality between Civilizations" was named best in stream at the 5th Annual Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies in Havana, Cuba. She received her BA in Visual Arts and Anthropology from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2010. In her (currently non-existent) "free" time, Imani experiments with the ritual potential of film photography, transposing the principle of photographic soul capture to effect resistance to and transformation of hostile urban spaces.

10:00am to 12:00pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans
To be held in the Parson Clapp Large Classroom; Enter church via CELSJR or Soniat St.
GMCB Board Meeting 10:00am
Progressive Community Roundtable networking 10:30am
Keynote Presentation 11:00am
 ($3.00 suggested donation)
For more information, contact Brad Ott: (504) 269-4951 or bradott@bellsouth.net.
Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee since May 1983.


Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather!

Sorry Folks! 

Our March breakfast is canceled due to the nasty weather that is heading our way.

Hope ya'll stay dry and see you next month!

Why Are Innocent New Orleanians held in jail? The local work to expose the systemic injustices in the publicly funded justice system that is among the nation's worst.



Saturday, February 13 , 2016



Featuring:


Mosi Makori of Students at the Center and the Star Institute for Conscious Organization
and
John Thompson Death Row Exoneree and founder of Resurrection After Exoneration




Mori Makori will present the STAR Institute's, Star Institute of Conscious Organization (SICO), work to exonerate innocent individuals and John Thompson from Resurrection With Exoneration will present their campaigns for exoneration of convicted individuals. Both work to expose the systemic and specific injustices in the publicly funded criminal justice system. 

Mosi has worked with the Justice for Jerome campaign to return Jerome Morgan to freedom. Jerome was allowed to leave prison but remain in the criminal justice system, now set for trial under Judge Zibilich (friend of DA Cannizzaro who was the original sentencing judge in Jerome's case!), after Judge Derbigny declared that there was no longer a shred of evidence linking him to the murder of another teenager, and after the two witnesses testified that they had been coerced in their mid-teens to testify that he was the shooter, even though they knew that he wasn’t and that there was other evidence to suggest that he was nowhere near the shooting.

 Location:
First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av. New Orleans 
(Enter via posted signs at Soniat and South Claiborne)

10am – Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking
with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*

11am to Noon- Featured Presentation

*$3.00 suggested donation



Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983.

January Breakfast is Canceled!

We are taking our Mardi Gras break!
**There will be no breakfast on 1/9/16**
See ya'll on 2/13/16 for our regularly scheduled breakfast!

Happy Mardi Gras!!

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