The resignation of Christina Rivera from the UUA board demonstrates the need for movement toward lived justice; we call for a restorative justice process.
Christina Rivera offered the UUA Board her resignation, effective December 31, 2018 in the face of repeated threats, both to herself and to her children. Of course, human reactions like anger and frustration are natural and needed. DRUUMM offers this statement to direct Unitarian Universalism toward the next right actions.
Current threats arise in connection with racial discrimination in hiring that Christina Rivera and other women of color exposed in Spring 2017. While there has been discussion on racial discrimination, speaking of justice in terms of pros and cons, the actions the UUA has taken both to create and demand equity leave room for growth. DRUUMM and Christina Rivera ask openly and specifically for a restorative justice process, with which the UUA Board engages, as the threats to Christina and her family relate to her movement leadership, as a woman of color.
Restorative justice is a process by which the harm caused by injustice is identified and the actions needed to repair the harm are taken. We believe that Unitarian Universalism can do more than feel outrage. We call on UUA leadership to take the lead of Christina Rivera, in establishing justice and taking action to repair the harm and bring healing.
For questions or comments:
DRUUMM Steering Committee