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Unitarian Universalism, Polarization, and the Promise of This Political Moment:
MUUSJA's Annual Celebration & Fundraiser


Thursday, September 29

5:30  7:30 pm

First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
900 Mount Curve Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Panel Discussion with Alondra Cano, Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds, & Rev. Steve Newcom

We are in an unprecedented political moment, in which both powerful movements for justice and reactive, fear-filled responses of resistance are emerging.  By looking at the specifics of the political and social landscape in the Twin Cities, throughout the state of Minnesota, and across our nation, our panel of thoughtful, justice-oriented community leaders and activists will help us make sense of the immense fear and the deep hope that are springing forth in these times.  ‚Äč

About our panelists:

Alondra Cano 

In 2013, Alondra Cano was elected to the 13-member Minneapolis City Council. She is the first Latina/o elected to the City Council, and serves on the youngest and most diverse City Council in the history of the City of Minneapolis. Before her election, Alondra served as a legislative aide to then Minneapolis City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren and she managed the Multilingual Communications Division at the Minneapolis Public Schools. Alondra also served as an activist, a community organizer, and later the Associate Director of the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network. At the Freedom Network, Alondra worked on a wide range of social and racial equity issues facing Latino immigrants and undocumented students. Alondra advocated for comprehensive immigration reform, and she worked to enact the Minnesota Dream Act at the Minnesota Legislature.  As a Council Member, Alondra represents Minneapolis’ Ninth Ward. The Ninth Ward is located in the heart of Minneapolis and is the most diverse Ward in the City with nearly 30,000 residents including the largest urban American Indian population, the largest Latino population, a strong East African community and a progressive LGBTQ community.

Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds

Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds is a civil rights attorney, freedom fighter, legal scholar, blogger, and nationally recognized expert on issues at the intersections of race, public policy, economic justice, public education, juvenile justice, and the criminal justice system. In 2016, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Governor's Commission on Martin Luther King Day. In 2015, she was named one of “40 Under 40” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In 2014, she was named a “Minnesota Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer and recognized as one of “50 Under 50 Most Influential Law Professors of Color in the Country” by Lawyers of Color magazine. She currently serves as the President of the Minneapolis NAACP and as an advisor to Black Lives Matter Minneapolis.

Rev. Steve Newcom

Rev. Steven Newcom is the founding director of the Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice & Social Transformation at United Theological Seminary. Newcom was awarded an Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship in 2007 to research the intersection of theological education and social justice ministry. The research identified a fundamental gap within Seminary education around the applied competencies of social transformation and effective public witness. The Center was launched in 2010 to address this gap with the mission of advancing social transformation as a practical theological discipline and core ministerial competency. Prior to founding the Center, Steve served the Headwaters Foundation for Justice as the Executive Director for 18 years and prior to that worked for the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.

We have a $5,000 match for this event—help us reach our $12,000 goal! 

All are invited whether or not you are able to contribute. 

Contributions of any amount are welcome. 


5:30pm:  Meet & Greet with Appetizers and Drinks

6:00pm:  Panel Discussion

7:00pm: MUUSJA Justice Awards

7:15pm: Celebrating & Supporting MUUSJA's Work 

Parking at First Unitarian Society

There is limited street parking available on Mount Curve Avenue and nearby streets, or you can park at the Walker Art Center's parking ramp--in walking distance from First Unitarian Society--for a small fee. (Please note that the Vineland Terrace entrance to the Walker's parking ramp is closed for construction--please enter via Groveland Terrace!  See link above for directions).  

Can’t be there? We still need your support!P

Donate online or send your check, payable to MUUSJA, to 900 Mount Curve Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

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