An organization that is pushing for Syrian refugees in Asheville, North Carolina is associated with Black Lives Matter. Lady Liberty 1885 reports that the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, an affiliate of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), has been active in promoting “Moral Monday throughout the state of North Carolina, including busing in protesters to various Moral Monday events through the UUA offshoot called Standing On The Side of Love (SSL).”
Campaign Director Caitlin Breedlove states that SSL partners with Black Lives Matter and other “communities experiencing identity-based violence.”
On its website Black Lives Matter states that it “goes beyond extrajudicial killings of black people by police and vigilantes” and “affirms the lives of black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, folks with records, women, and all black lives along the gender spectrum.” It states that it serves as an entity that “centers those that have been marginalized within black liberation movements,” and it serves “to (re)build the black liberation movement.”
Ms. Breedlove states that SSL is “willing to activate and mobilize for love and justice.” This includes the Unitarian Universalists who are “using their places of worship to fortify and lead social movement efforts,” as they bring courage for the “backlash” they have been receiving.
Breedlove points out that SSL’s acts of “speaking out, pushing back, and loving ourselves out loud,” are “causing a dragon of cultural backlash in the United States against these communities.” She points out that although they have had their “sacred Black Lives Matter banners desecrated” at their churches,” SSL is calling for “collective love.” She states that SSL stands to “nurture, buffer, and protect the movements as they are under attack.”
Further, regarding the recent House Bill 2 decision, Breedlove states that North Carolina “became arguably the most anti-LGBTQ state in the country with a piece of legislation that makes it illegal for trans people to use bathrooms in public.” She calls for escalating the movement.
Breedlove seeks to expand the SSL campaign and have it become a “balm of fortification.”
A fortification for its “social justice movement,” and “for our activists and faith leaders who are tired, afraid, alone, and spiritually depleted in the face of such a Dragon.”
Ms. Breedlove’s bio states that she is the former co-director of Southerners On New Ground (SONG), whose purpose is for “building a political home across race, class, culture, gender, and sexuality.” SONG states, “We believe that Community Organizing is the best way for us to build collective power and transform the South.”
During her tenure with SONG she trained “a large cohort of new LGBTQ organizers in the South,” as well as “led countless political education processes” for the SONG constituency.
Breedlove states, “If we awaken a Dragon, we need the courage to face a Dragon.”
Image via Durham Solidarity Center