Social Justice


Meals Biggest Unmet Need for Refugees

The Haitian refugees in Middleboro now number 147 according to Nemasket Week on October 3. Getting meals to them, or getting them to meals, is the biggest challenge.

Cash in the Plate for October

The Cash in the Plate for the month of October will be donated to South Shore Resource & Advocacy Center and the United Way of North Central Mass. for the Leominster flooding victims.

Veterans group says white supremacist signs near Black businesses in Oak Bluffs need to be treated as hate crime 

Report by Brian Engles  The placement of white supremacist signs near Black-owned businesses on Oak Bluffs should be treated as a hate crime, according to Task Force Butler, a research group made up of veterans. The D.A.’s office has declined to say whether that will be the case.

De-Escalation Training Results

FUUSM’s Conflict De-Escalation Training by Impact Boston on Saturday, Sept. 16 was attended by 18 people including two from North Congregational Church, during what was forecast to be the height of post-tropical storm Lee.  Feedback has been positive.  Impact Boston is interested in continuing to partner with FUUSM in offering these trainings regionally.  So stay tuned if you weren’t able to attend this one.

Peace Pole

The Rotary Club has asked if we would like to host a Peace Pole.   We received this invitation too late to take action this year; Peace Week is already in progress.  Here’s a photo of Bridgewater’s Peace Pole, with the same message in many languages around four sides of the pole.  The Middleboro Rotary has acquired two poles similar to this, and would install one on our lawn if we agree.  Would you like FUUSM to host a Peace Pole on our lawn?  If so, we will begin arrangements now for next September. (photo by BCCR) 

MA Indigenous Legislation

The MA Indigenous Legislative agenda for 2023 consists of 5 bills.  Here are two of them: An Act to Protect Native American Heritage. H.3248/S.2186 (Rogers/Biele, Collins) This would ensure that Native American funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony (those of cultural, traditional or historical importance to their heritage) held in governmental, municipal or non-profit collections are not sold for profit. The hearing for this bill was to be held on September 18.  Written testimony is normally accepted for some weeks after the hearing, so you can still support this bill.  As Becky from BCCR summarizes, “There are

Land and Water Coalition Petition

Please consider signing the Land and Water Coalition’s Petition to Stop Sand Mining in the Pine Barrens of Plymouth County:

Cash in the Plate for September

The Cash in the Plate for the month of September will be donated to the Salvation Army for relief efforts in Maui in the wake of the fire.

LGBTQ+ Older Adults & Allies – Lunch and Entertainment

Bridgewater Senior Center, 10 Wally Krueger Way Thursday, September 7 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. To reserve a space, call 508-697-0929 or email This event meets monthly on the first Thursday. Co-sponsored by OCES and the Senior Center

Social Justice Choir

Beginning September 7, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Bridgewater State University; Thursday rehearsals. Open to community members of all ages. Email Dr. Sarah McQuarrie at to sign up or to ask for more info about this intergenerational choir dedicated to singing music that promotes a message of peace and justice as well as performs acts of community service.  No auditions.  The choir includes music majors as well as folks who don’t read music and everyone in between.  Four-part choral repertoire with emphasis on composers from under-represented populations.